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By Ken Kaye, Sun Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Storm prognosticators Phil Klotzbach and William Gray still think this will be a slower than normal storm season — but busier than first predicted.

The Colorado State University climatologists now call for 10 named storms, including four hurricanes, with one of those being major.

In April, they forecast nine named storms, including three hurricanes, one major, with sustained winds greater than 110 mph.

They say El Nino, the atmospheric pattern that suppresses storms, is developing slower than expected and the tropical Atlantic has warmed in recent weeks.

The average season sees 12 names storms, including six hurricanes, three major.

Photo: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center via Flickr

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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