U.S. should expect below-average hurricane season, forecasters say

04/4/2012 | PropertyCasualty360

The U.S. can expect a below-average Atlantic hurricane season this year, with 10 named storms, four of which could develop into a hurricane, according to forecasters at Colorado State University. "We have witnessed cooling of the tropical Atlantic during this past winter, and there is a fairly high likelihood that an El Niño event will develop this summer. Typically, El Niño is associated with stronger vertical shear across the tropical Atlantic, creating conditions less conducive for storm formation," project leader Phil Klotzbach said in a statement.

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