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North Carolina experts predict active hurricane season
04-19-2007, 02:58 PM
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North Carolina experts predict active hurricane season
North Carolina experts predict active hurricane season

RALEIGH, N.C.: The hurricane research team at North Carolina State University accurately predicted a mild 2006 storm season last year when more established forecasters predicted things would be much worse.

Now, this year the North Carolina State team is saying that the 2007 season will be much more active.

Researchers at North Carolina State University are in their third year of hurricane forecasting.

They say the Atlantic basin will brew 12 to 13 named storms and eight to nine hurricanes, including four or five major hurricanes.

Forecasters said there is a 75 percent chance a hurricane will make landfall along the eastern seaboard and an equally strong chance that a hurricane will hit the Gulf of Mexico coastline.

William Gray, who has become the nation's most reliable hurricane forecaster over the past 24 years, had estimated last season would produce 17 named storms and nine hurricanes, but later revised his projections downward.

The National Hurricane Center also predicted an active hurricane season, saying 13 to 16 named storms would form.

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