Peak Hurricane Season is Coming: Don't Let These 5 Facts Fool You
The media has been mentioning another quiet year for hurricanes and tropical storms, but just how quiet has it been and what is the outlook for 2015?
Consider these five facts and stay prepared at all times:
- There hasn’t been a Category 3 storm or larger to make landfall in the U.S since October 20-25, 2005.
For those who may recall these dates, it was when Hurricane Wilma slammed into southern Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. Wilma was the strongest recorded storm of 2005 in terms of wind speed, but that season also featured numerous other strong storms, such as: Dennis, Emily, Maria, Rita, and, of course, Katrina.
- Nearly two months into hurricane season, only two storms have occurred so far in 2015
Both, however, made landfall in the U.S., with Ana occurring outside of the normal season in early May along the Atlantic Coast and Bill hitting the Texas coastline in mid-June.
- There were only eight named storms in 2014
Of these eight, six were hurricanes, and Arthur was the only one to make landfall in the U.S. off the North Carolina coast.
- There were only two hurricanes in all of 2013
Both Humberto and Ingrid were active in mid-September, but neither made landfall in the U.S.
- The National Weather Service predicts a 70% chance for a below-normal 2015 Atlantic hurricane season
They round it out by estimating a 20% chance for a near-normal and a 10% chance for an above-normal season. What constitutes “below-normal”? Anywhere from 6 to 11 named storms, 3 to 6 hurricanes, and 0 to 2 major hurricanes.
For more in-depth information about hurricanes, visit the National Hurricane Center.
So, if you have ever been upset with your local weatherman when your barbecue is rained out, you already know that predictions aren’t always accurate. Even with a below-normal hurricane season being called for, do you really want to take a chance on your business weathering the storm?