According to NOAA, the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Tuesday, was one of the busiest on record. In contrast, the eastern North Pacific season had the fewest storms on record since the satellite era began.
In the Atlantic Basin, a total of 19 named storms formed - tied with 1887 and 1995 for third-highest on record. Of those, 12 became hurricanes - tied with 1969 for second-highest on record.
Five of those reached major hurricane status of Category 3 or higher.
"As NOAA forecasters predicted, the Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most active on record, though fortunately most storms avoided the U.S. For that reason, you could say the season was a gentle giant," said Dr. Jack Hayes, director of NOAA's National Weather Service.