The Atlantic hurricane season is officially from 1 June to 30 November. In the past intense storms going by the names of hurricane Irene and Isabel have threatened and delivered devastating blows to Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and Maryland, as well as elsewhere in the region.
While out showing waterfront property yesterday, I stumbled upon the Annapolis Maryland hurricane high water marker located at Ellen Moyer Nature Park off Edgewood Road at the head of Back Creek. In the photograph below you can see high water marks for storms Agnes, Connie, Hazel, an unnamed storm, and Isabel. In 1972 Agnes rose to the level of 3.04 feet, but, in 2003 Isabel set the record at 7.58 feet above mean high water.
The first storm of the 2012 hurricane season named Alberto is already behind us so the National Weather Service National Hurricane Center (at NOAA) will use the next name on their pre-approved list of Atlantic storm names. For 2012 we can expect storms named Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie, and William.
Last year when hurricane Irene threatened the Annapolis Maryland area and the upper Chesapeake Bay was in the direct path of a death blow, local authorities ordered mandatory evacuations of the low lying areas along the shores in Anne Arundel and Queen Anne's Counties. Dr. Rick Knabb of The Weather Channel reminds us in his article Be Prepared In Advance that we should "Create a written emergency preparedness and action plan for your family and business." So it's time to review your flood insurance, plan where to store your boat, decide what you will do with your pets, and other important plans you need to make now, not when the next hurricane is upon us.
Since we are only days away from the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially starts on June 1 and ends on November 30, are you prepared?