Hurricane and Boating Season Begin. Sigh.

Tropical Storm Andrea

Tropical Storm Andrea’s possible path through New England

Moments ago, we received the following message from Grant Westerson, the president of the CT Marine Trades Association

Good Morning, this is your 2013 wake up call for lousy weather.

As you are aware the hurricane season goes from June 1 through November and Florida is now feeling the effects of T.S. ANDREA, mostly on the west coast. This tropical storm is forecast to head NNE and lumber up the coast dumping rain and whatever making sure that New England has a very wet weekend.

Obviously there are any number of directions this storm may head but being prepared is always prudent. They are predicting 40-45 mph winds when it arrives, so stow any loose gear before it gets here.

Grant is right. You need to prepare. Not just for this storm, but be prepared for one crazy summer. Memorial Day Weekend usually marks the beginning of boating season in southern New England, but it was a total washout. Then last weekend we finally got a chance to get our boats ready to go for the season, but, not to sound like Goldilocks, it was too hot to do too much. Now, this weekend, we get a reminder that the beginning of Hurricane Season and Boating Season are one and the same here in the Northeast.

Perhaps the folks at the NOAA are going to be right this year. For the six-month hurricane season, which began June 1, NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 7 to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher).

These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

Happy boating season!