(Columbia) October 29, 2005 - Hurricane Beta formed as the 13th hurricane this year, more than any Atlantic season on record. This season has also seen 23 named storms, more than at any point since record-keeping began in 1851. The previous record of 21 was set in 1933.
Beta's development has led to three accomplishments never before recorded:
- Most tropical storms to develop in one season*.
- Old record: 21 tropical storms in 1933
- New record: 23 tropical storms in 2005
- Old record: 12 hurricanes in 1969
- New record: 13 hurricanes in 2005
Last week Tropical Storm Alpha formed, the first time a letter from the Greek alphabet has been used because the list of storm names was exhausted.
*Note: Weather Satellite technology has only been actively functioning since the early 1960s. There is a strong possibility that other years have seen record numbers of hurricanes, but because there were no ship reports or ground observations, as they may have occurred over the open ocean, they would have gone unnoticed. The proverbial "tree fell in the woods and nobody heard it, so it didn't really fall."