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Hurricane experts release bad news in 2010 season outlook

Two of the nation's leading hurricane forecasters aren't wavering from their bleak 2010 season predictions.

Bill Gray and Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University released their April preseason predictions, staying within the range they released in December. They are predicting a much more active hurricane season than the ones we've seen the past few years.

Pointing to warm sea surface temperatures and a "dying" El Niño, the season is expected to be about 60 percent above normal with 15 named storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes.

These predictions depart from the relatively quiet season of 2009, which was 35 percent below normal.

In last April's outlook, Gray and Klotzbach said there would be 11 named storms and five hurricanes, which was a touch high. The 2009 season actually saw nine named storms and three hurricanes.

Hurricane experts release bad news in 2010 season outlook 04/07/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 1:25pm]
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