2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season comes to a close
Posted on 11/30/2015 10:27:00 AM.
Today marks the end of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season and it was quite favorable for Louisiana as no storms threatened the state.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says forecasters were were pretty accurate with their predictions this season.

"Going into this season, NOAA forecasted between 6 and 11 named storms.  Well we had 11 this season and of those 11, 4 became hurricanes, two became major hurricanes."

However, none of those storms threatened to make landfall in the United States.  Keim says you can thank wind shear created by El Nino for that.

"Several of those storms produced well out in the Atlantic could very well have reached the United States, but that area of wind shear really ripped those storms apart and really served to protect us."

He says the last hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana was Category 1 Hurricane Isaac in 2012.  It's been ten seasons since a major hurricane has made landfall in the United States.  Keim says some are wondering if we're moving into a period of less severe hurricanes.

"The thinking is that maybe we are moving into a more quiet period that could last for a couple of decades, but only time will tell.  We'll see how it all plays out." 
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