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If a Hurricane Doesn't Form in the Next 10 Days, 2013 Will Go Down as Slowest Start to Hurricane Season in Satellite History

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This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows stationary front across northern Florida, southern Alabama and central Mississippi. A surface trough over central and southern Florida is producing a showers and a few thunderstorms. Showers are across the northern Great Lakes. (AP)

"Hurricane season" technically started on June 1.

However, as USA Today points out, the season has been a "dud" despite dire predictions warning of an "extremely active" and "above-normal" season.

This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows stationary front across northern Florida, southern Alabama and central Mississippi. A surface trough over central and southern Florida is producing a showers and a few thunderstorms. Showers are across the northern Great Lakes. (AP)

In fact, Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, notes that this season could set a record for the exact opposite reason.

"If the first hurricane of 2013 forms after 8 a.m. on Sept. 11, it would set a record for the latest 'first' hurricane to arrive in the satellite era," he said.

Scientists began tracking storms using satellites in 1967.

Forecasters demoted Gabrielle, once a tropical storm, to tropical-depression status on Thursday, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

(H/T: Christian Science Monitor)

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