The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


August 2, 2013

Hurricane tracking maps available beginning Monday

TARBORO — With coastal states entering into the heart of the 2013 hurricane season, The Daily Southerner has partnered with 33 local and area businesses to produce a 2013 Atlantic Basin hurricane tracking map. The maps will be available only at sponsors beginning Monday.

Sponsors include Ainsley Construction, Allen’s Nursery, Anderson Agency, Anderson & Company, Anderson Paint & Wallpaper, Anderson Realty, Boyd’s Service Station, Bryan Drugs, C.B. Bunting Financial Advisor, Dickens Funeral Service and Doug Henry Chevrolet.

Also, Doug Henry Ford, Glenoit Fabrics Corp., Gold Buyer, Hardee’s Furniture, Henderson Lumber Co., Home Health Care Supplies, Inc.,  LBJ Chevrolet, McDonald’s, Nationwide Insurance-McFadyen, Overstreet Heating & Air Conditioning and Parkway Ag.

Also, Piggly Wiggly, Thorne Drug Center, Inc.,  Pizza Inn, C.E. Putnam Agency, Dr. Kenneth Rosenthal,  Tarboro Savings Bank, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, Viverette Furniture, Western Sizzlin, White’s  Wrecker Service and Rick Williams Auto Mart.

“The map shows the entire Atlantic Basin, Carribbean and Gulf of Mexico,” explained Editor/Publisher John H. Walker. “The map is marked with longitude and latitude coordinates, so if a storm develops and begins moving in our direction, all you have to do is mark the coordinates on the map to plot the track.”

Walker noted that the map was published on slick card stock and will stand up to multiple uses.

“If we should be so unfortunate as to have multiple storms to track, this map allows for the use of color pens and won’t bleed, as would be the case with newsprint.”

If forecasters are accurate, Eastern North Carolina could be in for a busy storm season.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters are predicting an active or extremely active season this year. For the six-month hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30, NOAA’s Atlantic hurricane season outlook says there is a 70 percent likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which seven to 11 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including three to six major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). These ranges are well above the seasonal average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

The above-normal season is likely thanks to a "confluence of factors" that favor cyclone formation, said Kathryn Sullivan, NOAA's acting director. These include above-average sea-surface temperatures in the Atlantic and Caribbean where these storms form. Warm waters fuel cyclones and make them stronger. The El Niño climate pattern is not in effect, which favors Atlantic hurricanes, since El Niño's easterly winds can tear apart developing cyclones.

Sales Manager Gene Hudson said the maps would be available only at sponsors.

“By making the available at the sponsors, we know those who go to get them want to put them to use. We really appreciate our business community partnering with us to produce this map,” Hudson said. “This lets you mark the storm’s movements and keep its location in perspective, rather than having somebody in some other place tell you to worry or don’t worry. This allows you to see when the track brings it near our coastline.”


Sponsor locations where copies of 2013 Atlantic Bain Hurricane Tracking Map can be found:

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