Hurricane Experts Predict Three Big Storms for October

It's going to be a stormy month.

That's according to the forecast issued Wednesday by Philip Klotzbach and William Gray, longtime Atlantic hurricane trackers based at Colorado State University.

"Our October-only forecast calls for 3 named storms, 2 hurricanes [and] 1 major hurricane," they write on a document posted on the CSU Web site.

That's about twice as much overall activity as a normal October.

September was also very active, with hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike blazing through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, though Klotzbach and Gray noticed an unusual lull in storm formation for nearly three weeks due to abnormally cold water in the eastern Atlantic.

The pair will issue a look back at the 2008 hurricane season on Nov. 24, followed by an early prediction of the 2009 season on Dec. 9.

• Click here for Klotzbach and Gray's October forecast (pdf).

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