2002 Hurricane Track Summary
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The 2002 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, 2002, and lasted until November 30, 2002. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin. In spite of notorious hurricanes such as Isidore and Lili, the season was relatively quiet, due largely to unfavorable conditions fostered by an El Niño period. As is normally the case in El Niño years, tropical cyclogenesis was suppressed below 25° N, with only three of the season's 12 named storms forming south of that parallel. It also ended early, with no tropical storms forming after September 21 — a rare occurrence. However, the season was very active during September, and it ties 2007 for the record of the most number of storms forming in September, with eight.
Notable 2002 storms include Hurricane Isidore, Hurricane Kyle, and Hurricane Lili. Isidore made landfall three times, once each in western Cuba near Cabo Frances, the Yucatán Peninsula near Mérida, Yucatán, and finally at Grand Isle, Louisiana. Hurricane Kyle was not particularly intense (reaching only Category 1 strength), but became the fourth longest-lived Atlantic tropical cyclone when it meandered over the Atlantic for three weeks. Lili was the deadliest storm of the season, with 13 deaths attributed to it.