Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Hurricane season ending quietly, as predicted

November 30 marks the end of the official hurricane season in the North Atlantic Ocean.  NOAA’s National Hurricane Center released their summary of the season this week, discussing the relatively weak season and how well it was predicted.  The lack of tropical storms over the Southeast contributed to the development of dry conditions and severe drought in a few places, since about 30 percent of growing season rainfall comes from tropical systems. The storms that did occur tended to stay out to sea and did not affect the US, although Bermuda got hit twice, which is rare for them.  You can read their wrap-up at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20141124_hurricaneseasonwrapup_2014.html

Hurricane Arthur July 3, 2014.  Source: NOAA

Hurricane Arthur July 3, 2014. Source: NOAA