The highly regarded forecast team led by Dr. William Gray at Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences issued an updated forecast for the 2000 hurricane season on June 7. Previous forecasts had called for moderating hurricane activity in the Atlantic as a result of an anticipated lessening of La Nina conditions in the Pacific. However, the state of the Pacific has not changed as much as anticipated, and, according to the forecasters, “the Atlantic hurricane season in 2000 is expected to be slightly less active than the four recent very busy years” but “should notably be more active than the mean for the recent period of 1970 through 1994.” Eight hurricanes are expected this year, with half of them expected to be intense. For forecast details, click here.

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