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Right Now, Global Hurricane Activity Is The Lowest It’s Been Since 1960

Hurricane Irma over Florida along with Hurricane Jose in the western Atlantic OceanFILE PHOTO - Hurricane Irma, downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday, is shown over Florida, along with Hurricane Jose (R) making a looping path in the western Atlantic Ocean in this NASA GOES satellite image taken at 1600 EDT (2000 GMT) on September 11, 2017. Courtesy NASA/Handout via REUTERS

After a particularly busy Atlantic hurricane season, cyclone activity around the world for this time of year is the lowest it’s been in nearly six decades, according to meteorological data.

Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach says global accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) is only 62, the lowest it’s been after Oct. 1 since 1960. ACE is used to compare hurricane activity of individual storms or over an entire season. A higher ACE means a more powerful and destructive storm season.

Klotzbach said late fall ACE — Oct. 1 to Nov. 28 — is usually around 144. Hurricane season is basically over in the northern hemisphere, but storm season is just beginning in the southern half of the globe.

The Atlantic saw one of its busiest seasons on record, generating 17 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes. The vast majority of Atlantic season hurricane activity came in September, largely thanks to hurricanes Maria and Irma — one of the most powerful storms on record.

However, while the Atlantic basin was generating massive storms, the rest of the northern hemisphere was at or below normal for the year.

The Southern Hemisphere also went through a quiet season. Weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue reported in April the hurricane season was the “quietest on record, by far” in the southern half of the world.

Southern Hemispheric cyclone activity ended up being the lowest on record when the 2016/2017 season ended in June. Storms generated less than half the normal ACE in a given season.

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