Quiet season leaves hurricane tracker hoping for active winter
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ended this weekend with a total of 13 named storms. Only two of them were hurricanes.

The season left Wilmington-based hurricane tracker Mark Sudduth without any new data. Sudduth, who runs the website HurricaneTrack.com had hoped to send tiny remote cameras into the eye of a hurricane, and then relay that data to researchers for analysis. He says without any hurricanes, research and potential discoveries get put on hold.

But he says there is always winter.

"Well there is what we call a nor'easter. Winter's hurricane," Sudduth said. "And especially up in the northeast, those can sometimes have hurricane force winds. They produce a coastal storm surge. Even our beaches here in southeastern North Carolina can be impacted by a strong winter storm."

Sudduth says there is a lot of money and time invested into his gadgets, and practice makes perfect. By testing his gear in other weather events, it better prepares him and his team for the next big hurricane.

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Relax, Mark. The global warming that kept hurricanes from forming this year will cause them to form next year. Keep in mind, though, global warming may also cause drought, floods, snow, heat waves, freezing temps, ingrown toenails, and a million other things. You know it's true--Big Al Gore says so (and keep those dollars rolling in).

Not enough hurricanes to draw visitors to his for-profit website.

Don't worry Mark; maybe next year you can capitalize on the misery of others if a couple of really bad storms come through.

That is an uncalled for comment on Mark......he has helped so many people to save their property. You must be a very jealous and pitiful person......

Mark may or may not be a nice person. I would assume that generically he is just as nice as the rest of us.

And now for a reality check: When the headline says "hurricane tracker hoping for active winter" that means he hoping for more storms. Storms are potentially harmful. That's reality. When he says he has a lot invested in equipment and wants to use it, that means he's hoping for more storms. That's reality.

I'm sure that if he had given it some thought he probably would have phrased his comments differently. Unfortunately he didn't. You own what you say. That's reality.

As to being jealous: I can't even think of something here to be jealous about. That's also a reality.

As to being pitiful: That's conjectural. Conjectures are hypothetical and that's the antithesis of reality.