Early look at the 2011 Hurricane Season

Philip Klotzbach and William Gray from the Colorado State University have issued their April extended range forecast for the North Atlantic 2011 hurricane season. They continue to forecast a well above normal season with a total of 16 named storms, 9 hurricanes and 5 major hurricanes. By comparison, 2010 saw 19 named storms while the average year sees about 9 or 10 named storms The risk for at least one major (cat. 3-5) hurricane making landfall in the US is forecast to be 72% during 2011 vs. 52% during an average year.

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