Friday, May 13, 2005

Forecast For Hurricane Season Gets Worse

Source: WESH-TV

Weak El Niño May Mean More Storms

TAMPA, Fla. -- The bad news is hurricane season starts in less than three weeks. The worse news is that one of the nation's most renowned forecasters thinks the season will be worse than he thought just a few weeks ago.

Colorado State University William Gray expects to increase his storm prediction numbers this month. He is due to speak in Tampa Friday at the closing session of the annual Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference.

Gray sees weak El Niño activity in the Pacific, and that usually translates to more active hurricane seasons in the Atlantic.

Last month, Gray's team predicted 13 named storms for this season. They thought seven would build into hurricanes and three would be major hurricanes. His numbers last season turned out to be a little low.

NOTE: Check back for Dr. Gray's updated forecast at the end of May, but also check back on Monday afternoon for NOAA's hurricane forecast.


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