NOAA Predicts a Weaker Than Average Atlantic Hurricane Season

As the weather continues to warm up and we enjoy our spring, other parts of the country are looking into the hurricane forecast.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued it's official hurricane season forecast. They are predicting a slower than usual hurricane season this year because of the building El Nino, which is the warming up of the Pacific Ocean water temperatures. The El Nino builds up every several years in an oscillation between warmer and cooler water temperatures.

El Nino tends to weaken hurricane potential in the Atlantic. For 2014, officials expect about eight to 13 named tropical storms and three to six hurricanes. Just one or two major hurricanes with winds over 110 miles per hour are forecast. Of course, it still only takes one storm to wreak havoc. If you have travel plans this year, it's still something to be prepared for.

Good news for Mid-Michigan, El Nino normally means a warmer winter with less snow for the Midwest. El Nino also has a wide variety of impacts around the rest of the world.

Click the links on the right for more details on NOAA's hurricane forecast. Another link leads you to a NASA ScienceCast on El Nino. Their YouTube ScienceCasts are always great sources for everything science and are easy to understand.

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