With less than two months to go, the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season has been lackluster at best. Earlier this year, NOAA predicted near-normal to below-normal tropical season. One factor could be the development of El Niño along with cooler Atlantic water temperatures. The original forecast was for eight to 13 named storms, three to six becoming hurricanes and one or two becoming major hurricanes.
- 2014 Named Storms
NOAA was not the only organization to forecast less tropical activity this year. The Tropical Meteorology Project headed by Dr. William Gray and Dr. Philip Klotzbach predicted a season with only nine named storms, three becoming hurricanes and only one major hurricane.
- 2014 Named Storm Tracks (NOAA)
The official count this season: four hurricanes, one tropical storm and one tropical depression. Don't let the slow season, so far, mislead you. Hurricane season goes through November 30th. Stay with the Stormwatch weather team for the latest tropical updates.