New Predictions For Hurricane Season

Miami (AP) -- There have been dire predictions for a busy hurricane season this year by U.S. researchers, but now the British government is out with a much less ominous forecast.

The UK Meteorological Office is predicting just ten more "named storms" this year -- while American scientists both in and out of government are calling for as many as 15 more.

A storm gets a name when it reaches tropical storm status -- and there have been two named storms already.

But UK researchers claim their method is more advanced, because it is based on complex computer simulations of the atmosphere and oceans. The UK scientists say their computers are showing a cooling of ocean waters, which could rob developing storms of their energy.

The British computer model doesn't say how many of the ten storms will develop into hurricanes, but researchers say they hope to add that detail in future forecasts.

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