Silent Hurricane Season Adds Fuel to a Debate Over Global Warming

by Rachel Baker on September 10, 2013

Despite the fact that possibly the first named hurricane is hanging out in the Atlantic right now with the name Tropical Storm Humberto, there is some concern about this year’s unusually quiet hurricane season.

It’s been quiet this hurricane season — too quiet. Back in May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a “very active” tropical-storm season, one with between seven and 11 hurricanes. The agency lowered that estimate in August to between six and nine hurricanes, but still predicted that three to five of them would become major storms, with winds above 111 m.p.h.

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