Weather & Natural Disasters

Experts predict a below average hurricane season

Hurricane Gonzalo is seen over the Atlantic Ocean in this NASA image taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station October 17, 2014.
Alexander Gerst | NASA

Forecasters from Colorado State University predicted a "well below-average" Atlantic hurricane season, anticipating seven tropical storms will form, of which only three will become hurricanes.

"The tropical Atlantic has anomalously cooled over the past several months, and the chances of a moderate to strong El Niño event this summer and fall appear to be quite high," according to Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the release. "Historical data indicate fewer storms form in these conditions."

El Niño is a climatic phenomenon caused by warm waters in the tropical Pacific Ocean can trigger downpours or droughts and affect temperatures, threatening crop yields and prices.

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The team is expected to issue updates in June, July and August.

2015's season shows a similar pattern to 2014,which was also a below average season, according to the report. 2014 had the smallest number of named storms since 1997.

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