By the end of August in 2005, an extraordinary seven tropical storms and five hurricanes (Cindy, Dennis, Emily, Irene, and Katrina) already had formed in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Claims recently spoke with Dr. Steve Smith to get an update on the 2006 hurricane season predictions made earlier this year.

This year’s tropical storm and hurricane activity has not been as active as many weather experts anticipated. Why is this shaping up to be what you call an “average” hurricane season?

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