Huge amounts of heat are available to fuel Atlantic hurricanes, yet nothing’s happening. What’s going on?

These animations and images help provide the answer

The Atlantic hurricane season started with a bang, but since then? Nada.

This despite a huge amount of oceanic heat available to feed these meteorological beasts, as the animation at right shows. (Click to expand it.)

The first hurricane this year, Alex, swirled in the North Atlantic in mid January. That was shockingly early: Since record keeping began, only two other hurricanes are known to have formed in the Atlantic during Jan

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