Hurricane season could fire up early, expert says

by: John Ahrens Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Darryl Murray is happy to get his after-school kids outside at Reedy Creek Park, but the opportunities to get outside have been few and far between this year because of all the rain. The area has seen close to 20 inches.
Dr. Matt Eastin at University of North Carolina at Charlotte said the waters in the gulf are already warmer than normal and if storms keep coming through at the rate they have been so far, it may only be a matter of time.
"I would not be surprised if we have an early tropical storm or even a weak hurricane here,” he said.
 "You can have a front that stalls out, and once you get enough heat, it can rapidly develop into a tropical storm and move into the Carolinas, so it’s definitely something to keep an eye on."
Just because the season gets off to an early start, it doesn't necessarily mean it will be a very active one.
An El Nino is expected to develop later on this year and that will likely stir up the wind and keep a lot of storms from developing. 
Hurricanes in general have also been on a downward trend in recent years. Some experts are going for a relatively quiet 2014 hurricane season.