Sheesh. It is here already, sort of like Groundhog Day in reverse. Usually the first two months, June-July are pretty quiet, but August and September are when the Gulfcoast and Eastern Atlantic residents become weather barometers.
Although we wearily remember the 2004 Hurricane Season when five named storms (Bonnie, Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne) came ashore in Florida, NOAA tells the busiest year was 1886 when seven hurricanes struck the U.S. A particularly bad day in history was August 22, 1893, with four separate hurricanes.
As bad as hurricanes are, the models have always predicted them being stronger on landfall than what actually occurs. Study: Strongest Gulf hurricanes ease near coast explains that near the Gulf coastlines, the deeper water temperatures are not as warm as in the middle of the Gulf. (Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn't it?) When the hurricanes encounter the cooler water, it decreases their energy, and thus the intensity of the storm decreases.
I found this interesting: How to survive a hurricane. They are:
- Beware of heights
- Wear safety gear
- Watch your step
- Be careful with electric generators
- Know your limits
- Drive carefully
- Watch for fire hazards
- Listen to authorities
- If at home, stay inside
- Watch what you eat
Let's hope we have another boring hurricane season!