When I see my neighbors and friends, they are now starting to ask “So where are all the hurricanes that were predicted for this year?”
Perhaps a word of caution is in order.
One should not read much into the fact that we have not had any tropical cyclones in the Atlantic in July. Don’t forget that we had Andrea in May and Barry in June.
An average Atlantic season does not get the third named tropical cyclone until Aug. 20 (based on 1944-2005 data from the National Hurricane Center). And please remember 2004.
That was a year that few Floridians will forget. We had fifteen named storms that year and nine of them were hurricanes, including Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.
The first storm did not form in 2004 until July 31st!
No one can tell you with any certainty where this year’s tropical storms and hurricanes will hit. But we know only too well that South Florida is extremely vulnerable.
We have more hurricanes and more major hurricanes than anywhere else in the mainland United States.
South Floridians should take advantage of this quite time in the tropics to dust off their hurricane plans and know exactly what to do the next time we have to go through the drill.
We should be leading the way for how our nation prepares for hurricanes.