Hurricane forecasters at Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project expect the 2009 season to include 12 Named Storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2 intense hurricanes. The complete April 7 report is available as a pdf. NOAA will release its forecast in May.
The 2008 hurricane season featured 16 Named Storms and 8 hurricanes. Five of those hurricanes attained CAT3 intensity or higher. Last year had the fourth highest number of Named Storms since 1944 (when air reconnaissance of tropical storms began.)