>Don’t Let Your Guard Down Just Yet

>Hurricane season in the Atlantic region, which includes the North Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea, began June 1st and will end on November 30th, so we still have another 29 days to go (at least by this posting) before we can say we’ve made it through the hurricane season.

According to the list of Atlantic hurricanes, and as long as our nation has been tracking hurricanes, November hurricanes are less common, more so than in any other month of the typical hurricane season. This year, NOAA and the scientific community told us it was to be a particular busy hurricane season, but so far we have been spared. And the mere fact of thinking we’ve been spared, at least for us superstitious types, could mean a major hurricane will form and bear down on us with a vengeance. So let’s speak softly.

According to Dr. Jeff Masters of http://www.wunderground.com/, “Historically, only about 5% of all Atlantic tropical storm activity occurs after November 1. Between 1871 and 2007, 60 tropical storms formed in November.”

Dr. Masters reports that “The six major November hurricanes were Hurricane Michelle of 2001 (Cat 4, 140 mph); Hurricane Lenny of 1999 (Cat 4, 150 mph); Hurricane Kate of 1985 (Cat 3, 120 mph); Hurricane Greta of 1956 (Cat 4, 140 mph); Hurricane 10 of 1932 (Cat 4, 135 mph); and Hurricane 7 of 1912 (Cat 3, 115 mph). There have been no major hurricanes in the months December through April.”

There’s a plethora of hurricane information on the internet but a good place to start is at the National Hurricane Center. Good luck…stay ready!

Picture shown above is of the eyewall of Hurricane Katrina as taken from a NOAA hurricane hunter airplane.