We are now within a month of the official end of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which turned out to be much less active than forecast by experts. State Climatologist Barry Keim feels we can reliably close the book on the season now. He says, historically speaking, we have little to fear during November. "We have never had a landfalling hurricane or tropical storm in November in Louisiana."
Hurricane experts predicted anywhere from 18 to 20 named storms, with up to 8 hurricanes. This year we've had 12 named storms and two hurricanes.
Keim says conditions over the Atlantic Ocean this year just tore most storms apart, or greatly weakened them. Keim says prevailing wind shear over the ocean served to weaken approaching storms - sparing the Gulf a busy storm season. He says Louisiana was only threatened this year by Tropical Storm Karen, which broke apart as it approached our coast.