MIAMI (by Alan McBride/FLA. NEWS NETWORK) -- The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season will officially come to an end Nov. 30, and all signs so far point to the final month of the season being a relatively quiet one.
That's not to say Mother Nature isn't capable of pulling a surprise or two, but hurricane forecasters agree that the late autumn weather patterns are establishing themselves ... making that prospect slightly less of an issue.
Forecasters say this storm season, which had been predicted to be relatively lively, turned out to be one of the more benign seasons of late.
Richard Pasch, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, says we've had no major hurricanes this year to date, and fewer than normal hurricanes.
"We've got a lot of names, but a lot of these storms have been rather weak or short-lived," he said.
There have been 13 named storms so far, with the most recent being Tropical Storm Lorenzo in the latter part of October.
Nobody is issuing a forecast for this last month in the season, but the customary weather eyes will remain trained on the tropics as the rest of us count down the days.
Pasch says once the hurricane season officially wraps, scientists will get together and study the named storms and weather patterns that either encouraged or inhibited them.
All of the research they'll do and questions they'll ask is geared toward the look forward to the 2014 season -- and what may drive it.