Last weekend, forecasters issued a tropical storm watch for parts of the South Carolina coast after the first tropical storm of the 2012 hurricane season formed in the Atlantic.
Sputtering in the Atlantic Ocean about 180 miles off the coast of South Carolina was tropical storm Alberto. Alberto was of no consequence. Right?
The official start to hurricane season is June 1, but tropical storms occasionally occur before then.
Forecasters did not expect the storm to make landfall or threaten Atlantic Seaboard communities. But the question remains for those in apartments in Raleigh, NC. Does Alberto signify the beginning of an intense 2012 hurricane season?
At Auston Grove, we surely won’t forget last hurricane season, and would like to remind you to review hurricane safety as the 2012 hurricane season draws near. If you have any questions about hurricane safety, please feel free to see us in the office or give us a call.
John Murray, a senior research scientist at NASA Langley, said he's not making much of the storm as a precursor of things to come.
"I don't think it tells us anything about the frequency," Murray said. "It's just earlier. The frequency of hurricanes is going to be driven by a lot of other things." (Daily Press)