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Atlantic hurricane season half over... but still no hurricanes

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is half over. The season was expected to be a busy one, but so far it has been anything but. 

In fact, while a handful of tropical storms have formed, not a single hurricane has formed. This season is only the seventh season since 1950 that a hurricane did not form before September. Back to 1851, NOAA tells NBC News there are 20 seasons with no hurricanes before September, but records of hurricanes are extremely inaccurate before 1950 since we only knew of hurricanes and tropical storms if they made landfall or a ship sailed through them. Satellites were not launched to aid in the tracking of hurricanes until 1950.

Prior to the season's start, meteorologists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasted an abnormally active hurricane season. Some still say the season will increase and end on a more active note, though as the season has progressed most forecasts are gradually lowering the number of hurricanes.

Previous seasons with a lack of storms for the first half of the season gave no indication about the rest of the season. Some did, in fact, increase in activity, while others did not. Hurricane seasons that begin late often produce stronger hurricanes, as noted in past seasons.

So far, six tropical storms have formed this year. One storm, Andrea, made landfall in the United States. It hit the Florida Big Bend, just south of Tallahassee, in early June. Tropical Storm Barry made landfall in Central America in mid-June. Chantal struck the Caribbean in mid-July.

As far as a Colorado connection, there are no helpful hints from the thus-far inactive hurricane season that point to any particular conditions for Colorado's winter.


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