''We're likely to see many, many storms and if we have many storms that just increases the chances that many more could potentially get into the Gulf of Mexico and hit Louisiana,'' said Louisiana climatologist Barry Keim.
While Gray warned of an active season, he did not release numbers of storms or hurricanes but said the U.S. had been lucky, because few hurricanes with winds in excess of 111 mph had hit the coastline. Keim said he has to agree.
''Of course we were very unlucky in 2005, having both Katrina and Rita pay us a visit, but by and large the United States has been doing pretty well,'' Keim said.
We get the first official forecast from the team at Colorado State University on April 10. The hurricane season runs from June through November.