Forecasters at Colorado State University (“CSU”) predict that the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season will be above average and will have about nine hurricanes, 16 named storms, 80 named storm days, 35 hurricane days, and 10 major hurricane days. CSU also predicts that nine of the 16 named storms will turn into hurricanes, with five of them developing into major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher on the five-step Saffir/Simpson. The CSU staff forecasts a 72 percent probability that at least one major hurricane will make landfall on the US coastline in 2011. This is a significant increase from the average probability of 52 percent in the last century.

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