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El Nino expected to cause fewer hurricanes in 2017, experts say

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor
Experts are calling for a below-normal hurricane season this year, as a potential El Niño may limit the development of storms.
El Nino expected to bring about fewer hurricanes in 2017
By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to have fewer hurricanes than last year, with the phasing in of the El Nino phenomenon, characterized by warmer-than-normal ocean water temperatures in the Pacific ocean near the equator.
Meteorologists from Accuweather predict 10 named storms, five of which are expected to become hurricanes, and three of which may become major hurricanes.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said, “The big factor is going to be the fact that we now believe El Niño will come on board some time during the summer and will continue all the way through the rest of the hurricane season.”
El Nino causes strong westerly winds in the tropical Atlantic, which prevent the development of storms.  If these winds are more frequent in the summer, the season could end early, meteorologists believe.
Weather experts from Colorado State University also call for fewer storms and hurricanes this year.  The university predict a total of 11 named storms, four hurricanes and two major hurricanes.
This is slightly below the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. A major hurricane is one that is Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

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