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December 4, 2012

The 2012 Atlantic Basin hurricane season was the most active since 1851. For the third year in a row there were 19 named storms - four of which, Tropical Storms Beryl and Debby and Hurricanes Issac and Sandy, made landfall on the coastal United States.
Not only was 2012 active, but it was filled with oddities!
On Memorial Day weekend, Tropical Storm Beryl soaked northern Florida, ending a long-running drought and serving as a harbinger of floods to come with successive storms.
In June, Hurricane Chris strengthened to a hurricane in the North Atlantic, far from the western Caribbean where early hurricanes usually form. Tropical Storm Debby provided forecasters with a challenge when it came to predicting her track through the Gulf of Mexico. Debby finally made landfall near Steinhatchee, Florida, much further east than originally predicted.
After no activity in July, the month of August saw Hurricane Issac persist with winds for over two days, producing a storm surge that flooded parts of southern Louisiana and causing an 8 inch rise in the Mississippi River.
September saw Nadine form in the Tropical Atlantic and spend almost 22 days whirling around as a tropical cyclone - the 5th longest tropical cyclone on record. Nadine affected the Azores and strengthened to a hurricane 3 separate times.
In October, the north Atlantic coast of the United States saw the devastating enormity of Sandy and her tropical storm force sustained winds that spanned a diameter of 932 miles, more than double the size of recent hurricanes Issac and Irene.
What have we learned from all of these occurrences? Possibly that we should expect the unexpected.
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August 1, 2012

The National Hurricane Service tells us that we are now entering the "heart of the hurricane season".
Consider this - 93% of major hurricanes occur during this time - August to October.
Of the top ten costliest hurricanes in the United States, 9 of them have occured from August through October. - Irene (August 2011), Andrew (August 1992), Ike (September 2008) and Katrina (August 2005).
Why are these months so active?
To simplify - atomospheric conditions are more favorable over a much larger expanse of the Atlantic Basin in these peak months as opposed to the early part of the season. In June tropical disturbance formation zones are confined to the Gulf of Mexico, western Caribbean, or southeast coast of the United States. Storms don't have far to go before reaching land. From July into August, the formation zone spreads east until the "main development region" from the Lesser Antilles to just off Africa heats up. Tropical easterly waves off Africa become more vigorous and well-defined and sea-surface temps, having spent the entire summer soaking up the sun's energy, cause a marked increase in tropical cyclone activiity.
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May 1, 2012

Forecasters predict a "near normal' Atlantic Hurricane season beginning June 1, 2012
WHY? READ ON:
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December 2, 2011

Active Trend Continues
The Colorado State University Meteorology Project and NOAA's National Hurricane Center report that the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season produced a total of 19 tropical storms of which 7 became hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes. This level of activity continues the trend of active hurricane seasons that began in 1995. The 19 tropical storms represent the third-highest total (tied with 1887, 1995, and 2010) and is well above the average of 11.
Hurricane Irene was the lone hurricane to make landfall in the United States and it was the most significant hurricane to strike the Northeast since Hurricane Bob in 1991. This season was a reminder that storms can hit any part of our coast and that all regions need to be prepared each and every season.
Hurricane Irene is an example of increasing accuracy in forecasting storm track. Landfall in eastern North Carolina and paths northward were accurately predicted more than 4 days in advance by NOAA's National Hurricane Center.
Forecasters agree that although the 2011 hurricane season has ended, the need to prepare for disasters has not. Whether your needs are weather related or security concerns, contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
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April 6, 2011

Above Average 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season Expected
The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project predicts that the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season has the potential to be quite active. The forecasters expect to see approximately 16 named storms, 9 hurricanes, and 5 major hurricanes (category 3 or higher featuring sustained winds of 111 mph or greater) during the 2011 season. The forecasters predict a 72% probability of at least one major hurricane landfall on the entire U.S. coastline.
Landfall probabilies for other coastal areas:
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December 2010

The Colorado State Tropical Meteorology Project has issued its summary of 2010 Atlantic Basin hurricane activity. Some highlights are as follows:
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October 2010

The Colorado State Tropical Meteorology Project reports that conditions in the Atlantic remain very favorable for continued activity for the remainder of the 2010 hurricane season.
Sea surface temperatures are running a near-record highs due to anomalies that developed over the spring months due to a very weak Azores High and a consequent reduction in the strength of the trade winds. Summer sea level level pressure anomalies have been well below average throughout the tropical Atlantic, feeding back into continued reduced trade wind strength. This positive feedback has helped to keep tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures at very warm levels.
Result:
A very warm tropical Atlantic combined with a likely moderate La Nina event will lead to continued activity for the remainder of the hurricane season.
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Consumer Alert!

Attorney General Bill McCollum issued the following consumer advisory warning in September:

April 7, 2010: 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Seasonal Update

The Colorado State Tropical Meteorology Project has increased its predictions for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season. There will be significantly more activity than the average 1950-2000 season with 15 named storms, 75 named storm days, about 8 hurricanes, 35 hurricane days, 4 major (Category 3-4-5) hurricanes, and 10 major hurricane days.
Current moderate El Nino conditions are expected to transition to neutral conditions. The weakening El Nino conditions combined with a very strong anomalous warming of the tropical Atlantic are the primary reasons the project is increasing its forecast.
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December 2009: 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season Early Predictions

The hurricane season forecast from Colorado State University's Tropical Meteorology Project predicts above-average activity in the Atlantic for 2010 beginning June 1st.
The December 2009 report estimates approximately 11-16 named storms, 6-8 hurricanes and 3-5 major hurricanes occurring during the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which is more typical of years in an active era, such as the 1995 season. The forecast utilizes a statistical methodology derived from 58 years of past data and climate-related global and regional predictors. The effects of El Nino or La Nina also have an impact on the frequency of hurricanes. El Nino creates warmer water, and stronger winds that rip topical depressions apart before they become tropical storms or hurricanes. La Nina creates cooler water, resulting in more hurricanes. Based on these facts, it is forecasted that El Nino conditions now in effect will weaken.
The early forecast for the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season issued in December can been seen as a good estimate of future storm activity. This is the 27th year that the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project has released a hurricane season forecast. The team is now utilizing a new statistical forecast methodology for early December predictions, in hopes of increasing the skill and accuracy of the report.
Seasonal updates of the 2010 hurricane season are due out on April 7th, June 2nd, and August 4th of 2010.
2009 Hurricane Season kind to the U.S., pleasing insurance companies and property owners alike!
Forecasters told us that global weather patterns are imposing a greater uncertainty in the 2009 hurricane season and as the season draws to an end we see that the actuality of the number of storms falls well below the predictions. Forecasters give two reasons for the relatively quiet season in the Atlantic basin:
The following is a list of the nine named storms and two tropical depressions the Atlantic Basin has experienced so far in the 2009 hurricane season:
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