Slow Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close

The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends today, marking the close of a season with the fewest named storms and hurricanes since 1997, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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WASHINGTON DC -- The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends today, marking the close of a season with the fewest named storms and hurricanes since 1997, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Nine named storms formed this year, including three hurricanes, two of which were major hurricanes at Category 3 strength or higher, the NOAA says. These numbers fall within the ranges predicted in NOAA’s mid-season outlook issued in August, which called for seven to 11 named storms, three to six hurricanes, and one to two major hurricanes. An average season has 11 named storms and six hurricanes, including two major hurricanes.

Two systems, Claudette and Ida, brought tropical storm force winds to the US mainland. For the first time in three years, no hurricanes hit the US.

11/30/2009

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