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Hurricane season ends today

UNDATED (AP) - No major storm hit the Louisiana coast for the second consecutive year, but that doesn't mean the hurricane season that ends today was a quiet one.

Barry Keim, Louisiana state climatologist and an associate professor with the LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology, said although there weren't as many storms as predicted, it's important to remember that 2007 was still an above-average season.

A typical season has 10 named storms, and 2007 produced 14.

Keim says the two storms that reached Category 5 strength happened at times when there was a high-pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico that pushed the storms through the Caribbean and into Central America and Mexico.

Although the 14 named storms fell within the range of predictions for the season, their duration and strength fell short of expectations.

The only storms to make landfall in the United States were Tropical Storm Barry and Hurricane Humberto, which got to Category 1 strength.

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