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2013 Hurricane Season Ends Quietly

December 2, 2013, 6:31 PM HST
* Updated December 3, 3:47 PM
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The 2013 Central Pacific hurricane season came on strong in late July and into August, but was quiet afterwards, the National Weather Service said today.

The season officially ended Saturday, but had little activity for the final three months, said Michael Cantin, spokesman for the weather service’s Honolulu office.

Six tropical cyclones impacted the Central Pacific Basin – double the initial prediction – but only Tropical Storm Flossie posed a threat to Hawai`i, Cantin said in a preliminary report.

And Flossie fizzled as it approached the Big Island, first weakening and then breaking up because of high-altitude shearing winds.

Only one of the storms, Henriette, reached hurricane strength, and it faded far south of the state in the second week of August.

This past season’s storms, dates and top wind speeds were:

  • Tropical Storm Flossie, July 27-30, 65 mph
  • Tropical Storm Gil , Aug. 5-6, 40 mph
  • Hurricane Henriette, Aug. 8-11, 75 mph
  • Tropical Storm Pewa, Aug. 16-17, 65 mph
  • Tropical Storm Unala, Aug. 18, 40 mph
  • Tropical Depression 3-C, Aug. 19-20, 35 mph

Information on past hurricane seasons is available here.

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