Active Tropical Season Expected In 2008

Dr. William Gray and other forecasters at Colorado State University have stated their predictions for the upcoming 2008 tropical season. It should be another active season with above normal tropical activity. This year's forecast calls for 13 named storms, of which 7 will become hurricanes, and 3 that will reach at least category 3 status with winds sustained at 111 mph or higher. This compares with another active season in 2007 in which 14 named storms developed. However, only 6 became hurricanes and 2 were major. In an average year the Atlantic Basin typically has 10 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2 intense hurricanes.

The active season coming up in 2008 increases the likelihood of a significant storm hitting the Gulf or Atlantic coast of the United States. In 2007 the United States was hit by only one hurricane. Humberto hit the Gulf Coast of Texas in September with winds of about 90 mph. Tropical Storm Gabrielle hit the North Carolina coast on September 9th with 45 mph winds and heavy rain along the immediate coast.

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