Weather Facts: Low hurricane season

Weather Facts: Low hurricane season

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Thirteen named storms formed across the Atlantic basin but only Ingrid and Humberto became hurricanes. Although the number of storms was above the average of 12, the numbers for hurricanes and major hurricanes were very low along with the duration of the tropical systems.

Most of the storms stayed away and spared the U.S. coastline. Instead Mexico was battered by three Atlantic systems and five from the Pacific side.

The first Atlantic storm named Andrea was the only U.S. land falling system. It brought tornadoes and flooding across the southeast.

It was the 6th least active season since 1950 and only the 3rd below average season since 1995. Since it was a quiet tropical season the hurricane hunters didn't have to work as hard. They totaled only 435 flight hours which is the fewest number since 1966.

The very low tropical activity is linked to the sinking and dry, dusty air over the eastern Atlantic basin that prevented the growth of storms. The strong upper level winds over the gulf and Caribbean also hindered the duration of tropical systems and lowered the tropical wave frequency.

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