While it’s slightly cheaper to visit during the spring and summer months, the weather is the most humid and torrential thunderstorms are frequent. Towards, late summer, there is always a chance of coming face to face with a hurricane. When the winds of a tropical storm reach 74 mph, then the storm is classified as a hurricane. The Atlantic hurricane season is officially from 1 June to 30 November.
Some tips if you decide to leave for a safer location to be there during the storm:
- Keep the gas tank filled in your vehicle.
- Be sure to have a road map with the evacuation routes clearly marked, so that you won’t spend valuable time and fuel in searching for the right way to go.
- Buy bottled water and ice.
- Get out of the area as early as you can, in daylight. Give yourself enough time to leave so that you can drive calmly and allow for traffic congestion; avoid putting yourself in a panic situation.
If you visit South Beach in the summer, please be aware of the heat... it gets hot here, really hot,so make sure you have some cold water around if you are out on the beach or coming out of the clubs...
It seems as if a hurricane meets me every late summer trip to Miami.... as Katrina approaches warnings like this are seen on the television screen... I know it really ruins a vacations mood, but always be aware of the storms status if you are on vacation when one approaches.
Some tips for Florida travel during Hurricane season
1- Know your season. The National Hurricane Center is centered in Miami and has all sorts of facts and figures and graphs they use for predicting the likeliness for a hurricane. The season generally runs between June and October, with the height of the season running late August to late September.
2- Prepare- If you do travel to Southern Florida during that peak season, take with you a few things just in case. A nice, covering parka or raincoat, a mini flashlight, and most importantly some extra cash/credit for possible extra nights or air transfers. And, for those who have never been in a hurricane, remember- umbrellas are useless. Also, remember to check with your airline, hotel, and car rental agencies on their natural disaster policies. If you're going to Miami for an event, be aware of your ticketholder cancellation policy. Many events will be cancelled due to even a remote threat of an approaching Hurricane.
3- Stay Savvy and Smart- Remember, if you are in Miami, and a few things gets cancelled,no big deal... the party in this city does not stop. A glancing blow will not stop the party in this city. But if there is a direct hit forecast, you have to be smart- if you are told to evacuate, do so. Clear your hotel and let the authorities lead you to safety. Hurricane parties are awesome, but make sure you are safe. Staying in a South Beach Hotel will not protect from the surge or flying glass. Though not below sea level like New Orleans, beware floods and surge as well.
4- Remain Optimistic- Florida isn't one of the worlds top travel destinations for nothing! Miami and Miami Beach are remarkable locations which should be enjoyed year round. If there is no activity in the Atlantic, it usually takes a few days to develop, so go worry free. If there is activity, we have tons of info that will help us make smart travel plans!!! The Hurricane Centers website is listed below
As it is widely publicized by the news, we get our fair share of the hurricanes. If you have not experienced one, don't try to. It is a massive cyclone which inundates the area it hits, and also typically rips everything apart by its winds. If you are unlucky to be here when it hits, stay inside! Flying debris and live wire may kill you, and there are several idiots every year to whom this happens. And get gas and basic supplies also - nothing will be open for a couple of days.
Hurricanes typically hit in summer or early fall - if you came November or December you will miss them, and will also be able to enjoy the best weather.
June is Miami's rainiest month of the year. I was a little iffy about this ,since I planned to arrive on June 2nd. Luckily, we had beautiful weather with only occasional short spurts of rain. The funny thing is, you never really know when the rain is going to come! Although it seemed to predominately appear in the late afternoon. It will be bright and sunny, and then there will be a short sunshower. You will hear thunder, but then have no rain.Sometimes it will rain for only less than a minute! Overall, it was nice over 90% of the time. But the frequent short spurts of rain causes high humidity, so don't even dream that you will have a good hairday!
Watching the weather report on the news is kind of funny! Everyday, the same forecast! "Sun mixed with clouds. Possibilty of scattered showers in the morning with a chance of isolated T-storms in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80's to low 90's, lows in the upper 70's. Hmmm.Tells me alot! Well, you really can't blame the weatherperson, being the weather is so unpredictable. No wonder they had a beautiful woman report the forecast! This way, at least the men will watch it!
Storms here are extreme and sudden, flooding the streets and making it impossible to see out of the car. the only thing to do when one of these hits is to seek cover - and quick!!