Here is the addendum to my first blog describing atlantic hurricane seasons 2007-2011. Now that I just finished high school yesterday, I have ample time to write blogs now. For this blog series, I am mainly describing the season in general and how it affected Florida.
2010-This year from the start was predicted to be active; and this did come to fruition. The season started off early in June with hurricane Alex which struck Mexico just south of Texas. This was an overy-hyped storm, as it was only of category 2 intensity (Which was impressive for June), but it made landfall far enough south of Texas to really not cause much damamge there at all. The only other major hurricane impact was Earl. This was a powerful category 4 storm at one point, but when it made its closest approach to the US East Coast, it was only a category 2. Earl was a very well covered storm in the media, as the possiblity of a major hurricane making landfall around the Outer Banks was a real threat. However, Earl ended up moving offshore and only caused surf and foul, rainy weather to the Outer Banks area. Hurricane Igor was a "superstorm," although it weakened to a category 1 before hitting Bermuda, and was also a cat. 1 when it hit Canada (although not to belittle the fact that it did cause sigificant damage in Canada). As far as Florida goes, the state was barely touched. The only direct impact to Florida was Bonnie, which was a rain storm more than anything else.
2011-This again was predicted to be a very active year. The year started off with a bunch of weak tropical storms. And it took all the way to storm "I" to have a hurricane. "I" of course was hurricane Irene which impacted the East Coast. In my opinion hurricane Irene was way over-hyped in that fact that even before it crossed north of the latitude of Florida, it had weakened to a category 2 hurricane, and its hopes of strengthening seemed dim from there. And then, when it was making landfall in the Outer Banks, it had weakened futher to a category 1 hurricane. However, through all of this, the media still portrayed the situation as if the long awaited "New York Katrina" disaster was unfolding. And although Irene still caused some substantial damage to parts of the East Coast, it was nowhere near the magnitude of disaster a major or even solid category 2 hurricane would cause to that area. Now as far as impacts to Florida, there were no direct hits. The most impact a storm had to Florida was tropical storm Lee, which even though it made landfall in Louisiana, it caused squally weather and suprisingly strong winds in the Florida Panhandle.
So, to sum it up, it has been about seven years since both Florida has seen a hurricane landfall, and the US has seen a major hurricane landfall. In my next blog, I will talk about the inactivity in Florida the past several years, the abscense of major hurricanes in the US as well, and my thoughts on what this Atlantic hurricane season will be like.