The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season opens on Thursday, June 1. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) – the government entity that is all things hurricanes and cyclones – has predicted an above-normal storm season.
A traditional storm season runs from June 1 to November 30, sometimes a storm forms earlier, sometimes storms run later than November. NOAA’s season prediction translates into a 70% probability of 11-17 named storms, 5-9 of those developing into hurricanes, and of those, 2-4 building to major storms – which is maximum sustained winds of more than 111 mph.
Whatever the storm activity is this year, being a resident of a Gulf Coast town, I have more than a passing interest in the weather for the next six months.
We’re due. I’m not trying to bring disaster down on us, but it’s been several years since a major storm has made landfall on my little coastal town. We’re ready, but it’s like waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. Every time there are reports of a new storm forming, I begin watching tracking maps and listening to forecasts.
I’ll be watching out for Franklin, and Katia, Gert and Philippe, Vince and Rina.
Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while. ~ Kin Hubbard
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What to do:
Using “storm” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.