Here Comes Hurricane Season
Monday, June 1, 2015, marks the official start to the Atlantic Hurricane season. Don’t be fooled though; hurricane season unofficially kicked off in early May with Tropical Storm Ana.
We have been naming storms since 1953 as a way to simplify warnings. We currently use six lists of names in a rotation maintained by the World Meteorological Organization. In 2015, we’ve already met Ana. Next in line are Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, and so on, up to 21 names. What happens if we run out of names? We move on to the Greek alphabet.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the last hurricane to make landfall in the United States was Hurricane Wilma, which struck Florida in October 2005, only two months after Hurricane Katrina decimated the Gulf coast. In fact, 2005 was the most active Atlantic hurricane season in recorded history with a total of 27 named storms. For those of you keeping track at home, 2012’s “Sandy” was not a hurricane when it made landfall, it was a “Superstorm.”
This year’s pre-season tropical storm is not necessarily a reason to worry. In fact, scientists are currently predicting that 2015 will see a below-average number of storms. Still, all it takes is one storm, and, for now, all we can do is wait and hope for the best. (June 2, 2015)