Photo for the SC by Chris Koerner
Photo for the SC by Chris Koerner

Slumbering. Quiet. Below average. Those are just a few of the adjectives applied to the 2014 hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean. As September winds down, the hurricane season is supposed to do the same thing. But a watchful eye is still necessary.

With just today and tomorrow left in September, historically the peak hurricane month, the Atlantic Basin has seen just five named storms and most people in Southwest Florida would be hard-pressed to name them. None of them threatened the Gulf of Mexico and only the first one, Arthur, had any impact on the Atlantic Coast of Florida.

It has been a slow summer for those who like to track developing storm systems from the coast of Africa across the Atlantic to here. Now storm watchers turn their attention south into the Caribbean because historically late-season storms seem to form there. Local storm watchers are wary of these storms that form and move quickly.

This year stands in stark contrast to 10 years ago. Charley was just one of four hurricanes that impacted Florida. There also were Ivan, Frances and Jeanne. Jeanne, the last of the four, marched through Central Florida on Sept. 26, 2004.

Island weather

Today looks like it could be sneaky good. The early-morning humidity was a wilting 92 percent early this morning, but it will back off as the day goes on. If we dodge a 50-percent chance of afternoon storms, then today should turn out nice with a high temperature in the mid 80s.

The five-day forecast for Sanibel and Captiva, according to The Weather Channel at, is for highs in the mid to high 80s with a 40- to 60-percent chance of rain each day.


The Gulf of Mexico is calm today and shell seekers on the beaches of Sanibel will get low tide at 11:12 a.m. today. High tide is at 4:20 p.m.

Today's sunset on Captiva is at 7:18 p.m.

David Staver

David Staver is the editor of the Santiva Chronicle. He writes a daily column Santiva Today and oversees the news product of the SC, Sanibel and Captiva's digital news source. He was formerly editor and sports editor of the Vincennes (IN) Sun-Commercial and is a graduate of the University of Illinois. He has covered state and local government extensively. He believes digital 'newspapers' are the method of delivering news in the future and he wants to bring that vision to Sanibel and Captiva. He is an avid golfer, chess player and birdwatcher. 

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