It is June 1st, which means it is the official start to the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
As we look ahead to forecast and try to predict what is going to happen within this next hurricane season, this is also a time to start looking back and review what we have been through in terms of past hurricanes. As we do so, hopefully we can learn from mistakes made in the past to prepare for the worst, should a hurricane make landfall along the Texas Coast this season.
As recently as just two years ago, with Hurricane Ike not only causing all the devastation along the Texas Coast but also affecting areas as far inland as here in the Brazos Valley with power outages for days on end and of course food and gas shortages. Water supplies can also be in jeopardy as well once the power goes out. There are many of these things to consider that could happen this far inland and not just on the coast.
Looking back at the 2009 Hurricane Season, we did not find many storms that actually made land fall along any of the United States coast line. While that was good news, El Nino has dissipated and with the possibility of La Nina coming back by the end of the summer it looks like it could be a pretty active storm season.
According to the National Hurricane Center we could be looking at upwards of twenty-three named storms this year, which is far above average. As many as seven of those storms could in fact become a Category 3 or greater, otherwise known as a major hurricane. Should any one of those make it into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Texas Coast line could be at risk.
While the weather here in the Brazos Valley has been hot and dry for an extended period of time, and this first weekend of June does not seem like it will stray from that pattern, this week the Pinpoint Forecast Team will be looking into the different aspects of what you can do to prepare for the 2010 Hurricane Season. Stay tuned this week as we look at tips to prepare, how and if the Gulf Oil Spill could be an impact, and other tips to get you ready before a storm has the chance to slow down life here in our own backyard.