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TYLER, Texas —
As a new hurricane season officially starts Tuesday, June 1, we can only hope it isn’t as active as 2020's.

In 2020, there were a record-breaking 30 named storms, 13 of which strengthened to hurricane status, while six of them became major hurricanes.

The 2020 hurricane season wasted no time becoming extremely active. Setting a record for the fastest start to a season ever, nine named storms formed between May and July. With the formation of Tropical Storm Wilfred on September 18, the 21-name Atlantic list was completely used up for only the second time. There would also be nine more Greek-named storms that formed by November 30.

For the fifth straight year, the Atlantic hurricane season finished above-average. This also marked the 18th above-average season out of the last 26. 

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Looking ahead to 2021, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center has confidence we could be in store for another above-average season. 

Normally, there are 14 named storms, with seven of them becoming hurricanes and three reaching major hurricane status. 

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Keep an eye on this article all season long as the CBS19 Weather Team keeps you informed on any updates in the tropics. As always, we’ve got you covered.