2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Draws To A Close

MIAMI (November 25, 2013) The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends Saturday and it has produced the fewest hurricanes since 1982, forecasters said Monday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a news release Monday that drier-than-expected air led to the weak season.

There were 13 named storms, but only two, Ingrid and Humberto, became hurricanes and neither was considered "major," the term used to describe storms that reach Category 3 strength.

The average Atlantic hurricane season produces six hurricanes, of which three are "major."

NOAA said 2013 will rank as the sixth least-active year since 1950, in terms of the collective strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes.

Only one storm, Tropical Storm Andrea, made landfall in the United States.


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