Technically speaking, hurricane season is 6-months long …
Running from June 1st to November 30th.
Then there is the heart of hurricane season.
It last for 3 months from August through October. That span accounts for 75 percent of Florida’s hurricane strength storms.
October is surprisingly a high probability month, accounting for 25 percent of Florida’s hurricane-strength landfalling storms. September leads all other months with 40 percent. So yes, technically speaking, we’re already a month and a half into hurricane season …
But in some ways hurricane season hasn’t even begun.
Of course, a storm doesn’t need to be hurricane strength to bring a deluge of rain, as did TS Eta last November.
One final note: Our fixation with where hurricanes make landfall …
Often obscures the origin story of where they formed.
It goes in the record books as my first hydrologic memory, not as a Floridian – where it made landfall, but as a native Marylander where I was born, and where the storm passed through on its way up the Atlantic Coast.
I was only 3 years old at the time.
My mother and father judiciously had us take cover under ground, not for the reason we didn’t have shutters on our windows – we did, but because those shutters were fake!
The so called “ornamental shutters” were made of flimsy plastic, manufactured too narrow to cover the full width of glass, and – the final insult – drilled permanently into the wall siding. They looked great on a sunny day, but that was about the good of them!
But Marylanders are nothing if not innovative – and so we found shelter in the basement until the storm passed.