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Busy 2012 hurricane season continues decades-long high activity era in the Atlantic

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 29, 2012

Busy 2012 hurricane season continues decades-long high activity era in the AtlanticNovember 30 marks the end of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season, one that produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane. The number of named storms is well above the average of 12. The number of hurricanes is also above the average of six, but the number of major hurricanes is below the average of three.

Based on the combined number, intensity, and duration of all tropical storms and hurricanes, NOAA classifies the season as above-normal. 2012 was an active year, but not exceptionally so as there were 10 busier years in the last three decades.

This season marks the second consecutive year that the mid-Atlantic and Northeast suffered devastating impacts from a named storm. Sandy, and Irene last year, caused fatalities, injuries, and tremendous destruction from coastal storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, and wind. Storms struck many parts of the country this year, including tropical storms Beryl and Debby in Florida, Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana, and Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy in New Jersey.

“This year proved that it’s wrong to think that only major hurricanes can ruin lives and impact local economies,” said Laura Furgione, acting director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “We are hopeful that after the 2012 hurricane season, more families and businesses all along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts become more “weather ready” by understanding the risks associated with living near the coastline. Each storm carries a unique set of threats that can be deadly and destructive. Mother Nature reminded us again this year of how important it is to be prepared and vigilant.”

An interesting aspect of the season was its early start, with two tropical storms, Alberto and Beryl, developing in May before the season officially began. Also, this is the seventh consecutive year that no major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) have hit the United States. The only major hurricane this season was Hurricane Michael, a Category 3 storm that stayed over the open Atlantic.

Several storms this year were short in duration, weak in intensity, and went largely unnoticed by the general public because they stayed out over the Atlantic. A persistent jet stream pattern over the eastern portion of the nation helped steer many of this season’s storms away from the United States. The number of named storms and hurricanes was higher than predicted in NOAA’s pre-season outlook, in large part because El Niño – which likely would have suppressed overall storm activity – never materialized as predicted by many climate models.

Hurricane forecasters remind us that a well-established climate pattern puts us in an ongoing era of high activity for Atlantic hurricanes that began in 1995. Since that time, more than 70 percent of seasons have been above normal, including 2012. Historically, Atlantic high-activity eras have lasted 25-40 years, with the previous one occurring from the mid-1930s until 1970. Several inter-related atmospheric and oceanic factors contribute to these high activity years, including warmer Atlantic Ocean temperatures, an enhanced West African monsoon, and reduced vertical wind shear.

NOAA will release its pre-season outlook for the 2013 hurricane season in May.

NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. The National Weather Service operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy. Working with partners, the National Weather Service is building a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather. Visit us online at weather.gov and on Facebook.

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Another Quality Job by CAT 5 Shutters, LLC: 3190 Mariner Way in Lantana, FL 33462

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 29, 2012

Another Quality Job by CAT 5 Shutters, LLC:  3190 Mariner Way in Lantana, FL 33462Cat 5 Shutters installed Bahama Shutters at this beautiful home in Lantana, Florida.

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Another Quality Job by CAT 5 Shutters: 143 Casa Bendita, Palm Beach, FL 33480

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 28, 2012

Another Quality Job by CAT 5 Shutters:  143 Casa Bendita, Palm Beach, FL 33480One of our recent installation has been at 143 Casa Bendita in Palm Beach, FL 33480.  We installed clear panels and serviced shutters on the entire property of Casa Bendita!

Cat 5 Shutters installs Peace of Mind!

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Another Quality Job by CAT Shutters at 139 Gimpy Gulch in Islamorada, Florida 33036

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 27, 2012

Another Quality Job by CAT  Shutters at 139 Gimpy Gulch in Islamorada, Florida 33036One of our latest products was located at 139 Gimpy Gulen in Islamorada, FL.  We installed Bahama Shutters as well as Roll-down Shutters.

CAT 5 shutters, LLC Installing Peace of Mind.

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2012 Hurricane Season Filled with Oddities

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 27, 2012

2012 Hurricane Season Filled with OdditiesTwo Storms Before Season Starts

It’s unusual to get one named storm before the official June 1 start of the hurricane season. In 2012, we saw two storms form in May. Only two other years have seen two named storms before the “official start” of the Atlantic season (1908 and 1887).

Tropical Storm Alberto spun up off the Southeast U.S. coast on May 19. Alberto was the earliest-forming Atlantic tropical storm since Ana in April 2003.

In a bit of deja vu, Subtropical, then Tropical Storm Beryl, formed in roughly the same area that Alberto fizzled, namely, off the Carolinas. However, unlike Alberto, Beryl made a U.S. landfall near Jacksonville Beach on May 28.

With maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, Beryl was the strongest tropical cyclone to make a pre-June 1 U.S. landfall on record.

Beryl brought an otherwise unexpected drought dent for some in the Southeast, and even swamped some previously parched areas of north Florida with flooding rain.

First Hurricane in an Unusual Spot

Where would you expect the season’s first Atlantic hurricane? Caribbean? Gulf of Mexico? Eastern Atlantic? All good guesses…but all incorrect in 2012.

Hurricane Chris became 2012’s first Atlantic hurricane on June 21 in the open waters of the North Atlantic at a latitude of 41 degrees north, farther north than New York City! Only a single 1893 hurricane was farther north as a hurricane in June than Chris. Only twice before in history (1959 and 1887) has the third named storm of the season formed earlier than Chris.

Not to mention the average date by which we’ve seen the first Atlantic hurricane is August 10.

As many residents of Florida can tell you, the month of June did not end quietly.

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Fourth Atlantic Storm….in June!

Debby was christened as a tropical storm on June 23. Tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico aren’t unusual for June. So what’s the big deal?

Well…it was the record earliest date for the Atlantic season’s fourth named storm, besting the previous record held by 2005’s Dennis (July 5). On average, the fourth named Atlantic storm occurs by August 23, so this took place two full months ahead of that pace!

Though only a tropical storm, Debby was a reminder that it doesn’t take a hurricane to cause major problems. The storm spawned numerous tornadoes and caused significant flooding in the Sunshine State.

Would the fast start to the season carry over into July?

July Goes Quiet

After seeing four named storms by the end of June, things went quiet in July. We did not see a single tropical depression or named storm during the entire month in the Atlantic basin.

Of course, this is not something too atypical for July. Historically, the month has only accounted for about eight percent of the named storms over the course of an entire season. That’s around one named storm each year in July since 1950.

Right as the calendar flipped to August, the season cranked up again.

August Ties a Record

Right as the calendar flipped to August, the Atlantic came back to life with the formation of Tropical Depression Five on the first day of the month. The depression became Tropical Storm Ernesto the very next day.

Ernesto was the first of eight named storms in August 2012. This tied August 2004 for the most named storms to form in the month of August.

Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk and Leslie were the other named storms that formed in August 2012.

Some of these storms rivaled other past active seasons for their earlier than usual arrival.

Early-Forming Named Storms in the Peak of the Season

Some of the named storms that formed from late August into early September rivaled other past very active years (1995 and 2005) for how early they formed in the season.

Tropical Storm Joyce developed on August 23 and tied Jerry from 1995 as the second-earliest forming tenth named storm on record. Only 2005 saw the tenth named storm form earlier (Jose).

Leslie’s formation on August 30 was the second-earliest formation date of the twelfth named storm on record. This was only beaten out by Luis in 1995.

This trend trickled into early September when Michael formed in the open Atlantic Ocean on the fourth day of the month. Only 2005 and 2011 had the thirteenth named storm form earlier than September 4. When Michael reached hurricane status on September 5, it was the third earliest seventh hurricane on record, only behind 1886 and 1893.

The large number of storms through early September caused the first major hurricane to form deeper in the alphabetical named storm list than we’ve ever seen before.

First Major Hurricane Arrives after “I” Storm

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On average, the first major hurricane of the season develops around September 4, so Michael’s intensification into a major hurricane on September 6 was right on time. A major hurricane is a Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

So, what’s the big deal?

According to weather.com Meteorologist Nick Wiltgen, we had so many named storms (13 total) by early September that the first major hurricane of the season occurred after the “I” storm for the first time since authorities began naming tropical storms and hurricanes in 1950.

There have been four Atlantic seasons since 1950 without a major hurricane at all – 1968, 1972, 1986, and 1994. But those years got no farther than “G” in the alphabet, as 1968 and 1994 had seven total named storms, and the other years had even fewer.

The bottom line is that since 1950, we’ve never made it through the first 11 named storms (A through K) in one season without a major hurricane.

Speaking of hurricanes, it’s interesting to note that two of the strongest hurricanes this season have not been where you would typically expect to find them.

Two of the Strongest Hurricanes in Central Atlantic

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Two of the strongest hurricanes in 2012 were not in the Gulf, Caribbean or in the tropical Atlantic Ocean between Africa and the Leeward Islands. Instead, they were in the central, or subtropical, Atlantic Ocean.

It started with Gordon, which reached hurricane intensity at a latitude of 34 degrees north. Gordon peaked as a Category 2 hurricane with 110 mph winds and is one of only six hurricanes to be within 200 nautical miles of Gordon’s position at that time (34.1 N, 36.4 W).

(MORE: Recap on Gordon)

The only major Category 3 hurricane of the season, Michael, was at its peak intensity at a similar latitude around 30 degrees north.

(MORE: Recap on Michael)

In late October, Hurricane Sandy finally ended this trend of 2012’s strongest hurricanes being located in the subtropical Atlantic. Sandy’s winds peaked at 110 mph (equal to Gordon) in the northern Caribbean just before making landfall in eastern Cuba.

Our next notable oddity is not known for its strength, but rather its longevity.

Nadine Sticks Around for Three Weeks

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Nadine formed in the tropical Atlantic Ocean on September 11 and spent a total of just over three weeks, 21.75 days to be exact, as a named tropical or subtropical cyclone. This does not include its brief spell as a post-tropical cyclone from 11 p.m. on September 21 to 11 a.m. on September 23.

The 21.75 days mentioned above makes Nadine the fifth longest-lasting Atlantic tropical/subtropical cyclone on record, according to the historical “best-track” database.

(MORE: Little impact, but history-making)

Nadine’s haphazard path affected The Azores not once, but twice, producing wind gusts over 50 mph in a few spots each time. Nadine strengthened to a hurricane three different times.

Our final and latest oddity of the season, Hurricane Sandy.

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Hurricane Sandy

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Sandy was an odd hurricane for a few reasons.

First, its tropical-storm force wind field was HUGE. For example, the 11 p.m. advisory on Oct. 28, 2012 showed that tropical storm-force sustained winds spanned a diameter of 932 statute miles from southwest to northeast across Sandy’s center of circulation. This is roughly the driving distance from New York to Jacksonville.

(MORE: Sandy by the numbers | Daily diary)

Next, you would typically expect a tropical storm or hurricane moving northward from the Caribbean in late October to turn out to sea in response to the jet stream the farther north it travels. As we know, the atmospheric setup allowed Sandy to take a very unique left hook path into New Jersey after passing well off the Southeast coast.

(MORE: Triumph of the computer models)

Lastly, while not technically making landfall as a hurricane or tropical storm, Superstorm Sandy finally limped ashore near Atlantic City during the evening of Oct. 29, 2012, with a central pressure of 946 mb.

This is an exceptional low pressure for a northeast storm. According to weather.com Meteorologist Nick Wiltgen, only 6 hurricanes with central pressures at or below 960 mb within 200 nautical miles of a Virginia Beach to Halifax, N.S. arc have made a U.S. landfall.

Despite a large number of named storms this season (19), major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) have been scarce.

No Category 4 or 5 Hurricanes in 2012 and Only One Major

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As we know from the impacts delivered by Isaac and Sandy this season, it doesn’t take a major hurricane to cause major damage.

That said, we’ve only seen one hurricane, Michael, reach major hurricane status (Category 3 or higher) this season. If the season ends this way, it would be the least amount of major hurricanes in a season since 1997 when Erika was the lone major.

In addition, we’ve had no Category 4 or 5 hurricanes this season. This has only happened two other times (2006, 1997) in the current “active era” that began in 1995.

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CAT 5 Shutters, LLC – West Palm Beach – WHAT WE DON’T DO!!!

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 6, 2012

CAT 5 Shutters, LLC - West Palm Beach - WHAT WE DON'T DO!!!Here is a good example of a BAD Hurricane Shutter installation.  These Bahama Shutters were installed “UPSIDE DOWN”…..

That is why it is important to hire a reputable Hurricane Shutter Company!

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Another Quality Job by CAT 5 Shutters LLC- 81 Marina Ave, Key Largo Florida, 33037

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 6, 2012

Another Quality Job by CAT 5 Shutters LLC- 81 Marina Ave, Key Largo Florida, 33037One of our latest projects was at 81 Marina Ave in Key Largo, FL.

Cat 5 Shutters installed Steel Panels on this house.

Don’t get caught unprojected.  CAT 5 Shutters installs “Peace of Mind”.

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Are you a Disaster Survivor?

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 2, 2012

Are you a Disaster Survivor?Learn what you need to know before you apply for assistance and next steps after you apply:

Before You Apply

What is disaster assistance?
Do I qualify for assistance?
What information do I need to apply?
What items are covered by disaster assistance?
What are my rights?
Disaster Recovery Center Locator
Frequently Asked Questions

Apply for Assistance

Apply Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
Apply via a smartphone at m.fema.gov
Apply by Phone:
Call (800) 621-3362
Call TTY (800) 462-7585 for people with speech or hearing disabilities

After You Apply for Assistance
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I applied for assistance. What next?

1. We recommend you create an account online so you can:

Check the status of your Registration
Update your insurance and bank information
Add or update contact information
Apply for assistance with other agencies
View and print information from FEMA
Change your address with the Social Security Administration

You are not required to create an account to apply for FEMA assistance.

2. FEMA will send you a copy of your application, which should arrive either via U.S. mail or, if you elected to receive email correspondence, in your Disaster Assistance Account (notification via email). FEMA will also send you an Applicant Guide to assist you with the process.

3. An inspector may contact you to schedule a time to review your damages.

What happens at the inspection?
What happens after the inspection?

4. You may be asked to complete additional forms.

Declaration and Release Form: Verifies that a member of the household is a citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien of the United States.

For more information go to http://www.fema.gov

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ANOTHER QUALITY JOB by CAT 5 Shutters, LLC at 83201 Old Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 1, 2012

ANOTHER QUALITY JOB by CAT 5 Shutters, LLC at 83201 Old Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036CAT 5 shutters design, manufacture and install hurricane shutters according to the Florida Building Code.  We are licensed and Insured CGC1517869.

One of our latest projects was at 83201 Old Hwy in Islamorada, FL 33036.

We installed FABRIC Roll-Up shutters as well as Aluminum Roll-up Shutters on the 3rd floor. 

ANOTHER JOB WELL DONE.

Cat 5 Shutters Installs “Peace of mind”

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National Hurricane Center Monthly Atlantic Weather Summary October 2012

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on November 1, 2012

National Hurricane Center Monthly Atlantic Weather Summary October 2012MONTHLY TROPICAL WEATHER SUMMARY
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
800 AM EDT THU NOV 01 2012

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC…CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO…

FIVE TROPICAL STORMS FORMED IN THE ATLANTIC BASIN DURING THE MONTH
OF OCTOBER. TWO OF THESE REACHED HURRICANE STATUS…RAFAEL AND
SANDY. THESE TOTALS FOR THE MONTH ARE WELL ABOVE THE LONG-TERM
AVERAGES (1981 TO 2010) OF TWO NAMED STORMS AND ONE HURRICANE IN
THE BASIN IN OCTOBER.

IN TERMS OF ACCUMULATED CYCLONE ENERGY…WHICH MEASURES THE COMBINED
STRENGTH AND DURATION OF TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES…TROPICAL
CYCLONE ACTIVITY SO FAR THIS YEAR IS ABOUT 30 PERCENT ABOVE THE
1981-2010 AVERAGE IN THE ATLANTIC BASIN.

REPORTS ON INDIVIDUAL CYCLONES…WHEN COMPLETED…ARE AT THE WEB
SITE OF THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER…USE LOWER-CASE LETTERS…
WWW.HURRICANES.GOV/2012ATLAN.SHTML

SUMMARY TABLE

NAME DATES MAX WIND (MPH)
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TS ALBERTO 19-22 MAY 60
TS BERYL 26-30 MAY 70
H CHRIS 19-22 JUN 75
TS DEBBY 23-27 JUN 60
H ERNESTO 1-10 AUG 85
TS FLORENCE* 3-6 AUG 60
H GORDON 15-20 AUG 110
TS HELENE 9-18 AUG 45
H ISAAC 21 AUG-1 SEP 80
TS JOYCE 22-24 AUG 40
H KIRK 28 AUG-2 SEP 105
H LESLIE 30 AUG-11 SEP 75
MH MICHAEL 3-11 SEP 115
H NADINE 11 SEP-4 OCT 90
TS OSCAR 3-5 OCT 50
TS PATTY 11-13 OCT 45
H RAFAEL 12-17 OCT 90
H SANDY 22-29 OCT 110
TS TONY 22-25 OCT 50

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