Colorado State Team Slightly Lowers Hurricane Forecast

Colorado State University researchers have lowered their Atlantic hurricane forecast for this season, but the experts still expect above average activity.

William Gray and Philip Klotzbach expect 13 named storms, with seven expected to become hurricanes.

The revised forecast says the chance of an intense hurricane hitting the U.S. coastline is 68 percent compared with the long-term average of 52 percent.

The latest forecast revised the researchers’ prediction in May of 14 named storms, with eight hurricanes and three intense hurricanes, and a 71 percent chance of landfall.

The revised forecast came as some East Coast residents regrouped following Hurricane Alex.

Gray lowered the forecast after an unexpected minor warming of sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific.