Hurricane Season 2012 got off to an early start this year, with two storms (Alberto and Beryl) forming before the official start of the severe weather period that runs from June through November. Things have been somewhat quiet in recent weeks, however forecasters are predicting that conditions are ripe for a sudden surge of storms in the latter half of the season.
Unusually warm sea temps coupled with non conforming wind patterns are providing the likely source for storm creation during the coming weeks, with El Nino in the Pacific having a marked effect on storm formations in that area of the world.
The Atlantic hurricane season has produced four tropical storms and two hurricanes so far this year, and most average hurricane seasons produce about a dozen storms with three or four hurricanes over the course of the season. Last season saw 19 named storms, including Hurricane Irene, who became very familiar to many residents of the east coast between South Carolina and Maine.
Meteorologists attribute the higher activity to oceanic and atmospheric conditions being in a perfect balance since around 1995. Similar conditions exist at the present time, which may be the conduit for the production of additional storms.
Hurricane Andrew in 1992 was a vivid reminder of the dangers involved by becoming complacent where hurricanes and tropical storms are concerned, as it was a the first storm of a relatively slow season, producing just six storms. Andrew caused damages in excess of a billion dollars across much of southern Florida.
Residents in hurricane prone areas such as Treasure Island are always encouraged to remain aware and alert, with proper safety measures at the ready designed to protect themselves and their property against the damage potential of a major hurricane. This includes making provisions for food, water, and other vital elements, as well as a well defined evacuation route.