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HURRICANE SEASON: Think It’s Quiet? Remember, Andrew Struck In August

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Andrew Was The First Named Storm In August, 1992. A Quiet July Means Nothing…

Hurricane Andrew seen from NOAA Radar on August 16, 1992. The storm, the first named storm of the season, left more than 60 dead. (NOAA).

BY: WEATHER TEAM | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — It’s been a relatively quiet hurricane season, but to those enjoying their first year as South Florida residents after moving from other parts of the country, remember this: Hurricane Andrew was the first named storm of the 1992 Hurricane Season. It struck on August 16th. Andrew was one of the most violent, damaging storms of all time — leaving 65 dead. It’s proof that a quiet July in no way means a quiet ”hurricane season.” The part of the summer known as ”peak hurricane season” is still weeks away.

While there is no activity in the Atlantic or Gulf as of 1 p.m. Sunday, July 31st, 2022, trouble this time of year is always just one forecast away. Experts remind that it’s never too soon to prepare for the worst — you should have bottled water and canned food in storage by this time of the season.

Colorado State University’s Tropical Weather and Climate Research Department — known for its accurate annual predictions — is still calling for an ”above average” season.

“We continue to forecast a well above-average 2022 Atlantic basin hurricane season. We anticipate La Niña to persist throughout the remainder of the hurricane season, given the strong central tropical Pacific trade wind surge that is underway and predicted to persist for the next several weeks,” wrote CSU Researchers in a July update. “Sea surface temperatures across most of the tropical Atlantic are now above normal. We anticipate an above-normal probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the continental United States coastline and in the Caribbean. As is the case with all hurricane seasons, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them. They should prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.”

Access the official Palm Beach County emergency management and hurricane planning website, here.

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