The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1, concluding on Nov. 30.  On both coasts, most of the intense storms hit during peak season between August and October.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the forecast for the 2019 season on May 23, predicting the season would be near normal (between 10 and 15 tropical storms and between four and nine hurricanes).  They speculate there is a 30-percent chance of an above-normal season (between 12 and 28 tropical storms and between seven and 15 hurricanes) and 30-percent chance of a below-normal season (between four and nine tropical storms and two to four hurricanes).

Colorado State University scientists forecast 2019 will have 13 named storms in the Atlantic Ocean, including five becoming hurricanes and two of those reaching at least a Category 3 status.  NOAA estimates a 70-percent chance of between nine and 15 named storms, of which four to eight potentially become hurricanes and two to four are major hurricanes.


How Hurricanes Get Their Names

Initially, hurricanes were named to honor a feast day for a Catholic saint.  By the 1950s, the process changed in the United States and hurricanes were assigned female names in alphabetical order.  It wasn’t until 1978 this practice was abandoned.  The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has a list of alphabetical storm names that repeats on a six-year cycle.  The names are to be basic and reflect the languages spoken by those in areas most affected: English, Spanish, Dutch and French.

Good news though, if a storm was so destructive that the WMO deems one name may be perceived as insensitive, the name will be removed from the list, such as: Katrina, Ike, Hattie or Opal.

See Live Science’s Hurricane Season 2019: How Long it Lasts and What to Expect for more information.

Texas was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845. When it was annexed in 1845, it retained the right to fly its flag at the same height as the national flag.

Texas was the 28th state in the U.S. and was admitted into the Union on December 29, 1845. All other states except Texas entered the United States by territorial annexation. Only Texas entered by treaty.

The Texas flag is called the “Lone Star Flag” and has three colors: red to represent courage, white to represent liberty and blue to represent loyalty. It was adopted in 1845 when Texas became a state.

Sam Houston (1793-1863) was the first president and first governor of Texas. The Cherokee, with whom he lived in Tennessee, called him “the Raven.”

Davy Crockett, who died at the Alamo, once told his Tennessee peers in Congress, “Ya’ll can go to hell. I am going to Texas.”

John Wayne and Chuck Norris are honorary Texas Rangers. The Texas Rangers are the oldest law enforcement agency in North America with statewide jurisdiction.

The most popular snack foods in Texas are Frito pie (a bag of Fritos mixed with chili, onions, and cheese eaten straight from the bag), peanuts in Dr Pepper, beef jerky, jalapenos and corn dogs.

Charles Alderton (1857-1941), a Waco pharmacist, first created Dr Pepper in 1885. The oldest working Dr Pepper plant (since 1891) is in Dublin, 94 miles west of Waco. There is also no period after the “Dr” in Dr Pepper.

Happy 2018 from KMR Construction staff!  As we usher in the New Year, here is a look back at what our headlines read over 2017.

  • January
    • Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
    • The Dow hits the 20,000 mark for the first time in history.
    • A $722 million class action lawsuit is filed against the EPA on behalf of those impacted by the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
  • August
    • A total solar eclipse occurs, spanning the US from coast to coast, an event that has not taken place for 99 years.
    • Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas, claiming 82 lives.
  • September
    • The Florida Keys suffers a death toll of 61 after being hit with Hurricane Irma.
    • Hurricane Maria slams Puerto Rico, killing at least 64 people.
  • October
    •   A man opens fire on a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring almost 500, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
    • Eight people were killed when a man drove a truck down a busy bicycle path in New York City in the name of ISIS.
  • November
    • A gunman opens fire on a small church in Sutherland Springs, TX, killing 26.
  • December
    • President Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and commits to relocating the US Embassy to that location.

KMR Construction held it’s annual Christmas party at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille on Thursday, Dec. 14.  Kenny Roch, KMR’s president and founder, welcomed employees and business associates to share an elegant evening of festive celebration.  Kenny expressed his appreciation to guests for their continued hard work and support; anticipating a 2018 filled with great success.

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