Archive for March, 2009

Charlotte County Chooses Storm Catcher Hurricane Screens To Protect Government Buildings

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

We are proud to announce that Charlotte County has chosen Storm Catcher wind abatement screens to protect several of their government buildings. It is an honor when a local government chooses the Storm Catcher product for hurricane protection.

Some of the buildings that either have Storm Catcher or are scheduled for installation are:

Fire Station #2 in Port Charlotte

Fire Station #3 in Punta Gorda

Fire Station # 4 in Port Charlotte

Fire Station # 9 in Punta Gorda

Fire Station # 10 in Placida

Fire Station # 13 in Englewood

Firestation #14 in Englewood

Airport Rd. Sherriff’s Annex in Punta Gorda

Tringali Park Recreational Facility in Englewood

Medical Examiners Facility in Punta Gorda

Sports Park in Port Charlotte.

Obviously, many of these buildings are extremely important to the communities that they reside in, so again, we are proud that they’re protected with Storm Catcher hurricane protection products.  Thanks to Charlotte County for choosing Storm Catcher!

A More Detailed 2009 Hurricane Season Prediction

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Fort Collins. December 10th, 2008. An early extended-range forecast for 2009 calls for somewhat above-average Atlantic basin hurricane activity, according to a new report from the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University.

The report marks the 26th year of the CSU hurricane forecasting team, which is led by Philip Klotzbach and William Gray.

The team’s first extended-range forecast for the 2009 hurricane season anticipates 14 named storms forming in the Atlantic basin between June 1 and Nov. 30. Seven of the 14 storms are predicted to become hurricanes, and of those seven, three are expected to develop into intense or major hurricanes (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater.

“We’re forecasting an above-average season based on our early assessment of factors that influence an active hurricane season including warm Atlantic sea surface temperatures and the likely absence of El Nino conditions,” said Klotzbach, lead author of the forecasts. “The media and general public should realize that there is a large amount of uncertainty with our early December prediction, issued seven months prior to the start of the hurricane season.”

This forecast is based on an extended-range early December statistical prediction scheme that uses 58 years of data. This statistical model explains a considerable amount of hurricane variability in hindcasts issued from 1950-2007. Over this time period, the three-predictor scheme correctly forecast above- or below-average seasons in 45 out of 58 years. The forecast model also successfully predicted an above-average season in 2008.

The entire forecast report is available on the Web at

“We are currently in an active period for Atlantic hurricane activity.  This active cycle in the Atlantic basin is expected to continue for another decade or two at which time we should enter a quieter Atlantic major hurricane period like we experienced during the periods from 1970-1994 and 1901-1925,” Gray said.

The CSU hurricane forecast team also predicts a 63 percent chance that at least one major hurricane will make landfall on the U.S. coastline in 2009. The long-term average probability is 52 percent.

For the U.S. East Coast, including the Florida Peninsula, the probability of a major hurricane making landfall is 39 percent (the long-term average is 31 percent). For the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle west to Brownsville, the probability is 38 percent (the long-term average is 30 percent).

The team predicts above-average major hurricane landfall risk in the Caribbean.

Along with today’s report, the team has updated the Landfall Probability Web site that provides probabilities of tropical storm-force, hurricane-force and major hurricane-force winds making landfall at specific locations along the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts within a variety of time periods. U.S. landfall probabilities are available for 11 regions and 205 individual counties along the U.S. coastline from Brownsville, Texas, to Eastport, Maine.

The Web site, available to the public at, is the first publicly accessible Internet tool that adjusts landfall probabilities for regions and counties based on the current climate and its projected effects on the upcoming hurricane season. Klotzbach and Gray update the site regularly with assistance from the GeoGraphics Laboratory at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.

The hurricane team’s forecasts are based on the premise that global oceanic and atmospheric conditions – such as El Nino and tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures – that preceded active or inactive hurricane seasons in the past provide meaningful information about similar trends in future seasons.

For 2009, Gray and the hurricane forecast team expect continued warm tropical and north Atlantic sea surface temperatures, prevalent in most years since 1995, as well as the absence of El Nino conditions – a recipe for enhanced Atlantic basin hurricane activity.

The team will issue seasonal updates of its 2009 Atlantic basin hurricane activity forecast on April 7, June 2, Aug. 4, Sept. 2 and Oct. 1. The August, September and October forecasts will include separate forecasts for August, September and October activity.



-Released Dec. 10, 2008-

Tropical Cyclone Parameters                 Extended Range

(1950-2000 Averages in parentheses)          Forecast for 2009

Named Storms (9.6)*                                     14

Named Storm Days (49.1)                               70

Hurricanes (5.9)                                                7

Hurricane Days (24.5)                                      30

Intense Hurricanes (2.3)                                    3

Intense Hurricane Days (5.0)                              7

Accumulated Cyclone Energy (96.7)               125

Net Tropical Cyclone Activity (100%)               135

* Numbers in ( ) represent average year totals based on 1950-2000 data.

Source: Colorado State University.

Storm Catcher Hurricane Screen Information For Homeowners

Friday, March 13th, 2009

About Storm Catcher Wind Abatement  Screens

Wind abatement screens, are an effective alternative to traditional plywood or shutters. They consist of a strong, lightweight layer of woven material that is a geo-synthetic textile. This reinforced material is then used to cover windows and doors, providing a barrier from flying projectiles and wind blown rain.

You might find it hard to believe that a fabric screen can provide sufficient protection against storm debris hurtling at over 100 miles per hour, our screens meet or exceed state building codes in Florida and Texas as well as the standards set by ASTM International for hurricane protection.

Advantages of Wind Abatement Screens

Storm Catcher wind abatement screens have many advantages over traditional plywood or metal storm shutters, including:

* Lightweight and easy to handle.
* Can be put up and taken down quickly by one person.
* May fold or roll up for easy storage.
* Translucent material allows light to illuminate home.

What’s Available

There are several Storm Catcher systems available, such as:

* Grommet – The easiest to install for the do-it-yourselfer. The material is fastened to your windows or doors with grommets. Panels are easy to put up and take down and roll up for storage.
* Rolling Screen – Permanently attached device located above your windows or doors that can be lowered at a moments notice either manually or by electric motor.
* Slide Screen – Panels slide into brackets that are mounted to your home.
* Strap and Buckle – Straps and buckles are sewn into the screen and fit around strap brackets or are strapped to columns. Allow easy exit in case of emergency.

Bottom Line

Storm Catcher wind abatement screens can protect your home from flying debris in the event of a hurricane. They are lightweight, easy to install, and allow light to enter your home in the event of a storm.

Storm Names For The 2009 Season

Monday, March 9th, 2009

For every year, there is a pre-approved list of names for tropical storms and hurricanes. These lists have been generated by the National Hurricane Center since 1953. At first, the lists consisted of only female names; however, since 1979, the lists alternate between male and female.

Hurricanes are named alphabetically from the list in chronological order. Thus the first tropical storm or hurricane of the year has a name that begins with “A” and the second is given the name that begins with “B.” The lists contain names that begin from A to W, but exclude names that begin with a “Q” or “U.”

There are six lists that continue to rotate. The lists only change when there is a hurricane that is so devastating, the name is retired and another name replaces it.

2009 Hurricane Names

2009 Hurricane Season To Be A Busy One

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

- Next year is predicted to bring 14 named storms to the Atlantic Ocean, with seven of them becoming hurricanes, according to a university report that forecasts an “above average” 2009 hurricane season.

Hurricane Ike, one of 2007′s “major” hurricanes, laid waste to coastal Texas.

The annual report was released Wednesday by Colorado State University forecasters Philip Klotzback and William Gray — six months before the Atlantic hurricane season starts.

Storms do not acquire names until they are designated tropical storms with sustained maximum winds of at least 39 mph.

The CSU report predicted that three of the season’s seven hurricanes will develop into intense or major storms, meaning Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Category 3 storms have sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

There is a 63 percent chance that at least one major hurricane will make landfall on the United States, according to the report.

The authors of the report stress that it is preliminary and will be revised several times as the hurricane season approaches.

“The media and general public should realize that there is a large amount of uncertainty with our early December prediction, issued seven months prior to the start of the hurricane season,” Klotzbach said.
In May, CSU predicted 15 named storms for the 2008 season. Of those, it predicted eight would become hurricanes and four would grow into major hurricanes.

The university’s December 2007 report had predicted there would be 13 storms.

The revised May report turned out to be more accurate. There were 16 named storms during the 2008 season. Eight became hurricanes and five were Category 3 or higher.

A typical season has 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.