It’s a countdown clock that we post every year on our Forecast Backstage. No, not until the start of spring (although many are eager for that also). It’s June 1st, the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. What’s sometimes a misnomer is that there is always a storm to track on the first day, or even the first few weeks. Over the past thirty years, a June storm has formed about every other year. However, in the past five years there has been a total of EIGHT named storms that formed before July 1st, or about three times the average. In fact, in 2012, two named storms developed before the season even officially began! Needless to say, readiness on June 1st (or before) is a MUST for any weather team or organization that has an interest in tracking such.
First Tropical Cyclones of the Season Over Past Five Years
- 2014: July 1 (Hurricane Arthur)
- 2013: June 5 (Tropical Storm Andrea)
- 2012: May 18 (Tropical Storm Alberto), May 22 (Tropical Storm Beryl)
- 2011: June 13 (Tropical Storm Arlene)
- 2010: June 12 (Hurricane Alex)
The UF Weather Team, along with the personnel that make up the backbone of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (or FPREN), will be spending a lot of time in the coming weeks preparing for the season ahead. This includes special in-house workshop training on presentation graphics, workflow associated with covering a storm, and even a drill of a mock hurricane hitting part of the state. The addition of the FPREN Storm Center in Studio 1 certainly grants us the opportunity to cover a storm more extensively, but we also endeavor to match that opportunity with the up-most respect and training. Mark April 23 down as the media properties Hurricane Drill Day. More details to come.