Of Hammocks and Hurricanes


We wish all dads a Happy Father’s Day so enjoy the hammock while you can. Then start stocking up on plywood because hurricane season is a comin’.

While images of Irma still dance in our hurricane-weary heads, we could be
headed for another active season say the researchers at Colorado State University.

Their preliminary prediction is for a slightly above-average Atlantic hurricane
season in 2018, citing a relatively low likelihood of a significant El Niño. This
weather phenomenon can contribute to an increase in wind-shear that can tear
hurricanes apart as they try to form.

Currently, the tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures are about average
and thus considered a neutralizing factor for the upcoming season.

The CSU Tropical Meteorology Project team has forecast 14 named storms, seven of those turning into hurricanes and three of those predicted to reach major hurricane strength (Category 3 or above).

CSU’s outlook is normally one of the first to speculate as to what the
upcoming storm season will look like, with the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration and others providing more detailed forecasts as the
season progresses.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, with a sharp peak in activity in late August, September and early October.

The 2017 season was among one of the most harrowing on record. Hurricanes
Harvey, Irma and Maria comprised the costliest hurricane season in history
with a combined total of $265 billion in damages.

Irma, in particular, overwhelmed Florida. Because the entire peninsula was
in the fluctuating cone of uncertainty, a record 6.5 million Floridians evacuated,
making it the largest evacuation in the state’s history. This caused significant
traffic congestion on Interstates 95 and 75 as well as the Florida Turnpike. As
Irma began her assault on our state, fuel, hotel rooms, batteries, canned food,
water and plywood were in scant supply. On top of that, lengthy power outages
were widespread during oppressive heat and humidity. At least 134 died because
of the storm.

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has
flewn. How did it get so late so soon?
~ Dr. Seuss

Terri Reeves


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