I have no idea who used the words "Hurricanes Hardly Happen" but according to the Houston based Weather Research Centre, they have already got this year sorted and are calling the odds using the Suns energy from Solar Cycle 24.
This link from Reuters Atlantic to see six hurricanes in '08 - forecast
States the following: -
The 2008 hurricane season will see 11 named tropical storms, with six becoming hurricanes
Half the hurricanes will become strong hurricanes, and four named storms will make landfall in the United States, the Houston-based Weather Research Center predicted.
The 2008 forecast gives 70 percent odds a cyclone will hit West Florida and 60 percent odds storms will strike the Louisiana -Mississippi-Alabama coast and the U.S. east coast.
It could be a long season, with a 30 percent chance of tropical storm formation in May and a 10 percent chance in December, the news release said.
The center uses an index called the Orbital Cyclone Strike Index, developed in 1984, to decide the risk faced by various areas along the coast.
Based partly on the 11-year solar activity cycle, the index has accurately predicted the area at highest risk in all but three of the last 24 years
I think if more people had a bigger understanding as to how the Suns energy influences the Earth's climate, we would not have so much confusion. If only those people in Houston could converted Al Gore to accept that the Sun can change the climate!