Atlantic Primed for Heavy Storms


“We’re in a new era now, and we’re going to see a lot more major storms,” said William Gray, a professor in Colorado State University’s department of atmospheric science, who issues a much-awaited yearly prediction of hurricane activity in the Atlantic basin. The most recent calculations by Gray and his research associate Philip J. Klotzbach, presented on the final day of the conference, call for a 73% chance that a major hurricane — defined as one carrying sustained winds of 111 mph or more — will hit the U.S. coast between June 1 and November 30.