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Quiet 2014 hurricane season coming to an end

Hurricane season is nearly over, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 2014 will go down as a tranquil year for tropical storms.

The Atlantic Basin has seen just eight named storms, including six hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or more, according to NOAA. Two hurricanes were strong enough for the "major" designation with winds of at least 111 mph.

"Fortunately, much of the U.S. coastline was spared this year with only one land-falling hurricane along the East Coast," said Louis Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service, in a statement.

The season totals fall mostly in line with what NOAA predicted would be a down year for cyclones.

Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane forecaster for NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said in the statement that high wind shear and atmospheric stability, as well as a diminished West African monsoon and dry air over the Atlantic, thwarted storm formation.

The hurricane season officially ends Sunday.

Quiet 2014 hurricane season coming to an end 11/24/14 [Last modified: Monday, November 24, 2014 11:22pm]
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