No Storms so far.
We are past the peak of the typical hurricane season here in Florida. So far, we have not had one hurricane or even a tropical storm threaten us. That is a good thing.
As you can see by the graph above, the historic peak of the season occurs around September 10. The frequency of storms drops off pretty rapidly after that date.
For those of us who live here, it is not yet time to celebrate; a severe storm can develop at any time. Still, we do have a tendency to raid the hurricane kits for any goodies we stashed away in the event of a storm.
In our house, Mrs. Fog prepares our hurricane kit. I don’t peek, but I think she puts actual food in the kit. If it were left up to me, I would fill if full of M & Ms, Oreos and Peanut Butter Crackers. I might add a good bottle of wine, for medicinal purposes, of course.
Seriously, we do need to have enough non-perishable food to last at least a week. More importantly, a good supply of bottled water is an absolute must to have in case of a storm.
While we are hoping for a quiet end to the 2013 hurricane season, I think the weather forecasters are a bit disappointed. While there have been terrible fires and floods in the news, they get coverage, but not the extended hype a tropical event generates. Once a storm is spotted and the computer programs forecast a landing on US soil, the meteorologists kick into “exaggeration mode”.
For days, there are constant Tropical Updates on the TV. Coastal residents are glued to the tube awaiting the latest storm track. The revenue of the news and weather channels goes up faster than the wind speed of a true hurricane. The weather reporters log tons of overtime and travel expenses, preparing to cover a storm.
Not so this year! The tropics have been quiet so far. Let’s hope it stays this way.
FOG sez: Weather reporting has been so slow this year; I wouldn’t be surprised if Jim Cantore had to apply for food stamps.