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By: Bruce Mikells

Around many coastal communities around the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean November 30th is celebrated as a holiday. While this holiday might not be listed on your official list of holidays if you live in a place that has been or could be affected by a hurricane November 30th is a good day. It's the day that marks the official end to the Atlantic Hurricane Season. 

This year's season was active but still quiet. I know that sounds like an oxymoron but I can explain. We certainly had a number of systems develop. The total number of storms was still slightly below average.  The good news is that most of these systems never really affected any major land masses.

The season featured 11 named storms. The first named system, Ana, actually formed during the month of May. Almost an entire month before the season officially started. The last system of the season was Kate. That system dissipated about three weeks ago.

Forecasters agree that the strong El Nino feature in the Pacific Ocean was the reason for the relatively quiet Atlantic Hurricane season.  However, that same feature that gave the Gulf South a quiet Summer could be the reason we have a rather wild Winter. Some of the long range projections for the cold weather months show a cooler and wetter Winter for the area.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs  from June 1st through November 30th each year.