Here on Florida’s Sun Coast, we’re used to living with the threat of extreme weather, but the most nerve-racking time of year is the annual hurricane season that runs from June through the end of November. This year’s season was marked by above-normal activity that left homeowners across Florida dealing with power outages, flooding, siding and structural damage, ruined gutters and roofing repairs.
Understanding Storm Activity and Hurricane Season
The general conditions that produce tropical storm activity, like the difference between air and sea-surface temperatures, peak in late summer around the globe. In the Atlantic basin, where the storms originate that take aim at Florida, roughly 97 percent of tropical activity occurs between June 1st and November 30th, so this period was defined a “hurricane season” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A small percentage of severe storms develop outside of that six-month window, particularly in May and December.
Why It’s Wise to Start Planning for the 2018 Storm Season Now
With the destructive hurricane season we’ve just endured, it may be tempting to put the thought of severe weather out of your mind until next fall. However, while NOAA’s hurricane outlook for the 2018 season won’t be released until next May, the La Niña advisory issued by the administration’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) in early November points to a second consecutive year of heightened tropical activity in the Atlantic, and another season of increased risk of severe, potentially-devastating storms.
La Niña and El Niño are the two opposite phases of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Changes in Pacific Ocean surface temperatures determines which phase occurs, but both directly affect climate patterns in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
How to Prepare in Advance to Minimize Storm Damage
With the next storm season just a few months away, now’s the time to read through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) homeowner’s checklist on how to avoid hurricane damage and take steps to better protect your home and family, like:
- Checking that you have adequate homeowners’ insurance coverage.
- Having your roof inspected and making any recommended roofing repairs.
- Upgrading to highly-rated, wind resistant shingles or metal roofing.
- Installing gable end bracing and hurricane straps on every roof truss.
For personalized advice about preparing your North Port home for the next storm season, or to schedule an inspection, roofing repairs or a replacement, contact us today at Mark Kaufman Roofing.