Tame Storm Season Predictions Expected to Bring More Visitors to the Emerald Coast
Climatologists have tallied up the results of numerous studies, charts and graphs and have determined that the 2012 hurricane season should be considerably slower than usual with only 10 named storms, including four hurricanes. That’s great news for anyone who lives on the Emerald Coast or plans to visit, as the average season usually has 12 named storms and six hurricanes.
Despite the tame prediction, meteorologists say that all coastal residents should make the same hurricane preparations every year, no matter what the forecasts indicate. NBI Properties advises its commercial property owners to heed the same advice and be prepared.
“No matter what the weather reports predict, we always tell our clients to have plentiful hurricane supplies on hand for their businesses and their homes,” said Craig Barrett, co-owner of NBI Properties. “It’s just common sense to be prepared to protect your business assets and your property in the event that adverse weather conditions threaten our area.”
Experts say the Atlantic Ocean will be cooler than it has been in recent years. They also say there is a “fairly high likelihood” that El Nino, the atmospheric force that suppresses storm formation, will develop by the summer. Typically, El Nino results in conditions that are less than ideal for storm formation.
Weather experts predict there is only a 24 percent chance that a major hurricane will make landfall on the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle west to Brownsville, Texas. The long-term average is 30 percent. Other than Hurricane Irene, which caused major damage to North Carolina and the Northeast last year, the United States has had relatively calm storm seasons for the past three years.
“I think we’ve been very lucky here in the Panhandle,” said Barrett. “It’s been six years since we’ve had a hurricane strike and I’m sure that’s part of the reason we are setting records now for tourism, commercial real estate and home sales.”