Wednesday, May 14, 2014

These are the good times

Did you know?
Will this be the year the USA's luck runs out?

With the Atlantic hurricane season starting June 1, the nation is enjoying two record streaks for a lack of hurricanes: It's been nine years since the last hit from a "major" hurricane and also nine years since a hurricane of any sort hit Florida, traditionally the most hurricane-prone state in the nation.

Both streaks began on Oct. 24, 2005, when Category 3 Hurricane Wilma slammed into southwest Florida with 120-mph winds.

A "major" hurricane is a Category 3, 4, or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale of Hurricane Intensity; the minimum wind speed for a major hurricane is 111 mph.

"This is the longest period on record with no major hurricane landfalls since 1878, when reliable landfall records began," says Colorado State University meteorologist and hurricane expert Phil Klotzbach.


Nolaresident said...

I thought the El Nino this year had a good chance of cutting back on the storms this year. At least I'm hoping so!


yeldarb said...

I know based on the arbitrary definition of a "major" hurricane this is true, but Sandy and Ike were pretty MAJOR, I'd say.