Boulder, Colo. — U.S.-based researchers are predicting 14 tropical storms in the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, stating that seven would develop into hurricanes.

The team of researchers from Colorado State University—formed by forecasting pioneer William Gray—said 2009 would be a "somewhat above-average" hurricane season. The long-term average during the six-month season, which begins on June 1, is for 10 or 11 tropical storms and six hurricanes.

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