Here Comes Earl!


And two of his friends!

What started as a slow season has suddenly picked up wind, pardon the pun.  Behind Earl we have Fiona and Gaston, both named.  Both tropical storms.

While I think that we’ll be alright here in North Carolina, it does seem that the Hurricane season has picked up some.

Last I left us, we had seen 2 hurricanes and 5 named storms.  However, Earl was predicted to hit hurricane status; and he has.

We currently sit at:

  • Alex – hurricane
  • Bonnie – tropical storm
  • Colin – tropical storm
  • Danielle – major hurricane
  • Earl – major hurricane
  • Fiona – tropical storm

That is 6 named storms with 3 hurricanes.  Extrapolating, we would expect to see 12 and 6.  By now, we should have expected to see 7-10 named storms with 4-6 hurricanes.  Of which, 2-3 could become major hurricanes.

And what does the National Hurricane Center say?

SO FAR THIS SEASON…OVERALL TROPICAL CYCLONE ACTIVITY TO DATE IS
ABOUT 50 PERCENT ABOVE THE LONG-TERM MEAN.

Yikes! We may be in for a doozy. But they said that already.

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