Climate Center – Don’t Count Out Hurricane Season 2013 Just Yet
Source Newsroom: Cornell University
Jessica Spaccio, a climatologist with the NOAA’s Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, talks about the slower-than-expected 2013 hurricane season and warns weather watchers not to count Mother Nature out yet.
“The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season is at the halfway point, and has yet to see a hurricane. While many people are relieved by this, it’s also puzzling as the season outlook called for an above-normal season.
“The NOAA Climate Prediction Center forecasted 13-19 named storms, six to nine hurricanes, and three to five major hurricanes. While no hurricanes have yet formed, there have been eight named storms – one of which is Tropical Storm Humberto, currently in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean and expected to strengthen and possibly become the season’s first hurricane. Also, Gabrielle has returned to tropical storm strength and is passing near Bermuda.
“Although the science behind why is still far from settled, the season so far has been on the quiet side. But with the second half still to come, it’s too soon to count out an active season.”
Media note: Cornell’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-supported Northeast Regional Climate Center serves a 12-state region that includes Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.