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U.S. forecaster may lower Atlantic storm forecast

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 13 (Reuters) - Colorado State University hurricane forecaster Bill Gray said on Wednesday he may reduce his next Atlantic season forecast because sea temperatures are cooling and a weak El Nino may appear by late summer.

The pioneering forecaster told Reuters if his research team lowers the forecast, it would likely drop from the 12 tropical storms predicted in April to 11.

The CSU team had already reduced the forecast from the 14 storms it predicted in December.

The new forecast is scheduled for release on June 2. (Reporting by Jim Loney)

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