Forecaster Keeps Active Hurricane Season Outlook

Forecaster Keeps Active Hurricane Season Outlook

Forecaster William Gray and his team of researchers at Colorado State University are sticking with their prediction for a very active hurricane season, with 15 named storms, including tropical storm Arthur, which formed on Saturday and has since fallen apart.

Gray’s first outlook for this year’s hurricane season came in April.

Last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast 12 to 16 named storms, including six to nine hurricanes.

Warmer water temperatures in the Atlantic and low sea level pressure contributed to the prediction of a busy season.

“Conditions in the tropical Atlantic look quite favorable for an active hurricane season,” said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the university’s forecast.

Last June, the team predicted 17 named storms, including nine hurricanes, five of them major. The year produced 14 named storms, including six hurricanes, two of them major.

The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

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