By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hurricane season begins June 1 and forecasters are predicting a calmer than usual season this year.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Calls On Lawmakers To Pass Fairness Act, Preventing Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation, Gender
AccuWeather and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration each predict a slower than usual Atlantic hurricane season.
CBS3 meteorologist Katie Fehlinger agrees. She says warmer Pacific water known as an El Nino will likely increase the trade winds and wind shear, things which tend to tear up tropical systems.READ MORE: Open For Business: Manayunk Chambers Guest House In Manayunk Can Be Anyone's Home Sweet Home
“We’re beginning to see that trend. We’re going that direction. So if it in fact does happen the way we expect it to, that would in fact lead to a near or below-average hurricane season for the Atlantic basin.”
NOAA predicts 8 to 13 named tropical storms and three to six hurricanes this season. The average is six hurricanes.MORE NEWS: Former Philadelphia City Council President Anna Verna, 90, Dies
Forecasters missed the mark last year, though, when their prediction of an especially busy hurricane season never materialized.