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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The White House Spruces Up for the Holidays

As the White House gets ready for the holidays, First Lady Michelle Obama in the below video, thanks the volunteers who helped with preparations and announces that White House employees will participate in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Program.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Slow, Dry Hurricane Season Comes to a Close

We had a fairly dry rainy season this year in South Florida. We also lucked out this year for the number and strength of storms during Hurricane Season.

The 2009 Atlantic hurricane season officially ends today marking the close of a season with the fewest named storms and hurricanes since 1997 thanks, in part, to El Niño.

Nine named storms formed this year, including three hurricanes, two of which were major hurricanes at Category 3 strength or higher. These numbers fall within the ranges predicted in NOAA’s mid-season outlook issued in August, which called for seven to 11 named storms, three to six hurricanes, and one to two major hurricanes.

An average season has 11 named storms and six hurricanes, including two major hurricanes.

“The reduced activity was expected and reflects the development of El Niño during the summer,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.

Full NOAA Story

Blooms of Plunkett

Blooms of Plunkett
A Banana tree in the backyard in full bloom