Continuous weather tracking, including locations of each specific storm as they progress, along with the details of each storm front will be available here. Pictures of each storm will be provided as acquired for viewing. Storm paths will be closely monitored. Any changes in the storm path will be reported as soon as possible. Any and ALL land masses that will be affected by any tropical storm or hurricane will be presented here, with all warnings and predictions.
Please understand that the purpose of this blog is to inform its readers of incidents of extreme weather so that the people in the path of such storms can take action to protect themselves. This doesn't mean to hide in a basement or try to weather the storm in the direct path of destruction. This blog will indicate when it is time for evacuation, as suggested by the local governments of each area affected.
Usually with tropical weather, there is plenty of time for people who care to get out of the way of such tropical weather to do so. Unfortunately, there will be people that will be amply warned, but will refuse to move out of the path of the storm, either because they don't want to abandon their home or for other reasons.
Mother nature, in the case of hurricanes, similar to tornadoes as was proven in Oklahoma last week, proves that you will have no control as to what happens as far as the destruction phase of the storm. In Moore Oklahoma, a tornado which was almost 1-mile wide traveled through the heart of the city for approximately 20 miles and destroyed hundreds of homes, with over 200 MPH winds. Just about everything in the direct path of that tornado, which were homes, schools, hospitals, cars and people, were either destroyed or killed. Likewise, with hurricanes, at least you will have ample warning, and you can read all the reports about any specific storm right here.
One of the reasons why I am providing this information is because my family was directly affected when Hurricane Katrina plowed through New Orleans on August 28, 2005. It was a Category 5 storm, packing winds up to 175 MPH. It did not seem too harmful at first when it arrived on land. It was only a Category 3 storm, and New Orleans managed through Category 3 storms easily in the past. But what happened later during the storm affected hundreds of people, the same people who refused to leave their homes. One of the local dams broke and flooded out an entire subdivision of the city, pushing all the homes in the subdivision under water. People were rescued from their roof tops, and many people who could not reach dry land either drowned or were killed from flying objects of the storm.
The prediction for the 2013 hurricane season this year is that there is a 70% likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). These ranges are will above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
Three climate factors that strongly control Atlantic hurricane activity are expected to come together to produce an active or extremely active 2013 hurricane season. These are:
- A continuation of the atmospheric climate pattern, which includes a strong west African monsoon, that is responsible for the ongoing era of high activity for Atlantic hurricanes that began in 1995;
- Warmer-than-average water temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea; and
- El-Nino is not expected to develop to suppress hurricane formation.
Whether you like it or not, the 2013 Hurricane Season is now upon us, and the seriousness of the tropical activity should not be taken lightly.
Again, be advised of all active hurricane and monsoon activity around the globe, right here on this blog.