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University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science tropical weather researcher Brian McNoldy says 2013 was a hurricane season that nearly had no hurricanes...
December 6, 2013

University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science tropical weather researcher Brian McNoldy says 2013 was a hurricane season that nearly had no hurricanes. The only two hurricanes this season were Category 1 storms – Humberto and Ingrid – making the 2013 season the least active in more than three decades. It is still unclear why the season was so weak in terms of storm formation, especially given that the average is 12 tropical storms, of which six to seven become hurricanes. There were 13 tropical storms, but no major threats in the Atlantic, and most agree that this quiet year is an outlier. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notes that 2013 was only the third calmer-than-average year since 1995. -more-

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