The upcoming hurricane season is forecast to see slightly below average hurricane activity, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Jesse Maag.
The forecast is due to an weak, yet persistent El Nino pattern, he said.
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During an El Nino, westerly winds in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean create conditions not suitable for hurricane growth and development. The increased winds actually tear apart a hurricane or prevent them from forming all together.
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In addition, current sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean are slightly below average.
Both factors are expected to have a slight, yet noticeable impact on this year’s hurricane season.