Atlantic Hurricane Forecast – quieter than predicted

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS@
   MIAMI — U.S. government forecasters say the Atlantic hurricane
season will be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric
and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation.
   The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still expects
three to six hurricanes to form during the six-month season that
peaks between mid-August and mid-October.
   Officials dropped the number of named storms to between seven and
12 in an updated hurricane season forecast issued Thursday.
   The forecast calls for zero to two of those hurricanes to be
major storms with winds greater than 110 mph (177 kph).
   Forecasters say there remains a 70 per cent chance that the
season will be less busy than normal. A normal year has 12 named
storms, six hurricanes and three major storms.
   There have been two hurricanes so far this year.