HURRICANE SEASON: Forecasters Call For 16 Named Storms

Weather forecasters at Colorado State University are predicting an above-average hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean.

The forecast issued Wednesday is a slightly scaled-back version of the one released in early December.

Researchers now predict 16 named storms in the Atlantic, instead of 17. Nine of those storms are expected to turn into hurricanes, five of them major.

Forecasters say the combination of warm surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic combined with neutral surface temperatures in the Pacific will make for an active season.

No hurricanes have made landfall in the United States in nine of the last 11 years. Forecaster William Gray says residents can't expect that trend to continue.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 06:26 PM
    They do this every year. They predict the worst year ever and that covers there butts. If they said there wouldn't be any then we got some they would look bad. They don't know any more than me or you. Of course were going to get Hurricanes.
  • by Ed Location: Enc on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    I Predict this guy will change his prediction during the hurricane season 3 times,he is worst than the groundhog.
  • by Doug Location: Greenville on Apr 6, 2011 at 04:32 PM
    William Gray and his predictions are a waste of time and resources.
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Apr 6, 2011 at 02:33 PM
    Bread in the freezer. Milk in the freezer. Spam in the pantry. Spaghettios in the pantry. Whiskey behind the bar. Beer in the basement. Snow shovel check scarf check ice scaper in the laundry room. Check check. We be ready. These "higher educated"; every year try to second guess MOTHER NATURE. I notice in this forecast they omit. "how many" will make "landfall". Hmmmmm.
  • by Homer Simpson Location: Springfield on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:48 PM
    I am predicting warming coming soon, then eventually getting hot by July and Humid in August, accompanied with thunderstorms, rain, tonados, a rogue tsunmi, two volcanos erupting. However, I am hoping an earthquake will create a 50 mile wide fault line between America and California. Then will come a time of cooling followed by freezin as cold. Naah, not a weather forcaster but I stayed at holiday inn last night.....
  • by B Location: Gville on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    Just let us know when one is forming out in the ocean, and stop scaring little old ladies with the doomsday warnings. My mother (God rest her soul) used to stay afraid the whole hurricane season.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2011 at 06:27 PM in reply to B
      That's all we need to know. Don't guess.
  • by rainman Location: backyard on Apr 6, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    There She BLOWS opps it's jest a whale HaHa

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