FANDOM


2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season
2021FullSeasonMapHHJ
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedMarch 17, 2021
Last system dissipatedNovember 29, 2021
Strongest storm
NamePeter
 • Maximum winds185 mph (295 km/h)
(1-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure885 mbar (hPa; 26.13 inHg)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions22
Total storms20
Hurricanes13
Major hurricanes
(Cat. 3+)
8 (record high)
Total fatalities536
Total damage$152.65 billion (2021 USD)
Atlantic hurricane seasons

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season was a hyperactive hurricane season that produced approximately 20 named storms, with 13 of them becoming hurricanes, and 8 of them becoming major hurricanes, more than 2005 and 1933. The season officially began on June 1, 2021, and ended on November 30, 2021. These dates historically describe the period each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin. The first system of the season, Ana, formed on March 17, before the season officially started. while the final storm of the season, Victor, dissipated on November 29, a day prior to the end of the season. This season was the most active season since 2005.

Seasonal Timeline

Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale

Systems

Tropical Storm Ana

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Ana2021ImageHHJ Ana2021TrackHHJ
DurationMarch 17 – March 20
Peak intensity70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  993 mbar (hPa)
On March 16, a non-tropical low was located in the open Atlantic. The system tracked eastwards, gaining subtropical characteristics, and became Subtropical Storm Ana on March 17. The system's movement constantly changed, hindering further strengthening of the system. Ana eventually became a tropical cyclone by March 18, and peaked in intensity not too long afterwards. Ana then moved northwestwards, weakening drastically in the process. Ana eventually weakened into a depression by early on March 20, and degenerated into a non-tropical low 12 hours later. The remnants of Ana eventually dissipated over the open Atlantic the next day.

Hurricane Bill

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Bill2021ImageHHJ Bill2021TrackHHJ
DurationJune 5 – June 11
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  985 mbar (hPa)
Late on June 3, a tropical wave was located a few hundred miles west of the Lesser Antilles, and showed signs of possible development. The disturbance continued to strengthen, and became Tropical Storm Bill by June 5. Bill then encountered high wind-shear, and struggled to intensify, weakening into a depression by June 6. Bill remained a weak system as it tracked south of Jamaica on June 7. Bill briefly re-intensified into a Tropical Storm late on June 8, but weakened back down into a depression roughly 12 hours later. After curving south of Cuba, Bill found favorable conditions for intensification, and re-intensified into a Tropical Storm late on June 9. Bill eventually intensified into a hurricane after entering the Gulf of Mexico. The storm made landfall on the Florida panhandle on June 11 as a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph. Bill moved inland and quickly degenerated into a extratropical low late on June 11.

Tropical Storm Claudette

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Claudette2021ImageHHJ Claudette2021TrackHHJ
DurationJune 24 – June 26
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  998 mbar (hPa)
On June 23, an area of disturbed weather associated with a tropical disturbance was located several hundred miles west of Bermuda. the system moved northeastwards, and gradually gained tropical characteristics, and became Tropical Storm Claudette on June 24. Claudette moved at a fast rate northwards, limiting intensification of the system. On June 25, Tropical Storm warnings were issued for Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Claudette started moving northwestwards, and eventually made landfall in Massachusetts a couple miles south of Boston on June 26 as a tropical storm. Claudette moved inland and weakened quickly, eventually dissipating by late on June 26.

Claudette also became the first tropical cyclone to make landfall in Massachusetts since Hermine of 2004, but caused only minimal damages to the state and surrounding areas.

Tropical Storm Danny

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Danny2021ImageHHJ Danny2021TrackHHJ
DurationJune 25 – June 26
Peak intensity40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)  1005 mbar (hPa)
On June 24, a Tropical disturbance was located just west of the Lesser Antilles that showed signs of development. The disturbance gradually intensified and formed a closed circulation, and became Tropical Storm Danny on June 25. Shortly after forming, Tropical Storm Warnings were issued for the Dominican Republic. Danny moved northwestwards, but struggled to intensify, and convection was exposed to the south of the storm. Danny eventually made landfall in the Dominican Republic as a minimal Tropical Storm on June 26. Danny then quickly weakened, and degenerated into a remnant low 12 hours after making landfall. Danny's remnants would go on to affect the rest of the Bahamas, dumping heavy rain bands in the process.

Hurricane Elsa

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Elsa2021Image Elsa2021TrackHHJ
DurationJuly 4 – July 15
Peak intensity135 mph (215 km/h) (1-min)  935 mbar (hPa)
A broad area of Low pressure was located off the coast of Africa on July 3, and shows significant signs of development. The system quickly organized and became a Tropical Storm on July 4, receiving the name "Elsa". The storm however, found itself in an area of saharan air, which prevented further development of Elsa. Elsa eventually degenerated into a Tropical wave on July 6. Elsa's remnants would move across the Main development region for the next few days, before eventually regenerating into a Tropical Storm on July 9. Elsa moved northwestwards and was entering a very favorable area for intensification, and became a Hurricane by late on July 10. Elsa then started making a loop, and further intensified, becoming a Major Hurricane by July 11. Elsa peaked as a Category 4 on July 12, and was moving southwestwards. The storm then started to weaken at a moderate rate, and started turning westwards. Elsa weakened to a Category 1 hurricane by Late on July 13, and weakened to a Tropical Storm less than 24 hours later. Elsa eventually degenerated into a remnant low over the open Atlantic, and tracked northeastwards.

Tropical Storm Fred

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Fred2021ImageHHJ Fred2021TrackHHJ
DurationJuly 8 – July 10
Peak intensity60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  1001 mbar (hPa)
On July 7, a broad area of low pressure was located south of Cuba, showing signs of potential development. The system gradually produced a closed circulation and by July 8, the disturbance became a Tropical Depression. The storm initially struggled to intensify, and remained a Depression until July 9, where the system became a Tropical Storm and received the name "Fred". Fred gradually moved westwards, slowly gaining momentum. Before landfall, Fred made a turn to the southeast, and threatened Brownsville with a potential direct hit. Fred made landfall on July 10 just a few miles north of Brownsville as a Tropical Storm with winds of roughly 45 mph. After making landfall, the system rapidly disorganized and became a remnant low within 18 hours after making landfall. Fred's remnants moved intro the central US, and caused flooding.

Hurricane Grace

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Grace2021ImageHHJ Grace2021TrackHHJ
DurationJuly 13 – July 25
Peak intensity110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min)  961 mbar (hPa)

Late on July 11, a tropical low was located off the coast of Africa, just southeast of Cabo Verde. The system showed signs of organization over the next day, and eventually developed a closed circulation and became Tropical Storm Grace by July 13. Grace gradually tracked towards the west, and on occasion would track northwestwards. The storm slowly intensified and became a hurricane by July 15. However, Grace encountered an area of high wind-shear and weakened back into a Tropical Storm early on July 16. Grace eventually re-intensified into a hurricane by Late on July 18. Grace continued to gradually intensify and reached Category 2 status. Grace started to curve northwards and affected the eastern Bahamas with 100 mph winds. The storm started moving northeastwards, no longer posing a threat to land, and gradually weakened in the process. Grace weakened back into a Tropical Storm on July 23, due to unfavorable sea surface temperatures. The storm had continued moving northeast and kept weakening, Grace eventually became a post-tropical low on July 25, and passed south of Newfoundland before eventually dissipating over the far North Atlantic early on July 27.

Hurricane Henri

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Henri2021ImageHHJ Henri2021TrackHHJ
DurationJuly 24 – July 30
Peak intensity125 mph (205 km/h) (1-min)  946 mbar (hPa)

Late on July 22, a broad area of disturbed weather was located in the open Atlantic, showing signs of development. The disturbance gradually gained tropical characteristics and eventually became Tropical Storm Henri by July 24. Henri gradually tracked northwestwards, bringing minor damages to parts of the Windward Islands. The storm slowly intensified over the course of 48 hours, and eventually intensified into a Category 1 Hurricane by late on July 26. Henri then curved to the Northeast, and encountered an area of very low wind-shear, giving the storm more room to intensify. By late on July 28, Henri had intensified into a Major Hurricane, and Warnings were issued for the island of Bermuda. Early on the morning of July 29, The storm made landfall in Bermuda at peak intensity as a Category 3 Hurricane with winds of approximately 125 mph. After making landfall, the storm encountered cooler sea surface temperatures and higher wind-shear, causing the storm to weaken. On July 30, Henri started to undergo extra-tropical transitioning, and officially became post-tropical by late on July 30. Henri's remnants would go on to affect Nova Scotia and Quebec.

Hurricane Ida

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Ida2021ImageHHJ Ida2021TrackHHJ
DurationAugust 5 – August 10
Peak intensity75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  989 mbar (hPa)

On August 2, an area of low pressure was located in the central Caribbean sea, with small chances of development. The disturbance gradually tracked westwards over the next few days, and by August 5 the disturbance formed a closed circulation and was designated as Tropical Depression Nine. The depression moved northwestwards, struggling to intensify due to unfavorable conditions. The system intensified into a Tropical Storm on August 6, and received the name "Ida". Tropical Storm Warnings were issued for Eastern Belize and for parts of the Yucatan Peninsula. Ida eventually made landfall in Belize as a Tropical Storm with winds of 45 mph on August 7. After making landfall, the system weakened back into a depression, and moved into the Bay of Campeche. Ida found favorable conditions for intensification after entering open water again, and became a Hurricane just on August 9, just before making landfall. The storm made its second landfall early on August 10 as a Tropical Storm with 70 mph winds. Ida then moved inland and degenerated quickly, and the storm's remnants moved across the United States.

Subtropical Storm Julian

Subtropical storm (SSHWS)
Julian2021ImageHHJ Julian2021TrackHHJ
DurationAugust 13 – August 16
Peak intensity65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  989 mbar (hPa)

A non-tropical low pressure system was designated on August 12. The system gradually acquired subtropical characteristics, and became a Subtropical Storm on August 13, receiving the name "Julian". The storm gradually intensified as it looped in the open Atlantic, fluctuating in strength. Julian then entered an area of higher wind-shear and started to weaken starting on August 15. The storm weakened into a Subtropical Depression on August 16, while moving southeastwards. Julian degenerated into a post-tropical low on August 16, and continued to move through the Atlantic.

Hurricane Kate

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Kate2021ImageHHJ Kate2021TrackHHJ
DurationAugust 24 – September 4
Peak intensity155 mph (250 km/h) (1-min)  921 mbar (hPa)

On August 23, a broad area of disturbed weather was located in the central Atlantic, showing high signs of development. The disturbance quickly acquired tropical characteristics and became Tropical Storm Kate on August 24. Kate took an odd turn southwards, and continued to intensify. The storm then made a U-turn westwards, reaching Hurricane status by August 26. Due to encountering some moderate wind-shear, Kate weakened back into a Tropical Storm for approximately 18 hours, and then re-intensified by August 27. Kate steadily intensified as the storm continued moving westwards. The storm affected the Lesser Antilles as a Category 3 Hurricane, causing minor damages. After entering the Caribbean sea, Kate continued to intensify, reaching Category 4 status south of Puerto Rico. Hurricane Warnings were issued for Jamaica on August 29, as Kate continued to intensify. Kate made landfall in Jamaica on August 30 as a Category 4 storm with winds of 145 mph. Kate drastically weakened after making landfall, being a Category 2 when exiting Jamaica, and Hurricane Warnings were issued for Western Cuba. Kate unexpectedly re-intensified into a Major Hurricane just before making landfall in Cuba early on September 1. The storm continued to weaken after its second landfall, becoming a Category 1 around 12 hours after making landfall. Kate then made its third landfall in Florida as a Category 1. The storm then curved out to sea as a Tropical Storm, and made a final landfall in eastern Georgia as a Tropical Storm with winds of 65 mph. Kate then moved inland and quickly degenerated, losing tropical characteristics by September 4. Kate's remnants would go on to cause flooding across the Northeastern United States.

Hurricane Larry

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Larry2021ImageHHJ Larry2021TrackHHJ
DurationSeptember 1 – September 8
Peak intensity115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min)  958 mbar (hPa)

On August 31, a tropical disturbance was located southeast of Cabo Verde, with high chances of development. The disturbance gradually organized, eventually forming an area of closed circulation and being designated as a Tropical Depression on September 1. The storm tracked westwards, struggling to intensify. Even in unfavorable conditions, the storm strengthened into a Tropical Storm late on September 2, and received the name "Larry". The storm moved into an area of favorable surface conditions, and eventually intensified into a Hurricane by September 4. Larry then quickly intensified into a Major Hurricane just 18 hours later, and peaked with winds of approximately 115 mph. The storm weakened soon after peaking, and encountered higher wind-shear and cooler sea surface temperatures. Larry had weakened into a Tropical Storm by September 7, and degenerated into a Depression 18 hours later on September 8. The storm turned northeastwards after stalling and became a remnant low late on September 8.

Hurricane Mindy

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Mindy2021ImageHHJ Mindy2021TrackHHJ
DurationSeptember 7 – September 19
Peak intensity165 mph (270 km/h) (1-min)  909 mbar (hPa)

A tropical invest was located in the Central Atlantic on September 6, showing signs of formation. The disturbance gradually organized and eventually formed a closed circulation, and was designated as a Tropical Storm on September 7, receiving the name "Mindy". The storm gradually moved westwards, and gained intensity. Tropical Storm Warnings were issued for all of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on September 9. Mindy eventually made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Tropical Storm on September 10. Mindy then turned northwestwards and intensified into a Hurricane. As hurricane warnings were issued for Eastern Cuba, the storm started to undergo rapid intensification. Over the course of 12 hours, The storm went from an 85 mph Category 1 hurricane, to a 120 mph Category 3 Hurricane. Early on September 12, Mindy made landfall in Cuba as a borderline Category 3 Hurricane. Mindy caused moderate damages, and caused major flooding across parts of Cuba. Mindy had weakened back into a Category 1 hurricane after exiting land. Further intensification of the storm would be slow due to interaction with land and somewhat unfavorable conditions just prior to the Gulf of Mexico. As the storm moved into the Gulf, it continued to gradually intensify, re-attaining Major Hurricane status by late on September 14. Mindy then made a turn to the southwest, and continued to intensify. After stalling for a couple of hours, Mindy turned to the Northwest, and was on the verge of Category 5 intensity, as a State of Emergency was declared in Texas on the Morning of September 16. Mindy intensified into a Category 5 hurricane on September 16, and started to bear down on the Texas coastline. During the early hours of September 17, Mindy made landfall as a Category 5 Hurricane, with winds of approximately 160 mph. Mindy moved inland, bringing strong winds to Eastern Texas, and causing mass flooding across the state. Mindy rapidly weakened into a Tropical Depression by September 18. The storm would continue moving northeastwards, brining flooding rains until September 19, when the storm dissipated.

Mindy made landfall in Texas as a Category 5 Hurricane, making it the strongest storm to make landfall in the state since 1961. It was also the first storm to make landfall in Texas since 2017's Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Nicholas

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Nicholas2021ImageHHJ Nicholas2021TrackHHJ
DurationSeptember 12 – September 20
Peak intensity100 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  972 mbar (hPa)

A non-tropical low pressure system was located in the Northern Atlantic on September 10. The disturbance gradually moved southeastwards, and gained subtropical characteristics by September 12, becoming a Subtropical Storm. The system earned the name "Nicholas", and the system moved eastwards. Nicholas eventually became a Tropical cyclone by September 13. The storm quickly intensified into a Hurricane, but weakened soon after attaining hurricane status. Nicholas then began to make a loop, maintaining Tropical Storm intensity. As the storm moved northeastwards again, it approached the Southern Azores as a borderline Category 2 hurricane. Nicholas had then unexpectedly intensified into a Category 2 hurricane just east of the southernmost Azores, and Hurricane Warnings were issued for Portugal. The storm then accelerated eastwards, weakening due to encountering high wind-shear. Nicholas made landfall in Portugal early on September 20 as a Hurricane, becoming the first storm of its kind to ever make landfall in a European country as a Tropical Cyclone. Nicholas degenerated into a post-tropical low and its remnants affected the rest of the Iberian Peninsula, bringing flooding rains and gale-force winds.

Tropical Depression Fifteen

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Fifteen2021ImageHHJ Fifteen2021TrackHHJ
DurationSeptember 18 – September 19
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1008 mbar (hPa)

A broad area of disturbed weather was located just off the coast of Honduras on September 17. The disturbance organized at a fairly quick pace and became Tropical Depression Fifteen on September 18. The depression slowly moved to the northwest, bringing flooding rains to the Yucatan Peninsula. The depression made landfall in Belize on September 19, and slowly weakened after moving inland. The Depression's remnants eventually moved into the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Odette

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Odette2021ImageHHJ Odette2021TrackHHJ
DurationSeptember 26 – October 2
Peak intensity145 mph (230 km/h) (1-min)  929 mbar (hPa)

On September 25, a tropical disturbance was located in the central Caribbean sea, and showed signs of organization. The disturbance gradually tracked northwestwards, and gained tropical characteristics. On September 26, the disturbance formed a closed circulation and was designated as Tropical Storm Odette, just south of Jamaica. The storm moved into an area favorable for intensification. Odette intensified into a Hurricane on September 28, and turned northwards, towards western Cuba. The storm made landfall in far western Cuba as a weak Hurricane late on September 28. The storm then moved into the Gulf of Mexico, slightly weakening to a strong Tropical Storm in the process. Odette found very favorable conditions for intensification, and began to intensify at a rapid rate. Over the course of less than 24 hours, Odette went from a Tropical Storm, to a Category 3, major hurricane. On September 29, a State of Emergency was declared for the entire state of Louisiana. The storm had further intensified into a Category 4 hurricane by September 30. Odette made landfall at peak intensity on October 1 in Louisiana, with 145 mph winds. Odette moved inland and gradually weakened, eventually degenerating into a frontal low on October 2.

Hurricane Peter

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Peter2021ImageHHJ Peter2021TrackHHJ
DurationOctober 8 – October 23
Peak intensity185 mph (295 km/h) (1-min)  885 mbar (hPa)

Main Article: Hurricane Peter

On October 7, a broad area of low pressure was located a few hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles, and showed significant signs of formation. The disturbance quickly organized into a Tropical Storm by October 8, and received the name "Peter". After becoming a tropical storm, it struggled to intensify, and briefly weakened into a Tropical Depression early on October 9, but quickly re-intensified into a Tropical Storm 6 hours later. The storm moved westwards, and began to gradually intensify, becoming a Hurricane just east of the Bahamas on October 11. Peter started to undergo rapid intensification, and became a Category 4 Hurricane by October 13. The storm began to shift its track, and turned northeastwards, continuing to intensify. Peter reached Category 5 hurricane status on October 14, and continued moving through the northern Bahamas. The storm then began to move northeastwards, maintaining Category 5 status throughout October 15. Hurricane Warnings were issued for most of the Mid-Atlantic, including the coastlines of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. Peter made landfall near the Virginia-North Carolina border as a Category 3 Hurricane on October 17. As the storm was making landfall, it curved eastwards, and exited land approximately 18 hours after making landfall. Peter had weakened into a Tropical Depression. The storm did something unusual, and started to make a massive loop southwestwards. The storm re-intensified into a hurricane by late on October 19. The storm turned northwestwards, and re-intensified into a Major hurricane on October 20. However, the storm re-curved to the south, and steadily weakened. Peter was nearing the border of Florida as a Tropical Storm on October 22. The storm then re-curved northwards, and eventually made a second landfall as a Tropical Storm on October 23, with winds of 50 mph. Peter moved inland again, but remained inland, and began to rapidly weaken. By late on October 23, Peter had degenerated into a extra-tropical low, and the storm's remnants caused mass flooding across the northeastern United States.

Hurricane Peter became notorious for its unorganized track, as the storm has recurved out to sea, and remained tropical at the same time. This is the first time a storm entered and exited land as a tropical cyclone after landfall since Tropical Storm Julia of 2016.

Hurricane Rose

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Rose2021ImageHHJ Rose2021TrackHHJ
DurationOctober 11 – October 16
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  980 mbar (hPa)

On October 9, a broad area of disturbed weather was located west of the Lesser Antilles. The disturbance initially struggled to organize due to the high wind-shear in the Caribbean sea. On October 11, the disturbance managed to form a closed circulation, and was designated as a Tropical Depression. Later that same day, the Depression intensified into a Tropical Storm and received the name "Rose". The storm gradually moved westwards and moderate intensification of the storm ensued over the next 36 hours. The storm then curved eastwards, and shot Northeastwards, becoming a Hurricane on October 14. Rose made landfall on the eastern tip of thee Dominican Republic late on October 14, and quickly moved out to sea. Rose continued tracking to the northeast, and started to undergo a Subtropical transition. Rose became a Subtropical cyclone on October 15, and continued to weaken. The storm eventually dissipated over the open waters of the Atlantic on October 16.

Tropical Storm Sam

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Sam2021ImageHHJ Sam2021TrackHHJ
DurationOctober 17 – October 20
Peak intensity60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  1003 mbar (hPa)

A disturbed area of low pressure formed from a tropical gyre on October 19, located just off the coast of Honduras. The disturbance tracked westwards and eventually became a Tropical Depression on October 17. The depression quickly intensified into a Tropical Storm and revived the name "Sam". The storm tracked northwestwards and intensified, just missing a landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula early on October 18. Sam then curved northeastwards, and the NHC anticipated the storm to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle as a Tropical Storm. Sam began to encounter high amounts of wind-shear and began to weaken. The system weakened into a Depression early on October 20. 12 hours later, the storm transitioned into a extra-tropical frontal system. Sam's remnants brought heavy rains to Florida and Georgia over the next day or so.

Tropical Depression Twenty

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Twenty2021ImageHHJ Twenty2021TrackHHJ
DurationOctober 28 – November 2
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1009 mbar (hPa)

A broad area of disturbed weather was located off the East coast of the United States on October 27, showing signs of development. The system gradually formed a close circulation and was designated as a Tropical Depression on October 28. The depression meandered around the open atlantic, struggling to intensify due to high wind-shear levels and unfavorable surface conditions. The depression degenerated into a remnant low on October 30. The storm's remnants continued moving eastwards, and showed signs of redeveloping on November 1. Even with facing high amounts of wind-shear, the depression reformed on November 1. The depression remained tropical for only 24 hours, before being absorbed by a surface low from the north on November 2.

Tropical Storm Teresa

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Teresa2021ImageHHJ Teresa2021TrackHHJ
DurationNovember 8 – November 12
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

On November 7, a tropical disturbance was located in the Caribbean sea, showing high chances of development. The disturbance tracked northwards and was designated as a Tropical Depression on November 8, and the system tracked northeastwards. The Depression brought flooding rains to Puerto Rico, but caused minimal damages. The depression eventually intensified into a Tropical Storm early on November 9, and received the name "Teresa". Teresa curved throughout the atlantic, fluctuating in strength. As the storm turned northeastwards, unfavorable surface conditions began to weaken the storm. Teresa weakened into a Tropical Depression on November 11. 18 hours later, Teresa degenerated into a weak low pressure system.

Hurricane Victor

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Victor2021ImageHHJ Victor2021TrackHHJ
DurationNovember 23 – November 29
Peak intensity120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  953 mbar (hPa)

An area of disturbed weather formed from a Tropical Gyre on November 21, and showed low chances of development. However, against all odds, the system formed a closed circulation and became Tropical Storm Victor on November 23. Victor took an odd track, moving eastwards across the Caribbean. The storm steadily intensified and became a Hurricane late on November 24, eventually reaching Major Hurricane status on November 25. Victor began to turn northeastwards, and began to gradually weaken. Victor weakened to a Category 1 hurricane when it affected the Windward Islands on November 26. Only minor damages were reported across the islands after the storm had moved out of the area. Victor weakened into a Tropical Storm by late on November 26, and began to undergo a extratropical transition. Victor became a Subtropical cyclone by November 27, and moved northwestwards. Due to the unfavorable conditions in the Atlantic, Victor became an extratropical cyclone on November 29. Victor's remnants would go on to affect the northeastern United States as a moderate winter storm, dumping snow in excess on 12" across New England. Victor's remnants dissipated around Nova Scotia on December 2.

Impacts & Records

This season ended up with the most Major Hurricanes an Atlantic season has at, having a total of 8 major hurricanes when the season concluded, more than 2005 and 1933.

Hurricane Peter became the second most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, just behind Wilma of 2005, and above Gilbert of 1988.

Season Effects

2021 Atlantic tropical cyclone statistics
Storm
name
Dates active Storm category

at peak intensity

Max 1-min
wind
mph (km/h)
Min.
press.
(mbar)
Areas affected Damage
(USD)
Deaths


Ana March 17 – March 20 Tropical storm 70 993 None None None
Bill June 5 – June 11 Category 1 hurricane 80 985 Cuba, United States $242 million 2
Claudette June 24 – June 26 Tropical storm 50 998 United States Minimal 1
Danny June 25 – June 26 Tropical storm 40 1005 Dominican Republic, Bahamas Minimal None
Elsa July 4 – July 11 Category 4 hurricane 135 935 None None None
Fred July 8 – July 10 Tropical storm 60 1001 Mexico, United States Minimal 1
Grace July 13 – July 25 Category 2 hurricane 110 961 Windward Islands, Bahamas, Canada Minimal 4
Henri July 24 – July 30 Category 3 hurricane 125 946 Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Canada $86 million 13
Ida August 5 – August 10 Category 1 hurricane 75 989 Belize, Mexico $23.3 million None
Julian August 13 – August 16 Tropical storm 65 989 None None None
Kate August 24 – September 4 Category 4 hurricane 155 921 Lesser Antilles, Jamaica, Cuba, United States $11.35 billion 25
Larry September 1 – September 8 Category 3 hurricane 115 958 Cape Verde None None
Mindy September 7 – September 19 Category 5 hurricane 165 909 Windward Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, United States $36.77 billion 112
Nicholas September 12 – September 20 Category 2 hurricane 100 972 Azores, Portugal, Spain $105 million 3
Fifteen September 18 – September 19 Tropical depression 35 1008 Belize, Guatemala, Mexico Minimal 2
Odette September 26 – October 2 Category 4 hurricane 145 929 Jamaica, Cuba, United States $20.54 billion 22
Peter October 8 – October 23 Category 5 hurricane 185 885 Windward Islands, Cuba, Bahamas, United States $83.3 billion 337
Rose October 11 – October 16 Category 1 hurricane 80 980 Venezuela, Dominican Republic $222 million 7
Sam October 17 – October 20 Tropical storm 60 1003 Honduras, Mexico, United States Minimal 1
Twenty October 28 – November 2 Tropical depression 35 1009 None None None
Teresa November 8 – November 12 Tropical storm 50 1002 Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Canada Minimal 2
Victor November 23 – November 29 Category 3 hurricane 120 953 Nicaragua, Windward Islands, Puerto Rico, United States $17 million 4
Season Aggregates
22 systems March 17 – November 29   185 885 $152.65 billion 536

Storm Names

The following names were used for named storms that formed in the North Atlantic in 2021. The names not retired from this list were used again in the 2027 season. This is the same list used for the 2015 season, with the exception of Julian, which replaced Joaquin. Names that were not assigned are marked in gray.

  • Ana
  • Bill
  • Claudette
  • Danny
  • Elsa
  • Fred
  • Grace
  • Henri
  • Ida
  • Julian
  • Kate
  • Larry
  • Mindy
  • Nicholas
  • Odette
  • Peter
  • Rose
  • Sam
  • Teresa
  • Victor
  • Wanda (unused)

Retirement

In March of 2022, the World Meteorological Organization retired the names Kate, Mindy, Odette, and Peter from its rotating name list due to the amounts of damages and deaths they caused. They were replaced with Kathryn, Mollie, Olena and Peyton for the 2027 season.

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.