While there are no tropical cyclones threatening South Florida or anywhere approaching the mainland United States for that matter, it might be a good time to review your hurricane preparedness plan. Take a close look at the graph below.
The graph shows the number of Atlantic basin tropical storms and hurricanes per 100 years. Note the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is really from mid August to near the end of October, and we are not there yet.
Hurricane Dolly was the fourth named storm of the 2008 hurricane season. Typically, we don’t get the fourth named storm until August 29th, according to the NHC website. Although the activity so far this year is above average, we still haven’t even gotten into the peak of the season.
Given the fact that we are approaching the more active portion of the hurricane season, it would be wise to take advantage of this lull in the action and dust off the hurricane plans and stock up on the supplies. I hope that folks in South Florida will set an example and show others how to prepare for hurricanes.