After unprecedented hurricane season, Texas has few months to prepare for possible 2006 reprise


Hurricane researcher William Gray and his Colorado State University team are predicting 17 named storms and nine hurricanes for next year, the most that they have ever projected for a season. That’s still considerably short of the 26 named storms that formed this year, using up the regular alphabetical roster of names and prompting National Weather Service forecasters to appropriate letters from the Greek alphabet, from Alpha as far as Epsilon.