Our "storm meister" is Cruise Critic senior contributor Steve Faber, who, like many of our members, also happens to live in the "zone." Steve came to the study of meteorology out of necessity, learning the skills out of an aversion to death and dismemberment -- his own! For years he was a private pilot with ratings in single engine, instruments and gliders, and for those endeavors understanding weather is a basic survival skill.... More
"I shall return." -- Douglas McArthur
"Ah'll be back." -- Arnold Schwarzenegger
"I'm outta here!" -- The Storm Meister
Well, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to turn out "no news is good news" column week after week. By now it's apparent that the late development of an El Nino and the early shift to late fall weather patterns have taken the wind out of this year's hurricane season. I must say that it felt strange to sound the death knell with the passage of Florida's first cold front only five days after the traditional peak of the season, but that unusual prediction seems to be holding true.
To be sure, there's still the potential for a cyclone developing in the late-season Gulf of Mexico/Western Caribbean spawning grounds, but at the moment there aren't any weather features that would appear to have even a remote chance of gaining a number or name.
So, for the time being, the Storm Meister is off the clock. If anything starts cooking, we'll resurrect my coverage -- or, as Carole King would say, "Just call out my name, and I'll come a-runnin'."