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Moore said. ``But it won't come down as
Of course, El Niño has kept hurricanes away, too just as FSU professor Jim Elsner said it would. In
December, Elsner predicted below-normal activity of
six hurricanes, two of them major, for this Atlantic
hurricane season. In El Niño years, winds blow in a
direction not conducive to hurricane development in
the Atlantic. The instability ignites storms, and those storms
follow the flow of the jet stream into California,
across the southern U.S., and then into the Gulf.
There they can be re-energized by the warm water
just in time to nail Florida.
In March 1993, a jet stream of arctic air dipped into
Texas and collided with a low pressure system
headed east along the southern jet stream. The
collision of cold and warm air energized the low
pressure system and touched off what some called the
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