Still Ahead of the Storm: Colorado State University Hurricane Forecast to Continue with Support from Interstate Restoration

Interstate Restoration is teaming with Colorado State University to provide support for the University’s seasonal Atlantic basin hurricane forecast.

CSU’s Tropical Meteorology Project will issue its initial forecast for the 2014 season on Thursday, April 10. Researchers, who have provided the seasonal projections for 30 years, had announced in November that the forecast would end unless they could raise money to support the project.

“We are very thankful that Interstate Restoration recognized the value of the annual forecast and agreed to support it,” said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the seasonal forecast.

Company officials said supporting the forecast and CSU researchers was a logical outcome of its efforts to help businesses prepare for and recover from disasters.

Founded in 1998, Interstate Restoration, LLC is an emergency restoration and general contractor specializing in repairing commercial property nationwide. The company’s specialty is helping businesses recover quickly from fire, flood, natural and man-made disasters.

“This partnership is a natural fit in our quest to improve business resiliency following catastrophes,” said Christina Ross, marketing communications specialist for Interstate.

CSU’s Tropical Meteorology Project was founded by Bill Gray, a researcher in the University’s atmospheric sciences department. Gray and now Klotzbach have authored an Atlantic hurricane forecast every year since 1984.

The forecasts are based on 60 years of historical data that include Atlantic sea surface temperatures, sea level pressures, changes in wind direction and speed, El Nino warming of waters in the Pacific, and other factors.