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How Do You Reason With
Hurricane Season?
By Barb Hansen
July  2013

As former Midwesterners Vic and I have always said, "we'll take a hurricane any day over a tornado, a fire or a flood!" Why? Well, they give them names! That means you have days or possibly a week to prepare before the storm hits.

So, how come the TV news people always warn us of the coming hurricane season? You never hear them announce the dreadful approach of the tornado season or the coming season of fires and flooding. What makes hurricane season so "special?

As I write this there is flooding in the Midwest and Colorado is on fire.

Last month many people died in tornadoes in the heartland. I don't remember the doom and gloom cable news report that the twister season was coming and that experts were predicting four F5 tornadoes this year.

But when the subject is hurricanes, the "bad news bears" at the networks get really excited. They say it's going to be bad; it's going to be really, really bad. And then they show us the video of a really bad hurricane. But, have you noticed that it's the same hurricane video they showed us last year and the year before that.

I feel badly for the people who live in places prone to flooding or tornadoes or earthquakes. But they live where they live and they all know that their regions have certain weather patterns at certain times of the year. They just deal with it.

Yet, for some reason, hurricanes get special TV attention before the season. Hurricanes are just two months away. They are one month away. They're almost here. You're going to die.

When a hurricane is threatening Florida the TV networks send their big time anchor-person into the path of the hurricane and usually have trouble making the weather look as bad as they want it to look.

Call me a cynic but what networks are trying to do is motivate us to stay right where we are and stay tuned. It's a way to promote the channel and call it news. Fear sells, of course.

Floridians know when the satellite photo shows a cloud over Florida that under 98 percent of that cloud everyday life goes on as normal.

The good news is, that big, rotating cloud has a nice silver lining: Low hotel rates, low rates at the attractions, low yacht charter rates. The "low season" is a great time to visit Florida to see the sights, visit the attractions, and go cruising, fishing and sailing. Yep, hurricane season really is special.

And remember Hurricane Sandy last year? That storm devastated the Northeast. In fact, more major hurricanes have hit Long Island, New York over the years than have hit here in Southwest Florida.

Know this: in the absence of official warnings from the National Hurricane Center you can come to Florida during the bargain season with the rational assurance that the sky is not going to fall while you are here.

Come and enjoy all that summer in Florida has to offer!

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