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The hurricane season has been busy, just not in the Central Pacific

(Image: National Hurricane Center) (Image: National Hurricane Center)
MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The 2015 hurricane season in the Pacific was one for the record books.

And while it might not feel this way, July could also be record-breaking.

So far this month, five storms have formed in the Eastern Pacific. The record is seven, "so we have a chance of either tying or breaking that record," said Ian Morrison, National Weather Service meteorologist.

But none of the storms have been able to make it to the Central Pacific (or, Hawaii's neck of the woods). 

That’s in steep contrast to last year, when a record 15 named storms entered the Central Pacific.

Morrison says cooler ocean surface temperatures are playing a part, breaking up storms before they ever make it to the Central Pacific.

"It is not as conducive to tropical storms or hurricanes maintaining themselves, they actually weaken when they go over that cooler water," Morrison said.

Another layer of defense is wind sheer, which flows west to east -- above the trade winds, which flow east to west.

"Any hurricane or tropical system going into that environment is going to have a harder time because it's going to tend to get toppled over," Morrison said.

As smooth as the sailing has been so far, the NWS warns that the science is not exact, and the threats of hurricanes persist.

"Like we always say, it only takes one," Morrison said. "It takes one storm to hit the Big Island, Oahu, and we're in recovery for months."

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