Near normal storm season predicted

hurricane-imageThey’re calling for a mostly normal season this year – hurricane season, that is. And that’s a relief to many, not only those who live in traditional hurricane areas in the Caribbean and along the Atlantic coast, but also to those of us here in the Great White North otherwise known as Canada.

According to forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States, there is a 50 percent probability of a near-normal season. An average hurricane season has 11 named storms, including six hurricanes with two becoming major (category 3 or higher) hurricanes.

Why should we care here in Ontario? Well, remnants of hurricanes often trek northwards to Canada and while they’ll be just a shadow of their former selves, they bring with them wind, rain and the potential for other damaging weather. Not only does that put a damper on summer activities but it also has a direct impact on our food.

Weather is probably the single largest influence on what we eat, affecting the quality and quantity of our food. For example, a bad storm can damage crops, leading to a decreased harvest or a lower quality harvest. A prolonged drought can mean smaller, yet sweeter fruit. Too much rain can delay or prevent harvest if the fields are too wet for farmers to take a crop off.

Here’s hoping the good folks at the NOAA are correct in their predictions!

Photo source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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