When it comes to small talk and passing conversations, the weather seems to be everyone’s number one choice of topics. But with reports of a stronger-than-usual El Niño wet season looming on the horizon, people aren’t just talking about the weather so much as they are preparing for it.
On the west coast, the people of Los Angeles and the surrounding counties fear flashfloods and torrential rainfall will devastate their properties in an ironic twist during a lengthy drought. Up the northern Atlantic coast, New York and Washington D.C. are reportedly expecting a historic two feet of snow in one day, as discussed in a Fox News article here. What does all of this mean for those of us living in Florida? Should we be battening down the hatches for more hurricanes?
If You Could Predict the Weather, You’d Be a Billionaire
Meteorology is all about guessing what tomorrow is going to be like based on what we know today. Even with advances in technology, accurately predicting the weather is notoriously hit-and-miss, and math and science applied to the field makes for interesting data but not necessarily stronger predictions. So when it comes to El Niño and the southeast hurricane season, which is officially June 1st to November 30th, the correlation is still in the gray.
According to a recent article from The Weather Channel – which you can read in full here – not only is it unlikely that El Niño will have an immediate effect on Florida but it might already be weakening. An in-depth study of the last 5 El Niño seasons, hurricanes that made landfall during El Niño were more or less on par with any other year, if not a little weaker. However, there is evidence to suggest an increase in storms and hurricanes in the months after El Niño subsides. To this end, you can think of El Niño not as a system that provides storms but rather as a system that encourages them.
What El Niño Means for Florida
In summation, if you live in Florida, you might want to review your homeowner’s insurance. But you probably already know that storms can strike with little to no warning around here, and that the damage they cause can be extensive. If your property has already been battered and your insurance provider won’t listen to your claims, it might be time for you to retain a Martin County hurricane damage claims attorney from Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. We can negotiate with your insurance company on your behalf and even take them to court if they are using insurance bad faith tactics to reject your claim.