In most years, we see fewer storms early in the season. However, now is still a good time to remind everyone that the official beginning of the 2009 hurricane season is upon us. For those of us living in hurricane country, and for anyone who cruises, it's time to start watching the tropics for signs of possible developmnet.
Most of the major forecast organizations are predicting a near average season. Drs. Gray and Klotzbach's April forecast was for 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2 major hurricanes. (The average: 9.6, 5.9, and 2.3)
I'll be watching the tropics, and blogging on storm development, landfall threats, and effects on cruising.
If you're planning on cruising between June 1 and Nov 30, look for tips on cruising during hurricane season on many cruise sites around the web, including what I consider to be the four most basic (and important) ones, which you'll find near the bottom of my Cruising Tips for New Cruisers page.