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2014 Atlantic hurricane season stays quiet as predicted

By NOAA — last modified Dec 12, 2014 02:23 PM
The Atlantic hurricane season officially ended November 30, and will be remembered as a relatively quiet season as was predicted by NOAA.

Published: 2014-12-12 00:00:00
Topics: Weather

For full report go to http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20141124_hurricaneseasonwrapup_2014.html

Still, the season afforded NOAA scientists with opportunities to produce new forecast products, showcase successful modeling advancements, and conduct research to benefit future forecasts.

“Fortunately, much of the U.S. coastline was spared this year with only one landfalling hurricane along the East Coast. Nevertheless, we know that’s not always going to be the case,” said Louis Uccellini, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “The ‘off season’ between now and the start of next year’s hurricane season is the best time for communities to refine their response plans and for businesses and individuals to make sure they’re prepared for any potential storm.”

“A combination of atmospheric conditions acted to suppress the Atlantic hurricane season, including very strong vertical wind shear, combined with increased atmospheric stability, stronger sinking motion and drier air across the tropical Atlantic,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “Also, the West African monsoon was near- to below average, making it more difficult for African easterly waves to develop.”

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