A leading hurricane-forecasting group has predicted an active season this year, following an unusually mild one in 2006.
Researchers at Colorado State University said Tuesday that they predict 17 tropical storms this year, with at least five of those growing into major hurricanes.
The researchers base their estimates on atmospheric and oceanic conditions, such as sea surface temperatures and sea level pressures.
The experts say, however, that 2007 will not repeat the unusually active seasons of 2004 and 2005.
Those two seasons together spawned eight major hurricanes that struck the United States, including Katrina, which devastated New Orleans. After an unexpectedly calm 2006, the scientists say 2007 will be a return to the norm.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.