More Active Hurricane Season Forecast

Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project team today warned that the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season will be much more active than the average of the 1950-2000 seasons. The team upped its forecast to 17 named storms, including nine hurricanes and five major (Category 3-4-5) hurricanes. This is up from its early June prediction of 15 named storms, including eight hurricanes and four intense hurricanes. The team continues to predict an above-average probability of at least one major (Category 3-4-5) hurricane making landfall in the U.S. and in the Caribbean. It said the raised forecast is due to a combination of a very active early tropical cyclone season in the deep tropics and more favorable hurricane-enhancing sea surface temperature and sea level pressure patterns in the tropical Atlantic. The team noted that the 2008 season has already gotten off to a very fast start, with four named storms forming through July. Tropical storm Edouard  this  week became  the fifth named storm of the season. Check out further I.I.I. facts & stats on hurricanes.  

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