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CSU hurricane forecast to end unless new funding found


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DENVER — After 30 years, the well-respected hurricane forecast research program at Colorado State University faces a serious chance of shutting down.

The Coloradoan reports the program lost its funding this summer.

Professor emeritus William Gray and his colleagues have issued high-level forecasts for the Atlantic hurricane season for three decades.

A couple of things happened. The program lost $100,000 of annual funding from an insurance company. Then, this year’s forecast predicted an active hurricane season. That forecast turned out to be dead wrong.

The hurricane season ends Sunday, and it has been very quiet this in the Atlantic this year.

The Coloradoan reports the program has struggled to find funding as meteorology research has become more competitive.

Additionally, Gray is a vocal critic of human-caused global warming. He thinks that a general dislike of his theories has affected the ability of the hurricane forecast program to get solid funding.



The newspaper reports a researcher says it was probably the program’s worst forecast in 30 years.

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