The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is the fourth consecutive year of above-average and damaging seasons dating back to 2016 and is tied with 1969 as the fourth-most active hurricane season on record, with 18 named storms and 20 tropical cyclones in total, although many of which were weak and short-lived, especially towards the end of the season. The season officially began on June 1 and will end today November 30. These dates historically describe the period each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin and are adopted by convention. However, tropical cyclogenesis is possible at any time of the year, as demonstrated by the formation of Subtropical Storm Andrea on May 20, marking the record fifth year in a row where a tropical or subtropical cyclone developed before the official start of the season, breaking the previous record of four years set in 19511954. For a second year in a row, no tropical cyclones formed during the month of June.