Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hurricane Season Is Back!

For those of you who live in hurricane country like I do, it's time to review your hurricane supplies such as batteries, lighting, propane, gas, water, food and a camp stove to cook with. Test the generator if you have one, along with a chainsaw because you may have to cut some fallen trees out of the way afterwards to get out of your neighborhood or get re-supplied.

The link I use to track and predict the land fall is NOAA, check it out:

also a link useful for seeing wind direction and speed:

Be careful and plan ahead now!
Mike


Updated May 07, 2016.
When is hurricane season? The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 with the peak period from early August through the end of October. The Atlantic basin includes the entire Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

What does a typical hurricane season look like? Based on historical weather records dating back to 1950, the Atlantic region will typically experience 12 tropical storms with sustained winds of 39 mph, of which six that turn into hurricanes with winds reaching 74 mph or greater, and three major hurricanes category 3 or higher with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

Florida has been on a winning streak. Coming into the 2016 hurricane season, Florida had gone a record 11 years without a land falling hurricane of category 3 or higher.

Last year's Atlantic hurricane season was quieter than what is typical. The last major hurricane to hit Florida was Hurricane Wilma in 2005. 

But this may be the year that breaks the streak, as experts are predicting an average or above-average number of hurricanes in 2016.


4 comments:

  1. I'm sure you are ready but hey! watch out and be safe.

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    1. I keep an eye on them and not afraid to get out of town early.

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  2. Mike,

    Here's hoping the experts are wrong with their predictions!!!
    I'll take a hurricane over these darn tornadoes.

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    1. They are certainly something I can live without. There's a system growing just a couple hundred miles off my area now. Could be something by Monday. Yes I'll take hurricanes over tornadoes.

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