Hmm. I kinda hope we do have a year similar to 2005 in terms of number of storms, just so I can have something more to add to the Climate Change Library.
That said, I don't want anything resembling the destruction of that year. Good god, man.
The last tropical system I've experienced was 2012's Hurricane Isaac. It was one of those "fun" storms— it caused a few deaths, and a bit of destruction, but it didn't usher in the Apocalypse like Katrina, Andrew, or Sandy.
It reminded me of 2008's Hurricane Gustav. I experienced both Gustav and Ike, and it was actually Ike that gave me my adoration of "cloudy, cold, and windy" days.
Isaac brought a lotta rain and wind, and it hung around for much longer than it needed to. Then again, I am a pluviophile. For me, it was the best.
Until the power went out. But even then, I enjoyed it.
Until the scare about flooding happened. I live less than a mile away from a river that apparently was going to flood, and we had to evacuate. Of course, that was just a scare. But it was inconvenient.
I don't recall any storms from 2004 hitting us, I have to use my Google-fu for that one. I remember Ivan came dangerously close. Like, I could see the tropical clouds in the evening sky, and there was a bit of drizzle— and a tsunami of wind.
Damn, it's always the I names, idn't it? I remember Hurricane Isidore back in 2002. That was a good time too. The year I was most excited for a hurricane, though, was actually 2010.
Quick! Does anyone remember what happened in 2010 that involved Louisiana? It was something that made the hurricane season that year an absolute, unmitigated nightmare waiting to happen.
To those who guessed right, congratulations. To those who are still wracking your brains, that was the year of the BP Oil Catastrophe, the Deepwater Horizon Spill, in the Gulf of Mexico. The worst environmental disaster in history, the effects of which are still being felt right now. It was basically one long "And Then It Got Worse" situation from April to June, and the worst possible thing to happen happened: hurricane season began. And wouldn't you know it, the first storm of the season was both almost a major hurricane, and slipped into the goddamn Gulf. If there is a God, he was being a sadistic arseknob that summer. Prolly had his name legally changed to Murphy for a while.
Luckily, we didn't get anything to really mess up the spill like we thought would happen.
So yeah, I have a history with hurricane seasons.
So what's the worst that can happen this year (Are ya listenin', Murphy)?
Total destruction of the Big Gulf 5: Galveston, Houston, New Orleans, Tampa, and Miami. A new East Coast super-storm that devastates everything from Florida all the way up to Maine.
We get another Hurricane Patricia, this time in the Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico. Imagine that: a category 5 (perhaps even category 6) super hurricane with winds of 220 mph and a barometric pressure of 866 millibars exploding against the US or Mexican coastline. That would be the world's biggest wake-up call in a long time, considering we haven't had a major hurricane make landfall since '05.