The next few months will be rather busy at the 7 Weather office as we approach the start of hurricane season 2011. We need to clean out our computers from all of last year's data, create new graphics for the upcoming season, and upgrade all the software.
So far, we have worked on a few folders and it feels like this is an insurmountable task, but WSVN has a great team of meteorologists who love what they do and always put in great effort to bring you the best hurricane coverage possible. So we'll be just fine.
One of the things we are working on, is adjusting the "Cone of concern" graphic. This will be the second year in a row that the National Hurricane Center narrows the dreaded swath. Every year the hurricane center improves on it's forecast accuracy and thus we adjust accordingly. It's not that difficult a process but time consuming, as we need to use some of last year's data to set the new parameters. (( Hope we haven't deleted it yet!!))
Other graphics we are preparing include, historical information, potential impacts to our area, storm names, storm surge threats and many more.
Already the team from CSU headed by Dr. Gray has released their projections for the season and NOAA will make public their forecast soon as well. No matter what the numbers say, just prepare as if we will get hit and you will survive whatever mother nature throws our way. These outlooks are just that, an outlook. We could end up with 17 storms in the Atlantic and if none make landfall we are all happy. Or it could be like Andrew... just one.... and it hit us.
Hurricane season runs from the first of June through the end of November and I encourage you to check here for my thoughts, worries, and concerns regarding storms in the tropics.
Hoping we don't see any again this year!