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Updated: 04/13/2017 08:30:03AM

Early reports forecast mild hurricane season

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by Paul Rusnak

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The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season was one to remember, thanks to Hurricane Matthew. The major landfalling storm defined the season that was originally predicted to be just slightly more active than previous campaigns.

For 2017, conditions might swing the other way if El Niño has something to say about it. According to the just-released Extended Range Forecast from Colorado State University Climatologist Phil Klotzbach, the Atlantic basin will experience slightly below-average activity, due in part to the likeliness of the current neutral climate phase transitioning to either a weak or moderate El Niño by the peak (mid-September) of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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