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We last spoke with Dr. Steve Smith midway through the 2006 hurricane season three months ago, where he reassessed weather predictions and stated that the season would turn out to be an average one. Now that the 2006 storm season has officially come to a close, Claims’ went back to get Smith’s overall impressions of activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific, and also ask him about factors influencing next year’s activity.

This year was the least costly hurricane season in 10 years. Preseason predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were significantly over inflated. What happened in the Atlantic?

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