Weak 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Draws To Close

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ends Saturday, has delivered the fewest hurricanes since 1982.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a news release Monday that drier-than-expected air led to the weak season. There were 13 named storms, but only two — Ingrid and Humberto — became hurricanes. Neither was considered “major,” a storm that reaches Category 3 strength.

The average Atlantic hurricane season produces six hurricanes, of which three are “major.”

NOAA says 2013 will rank as the sixth least-active year since 1950, in terms of the collective strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes.

Only one storm, Tropical Storm Andrea, made landfall in the United States.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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