On Hurricane Wilma anniversary, here comes Sandy
Hurricane Sandy has a Florida-sounding name, and she is planning a visit. As I write this on October 24, Sandy is expected to bring tropical storm winds to the east coast of Florida, along with a couple of inches of rain. It’s a reminder that there is still more than a month left to hurricane season, and November storms do happen.
There were four consecutive years with November-December storms – from 2007 to 2010. The previous time there were consecutive late-season storms was a three-year timeframe from 1984 to 1986. So they do happen, yet are rare. The Weather Underground blog notes that in the 140-year period from 1851-1990, there were only 30 Atlantic hurricanes after November 1, averaging one every five years. The blog relays that over the past 20 years, late-season hurricanes are more frequent, with 15 of them.
Florida has experienced two late-season storms over the past century. Hurricane Kate struck in late November 1985, affecting Florida, Georgia and Cuba. Kate was a Category 2 storm. The 1925 Florida Hurricane struck land on December 1 and was considered the latest landfalling hurricane for decades, at least until a storm reanalysis by NOAA downgraded the 1925 event to a tropical storm.
It’s worth noting that today is the anniversary of Hurricane Wilma, which was the fourth Category 5 in the record-breaking 2005 Hurricane Season. Hurricane season is not over, and preparing for a hurricane is always timely