Archive for December, 2009

Storm Catcher Hurricane Screens Now Have An HVHZ Approval

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Last year, Storm Smart Industries began the testing process to gain an HVHZ approval for its Storm Catcher hurricane and storm screen products. We tested these products at the Fenestration Testing Lab in Miami. We are proud to announce to you that the products passed wtih flying colors and we now have a HVHZ approval. The new FL number is 13227. During this round of testing we tested some new products as well as our strap and buckle and grommet screens.

What this means is that we’ll be able to use our products in the HVHZ zones, as well as in non-HVHZ zones where only HVHZ products are speced in. This is exciting news and we believe all of our dealers will benefit from this greatly. We will announce more about this soon, so stay tuned to our website and newsletters for more information.

Early Hurricane Forecast Indicates an Active Season in 2010

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Below is a copy of a an initial forecast made by Dr. William Gray and Dr. Phillip Klotzbach of Colorado State University. Although we had a relatively inactive hurricane season in 2009,  it’s very possible that the upcoming 2010 season will be very different. Here is the link to the original post on the News Press Website:

We  have also re-printed a few of the key exerpts from the story. Read on…

12:25 P.M. — FORT COLLINS, Co. — An early extended-range forecast for 2010 calls for above-average Atlantic basin hurricane activity, according to the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University.
The report marks the 27th year for the CSU hurricane forecasting team, which is now led by Philip Klotzbach and William Gray.
The team anticipates a range of 11-16 named storms, 6-8 hurricanes and 3-5 major hurricanes (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater.
For the first time, the team is calling for a range in its December early season forecast since the report is based on Atlantic basin conditions that can change substantially by the start of the hurricane season on June 1.
“Our early December statistical forecast methodology shows evidence over 58 past years that significant improvement over climatology can be attained,” said Klotzbach, the lead author of the forecasts.
“We foresee a somewhat above-average Atlantic basin hurricane season,” Gray said. “We anticipate the current El Nino event to dissipate by the 2010 hurricane season and warm sea surface temperatures are likely to continue being present in the tropical and North Atlantic during 2010 – conditions that contribute to an above-average season.”

For the 2010 Atlantic basin hurricane season, the CSU hurricane forecast team predicts: A 64 percent chance that at least one major hurricane will make landfall on the U.S. coastline in 2010. 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 40 percent (the long-term average is 31 percent). For the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle west to Brownsville, the probability is 40 percent (the long-term average is 30 percent). The team predicts the probability of a major hurricane making landfall in the Caribbean as 53 percent (average for the last century is 42 percent). 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. Probabilities are also available for Central America and the Caribbean. With the help of Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, the website is available to the public at
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. The team will issue seasonal updates of its 2010 Atlantic basin hurricane activity forecast on April 7, June 2 and Aug. 4.