Hurricane Outlook

The first outlook for the 2008 hurricane season is out. The Colorado State University team led by Philip J. Klotzback and professor emeritus William J. Gray have produced their 17th annual forecast and it contains no real suprises.

The Atlantic Basin remains in the middle of a long term statistical cycle of increased tropical storm and hurricane activity. The past two seasons experienced a dip in storm activity but in the long term, climatology points toward an active season.

The forecast ….

Named Storms … 13
Hurricanes … 7
Intense Hurricanes … 3

There are many qualifiers in this long range forecast. They are spelled out in a 28 page report that is available at …

http://hurricane.atmos.colostate.edu/Forecasts

John Collins

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