Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Start of a New Season

It's the start of a new season, and I don't mean a new "gardening season." Nope, on June 1st the 2008 Hurricane season began. I was out spraying some water on my orchids when this bright color among the green grabbed my eye. Yep, the "hurricane" bromeliads were putting out their first bloom of the year - right on time. I guess that's how they got their knickname the "hurricane" bromeliad.

Here's the scoop on Hurricane season from the national hurricane forecasters: "For 2008, the outlook indicates a 60 to 70 percent chance of 12 to 16 named storms, including 6 to 9 hurricanes and 2 to 5 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale).

The main factors influencing this year’s seasonal outlook are the continuing multi-decadal signal (the combination of ocean and atmospheric conditions that have spawned increased hurricane activity since 1995), and the anticipated lingering effects of La NiƱa,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “One of the expected oceanic conditions is a continuation since 1995 of warmer-than-normal temperatures in the eastern tropical Atlantic.”


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Batten down the hatches Susan. It sounds like it will be a doozy of a season.

Susan said...

Lisa...I hope not! The rain is welcome but not the wind.

Anonymous said...

You'd think I would have heard of a hurricane bromiliad growing up in south Florida! Very interesting :)

Meems said...

Hi Susan: Of all the bromeliads in my garden, I don't have one of these... just as well... I don't think I like the reminder of the hurricanes. The "experts" were wrong last year... let's hope their predictions are wrong again.
Meems @Hoe&Shovel

Susan said...

Meems...I'll second that!

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