The upcoming hurricane season "looks very average," according to an assessment by an atmospheric physicist released yesterday.

That forecast came from Steve Smith, senior vice president at Chicago-based ReAdvisory, a service of Carvill, the specialty reinsurance intermediary.

While many meteorologists have determined this hurricane season will be active–with the Tropical Meteorology Project projecting the chances of a massive hurricane reaching the U.S. coast to be around 82 percent, about 30 percentage points higher than average–Dr. Smith sees the current season in line with the 1971-2000 seasons.

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