Monday, May 28, 2012

Early Start to the 2012 Season

Wow, hurricane season doesn't even start until Thursday, and already we've had two named storms. Alberto and Beryl never got above tropical storm strength. Both storms formed in the Atlantic, just off the East Coast of the U.S.

That said, the forecast released in April by Dr. Bill Gray and his protogé Dr. Philip Klotzbach (whose name comes first on the predictions these days) calls for a quiet season. They wrote:

We anticipate that the 2012 Atlantic basin hurricane season will have reduced activity compared with the 1981-2010 climatology. The tropical Atlantic has anomalously cooled over the past several months, and it appears that the chances of an El Niño event this summer and fall are relatively high. We anticipate a below-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean. However, coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them, and they need to prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.

You can read the full report online at the Colorado State University website.

Let's hope they're right!

Win Free Emergency Rations

A website that sells MREs (meals-ready-to-eat), freeze-dried food, and other survival supplies is having a giveaway for a one-year supply of non-perishable foods. The site is The Ready Store You must sign up for their newsletter to enter. The entry form/sign-up box is on the right side of their main page.

NOTE: They email a confirmation with a link you have to click on to confirm your subscription/entry. When I did that, the Ready Store website started to open, then it re-directed to some sort of "fairy dust" page that looked very spammy. This was just after midnight on May 29, 2012. I replied to their confirmation email to notify them of this redirect, so hopefully they'll fix it soon.

iPad 3 Giveaway

The New iPad Giveaway Event is a free blogger event. You will receive one link at no cost as a thank you for participating in this event.
Free Link options are: Email, RSS, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

Prize: The New iPad ~ iPad3 16GB (value $499)

Open to: Worldwide (note – non-US residents will receive the cash equivalent).

The event dates: July 1 at 12:01 am to July 15 11:59am

What is required to join? Post about the event with the button (left) linking back to this post. Feel free to copy paste this (below) along with the button.

Mom to Bed by 8, the Iowa-Mom is proud to present the The New iPad Giveaway Event, sponsored by BeeSavy.

Event dates: July 1 to July 15.

Details: This is a free blogger event, open worldwide and blog accepting sign ups now.

Join The New iPad Giveaway event with special co-host voiceBoks today!

If you do not wish to post the announcement, send the $5 via paypal to with your email address and BeeSavy Event in subject line or notes portion of the form. Once you have posted your announcement or sent the paypal payment, fill out this form. You will receive an email from me with 7 days, confirming your participation. If you do not, please email me at and I will check into it for you. Then around June 28th you will receive another email from me with the html code for publishing the giveaway.

Note it is required that you publish the giveaway html in full to be included in this event. I will verify links on July 1st around 8am central and if you have not done so, your link on the rafflecopter will be removed. This keeps this event fair for all who joins. Referral prize: The top referrer will receive $50 paypal or Amazon credit for your effort. Then the top 2 runners-up will receive $10 paypal or Amazon credit Just make sure to add-on your announcement that they should add your blog name or url in the referred by section on the sign up form. This bonus will be paid the on June 2nd after your referral links have been verified.

NOTE: We at the Hurricane Safety Blog don't know anything about the sponsors of this giveaway, but  we would like to have an iPod. Enter at your own risk.