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Another Reason To Prepare: The Hurricane Season May Be Getting Longer

July 25th, 2008 · No Comments

With three named storms in the first three weeks of June, some experts believe that this year’s hurricane season may be particularly active and that the season itself has been slowly lengthening since early in the 20th Century, according to an article in the Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo News:

“The three named storms so far this month appear to bolster forecasts for a very active season this year. They also appear to fit what some researchers see as an emerging pattern of storms that form earlier as well as later than usual, in effect lengthening the active period within the hurricane season. The official season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30…”

This month’s activity would appear to lend credence to the notion that over the past century, the length of the storm season – measured by when the first storm appears and the last one fades – has been slowly growing. Informal calculations by Jay Gulledge, an ecologist and senior scientist with the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, show such a trend. Dr. Gulledge looked at federal hurricane statistics dating back to 1855. But instead of using the June 1 to Nov. 30 time frame for a season, he used March 1 to Feb. 28, which coincides more closely with the ocean’s warming and cooling with the change of seasons. Since 1915, he says, it looks as if the length of the hurricane season as he’s defined it has expanded by an average of five days per decade.”

If anything, this news underscores the importance of the need for the public to be prepared.

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