William Gray , who pioneered seasonal hurricane forecasting at Colorado State University 26 years ago, rings a bell each Aug. 20 and tells colleagues, “I have been appointed by Chicken Little to inform you that the heart of the hurricane season has begun.”
An above-average number of storms will emerge from the Atlantic this hurricane season, and the odds of the U.S. being hit by a major system are about 70 percent greater than predicted last year, Colorado State University researchers said.
William H. Gray III, a Baptist minister and Democrat from Philadelphia who in six terms in Congress became the first black party whip, the No. 3 leadership post, and first black chairman of the House Budget Committee, has died. He was 71.