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Ag. Weather Outlook 4-17-2014

by Tim Abramowski

If youre tired of hearing about out of control weather the Colorado State University forecast of a calm 2014 hurricane season is good news.

After two missed forecasts in a row, this year the tropical storm gurus from headquarters on the front range of the Rockies say were likely to see only three hurricanes form. Records dating back to 1950 indicate a normal season would include seven hurricanes. CSUs weather watchers base their prediction on a developing el nino pattern of warmer waters in the tropical Pacific which usually leads to less storm formation in the Atlantic. The forecast team says just one of the three hurricanes will be a major storm with winds of 111 miles per hour or greater. Big storms are huge rain makers and can have a major impact on agriculture in the eastern third of the nation. Of course were all aware of their destructive consequences. But before you let down your guard taking refuge in smaller numbers remember 1992 is categorized as a relatively calm hurricane season too with just 4 hurricanes and one major storm. That major storm was Andrew. South Florida residents would hardly remember 1992s season as calm.