Monday, June 1, 2015

Welcome to June!

Not only is it Monday, it is also the 1st day of June. And for those of us coastal sorts, it is also the beginning of H season (no, I am not superstitious, I'm merely choosy with my words). So without further ado, here we go. 

This is predicted to be a quiet season; as we all know, it only takes one
And by the way, if you think you know and have done all of this already, please click onward. But truthfully, even though I post this every year, I also read it because there is always something I forget about or circumstances change (mine certainly have from last year). At the very least, don't forget to refresh your stored water, it really does go stale.

Let's start here, with some info from the head weather gurus. In case you missed it, we've already had Ana. 

200 AM EDT MON JUN 1 2015

For the North Atlantic..Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

Today marks the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, which will run until November 30.  Long-term averages for 
the number of named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes are 12, 6, and 3 respectively.

The list of names for 2015 is as follows:

Name           Pronunciation    Name            Pronunciation
Ana            AH-nah           Larry           LAIR-ree
Bill           bill             Mindy           MIN-dee
Claudette      klaw-DET         Nicholas        NIH-kuh-luss
Danny          DAN-ee           Odette          oh-DEHT
Erika          EHR-ih-kuh       Peter           PEE-tur
Fred           frehd        Rose            rohz
Grace          grayss           Sam             sam
Henri          ahn-REE          Teresa          tuh-REE-suh
Ida            EYE-duh          Victor          VIK-tur
Joaquin        wah-KEEN         Wanda           WAHN-duh
Kate           kayt

The Atlantic season got off to an early start this year, 
with Tropical Storm Ana forming in May.  The next named 
storm that forms this season will be named Bill.

And now, on to some tried and true reminders from an old June 1st post.

That goes for renters too
Today's post, like every June 1st post, is pretty much, just the fact, ma'am. I take Hurricane Season really seriously.  There is only so much one can do, and if it's done, worrying about what might happen really doesn't do any good. Really. I know some people think that's not true (I mean, I keep a foil package of Spam in my fridge. It's my anti-hurricane insurance policy, as the Universe would not be so cruel as to make me eat it from need - that's how logical it is to worry about something you can do nothing about). Prepare for the worst, hope for the best and don't forget, you can't buy liquor during a storm, stock up!

Some of my favorite tropical weather sites -

Stormcarib - a year round page of island weather reports from various Caribbean islands, as well as a pro met synopsis, connections to the National Weather Service, plus tons of weather information concerning the Caribbean. This is probably my favorite go to page. 

Wunderground Tropical - a great page for visuals, models, NWS updates etc.

Suzanne from Finca del Seto - Suzanne will email you a daily weather update (plus some occasional neat bits she finds) if you email her at this address and ask to be added to her list. She also sells awesome coffee from the finca!

Storm 2K Talkin' Tropics - this is a forum style page, and sometimes you have to wade in a bit to get relevant information, but usually not. When the weather goes active, they have an active weather page that is full of good info supplied from professional meteorologists as well as some pretty bright amateurs. If you are a weatherfreak geek nerd  If you have a strong interest in the weather, you should check out S2K.

NWS San Juan discussion page - daily (more if necessary) reports from the NWS for the local area (you can get these emailed daily, starting June 1 through November 30) 
What you can do in pro-active preparations (and what you should do, the better prepared you are the better you can help yourself and your neighbors should the need arise) to be as best prepared as possible for a storm. It doesn't have to be a Hugo to leave us powerless and waterless.
Here is the short version of the above prep list. You can copy, paste and print this if you want to have your own check list. But it comes from the above link.
(ed. note - I'd bump the 3 -7 days estimate up to a couple of weeks if at all possible. You shouldn't have to buy all at once - you should buy a little all year and then come today, be ready. 

Also - it's mentioned below but - don't forget to add board games, cards, crayons & paper, books etc to your readiness kit. Fun is good and if the power goes out for a long stretch, fun is necessary!)
Check boxWater - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days Check boxFood - at least enough for 3 to 7 days  — non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices — foods for infants or the elderly — snack foods — non-electric can opener — cooking tools / fuel — paper plates / plastic utensils  Check boxBlankets / Pillows, etc. Check boxClothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes Check boxFirst Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs Check boxSpecial Items - for babies and the elderly Check boxToiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes Check boxFlashlight / Batteries Check boxRadio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio Check boxTelephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set Check boxCash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods Check boxKeys Check boxToys, Books and Games Check boxImportant documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag — insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc. Check boxTools - keep a set with you during the storm Check boxVehicle fuel tanks filled Check boxPet care items— proper identification / immunization records / medications — ample supply of food and water — a carrier or cage — muzzle and leash
And that's it. We can't evacuate so I want to be as prepared as possible, and I 
want the same for you too. We're all neighbors here.
Have a meteorologically-ready Monday! Do something methodically (you won't 
hear that from me too often!).

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