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Hurricane Alley Hasn’t Been This Quiet in a Quarter Century

  • Dry air and wind shear has foiled Atlantic storm development
  • Somnolent August is no guarantee of calm seas and skies ahead
Current Disturbances and Five-Day Cyclone Formation.

Current Disturbances and Five-Day Cyclone Formation.

Source: National Hurricane Center

The Atlantic crucible of hurricanes hasn’t had a storm all month and if the calm holds it will stand as the quietest August in 25 years.

The expanse of ocean between Africa and the Caribbean Sea has only had two stormless Augusts in more than seven decades of recordkeeping -- one in 1961 and the other in 1997, said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of Colorado State University’s seasonal storm forecast. August typically is the beginning of the hurricane season’s most-active phase.