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Thankfully, hurricane season ends without drama

Thankfully, hurricane season ends without drama

Prior to the start of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, hurricane experts at both Colorado State University and the National Hurricane Center called for a below average season, predicting the strong El Niño conditions out in the Pacific would likely reduce the number of hurricanes and tropical stormsdeveloping in the Atlantic this year.

Turns out they were right.

From the start of hurricane season on June 1 to November 30, eleven named storms formed in the Atlantic Ocean this year — one less than average. Just four of those strengthened into hurricanes, below the typical average of six to seven.

In 2013, only two hurricanes formed in the Atlantic basin, in what was the quietest hurricane season in more than two decades. Last year, six hurricanes developed in the Atlantic, a more active season but with far fewer named storms — eight — compared to the seasonal average of 12.

The quiet Atlantic hurricane season was believed to be influenced byEl Niño, the periodic warming of temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean — an event that causes unusual shifts in storm tracks and weather patterns around the world.

One storm, Joaquin, while it never made landfall, impacted the southeastern United States dropping from 15 to 30 inches of rain across parts of South Carolina causing catastrophic flooding.

Looking ahead to the 2016 season, the National Hurricane Center has designated these names for Atlantic storms that develop during next year’s season:Alex; Bonnie; Colin; Danielle; Earl; Fiona; Gaston; Hermine; Ian; Julia; Karl; Lisa; Matthew; Nicole; Otto; Paula; Richard; Shary; Tobias; Virginie, and Walter.