Thursday, June 1, 2017

That Time Of Year Again

June 1 is the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season.  It goes until the end of November.

It’s been twelve years since we’ve had a direct hit in Miami-Dade County; Katrina tromped through here in August 2005 before turning its sights on New Orleans, and in late October of that year we had Wilma.  In both cases I made it through relatively unscathed (can’t say the same for the kumquat tree in the back yard of the house I was in at the time), but each year brings the possibility of another hit.  Just because it’s been a while since we’ve had a storm doesn’t mean it can’t happen again.  So I’m going to be prepared (although I don’t have an Aunt Linda in New Jersey to use as my contact).

I can’t think of a place in the country where there isn’t some indigenous form of bad weather or natural disaster lurking: tornadoes in the Midwest, earthquakes and wildfires in California and the West Coast, ice storms and blizzards in the Northeast, dust storms in the desert.  At least with a hurricane we get a little warning.

2 barks and woofs on “That Time Of Year Again

  1. ” At least with a hurricane we get a little warning.” True but whenever a earthquake hits, the wish is, “I hope that was close by!”
    The costs of hurricane versus earthquake damage (you made me look it up!) isn’t even close. Loma Prieta was at $10 Billion and I’m certain excluded the cost of my kitchen and replastering my living room. Katerina on the other hand cost $81 Billion. The death toll (sadly) even more disparate. Don’t know about Florida building codes but California was certainly helped by its codes.
    I certainly hope for a quiet year for all.

    • After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Miami-Dade County muscled up the building codes, including requiring hurricane-proof windows and doors. That means laminated glass like car windshields. It basically doubled the cost and the weight of the window or door. I am sure they upped the structural requirements as well, but at the time I was selling windows and doors in New Mexico and we saw all the product books come out with pricing for Miami-Dade products.

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