Colorado Team Predicts Above-Average 2010 Hurricane Season

Colorado State University researchers are predicting a more active Atlantic hurricane season next year, with six to eight hurricanes, at least three of them major.

Philip Klotzbach and William Gray predict 11 to 16 named storms in the forecast released Wednesday. They say three to five of the storms will be major hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater.

Gray says warm sea surface temperatures will contribute to above-average activity. The forecast says there is a 64 percent chance of at least one major hurricane reaching the U.S. coastline.

Nine named storms developed last season. Three became hurricanes, and none came ashore in the U.S.

The Colorado State team, which has issued forecasts for 27 years, will issue updates in April, June and August.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Dec 14, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    They downgraded the 09 season twice. Remember that? They predicted a more than above average for 09 as well? Is the sky falling?
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Dec 10, 2009 at 03:26 PM
    If they are right, great! If they are wrong then they should be tared and feathered.
  • by ME Location: HERE on Dec 10, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    Same as always. This years was TERRIBLE! (eyes roll)
  • by jr Location: bath on Dec 10, 2009 at 04:50 AM
    this north carloina scientist predicts a higher than normal amount of snow in the western mountains. one such storm has alreay been experienced by that area, and i predict 11 more, and one of them will be named 'norma'. another 'pedro', and a third will be named...if i put that name in witn wouldn't print it.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Dec 10, 2009 at 03:02 AM
    Not to play down hurricane preparedness, BUT.... didn't they predict the same for this passed season? Don't they ALWAYS predict higher than normal? And how many did we get?? ONE!!! and that was late season, a weak CAT 1 that made the gulf coast. It's a guessing game that puts money in someone's pocket. So let's cut the "predicts" or "prediction" out of it and call it what it is. "Colorado Team Guesses Above Average 2010 Hurricane Season"

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