This year’s relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season is coming to an end.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that this season, which began June 1 and ends Sunday, matched forecasters’ predictions. The agency recorded a total of eight named storms, which had top winds of 39 mph or higher. Six of those became hurricanes, meaning top winds of 74 mph (119 kph) or higher.
Louis Uccellini, director of NOAA’s National Weather Service, said in a news release that much of the U.S. coastline was spared this year, with only one hurricane making landfall along the East Coast.
Gerry Bell, lead hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, says a combination of atmospheric conditions acted to suppress the Atlantic hurricane season.
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