Colorado State University hurricane researchers PhillipKlotzbach and William Gray have released their "Extended RangeForecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and U.S. LandfallStrike Probability for 2008." The authors have reported that theyforesee a somewhat above average Atlantic basin tropical cycloneseason in 2008 and anticipates an above average probability ofmajor hurricane landfall in the United States.

Klotzbach and Gray have gathered information through November2007 to predict that the 2008 hurricane season will be more activethan the average 1950-2000 season. The researchers expect 2008 tohave seven hurricanes, 13 named storms, three intensehurricanes.

The forecast is based on a new statistical prediction schemethat uses data from the past 58 years. The report also states thatwe are currently experiencing La Ni?a conditions, and that couldplay a role in the Atlantic basin hurricane season, should itcontinue into 2008 and six out of the eight last La Ni?a years,active Atlantic hurricane seasons have followed.

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