Figure 1: The eye of Katrina, 2005
However, the 2006 hurricane season was very weak. It was below the average. Most quantities dropped more than two-fold and the damages decreased by nearly two orders of magnitude from 2005.
What about 2007? We are at the end of July and we have only seen 2 Atlantic tropical storms. Neither of them has been a hurricane. It's less than 3+1 tropical storms (one was unnamed) that have occurred by July 24th, 2006 and of course much less than 7 tropical storms (3 of which were hurricanes, two of which being major hurricanes) that occurred by July 24th, 2005. Klotzbach's team has predicted 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 hurricanes of Category 3 or higher for 2007. That's the newest June prediction; in April, their numbers were even higher, 17-9-5!
By the end of November when the season officially ends, Nature has to add 12 named storms, 7 hurricanes, and 3 hurricanes of Category 3 or higher to match their June predictions and for Klotzbach's team to be right. Good luck: you should better rent a lot of aircraft to fly in circles, Philip. Read "State of Fear" to learn the details. ;-) Also, about 1917 additional hurricanes are needed to realize the predictions of Al Gore. I won't wish good luck to this guy because the irony would be far too obvious.
2005 Atlantic hurricane seasonNo one seems to be interested in the low number of hurricanes. Only a high number of hurricanes can influence the opinions about the climate held by certain people. That's excusable in the case of ordinary folks who have nothing to do with science; it's not excusable in the case of scientists.
2006 Atlantic hurricane season
2007 Atlantic hurricane season
National hurricane center
And that's the memo.