Date: January 17, 2013
Thankfully, we still have many months until the start of the 2013 hurricane season. Because the new season will be upon us, experts and forecasters are evaluating the potential future of— not only this season—but the many seasons to come. We know that hurricanes, by nature, are unpredictable and easily influence by the temperature, wind speeds, and other factors.
Hurricane season itself is a very dangerous time. However, there are various other outside influences that could make the cost of a particularly dangerous season extremely high. For example, experts and forecasters believe that because of the recent trends in weather, there may be an increase in future storm activity. Though “climate change” may not be the only culprit, it may have a heavy-hand in doling out future tropical systems.
(Of course, it must be said that Atlantic hurricane activity has doubled over the last century.)
Yet another factor is the simple fact that more people are moving to coastal regions. Though, for those of us who enjoy beautiful Southwest Florida, how can we blame them? Not only are coastal regions gorgeous but they are also extremely unique and can offer a resident glorious sun and stunning beaches. The downside to this burst in population means that these coastal regions are becoming crammed packed and that means that more people could be more victims of a hurricane.
As mentioned, these experts are trying to discover new ways to circumvent the potential hazards of both overpopulation and unpredictable and dangerous hurricanes. One method of protection involves the creation of a new five-day storm surge outlook for areas most affected by the hurricane season. Unfortunately, this five-day outlook is still “in the works” but it will function similar to the current five-day forecasts—giving early warnings on the tropical systems on the horizon.
Experts hope that this new system is just one way that areas affected by hurricanes will receive much-needed information about water levels and other such dangers brought on by the hurricane season.
While 2013 may not see a huge increase of tropical storms this season, the fact of the matter is that—in the future—there will be an increase in these storm systems but there are attempts being made to protect the people of Southwest Florida and beyond and to help lessen the impact of a more voluminous hurricane season.