It’s early. I agree. With beautiful weather like this? Who wants to talk about hurricanes?
But June 1st is the official start of the Hurricane Season and weather services are now issuing reports…our San Pedro NEMO group is meeting with the new Town Council (National Emergency Management Organization)…
…and while storms tend to swirl in late August, September and October (Sept 11th is the peek date), smaller storms have been known to creep up early.
Let’s start with the fun part, the names. Here are the announced 2015 names. It’s actually a rotating list with major storms retired.
And one named after our mayor…
Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Erika, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Joaquin, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, Wanda
Last year was a mild one for us (while considered “near average” for the Atlantic) – and the storm list ended with “H” – Hanna.
The latest forecasting update – from Crown Weather Services – is calling for a lower than average season. And that is great but that is for the entire Atlantic. It only takes one storm to make it a really crappy season for Belize. But they post additional good news for us.Low does not mean none. So…as we get closer to the storm season, here are the weather services that I check almost daily. Hurricanes, generally, do not come out of no where…and again, generally, we have a few days notice before they are in the vicinity.
In 2012, we had a scare with Hurricane Ernesto – liquor sales were banned. Ernesto veered north and downsized quickly. Here are some “morning after pictures” in San Pedro.
There are lots of interesting stats on this site – like the most powerful storms to ever hit and the frequency. It’s well worth taking a look at…
In the end…preparation is key. But I will leave that to the experts. Now please…go about your business.