As the season ends, questions were being raised about the accuracy of pre-season forecasts, which proved to be generally wrong for the second year in a row.
…"The 2007 Atlantic hurricane season actually produced quite a bit of activity," said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA. "For the activity as a whole, the season was near normal. But the intensity and duration of the hurricanes was the big issue. The intensity and duration of the hurricanes was less than predicted. That was the big issue from a forecasting prospective."
Klotzbach cited wind shear and cooler Atlantic waters as reasons why the season was not as active as predicted. "The reasons for this year's average season are challenging to explain," he said. "It is impossible to understand how all these processes interact with each other to 100 percent certainty. Continued research should help us better understand these complicated atmospheric/oceanic interactions."
…Hill of Florida Interfaith Networking in Disaster said she believed that even though residents in her state dodged the bullet this season, they shouldn't relax too much. "In