Breaking News
More () »

Hurricane Ida makes landfall in Port Fourchon as a Category 4

There are no tropical threats to the Gulf of Mexico.


Eye on the Tropics

There are no active storms, and no development is expected at this point in late October.

► Get tropical weather headlines delivered right to your inbox by signing up for the Your Local Weather Alerts email newsletter. Click here to sign up!

RELATED: Checklist: Your hurricane season supply kit

2021 Hurricane Season

Credit: Alexandra Cranford

The season was forecast to produce more storms than average, and it has indeed produced 20 named storms as of early October. The reason for this was the lack of El Nino, which typically features more wind shear. We also had warmer than average sea temperatures and an active West African Monsoon.

Credit: Alexandra Cranford

If we exceed the 21 names on the list, we will progress to a new set of supplemental names provided by the World Meteorological Organization. They said the Greek alphabet will not be used because it "creates a distraction from the communication of hazard and storm warnings and is potentially confusing."

Credit: Payton Malone

There have been only two years that used an extra set of names, and that was in 2005 and 2020.

► Track the tropics with live updates delivered directly to your phone. Text APP to 504-529-4444 to download the FREE WWL-TV News app now or find us in the iOS App Store or Google Play.