Wow … 2016 was a record-breaking year for severe weather in Florida! As we turn the page to another calendar year, it’s fair to ask: Is Florida in for another crazy year of severe weather? We’ve rounded up 2017 weather predictions from
the experts to help you prepare for what’s to come.
A Quick Look Back at Florida Weather in 2016
It all started in January, when several tornadoes tore through the state, leaving behind a devastating trail of damage. Then there was Hurricane Alex, which didn’t impact Florida but provided a sign of things to come when it formed as the first
January Atlantic hurricane in more than 60 years.
By the time the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season geared up, it quickly became clear that Florida’s luck was running out.
Tropical Storms Colin and Danielle were the earliest third- and fourth-named storms in recorded history. Then there was Hurricane Hermine – the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005. It’s safe to say that Hermine
rained on several Florida homeowners’ Labor Day parades.
Less than a month later, powerful and deadly Hurricane Matthew pummeled the state’s east coast, forcing more than
1.5 million Floridians to evacuate their homes.
As experts predicted, the 2016 hurricane season turned out to be the most active season since 2013. And it appears things have only just begun…
Will Florida Face Another Active, Dangerous Hurricane Season?
Global Weather Oscillations Inc. (GWO), a leading hurricane cycle prediction company, forecasts another dangerous and
potentially more destructive hurricane season in 2017.
Major Hurricanes (Category ≥ 3)
We reviewed Global Weather Oscillations’ 2016 predictions and were astonished by its accuracy. GWO predicted 16 named storms, seven hurricanes, four major hurricanes, and three landfalls – off by only one named storm, one hurricane and one major hurricane.
When it comes to getting ready for hurricane season, early preparation is key. Download our free, essential Hurricane Preparedness Guide,
which includes helpful tips, checklists and forms to help you prepare your Florida home.
How Will La Niña Impact Florida’s Weather?
You can forget about any “snow days” in the near future… In fact, Florida will likely experience a milder than usual winter,
if that’s even possible.
According to the NOAA 2017 Winter Outlook, a weak La Niña may bring drier, warmer conditions
to the Sunshine State, increasing the risk of drought and wildfire. Defend your home against wildfire with these important safety tips.
Fortunately, it looks like Florida’s dry spell won’t last too long. The Old Farmer’s Almanac forecasts above-normal rainfall
as we enter spring and summer. And you know what comes with heavy rain? You guessed it… flooding!
Don’t wait until the next big storm to add Florida Flood Insurance to your policy. Call People’s Trust Insurance at 866.972.1547
or your insurance agent to discuss you flood insurance needs today.
Additionally, temperatures are expected to remain slightly warmer than usual through May, but will cool down as summer approaches, with the hottest temperatures in mid-June through late July.
Will these 2017 weather predictions come true? There’s only one way to find out … Are you ready?