Tracking the Tropics: A slow start
FOX 4 Storm Patrol
CAPE CORAL, Fla. -The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season will be one of those rare seasons where we have not had a hurricane form in the Atlantic Basin. But, experts warn that people should not grow complacent as we are just now nearing the peak of hurricane season, September 10th.
The Saharan dust layer has thinned, water temperatures are warming and wind shear in some areas across the Atlantic is weakening.
According to climatology, since 1960, there have been five years when no hurricanes have developed through the month of August. Those years were 1967, 1984, 1988, 2001 and 2002.
But, during those five seasons with a slow start, on average, about nine named storms with about six hurricanes occurred after August.
From September through the remainder of the season, the 2001 season had nine hurricanes develop, while 2002 brought four hurricanes.