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I don’t think there is anything more cruel than the randomness of a tornado. On page 107 of the 2008 we indicated that it would be an active tornado season. And, sadly this has been the case. But, June marks the start of another weather terror – Hurricane Season. It runs from June 1 through November 30th each year. September 10th is the peak of the season.

While tornadoes are arbitrary and cover small stretches of land, hurricanes are monster storms that are announced well in advance and impact multiple sections of the United States and Canada. I have started to receive calls about what the Farmers’ Almanac says about the upcoming Hurricane Season.

With 24/7 news and weather coverage, it sometimes appears that we are barraged with hurricanes. As soon as a depression forms off the African coast, it gets named and covered until it either hits land or disappears. This was the case of the weekend with “Arthur”. While we see hurricane activity we don’t believe 2008 will be a record setter. But there are at least three mentions of hurricanes in the 2008 Farmers’ Almanac. Here they are:

July 12 – 15th – Hurricane threat along the Gulf Coast

August 12 – 15 – Hurricane threat for the Gulf Coast and the Southeast

September 12 – 15th – Hurricane threat for the Gulf Coast with heavy rain spreading north and east

When the time comes it is good to be prepared. So, here is a link to Hurricane Survival Tips – www.farmersalmanac.com/hurricane-tips and for more general information about hurricanes, go to our special page titles All About Hurricanes .

On a personal note, the national media drives me “crazy”. June 1st one network carried a warning that it is Hurricane Season and just one major storm could disrupt the oil supply and drive prices higher. Since prices run on speculation, we really don’t need to scare people unless it is for ratings. Report the storms that are getting close to the US but let’s not torture folks in the process.

Our weather is posted online in two month clips and you can still obtain the 2008 edition on line at http://store.farmersalmanac.com/

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