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Sakkra (Council) 5/31/2010 10:28 PM EST : Hurricane Season 2010
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Florida has 3 seasons per year. Cold (late December till February), Hot (the rest of the year) With the Overlapping of...

HURRICANE SEASON!

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!
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Guppy (SuperAdmin) 6/1/2010 1:50 PM EST : RE: Hurricane Season 2010
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Adasra Efri (Applicant) 6/2/2010 8:44 PM EST : RE: Hurricane Season 2010
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 Heard a story on the radio while driving that there are already 8 named storms forming in the Atlantic. I think you may get your wish for wet
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Sakkra (Council) 6/2/2010 11:58 PM EST : RE: Hurricane Season 2010
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Lol, that is so wrong. As far as I can tell, after reading around. There is still nothing but the usual T-storms out there atm. Even on Weather.com

There is however, a storm crossing latin america from the Pacific (Tropical Storm Agatha), not too likely to make it to the Gulf, however.

Various predictions for the number of storms. Here. Which is usually quite off. Last year was said to be super busy, only had NINE named storms at all... /tiny

I can't find the chart atm, But June is the slowest month of Hurricane Season. Most years NOT having a single named storm. It usually does not pick up till the end of July.

Stop scaring people Ada!
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Adasra Efri (Applicant) 6/3/2010 12:50 PM EST : RE: Hurricane Season 2010
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 If I wanted to scare people I'd go to Michael Bay!

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Sakkra (Council) 6/26/2010 11:38 AM EST : RE: Hurricane Season 2010
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First tropical storm of the Atlantic season has formed!

Tropical Storm Alex is south of the Yucatan, expected to cross over into the Gulf by Monday. What it will do is unknown, but projections have it hitting Mexico again, without much strengthening.

We will see!
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Sakkra (Council) 7/22/2010 9:17 PM EST : RE: Hurricane Season 2010
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Well, Tropical Storm Bonnie is in the Caribbean, its currently projected to enter the gulf and head toward Louisiana, but, at this point, it's pure conjecture.

Speaking of which, They don't expect it to be much more than a stronger Tropical Storm (Rain, easily bearable winds, look above) Also, we will soon see what hurricane force (or close anyway!) winds do to the oil. My personal guess is: Not Much.

http://i.imwx.com/images/maps/tropical/map_tropprjpath03_ltst_5nhato_enus_600x405.jpg
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Guppy (SuperAdmin) 7/24/2010 12:45 AM EST : RE: Hurricane Season 2010
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