(FORT COLLINS, Colo.) -- All was quiet in the Atlantic basin this year as forecasters at Colorado State University reported that this was the first year since 1994 that no major hurricanes formed during the season that lasts from June through November. Phil Klotzbach, a CSU researcher and co-author of the report, admits that he and his colleague, William Gray, got it wrong earlier in 2013 when they forecasted a busier-than-normal hurricane season.
They predicted four major hurricanes among the 18 named storms of the year and were still confident of that happening even in August.
What happened was just two storms got up to minimal hurricane strength but nothing approached a category 3 through 5, which ranks as a major hurricane.
“It was one of the largest busts for our research team in the 30 years we’ve been issuing this report,” Klotzbach said.
He explained the quiet season was due to a variety of climate factors, including very dry mid-levels in the atmosphere.
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