The last news anyone in the U.S. wants to hear right now is another dire prediction, and fortunately in looking at the forecasts for the 2013-2014 hurricane season there are few indications of impending disasters. If you live in some parts of the country however, preparing for the season ahead is still a good plan.
The Atlantic hurricane season is technically from June 1st to November 30th, but hurricanes do not always oblige weather watchers often occurring months ahead or as much as six months behind this schedule. The peak of the season starts in August and extends through October.
The predictions by weather researchers for the 2013 hurricane season made last summer have so far fallen far short of the 18 storms and 9 hurricanes. As of September the peak month for hurricanes there were only six named Atlantic storms. None of these storms proved to be a dire threat to the United States such as those experienced in 2012 which tied with 1887, 1995, and 2010 as the third highest number of named storms since recording keeping began in 1851.
The Farmer’s Almanac seemed to have a better year having predicted a busy tropical storm season, but not offering any predictions for actual hurricanes. While the Almanac isn’t making predictions into the 2014 season, they are warning of a possible late season tropical cyclone which could influence the weather in Florida and the Bahamas in mid-November.
No experts are giving word yet on hurricanes and storms for next August as of yet, but it’s widely believed that a harsh winter usually precedes a mild storm season. This year’s projected wild winter weather could then lead to a milder storm season for 2014.
Still, for weather experts are sure of one thing, being prepared is never wrong. It’s still too early in 2013 to put away the extra supplies, and storm gear. Another recommendation is to have weather warning apps, software, or alarms in order to have warnings of trouble long in advance of a storm.