October is here and James Tyson of Austin was wondering where is the busy hurricane season?
It hasn't seemed like it but we are going through the names list for storms rather quickly...10 and counting. This number is misleading because the strengths and impacts from these storms have been minimal here in the U.S. making it seem that it has been a tranquil season.
The 2013 season is fairly close to average when it comes to the number of storms but lagging behind in the hurricane department.
As you look at the paths of the tropical systems, only Andrea hit the U.S. way back in June. Since then the storms have veered away from the U.S. or fizzled out.
We've had two hurricanes...Humberto and Ingrid. Both of them didn't reach major hurricane status with winds of 111 miles per hour or stronger.
Since 1960, only four years have had no major hurricanes, the most destructive kind. You have to go back to the season of 1994 for the last time this happened.
Time is running out because most of them form in August and September.
The unusual cool and dry air mass over the Atlantic early in the season and stronger upper level winds in gulf and Caribbean prevented tropical waves from growing into monster storms.
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