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Forecasters revise hurricane predictions

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Forecasters revise hurricane predictions

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COLORADO, Aug 5  – Weather forecasters at Colorado State University (CSU) have lowered their prediction for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
“We continue to anticipate an above-average season in 2013, although we have lowered our forecast slightly due to anomalous cooling in the eastern subtropical and tropical Atlantic,” said Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray in their latest prediction.  
“We expect an above-average probability of United States and Caribbean major hurricane landfall.”
Klotzbach and Gray said information obtained through July 2013 indicates that the remainder of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season will be “more active than the average 1981-2010 season”. 
They estimated that the remainder of 2013 will have about eight hurricanes (average is 5.5), 14 named storms (average is 10.5), 75 named storm days (average is 58), 35 hurricane days (average is 21.3), three major (Category 3-4-5) hurricanes (average is 2.0) and seven major hurricane days (average is 3.9).
“The probability of US major hurricane landfall and Caribbean major hurricane activity for the remainder of the 2013 season is estimated to be above its long-period average,” the two forecasters said.