Monday, April 14, 2014
National Hurricane Conference Day 1
There's nothing like a good 4 hour road trip to help you weed out all the stuff on your play list you no longer want to hear.
After an early start, fuel up, turnpike drive, midway stop for a snack/pit-stop, more turnpike driving… I finally arrived at my destination, the Orlando Hilton near SeaWorld.
The buzz seems to be all about the forecast, or the lack of anticipated activity for the 2014 season. (But as you know, nothing is ever set in stone with Mother Nature).
I just finished lunch and its time to attend one of the many EMS sessions presented this afternoon. Its always good to hear, see, and get an appreciation of everything these professionals have to consider and go through when managing a hurricane threat. Who to evacuate, when, and at what cost. It almost makes hurricane forecasting seem easy.
By mid-morning its off to a great historical session on Florida Hurricane's history reviewing such events as hurricane Charlie's west coast impact and the 10th anniversary of Florida's four hurricane strikes! Did we learn anything? More on that tomorrow.
There's also a brief one on one interview with the director of the hurricane center, Dr. Richard Knabb. I'm hoping to get his inside views on the upcoming season as well as a good explanation of all the changes NHC has coming this year.
The big presentation (at least for this weather enthusiast), will be the afternoon talk on advanced storm surge and hurricane forecasts. They'll touch base on Intensity Forecast Models, and my favorite… wait for it…. Knowing your Datums and Psurge! You'll need to wait for that one as well.
Will catch up again on Tuesday.