Pat Shingleton: "183 Days..."
For the last 41 years, I've advanced the date - June 1st - and the start of Hurricane Season. For many of these years, the beginning of the season is also marked with a "Hurricane Special." Traditionally this hour special constitutes a variety of tropical storm and hurricane related subjects and items sandwiched into a time slot for the benefit of our viewers and in preparation for and with the next six months. "Taking it out of the box," your Weather Team, in conjunction with our News Team, will provide a week's worth of valuable information, segmented into our evening broadcasts at 6 and 10 PM. We began the week with a report from the Hurricane Hunters. Our weather casts have included and will include the following: Tropical Storm History, Storm Names Storm Categories, Knowing the Cone, Costliest Storms, Tornadoes, Storm Surge, Inland Flooding, Hurricane Winds, Saffir-Simpson, What We Provide, Seasonal Forecasts, Forecast Models, Wind Shear and Tropical Frequency. We will replicate valuable information on all of our broadcast and social media platforms. One message certainly "rings true," preparation and planning. We continue to prepare for a season that historically reminds us that it is NOT the number of predicted storms as identified by the National Hurricane Center or the speculators from Colorado State University but a single storm that has caused consternation for us. The worst tropical storm to impact us was Tropical Storm Allison. The worst storm to displace the population of New Orleans was Katrina and the worst hurricane to hit Baton Rouge was Gustav. We will obviously monitor any and all tropical developments from now through November 20th.