Another updated Atlantic hurricane forecast, another expectation of a below-average season for 2014.
The updated outlook fromÂ forecasters at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center puts the chances of a below-average season at 70%, a near-normal season at 25%, and only a 5% chance of an above-normal season.
The initial outlook put those chances at 50, 40 and 10 percent respectively.
â€œWe are more confident that a below-normal season will occur because atmospheric and oceanic conditions that suppress cyclone formation have developed and will persist through the season,â€ said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster.
â€œNonetheless, tropical storms and hurricanes can strike the U.S. during below-normal seasons, as we have already seen this year when Arthur made landfall in North Carolina as a category-2 hurricane. We urge everyone to remain prepared and be on alert throughout the season.â€