tropical hurricane approaching the USA.Elements of this image are furnished by NASA.

Navigating Key West’s Hurricane Season: Sailing Insights with Restless Native Charters 

The hurricane season in Key West, Florida, typically runs from June 1st to November 30th.

Restless Native Charters takes a responsible and informed approach to sailing during the hurricane season. Their top priority is ensuring the safety and comfort of their guests.

Greetings, sailors and sea enthusiasts!

As we prepare for the 2023 hurricane season, let’s delve into the scientific realities while also shedding light on media influence and its impact on our sailing adventures. Hurricanes are formidable natural phenomena, and as seasoned sailors, we hold safety as our utmost priority. However, it’s essential to recognize that the days preceding and following a hurricane, often offer amazingly favorable sailing conditions due to the prevailing weather patterns surrounding these storms.

According to historical data, Key West has experienced relatively minimal damage from hurricanes over the past century. Since 1900, the region has been directly affected by hurricanes about 30 times, with the most severe impact occurring in 1919 and 1935. These occurrences are attributed to the area’s geographical location and natural barriers that mitigate the impact of many hurricanes before they reach our shores.
Hurricane Irma, a notable example, struck in 2017 and had a significant
impact on the Florida Keys. The hurricane caused 87 fatalities in Florida and inflicted an estimated $50 billion in damages across the state. 

Turning to science, let’s explore the fascinating phenomenon of African dust and its potential influence on hurricanes. Each year, large amounts of mineral-rich dust from the Sahara Desert are carried across the Atlantic by trade winds. Studies suggest that this dust may have varying effects on hurricane activity. Research published in the Journal of Geophysical Research indicates that African dust can suppress hurricane development by interfering with cloud formation, potentially reducing storm intensity.

The 2023 hurricane season has witnessed unprecedented water temperatures in the region. Elevated sea surface temperatures have far-reaching consequences, including coral bleaching and disruption of marine ecosystems. The Florida Keys’ delicate coral reef, a natural treasure, faces significant stress from these warmer waters. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), coral bleaching events have become more frequent and severe in recent years due to increasing sea temperatures. In 2014-2017, two thirds of the world’s coral reefs, including those in the Florida Keys, experienced severe bleaching due to elevated water temperatures.

If you have any questions on whether or not to come to Key West, call us! We take a responsible and informed approach to sailing during hurricane season. Our priority is to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests while fostering an appreciation for the natural wonders of Key West’s marine environment. By staying informed and prepared, we can continue to offer memorable sailing experiences and contribute to the preservation of our precious ocean ecosystem.

Fair winds and smooth sailing,

Captain Brad Barker

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