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The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season: The Quietest Year in Two Decades

Despite seemingly conducive climate conditions, including warmer than normal Atlantic water temperatures and the absence of El Niño, the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season was well below average overall.

ERIC S. BLAKE is a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center. The cyclone summaries are based on Tropical Cyclone Reports prepared by the author, Lixion Avila, Robbie Berg, John L. Beven II, Daniel Brown, John Cangialosi, Todd Kimberlain, Chris Landsea, Richard Pasch, Stacy Stewart, and David Zelinsky. These reports are available at

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