Pat Shingleton: "The Season Continues..."
As we tolerate the heat with recent advisories and possibly more to come, let's also keep the number "76' in mind. Those should be the remaining days until we enjoy some relief. Another date watcher is Hurricane Season 2016. We will monitor the Gulf of Mexico, the North Atlantic and the Caribbean for another 147 days. The longest the United States has gone without a land falling hurricane was 1,103 days, representing three years and eight days in 1878. It has been 730 days or more than two years since a hurricane hit the mainland and that was over the July 4th holiday in 2016. Hurricane Arthur banged Shackelford Banks, North Carolina with 100 m.p.h. winds as a Category 2 Storm. Within the continental United States we average 1.7 hurricane landfalls each year since 1900 and during that period, landfalls in a given year ranged from six to zero. Finally, the United States went three years between land falling hurricanes with Ike on September 13, 2008 and Irene on August 27, 2011. So far this season we have recorded four storms: Alex, Bonnie, Colin and Danielle. Alex kicked-up in January in the North Atlantic with the other three storms in June. Our hurricane special, Hurricane "X" will air again this Sunday morning at 11:00 am on WBRZ, Channel 2.