Weather experts predict "below average" hurricane season

      National Weather Conference at South Padre Island

      Below average.

      That's how Dr. William Grey and Dr. Philip Klotzbach are describing the potential 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

      The head meteorologists of the Colorado State University "Tropical Research Project" revealed their projection this morning at the National Weather Conference at South Padre Island.

      The two predict nine named storms, with three possibly becoming hurricanes, and one major hurricane.

      An average year will see 12 named storms, six hurricanes, with three major hurricanes.

      They cite a, "pretty significant El Nino weather event," as a possible deterrent to potential tropical development in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico basins.

      The two men are leaders in the field of Tropical Meteorology research.

      They take into account various atmospheric, sea surface, wind, and global patterns and data to create their forecast.

      Despite the below average forecast, residents should continue to make preparations for the season which begins June 1st and runs through November 30th.