A hurricane forecaster is revising his earlier prediction of named tropical storms in the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season and adding a few more to the total.
William Gray's prediction calls for 20 named storms, including ten hurricanes and six major hurricanes with top sustained winds of at least 111 miles-an-hour.
That's more than twice the long-term average of about ten named storms, six hurricanes and two or so intense hurricanes per year.
Tropical storms get names once they reach 39 miles-an-hour. A storm becomes a hurricane when winds reach 74 miles-an-hour.
The National Weather service has also revised and raised its prediction.
There has already been eight storms, including two hurricanes in the 2005 hurricane season.
The season began June first and runs through November.
On the Net: Gray's forecast: http://typhoon.atmos.colostate.edu