01:16 PM EST - 16 January 2001
On December 7th of last year, Dr. William Gray and his department at Colorado State University release the new projections for the 2001 Hurricane Season.
This included 9 named storms and 5 Hurricanes (Two of which are intense). One of the features mentioned last month was a weak or mild El Niņo event this summer. So far this year, it looks as if a weak El Niņa event may occur instead. If so, the numbers may be adjusted up when he updates his forecast in a few months. Either way, I think we'll see around an average number of stoms this year, and probably at least one US landfalling hurricane. (Last year we had no US landfalling hurricanes.. a few tropical storms, but no hurricanes)
We'll be watching.