June first marks not just the beginning of Meteorological Summer, but the first day of Atlantic Hurricane Season!
So, what can we expect this season? An average season is 12 named storms, 6 of which become hurricanes, and 3 of those become intense hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5).
This year, NOAA is predicting an average season. That would mean anywhere from 9-15 storms, 4-8 of which could become hurricanes, and 1-3 of those could become intense hurricanes.
Remember though that this is just a PREDICTION, not a guarantee. It only takes ONE landfalling hurricane to do serious damage.
All week long during Weather Trivia we talked about hurricane hazards such as storm surge, winds, and something that has affected all of us here in Middle Georgia, inland flooding.
As many of you know, even though Middle Georgia isn't along the immediate coastline, we CAN be affected!
For more information on what you can do to get ready for hurricane season, visit the National Hurricane Center's Hurricane Preparedness Week website by clicking on the following link: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/