Noted team may end hurricane forecasts
After 30 years, the annual hurricane season forecast issued by climatologists Phil Klotzbach and William Gray may soon be gone with the wind.
The Colorado State University team, which claims it is usually accurate in determining a season’s intensity, admits it had “a lousy hurricane forecast” this year.
But that is not why the outlook is being suspended. Rather, the team lost funding from the insurance industry and some government agencies, which felt seasonal forecasting is not high priority. The team is hoping to find a new sponsor.
Fear not, weather watchers. Several groups, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and AccuWeather.com, still will offer forecasts.