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2009 Hurricane Season Off to Slow Start

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

So far, there is no news in the 2009 hurricane season. A full month into the official season, no named storm has appeared in the Atlantic region. Asks a story by Willie Drye in National Geographic magazine, “Hurricane Season 2009: Where Are All the Storms?

As the National Geographic story mentions, there seem to be some objective forces at work that would tend to limit the incidence of tropical storm formation. An “El Nino” condition in the southern Pacific ocean in particular has pulled the Northern Hemisphere’s jet stream south over the Atlantic basin. There, the jet stream sets up “wind shear” conditions in the upper atmosphere that can clip the tops off of circulating wind patterns, preventing the convective currents that engender strong storms.

But a quiet June and July don’t necessarily portend a quiet fall. The National Hurricane Center graphic below shows the historic pattern of storm incidence through the entire storm season. As the graph indicates, most storms occur between August and October, with the peak occurring during mid-September.

The Miami Herald cites the example of 2004, when the first named storm didn’t crank up until the last day of July — but Florida ended up getting pounded by Hurricanes Charlie, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne (“Hurricane season’s been a breeze, but don’t breathe easy yet,” by Curtis Morgan).

Jeff Masters notes, “The first named storm of the year didn’t occur until August in ten of the past fifty years (20%). Only two of these ten seasons ended up with more hurricanes than average (seven or greater).” Then, he points out, there’s 1992 — a year that had one, un-named subtropical storm, followed finally by the first named storm of the year — Hurricane Andrew, which shattered the previous record for hurricane dollar damage.

In view of current conditions and the quiet early summer, government officials have scaled back their predictions for the season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) now gives 70% odds that the Atlantic will see 7 to 11 named storms, with 3 to 6 of those being hurricanes and 1 or 2 being major hurricanes. That’s down from a May forecast of 9 to 14 named storms, 4 to 7 hurricanes, and 1 to 3 major hurricanes.

But as NOAA forecaster Gerry Bell said, “It only takes one strike to make it a bad year.”  Deltec homes’ have withstood Hurricanes Katrina, Ivan, Charley and we haven’t lost one yet in over 40 years of buidling round homes.  To learn more about Deltec’s severe high wind resistant circular homes, click here.

High Wind Hitting the Southeast

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Over the last week, high winds and tornadoes have hit the southeast hard. Asheville, NC, the home of our headquarters, is under tornado warnings right now. Be safe everyone and take the necessary precautions. Here are some important facts to know about tornadoes from the fema site.

Some tornadoes are clearly visible, while rain or nearby low-hanging clouds obscure others. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible.

Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still. A cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.

The following are facts about tornadoes:

  • They may strike quickly, with little or no warning.
  • They may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel.
  • The average tornado moves Southwest to Northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 MPH, but may vary from stationary to 70 MPH.
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Peak tornado season in the southern states is March through May; in the northern states, it is late spring through early summer.

To learn more how to protect yourself during a tornado go to this page on the fema site. Deltec Homes have sustained high winds up to 145 miles per hour and we’ve never lost one yet.  To hear from Deltec homeowners, click here.