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Storm conveyor belt
      #83790 - Tue Sep 02 2008 03:26 PM

I have visited this site and a few others related to tropical weather on occation out of a general interest. I only registered and started visiting more regularly this year since my daughter started a job on Sanibel Island this summer. In all the time I visted various sites before I do not remember a time that seemed quite as active as it does right now. However, I was never a regular visiter so it may just have been my timing. I mean it looks like the tropics are now a continual conveyor belt of storms one right after the other with several storms active at once. You hardly know which one to watch. Is this what an active year generally looks like, or are things now getting particularly active.

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Re: Storm conveyor belt [Re: NervousDad]
      #83807 - Tue Sep 02 2008 07:30 PM

Nervous Dad - I sure understand your name. I've lived in Florida 9.5 years and this is definitely "active". I can remember 2004 being pretty crazy and having to convince my new neighbor that it wasn't always like this.

You didn't mention where your daughter is working on Sanibel. My first job after my relocation from PA was as HR Manager for a large resort company with 7 properties on Sanibel. I can tell you that hurricane planning is really serious business there. As you probably know, Sanibel is a barrier island. The bridge will close when winds reach a certain level. They would evacuate the entire island if something was headed their way. Sanibel had a nasty encounter with Hurricane Charley 4 years ago. That's not meant to scare you but to let you know that they have upped the ante even more since that experience.

Your daughter's employer probably has a hurricane plan. It might also make you feel better if you visit the City of Sanibel's website at www.mysanibel.com.

Sanibel is a real jewel and one of my favorite places. Hope your daughter has a great experience and that you are able to visit. We all hope that we will soon see the tropics calm down quickly.


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Re: Storm conveyor belt [Re: KC]
      #83859 - Wed Sep 03 2008 09:22 AM

My daughter is doing an internship at the refuge. But do not take my username too seriously. I am not too worried. I have been to the Sanibel website and know they increased building codes and updated plans after the last big storm, and the city reasonably careful with Fay. I think they should have made the last evacuation mandatory, but other than that I was not concerned. I am also trying to get my daughter more knowledgeable on Hurricane preparedness. Living in Colorado did not prepare her for this kind of weather. But I found some good sites for that already.

My question was more just related to what seemed like almost an overload of storms. The NHC has at times had 4 storms being tracked at once. It seemed unusually active and I wanted to know how common this number of storms really was.

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Re: Storm conveyor belt [Re: NervousDad]
      #84575 - Mon Sep 08 2008 01:36 AM

NervousDad, take a look at the link below for a listing of previous years and their storms.

Past Hurricane Seasns

The really busy years:


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