Florida has 3 seasons per year. Cold (late December till February), Hot (the rest of the year) With the Overlapping of...
It starts tomorrow, June 1st and goes till November 30th.
As many know, I live in the Northwest Florida Panhandle, (the northern part bordering Alabama and Georgia.) I am somewhat inland, and thus, relatively safe from all but high classification storms.
Speaking of such, let me describe them. Info taken from Wikipedia as needed (to reinforce my memory) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_cyclone
Storm rating are based on the winds sustained for a 10 minute period. They are monitored via satelite and plane flights into the storm.
32-34 mile per hour winds is called a Tropical Depression, these usually do not have a very defined shape, and rarely an eye. more often than not, while they rotate around a point, it is just a single band, and not even close to a circular system. This are comparable to a moderate rain storm.
35- 63 mile per hour winds are Tropical storms. They tend to have a more distinct center, and be more organized, though usually lacking the spiral hurricane shape till it gets to the higher speeds of the rating. It is like a heavy storm, that takes a day or two.
64-83 is a class 1 Hurricane! Basically has a fully formed eye and shape, rain and wind. Like a really bad storm. Yawnfest.
84-98 is a class 2 Hurricane! Getting bigger, by this point, its a large storm, spanning several hundred miles, has a good rotation, nice form. Rain/Wind is not much worse than Class 1. May have some Storm Surge.
Still not exciting. Nice waves, alot of surfers go out despite beaches closing. Some never come back.
99-114 is a class 3 Hurricane! These can be pretty nasty. A good Storm Surge
can cause alot of damage, flooding buildings in low lying areas, especially coastal beachfront areas. Condo's get their first floor flooded. Most homes are perfectly safe, though there is evacuations in said low areas. Can be bad for unprepared. Hurricane Opal
(which hit a bit west of where I lived at the time, giving us the brunt of it) in 1995 was of this class, and caused a lot of damage. Hurricane Dennis
looked like it was going to be nastier than it was, thankfully. As well as the infamous Hurricane Katrina.
115-137 Class 4. Scary. Seriously. Time to run to Alabama or anywhere out of its path. Hurricane Charley
is one example. Or, much closer to home, Hurricane Ivan
(Which, like Opal, we got pretty badly hit here. We stayed home, thinking it wouldn't be too bad. by the time we realized how bad it was, too late to evacuate. Scariest night ever.)
138+ Class 5. Thought 4 was scary? This is nightmare land. Hurricane Hugo
or Hurricane Andrew
were of this class. Run. Take what you can with you, cause even inland, not much will be left if it passes over. These don't happen too often, and I have never been affected by one of these. These are the worst of the worst.
Do I wish to have none of the above? North Florida is mostly pine trees, very flammable in dry conditions. We need rain, and lots of it. Tropical systems are usually a huge chunk of our annual rainfall, and are actually welcomed by locals. Last year we had 2 Tropical storms. They were kind of pathetic, really. And only 9 Storms in the entire season
. (for the entire North Atlantic)
This year, I hope for 2 or 3 Tropical Storms, maybe a Class one or even a Class 2, good amount of rain. Not significant damage. Hopefully people stay out of the water. (Not going to happen)
I'll post updates to any storms that may arise, though few storms form so early in the year, late July/August is when it usually picks up.
Here's to a wet Hurricane Season!