NOAA predicts a below average 2009 hurricane season for the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, bringing great news to the employees of Dry Tortugas excursions and travelers seeking to visit the unique islands and the historic Fort Jefferson
Online PR News – 31-August-2009 – – Earlier this summer, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported released their 2009 hurricane season predictions with predictions calling for the mildest hurricane season in recent history. This is great news for the many unique Key West tours that see a downturn in trips and activity during the late summer and fall months during which hurricane season is most active.
"May through November are great weather-wise," explains Lindsey Johnson, a reservations agent for Dry Tortugas Info.com, "It's simply the hurricanes and tropical storms that mess things up around here."
After almost an entire decade of "above-average" predictions and hurricane seasons that saw at least two major hurricanes actualize and affect the islands of the Gulf of Mexico (icnluding Key West Florida and the nearby Dry Tortugas), this news comes as a welcome breath of fresh air to locals, business owners, and tour operators in Key West and the Dry Tortugas.
Dry Tortugas Info, the premier center for information and tours out to the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson, says that they hope to not have to cancel or postpone any of their Dry Tortugas and Key West snorkeling trips this season. "Of course, you can never really with the weather patterns, especially in Florida," says Dry Tortugas Info president Chris Martinez, "but we are keeping our hopes way high this year."
Trips out to the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson depart daily on two ferries with passengers going on a 9 hour Day Trip or spending the night on one of the Dry Tortugas Camping Trips. The islands are located 70 miles off the coast of Key West and are known as being the best Key West snorkeling trip, despite the fact that they are not actually in Key West. Fort Jefferson is a brick fort from Civil War era that was used as a war prison.