Saturday, November 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Weather

Quiet close to an otherwise quiet season

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The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season proved to be the most inactive in 30 years.

Only two hurricanes formed during the Atlantic season, which began June 1 and ends Saturday. Neither hit land, and neither developed into a major hurricane, with winds of 111 mph or more.

Only one tropical storm, Andrea, made landfall in the United States. It hit June 6, about 10 miles south of Steinhatchee.

Even more telling, the accumulated cyclone index, a measure of storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, was about a quarter of what it is in an average year, experts say.

Could this signal a slowdown?

Experts say it is far too early to tell whether this season might be a harbinger of coming years.

In fact, many already are saying they expect next season to return to the more active profile of the last two decades.

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