With only a few weeks left, it’s now clear that American forecasters – who called for a busy season – were way off the mark.
In the spring, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted unusually warm ocean temperatures would spawn between seven and 11 hurricanes and three to six could become major hurricanes with winds exceeding 178 kilometres an hour.
This year, there have been 12 named storms but the number of hurricanes and major hurricanes is well below average.
A dozen named storms is average for a season, which spans from June 1 to November 30.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax says forecasters have issued bulletins for only two storms this year, Andrea in June and Gabrielle in September and both had little impact on the Atlantic region.