Another year another hurricane season! The season is June 1 to November 31, six long months.
Are you ready for the season? When a hurricane or tropical storm hits, it could cause a lot of stress to you, your family and community. Are you ready to deal with that? Personally, I am not sure if I am one hundred percent ready. It takes a lot of mental and physical preparation!
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season is likely be to above average. NOAA is predicting a 70% chance of 14-21 named storms, of these, six to ten would be hurricanes, and of these, three to six would intensify into major hurricanes of Category (CAT) 3 or greater, https://www.axios.com/2022/05/24/noaa-2022-atlantic-hurricane-outlook
The above average season is predicted because of the increasing ocean and air temperatures in the North Atlantic Ocean Basin, and the Caribbean and the presence of the La Niña event in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
To educate yourself about the coming hurricane season and the possible damage to tree canopy, UF/IFAS Miami Dade Extension, and the Landscape Inspector Association of Florida (LIAF) are organizing two webinar events
June 17: Hurricane Preparation Panel Discussion
The panel will feature representative from the Miami-Dade County Tree and Forest Resources Section, City of Miami, City of Coral Gables, and City of Miami-Beach. The panelists will discuss the plans and guidelines that their respective cities and county must have in place before and after the hurricane.
July 8: Outlook of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season with Mr. Robert Molleda
Mr. Molleda is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the National Weather Service, NOAA. He will enlighten us about the coming hurricane season outlook and what resources we have to track a hurricane or storm event
Some available resources:
The UF/IFAS Extension Disaster Handbook, https://branding.ifas.ufl.edu/media/brandingifasufledu/disaster-handbook/DisasterHandbook.compressedUpdate.pdf
UF/IFAS Disaster Preparation and Recovery
Assessing Damage and Restoring Trees After a Hurricane