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2014 hurricane forecast just released

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(Photo Credit: NASA , October 2013) (Photo Credit: NASA , October 2013)
ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Researchers with Colorado State University released their 2014 predictions for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season. Researchers are anticipating "below average" activity, with only nine named storms, three hurricanes and one major hurricane.

The team, led by Dr. Phi Klotzbach, say that a developing El Nino, coupled with cooler than normal water temperatures and stronger than normal trade winds, may help keep conditions in the tropics a little more quiet than in recent years. However, a "quiet" season doesn't mean low landfall potential. They say the U.S. coastline has a 35 percent chance of a major hurricane making landfall this summer.

Last year, their team forecast 18 named storms and nine hurricanes. When the season ended in December, there were only 13 named storms and two hurricanes.

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