Weather Questions 5/20

This week's weather question is about the upcoming Hurricane season, also included is the official outlook just released from NOAA.

This week's weather question is about the upcoming hurricane season. Click on the video for more information.

Just released on May 23, 2013: NOAA announced that they are expecting an above average hurricane season.

Here are their numbers, as compared to average.

What's expected is well above average.

NOAA acting administrator, Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. says, "As we saw first-hand with Sandy, it’s important to remember that tropical storm and hurricane impacts are not limited to the coastline. Strong winds, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes often threaten inland areas far from where the storm first makes landfall.”

Hurricane Sandy even created blizzard conditions in the West Virginia mountains. Look at this snowfall map. 

In the Valley rain mixed with sleet and snow at times, but it was in the mountains where heavy snow fell, all from a post-tropical hurricane. This image is from the National Weather Service in Sterling. You can see parts of the Blue Ridge received up to a foot.

The western Highlands and the Appalachains in West Virgina saw nearly 2 feet of snow in some areas.

NOAA also says that the National Weather Services offices have made changes to allow Hurricane warnings to remain in effect for when storm situations like Sandy, happen again. Hurricane Sandy hit the Atlantic coast actually as a post-tropical storm. And hurricane warnings were not issued. This created a lot of controversy and confusion because even though the storm was technically not a hurricane, it was expected to create hurricane like conditions, and hurricane like damage- which it ultimately did.

The Virginia Hurricane sales tax holiday is May 25th-May 31st and I urge you to take advantage and prepare. As stated in the video above, we tend to not typically see tropical, or post tropical activity in our area until the end of the summer but the time to prepare is now. It's a great time to get yourself and your family storm ready.

Here is some more info about getting storm ready from Virginia Emergency Management:

www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stay-informed/hurricanes/sales-tax-holiday

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