Wondering where storms form, why and how? Our classic "From the Desk of the Storm Meister" features from the Cruise Critic vault tackle issues related to hurricane season cruising -- with trivia and tidbits you can use to impress your friends (for example, do you know what the ultimate hurricane-related souvenir is?). It's all part of our Hurricane Zone, the one-stop shop for travelers cruising during hurricane season. Stay tuned to Cruise Critic News for up-to-the-minute information on cruise delays and itinerary changes.
About the Storm Meister
Our "storm meister" is Senior Contributor Steve Faber, who came to study meteorology out of necessity, learning the skills out of an aversion to death and dismemberment -- his own! For years he was a private pilot and understanding weather was a basic survival skill. Ten years ago Steve swapped his pilot's wings for water wings, and purchased Shalane, a 45-ft. sailboat, which he and his wife, Debbie, sail for extended trips around the Caribbean. Steve prefers sailing to flying these days -- when things go wrong it happens a lot slower. But understanding meteorology is just as important, especially when sailing between islands at the height of hurricane season.
A Floridian for six years, Steve boned up on tropical weather, again as a survival skill; while living in the Upper Florida Keys, he even maintained a computerized weather station on the roof of his house. Since the National Weather Service had no official weather stations on his island, Steve supplied them and local TV affiliates with data during major storms.