Monday, August 16, 2010

Halfway Through Hurricane Season 2010

Hurricane Season officially started on June 1st and lasts until November 30th, so we're almost halfway through it for 2010. Thus far, it's been pretty quiet out there in the Caribbean, but savvy cruisers know... storms happen. They're a fact of life. And, quite frankly, Mother Nature isn't interested in whether or not she spoils your cruise vacation. She does what she wants and when she wants to do it. She is what she is... kind of like your mother-in-law when she comes to visit.

However, Mother Nature is somewhat more unpredictable than most mothers-in-law. Unlike some of her other tricks, such as violent, out-of-nowhere tornadoes and sneaky earthquakes, hurricanes build slowly and pick up speed. Using modern technology, forecasters are able to predict and track them to a certain degree but even the most up-to-the-minute devices aren't perfect. Impossible as it is to say with one hundred percent certainty exactly where they will hit, at least the National Hurricane Center is able to issue advance warning to those in harms way.

Any Port in a Storm? Not So Fast!
Excerpt from a 1995 U. S. Navy Press Release: "The approach of Hurricane Felix caused 66 Navy ships to depart Norfolk Naval Base and the Norfolk, Virginia area on 15 and 16 August..."
So, what's with the above press release quote from the Navy? Find out in Cruising Into Hurricane Season from

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