2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season: How is it measuring up?

November 29th, 2012 at 9:58 pm by under Weather

2012 Hurricane Tracks, courtesy theweatherunderground.com

Since there is only one more month left to the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season, I thought I would see how the official forecast has verified.

Here is the forecast for the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season from the Climate Prediction Center:

Original May Outlook:

  • 9-15 Named Storms,
  • 4-8 Hurricanes
  • 1-3 Major Hurricanes

August Outlook:

  • 12-17 Named Storms, (top winds of 39 mph or higher), including:
  • 5-8 Hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher), of which:
  • 2-3 are expected to become Major Hurricanes (Cat. 3-5, wind speeds at least 111 mph).

2012 as of today:

  • 19 Named Storms
  • 6 Hurricanes
  • Only one Major Category 3 Hurricane (Michael), six Category 1 Hurricanes, three Category 2 Hurricanes

Click here to see the archive from Unisys Weather.

Now, here is a very interesting point:  Even though Sandy was not a major hurricane (Category 3 or stronger), she sure did some damage.  So much damage that NJ Governor Chris Christie is seeking #37 Billion in federal relief.  But here is a question I have:  Won’t insurance companies pay to repair homes and buildings that were damaged?   If that is the case, does the state of NJ really need 37 Billion to repair it’s government owned property and infrastructure?  Let’s really put this in perspective:   How tall is $37 billion in $100 bills?   $1 Billion in $100 bills is 3583 feet tall.  Times that by 37 is 132,571 feet tall.   Folks, that’s 25 miles!   Yes, you would need a stack of $100 bills 25 miles tall to fix the damage from Sandy, just for New Jersey.

 

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