Saturday, May 31, 2008

Kickoff



Hurricane Season officially begins Sunday, but we have some premature convection on the board already. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Tropical Storm Arthur. In related news, NOAA predicts a normal or above normal season.

Here's why:



That means between 11 and 16 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 or 3 "major" hurricanes. Which is just a forecast, no one really knows. But I do know that Appalachia would return to "normal" rainfall amounts with 2 or 3 well placed, slowly moving tropical storms rolling through the hinterlands.

And I also know that, for anyone unlucky enough to get hit with a "major" hurricane, life is anything but normal.

So, pay attention and have a plan. Check your flashlights, batteries, your portable emergency radio. Get all your important paperwork (birth certificates, insurance, house appraisals, medical records, gun permits, taxes, etc) in order, know where they are and have a portable file to put them in. Keep the car above half a tank full at all times, and call your family in the hinterlands and make sure you have a place to stay.

Speaking of which: Hey, Athens! How y'all doin'?

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