Forecasters from Colorado State University have released their predictions on what we can expect from the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

We have all been understandably on edge since Sandy, and a prediction that might have gotten a bit of interest from us a few years ago, now gets our undivided attention, and after a year and a half of what has seemed like an endless string of extreme weather, these predictions offer some welcome news.

The forecasters from Colorado State University are predicting a quieter than normal hurricane season, and that's certainly a relief to us all, especially those still reeling from Sandy. The predictions call for nine tropical storms, with only three of those becoming hurricanes, according to a report at

Experts say the average Atlantic hurricane season, based on information compiled since 1950 is 12 tropical storms with seven becoming hurricanes. The USA Today story does remind us, however, that hurricane prediction can be a tricky thing. In 2012, for example, more than twice the hurricanes occurred than were predicted, and last year, nine were predicted, but only two happened.

So the lesson there is to be prepared no matter what, and nobody needs to remind us of that here at the Jersey Shore. The Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1st to November 30th.