Gray Predicts Active Tropical Season

The world renown guru of hurricane forecasting, Dr. William Gray, made it official on Wednesday suggesting the 2008 tropical season would be a busy one. In a normal year the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico have a combined total of 10 named storms, 6 of which become hurricanes and 2 intense storms. This year's forecast calls for 15 named storms, 8 of which will become hurricanes, with 4 intense storms. All areas of the Atlantic coastline and Gulf of Mexico have a substantially higher risk than usual for landfall of a major hurricane reaching the category 3 or higher level. The average risk of getting hit by a hurricane along the Atlantic coast is 31 percent but this year the risk is 45 percent. Dr. Gray and his group of colleagues do not specify which state or states are most likely to be targeted for a strike.


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