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Watches and warnings will be earlier in Hurricane Season 2010

By Robb Ellis - bio |email

In Hurricane Season 2010, Hurricane Watches and Warnings, along with Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings will be issued 12 hours earlier than previous years.

This is something that was discussed last year before the start of the 2009 season, but it was decided that the change would be delayed. Now it appears that change is ready for a rollout.

The new lead-times for warnings will be increased from 24 to 36 hours. This will include hurricane and tropical storm warnings. Watches will have their lead-time increased from 36 to 48 hours.

This 12 hour increase in lead-time will allow for additional evacuation and preparation time. but as the officials and meteorologists always say, the best time to prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms is before the season begins.

First Alert Hurricane Center

It's strange that we are in the midst of an arctic blast in the middle of winter talking about the hurricane season, but it will be here before you know it.

Last year I was able to fulfill one of my life-long dreams when I was able to ride on the hurricane hunter aircraft and fly to Key West, Florida. The wonderful guys from the hurricane hunters even let me FLY THE PLANE! I was ecstatic. From there I traveled to Miami to visit the National Hurricane Center and spend some time with some of my old NC State buddies who work there.

If you want more information from the National Hurricane Season regarding this change, you can find their official press release at : http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2010/20100105_nhc.html

 

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