Hurricane Special: How Fox 4 tackles hurricanes

Posted at 7:30 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-02 16:28:16-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Last Hurricane Season the magic word was 'El Niño'.  The global weather phenomenon was to thank for a quieter than average season, as strong upper level winds sheared apart many storms that developed.  But this year, it looks like the graces of El Niño won't stick around.

La Niña conditions developing this fall will make conditions more favorable for hurricane development in the Atlantic basin. As a result, lighter wind shear will allow storms a chance to organize and strengthen.

The latest hurricane predictions from Colorado State University call for a near average season with 13 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and just 2 major hurricanes Category 3 or higher.

While we can't be sure that this many storms will impact the United States, it's important to remember it only takes one storm to make an impact.  That is why we are here to prepare you before that happens.

You can count on Storm Shield 4 to be your go-to source during hurricane season.  You'll always get the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Here's a look at what we have at our disposal. With our Storm Shield 4 hurricane tracker and satellite technology, we can pinpoint where storms are developing anywhere in the Atlantic or the Gulf.  You'll hear about it first, during our "Tracking the Tropics" segment featured in every single newscast during hurricane season.

And with our spaghetti models and hurricane cones, we can show you where models are predicting the storms will go.  We are able to tell you based on where you live if the threat will be for hurricane force winds and power outages or storm surge and flooding. We will also pass along information from emergency personel if an evacuation is recommended or required.

But get this: now our ability to track hurricanes goes beyond the weather center. Our new Severe Weather Tracker allows us to track storms from the field and bring you the very latest information with live reports as the storm hits.

Our ability to track water temperatures in the Gulf and Atlantic, wind shear, and hurricane hunter data means we can bring you the latest information and the best forecast right away.

And with our network of Zoom Tan Skycams, we are able to show you live what's happening across Southwest Florida.

Our team has the technology, the tools, and the experience to bring you life saving information first on Fox.  Our promise is to deliver accurate and reliable hurricane forecasts to keep our viewers safe as they live the Southwest Florida lifestyle.

Not only does our technology help us make the forecast, it helps us get it to you.

You can get our forecast even if you're not close to a television with our Storm Shield 4 mobile app.  It will not only warn you of dangerous weather at home, but also anywhere you go. And that's piece of mind.