The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released it’s predictions for the 2014 hurricane system.
NOAA is predicting that the 2014 hurricane season will be “near-normal or below-normal.” The organization states that the cause for less powerful storms this year is due to the incoming El Niño. The El Niño will increase wind shear, which in turn reduces the power of hurricanes and other tropical storms.
NOAA is predicting a 50% chance of a below-normal season, a 40% chance of a near-normal season and a 10% chance of an above average season for 2014. The organization also predicts that there is a 70% chance that there will be eight to 13 named storms and that three to six of them could develop into hurricanes.
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