More Frequent and Stronger Hurricanes Is The New Normal
Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th. In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season for 2021, predicting 13-20 named storms and 6-10 hurricanes. Ironically, Tropical Storm Ana formed the same day as NOAA published their prediction, making 2021 the seventh consecutive year with an pre-season named storm.
Over the past 30 years, a typical hurricane season included seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes. However, hurricane seasons have been trending worse over the last two decades. The 2020 and 2021 seasons have had more storms, more severe storms, and more storms making landfall, than average. This prompted one meteorologist to comment "This is not normal, by the way."
Right now, we are only halfway through the 2021 season and have already had three major hurricanes, with an estimated 54 billion dollars in property damage to-date. Nearly every location on the US Gulf Coast has seen a landfalling hurricane in the last two years, and the effects are being felt hundreds of miles inland.
The recent Hurricane Larry was also a record-setter, making landfall further north than any other hurricane in a decade and causing chaos and disruption in regions that do not typically expect hurricane weather and were therefore not prepared.
NOAA administrator Dr. Rick Spinrad comments "the Atlantic 2021 hurricane season does not show any signs of relenting as it enters the peak months ahead," and NOAA cautions that we may see as many as ten hurricanes before the end of the season.
Strong Storms Demand Stronger Building Materials
As hurricanes become more powerful, it is increasingly necessary to build with hurricane resistance in mind. ThermaSteel's 16-gauge Structural Insulated Panels are windproof up to 220 MPH. They do not rot or degrade from rain or moisture. ThermaSteel panels are also maintenance-free, pest-resistant, and fire-resistant, meaning they will survive hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and other disasters better than other building materials, saving you money on costly repairs and replacement.
ThermaSteel's superior insulating properties also mean indoor temperatures remain comfortable longer during weather-induced disruptions to your heating or cooling systems. Structures build utilizing ThermaSteel panels are also just plain less expensive to heat in the winter and cool in the summer. They are faster and easier to install than traditional construction materials, to boot.
Whether your construction is located on the coast or hundreds of miles inland, hurricane-proofing your commercial or residential construction project is the safest choice. Contact us for a quote!