Quiet Before The Storm?

The tropics are quiet for now but expect an upturn in activity by the middle of August.

I think many of us in Eastern North Carolina are breathing a sigh of relief after Cristobal skirted the coast about 10 days ago.  Although Cristobal left us without much of a problem there will likely be more to come in the weeks ahead.  Typically, the tropical season kicks off in earnest during the middle of August.  Some of our strongest hurricanes occur during September and even October.  For example, Category 2 Hurricane Donna hit our area on September 11, 1960.  Category 3 Hurricane Fran hit in the middle of September, 1996.  Hurricane Dennis and Floyd hit during the first three weeks of September in 1999.  Hurricane Isabel hit the coast on September 18, 2003.  One of the strongest hurricanes to hit Eastern North Carolina in the last century was Hazel and that hit on October 15, 1954.  Our most memorable storms usually don't occur until the last month of summer or early fall so we may yet have something to talk about before the year is over.



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  • by Ian Location: Jacksonville on Aug 4, 2008 at 06:14 PM
    It seems as if we are hit every 3 or 4 years with a hurricane. I was here for Isabel at Cherry Point. We are going on 5 years now...have we been too lucky so far??? We've only tropical and sub-tropical storms so far...and even they just skirted around us. I guess that only Mother Nature knows the answer to that question.
  • by Dee Location: Greenville on Aug 1, 2008 at 09:13 PM
    I'd rather deal with a tropical storm than this putrid heat!

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