Thu Nov 29, 2012 01:40 PM CST

NEW YORK (Dow Jones) -- The absence of the weather phenomenon known as El Nino made the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season busier than had been expected, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.

The season officially ends on Friday, but storms are still possible beyond that date.

The 2012 season produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane. The number of named storms was well above the average of 12, NOAA said. The number of hurricanes also was above the average of six, but the number of major hurricanes was below the ...

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