We've reached the final month of the Atlantic hurricane season, which officially runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 each year. But even though the season is winding down, there can still be tropical storms and even hurricanes in November.
Martin is the most recent tropical cyclone to roam the Atlantic Basin in November after developing over the central North Atlantic on the first day of the 2022 season's final month.
Typical areas to watch in November
The most likely area to find a tropical storm or hurricane in November is in the western Caribbean Sea off the coast of Central America.
However, we can also see tropical cyclones elsewhere in the Caribbean, in the southern and eastern Gulf of Mexico, off the southeastern U.S. coast or over the open waters of the central Atlantic Ocean east and southeast of Bermuda and northeast of Puerto Rico.
Recent November tropical storms and hurricanes
While no tropical storms or hurricanes developed in the Atlantic Basin in November 2021, it was a much different story in 2020.
Later that month, Iota rapidly intensified and also struck Central America as a Category 4 hurricane. Many of the same areas in Central America that were devastated by Hurricane Eta less than two weeks earlier were struck with catastrophic flooding once again by Hurricane Iota.
In 2016, Hurricane Otto became the latest-in-season landfalling hurricane in the Atlantic Basin after it crashed ashore in far southern Nicaragua, only about a dozen miles north of the Costa Rica border, on Nov. 24 – that year's Thanksgiving holiday for the U.S. Otto's landfall location was also farther south than any Atlantic Basin hurricane on record.