Sunday is the official start to the Atlantic hurricane season. NOAA is predicting 8-13 named storms, between 3 and 6 could become hurricanes.
Local 2 Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley says its really a numbers game that serves as a reminder of hurricane season.
“In 2005 we had 28 storms, but not one of them hit Texas,” he tells KTRH News. “Then the year we only had four, one of them hit Houston.”
What's his prediction?
“Historically when you have El Nino years, its those A, B, or C storms that cause problems,” Billingsley says.
Between the latest radar technology and real time updates on your smart phone, Billingsley says you'll have plenty of time to prepare if a hurricane does hit.
“Now with all the hurricane hunters, the satellites and the microwave imagery that is out there, we can look at the ocean waves and see how they're building and that tells us what's out there,” he says. “We can look at the tops of the clouds, and that tells us about the thunderstorms that are forming.”
Aside from food and water, Billingsley says his go-to hurricane preparedness items include having a half tank of gas in your car at all times, plenty of cash in case the power goes out and household tools and cleaning products to clear debris from your yard.
We also asked him about recent reports of a Temple University physicist who suggest building 1,000 foot walls spreading hundreds of miles in south Texas, Louisiana and elsewhere to stop tornadoes.
“Its crazy,” he says. “You're constantly asking for a problem when you try to control weather too much.”
Other than the risk of flying debris, Billingsley asked what would happen if there was flood on either side of the wall?