June 1 is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. There, I said it.
The last one to hit South Florida was Wilma in 2005. It came along two months after Katrina tromped through on the way to New Orleans; we got off lightly compared to the Gulf Coast.
The forecast is that we will have a heavier-than-normal season. Two things about that prediction: 1) They say that every year, and for the last eight years — at least as far as Florida is concerned — they’ve been wrong. Not that I mind. 2) Since we haven’t had a major hit in eight years, any hurricane that makes landfall here would be heavier than normal.
I’m going to stock up on my usual hurricane supplies: fresh batteries for the radio, canned food and Nutra-Grain bars, a supply of bottled water, and hope for an uneventful season. The unused food goes to the food bank at the end of the season, just in time — appropriately, I hope — for Thanksgiving.