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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published November 29 2013

Weather Talk: Hurricane season one of the mildest on record

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ends today, has produced the fewest number of hurricanes since 1982. This is due to atmospheric conditions unfavorable for hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Globally averaged sea surface temperatures have been rising in recent decades, raising concern of more and stronger hurricanes, but ocean temperature is just one of many factors that contribute to hurricane weather. There was just too much wind and dry air in the upper atmosphere this summer over the Atlantic.

This year is now the sixth-least active Atlantic hurricane season since 1950.

Thirteen named storms formed in the Atlantic basin this year. Two became hurricanes, but neither became major hurricanes. Although the number of named storms was above the average of 12, the numbers of hurricanes and major hurricanes were well below their averages of six and three, respectively.

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