Here's what's expected for this hurricane
season, which officially stretches from June 1 through Nov. 30 in
the Atlantic basin and from May 15 to Nov. 30 in the Pacific basin.
Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Dept., the
forecast for the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season calls for 17 named
storms, with nine of those storms becoming hurricanes, five of
which will develop into major hurricanes (with sustained winds of
111 mph or higher).
forecast said there is a 74% chance of a major hurricane making
U.S. landfall, compared with the average of 52% over the past 100
A forecast for
the 2007 Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season has not yet been
Last May, the
Colorado State University team made the same forecast for 2006: 17
named storms, including nine hurricanes, five of them major ones.
The forecast carried an 81% chance that at least one major
hurricane would hit the U.S. In reality, there were 10 named
storms, five hurricanes, two of them major, but none hit the U.S.
It was a
different story in the Pacific region, which was predicted to be
slower than normal. However, the region was more active than ever,
with 18 named storms, 10 of which were hurricanes and six of them
of the larger storms brushed Mexico's sparsely populated western
coast, although the resorts in the Cabo San Lucas area did evacuate
guests on several occasions as a precaution.
meteorologist began giving womens names to tropical storms before
the end of the 19th century. In 1953, the National Weather Service
began using female names for storms. In 1979, the National Weather
Service started using mens names, too.
Meteorological Organization uses six lists of names in its Atlantic
and East Pacific basin rotations. A name is retired if a hurricane
is very deadly or very costly. A total of 68 names have been
retired from the Atlantic basin.
In 2005, the Greek
alphabet was used for the first time because the names on the
standard list had been exhausted. The Greek alphabet is used for
overflow storms in both the Atlantic and East Pacific
official names for the 2007 hurricane season
Chantal, Dean, Erin, Felix, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry,
Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Noel, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien,
Tanya, Van, Wendy
Cosme, Dalila, Erick, Flossie, Gil, Henriette, Ivo, Juliette, Kiko,
Lorena, Manuel, Narda, Octave, Priscilla, Raymond, Sonia, Tico,
Velma, Wallis, Xina, York, Zelda
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