Friday, March 30, 2012

Priming You For Hurricane Season...From A Distance

Hurricane season officially launches in just over two months.  We'll talk more about its potential impacts this Sunday and what 2012 may have in store (hint, not as many storms as last year's total of 19).  In the interim, my friend and hurricane chaser Josh Morgerman has compiled a video montage of ten hurricane "chases" that he's been a part of over the last six plus years.  Chases is in quotes because it's more a pursuit of landfall point (which is figured out hours in advance of the storm hitting) and less like chasing a tornado (which requires you to do a lot more driving in short fashion to find your target).

Josh's footage of ten storms includes Wilma (2005), Dean (2007), Dolly, Gustav, Ike (all 2008), Alex (2010), Karl (2010), and Irene (2011) from the Atlantic side of the fence; as well as Jimena (2009) and Jova (2011) on the Pacific side of the fence...both storms striking Mexico.  The Irene landfall was filmed in North Carolina, where the storm made its initial crossing through the Outer Banks as we were about to get deluged with heavy rainfall during that Saturday afternoon the storm struck the East Coast.

Josh's chase video runs about six minutes in length and for those who like to see the raw impact of nature elsewhere, it's worth watching.