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2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season Predictions
The 2009 Hurricane Season is just around the corner...June first to be exact and as usual ...there are no shortage of long range forecasts of just how active the season will be. Below are two summaries of the forecasts from Colorado State University and Tropical Storm Risk Inc. The official forecast from The Climate Prediction Center will be released in a few weeks.
Colorado State University
With their initial forecast issued on December 10, 2008...Dr. Bill Gray and Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University (CSU) predicted another active year for the tropics in 2009:
14 Named Storms
7 Hurricanes
3 Intense Hurricanes(Category 3 or greater)

Tropical Storm Risk Inc.
Tropical Storm Risk is a British private forecasting firm. With their initial forecast issued on December 5, 2008...they predicted an active year in 2009:
14.8 Named Storms
7.7 Hurricanes
3.5 Intense Hurricanes(Category 3 or greater)

NOAA
NOAA does not issue a forecast for the coming year in December
An Average Year
Numbers during an average year:
10.3 Named Storms
6.2 Hurricanes
2.7 Intense Hurricanes(Category 3 or greater)

Colorado State University
The Colorado State Team actually decreased thier numbers for the 2009 season with their April update:
12 Named Storms
6 Hurricanes
2 Intense Hurricanes(Category 3 or greater)

The Colorado State Graph
Tropical Storm Risk Inc.
With their April update...Tropical Storm Risk is continuing to forecast an active year in the Alantic basin...even increasing their numbers slightly from December 2008.
15 Named Storms
7.8 Hurricanes
3.6 Intense Hurricanes(Category 3 or greater)

The Tropical Storm Risk Graph
NOAA
The May 2009 NOAA Forecast
Tropical Storm Risk Inc.
With their July update...Tropical Storm Risk has scaled back their forecast considerably from early season numbers...altough they are up slightly from thier early June update.
11.4 Named Storms
5.6 Hurricanes
2.4 Intense Hurricanes(Category 3 or greater)

The Tropical Storm Risk Graph With the Update from July