The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season was the first season to produce well above average activity since 2017. The season produced a total of 17 depressions, with all 17 becoming named storms. 10 of those reached hurricane status, while 4, Arthur, Hanna, Kyle, and Rene became major hurricanes, the first season with more than 2 major hurricanes since 2017.
Despite the season's higher activity, the season did not feature any activity in the month of June, the first time since 2014. The first system, Arthur, did not develop until July 14, being the latest first named system since 2009 and the latest first system overall since 2004.
The strongest storm and by far the most significant storm of the season was Hurricane Rene, which became the first Category 5 Hurricane to form in the month of November since 1924, along with the first Category 5 Hurricane to exist in the Bay of Campeche. Rene reached a minimum pressure of 899 millibars, tying Hurricane Allen of 1980 for the fifth strongest hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin. Rene made landfall in Central Mexico on November 12 at peak intensity.
The season also featured many unusual storms, other than Rene. Tropical Storm Bertha originally turned Ex-Tropical on August 5, but then regained Subtropical Storm status nearly a month later in the English Channel, before making landfall in France, and going on to affect Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Germany. Tropical Storm Josephine also affected Europe, making 2020 the first season with 2 storms affecting Europe. Josephine affected Portugal and Spain after dissipating and making a cyclonic loop in the Eastern Atlantic while regenerating. Hurricane Laura became the first storm since Hurricane Martha in 1969 to make landfall in Panama after making landfall there on September 14.
These are the names that were used for the North Atlantic in 2020. The names Isaias, Paulette and Rene were used for the first time. This is the same naming list as 2014, as no names were retired that year. The names Sally, Teddy, Vicky, and Wilfred were not used during the course of the season.
In the Spring of 2021, the WMO decided to retire three names, Arthur, Hanna, and Rene from their naming list, and they will never be used to name an Atlantic storm again. They were replaced by Anthony, Heidi, and Ryan for 2026 Atlantic Hurricane Season.