"" Writer's Wanderings: Hurricane Season

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hurricane Season

Each time I visit my Florida daughter-in-law's blog during hurricane season, I have to smile. She has a countdown clock at the top that shows how much longer until the season is over. It may have to do with how long she has to fend the kids away from the hurricane emergency box where they know there are some goodies hidden to get them through should they be caught in the path of one of those nasty storms.

If you are planning to travel in the Caribbean, be aware that the hurricane season is from August through November with the peak opportunity for storms in September. As with any weather forecasting, this is only based on statistics and storms can occur any time and in any intensity.

Storms are labeled according to the region in which they occur. Hurricanes are storms in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E.

Typhoons occur in the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline and cyclones are associated with the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E and the Indian Ocean area.

For travel in the Pacific, check NOAA for information on peak times for typhoons and cyclones as it varies in different areas.

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