As surfer's, we all pray for hurricanes, but of course, not to make landfall and destroy people's homes. Sandy was a reminder to all of us how strong these storms can be when they make landfall, and show the results of living in coastal towns. Talk to the residents of the OBX about storms and flooding, it's an ongoing process of destroyed, rebuild down there.
I agree with pumpmaster, when you live in a coastal town, you have to know the risks...it's like surfing, every time you paddle out, there are risks...you could get chopped in half by a hungry shark, fall face first onto the sandbar and break your neck...but with those risks comes rewards,
What better reward than to be able to open your eyes from a good night sleep and see the ocean. I dream of making that a reality someday, whether it happens or not...I am still content to enjoy the ocean when my schedule permits.
I realize that not wearing the shoe of a person who has lost everything they've worked for from a hurricane makes it hard to cultivate the feelings of not wanting storms, but, the storms are coming regardless of what we want. Mother Earth is in control. We are passengers along for the ride. Make the best of what she throws at us.
And don't feel guilty for going out for a surf, life is too short and the only time that you are guaranteed is right now...keep the stoke!
Shark-hunter, I don't have beef with you, man...but let's face it, the seal pop is shootin' through the roof, it's just a matter of time b4 you start hearing reports of people getting attacked by whites in your neck of the woods.
Mary Lee was down by SC and swam all the way up to your parts, she's def swimming through the mid-Atlantic!
meanwhile, back to the season at hand:
We've had five named storms so far in the Atlantic this year, which is more that average for this point in the season. Usually, the fifth named storm does not arrive until August 31. However, we are well behind average for the arrival of the season's first hurricane, which usually occurs by August 10. The season's second hurricane usually arrives by August 28. It is questionable if we will see the season's first hurricane by that date, given the current lack of activity, the dry air moving across the Tropical Atlantic, and the lack of model predictions for tropical storm formation this week. Still, I'm not willing to downgrade the seasonal forecasts for above-average activity yet, as we are still three weeks away from the usual September 10 peak in activity, and the Atlantic is capable of getting very active in a hurry.
It's going to be really good in a couple weeks, boys....i can feel it
“Our confidence for an above-normal season is still high because the predicted atmospheric and oceanic conditions that are favorable for storm development have materialized,”
“Also, two of the four named storms to-date formed in the deep tropical Atlantic, which historically is an indicator of an active season.”
apologies for derailing a perfectly good thread...