The tropical forecast is out and it looks like a busy one in the Atlantic Basin.
Lead tropical forecasters at Colorado State University have real eased their predictions for the 2009 tropical season in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Nearly every year since 1995 has seen above normal activity. Forecaster Dr. William Gray believes 2009 will be an above average season with 14 named tropical storms, 7 hurricanes with 3 becoming major at category 3 or higher. The average number of named storms is 10, with 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes. The forecast, just released today, indicated there is a higher than average risk for landfall along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. For example, the risk of a category 3 or higher hit along the United States coastline is 63% in 2009 compared with the long-term average of 52%. The good news for us is that tropical season doesn't start for nearly seven months.