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The Count: the number of tropical storms forecast to form during the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season 


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Source: Philip Klotzbach and William Gray, forecasters with Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project.

EVERY YEAR, THERE'S a new prediction for atlantic tropical storms, and this one is not as optimistic as last year's forecast. Meteorologists are saying the 2016 hurricane season should be an average one after 2015's comparatively slow season, when not a single hurricane made landfall in the U.S. Klotzbach and Gray are predicting two major hurricanes this year (category 3 or above). The reasons for the change: A waning El Niño weather pattern is more conducive to tropical storm formation, but the waters of the North Atlantic remain cold, which is less conducive.

  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will release its predictions next month. Hurricane season begins June 1, and we hope Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona and all their friends stay far away from the Gulf Coast. — KEVIN ALLMAN

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