The line from Jimmy Buffett about the inability to reason with Hurricane Season is well worn, over used and true. And because today is the start of the Tropical Cyclone Season in the Atlantic basin I figure one has to say something in a blog about life in the Keys. If you check the link in my alphabetical list, called Hurricane Center you will get the picture below, or a variant thereof. As the season progresses I will probably check the link a couple of times a day and as speculation mounts about hurricane season I will visit it more often.
Hurricanes in the Atlantic basin and Caribbean most frequently form early and late in the season in the Western Caribbean where the waters warm up sooner in June and stay warmer later in November. In the middle of the season hurricanes are spawned off the coast of West Africa and take a week or so to reach the West Indies and another week to reach us, if they are coming. It's all just a matter of hoping for the best. Everyone is at risk on the Eastern seaboard and Gulf of Mexico so unless you choose to live in the Jacksonville area which historically is pretty safe from hits... for now. Considering the natural disasters we have going on across the country the future fears about hurricanes seem rather insignificant at the moment. There will be no doubt further opportunities to re-visit this subject before the season ends officially November 30th.