Dale Link was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. His first memory at the age of two was awakening in the middle of the night to a howling wind, very black sky and rain hitting his face right after a category 4 hurricane had ripped off the roof of his house. He had 7 tropical cyclones pass over his head before his fifth birthday.
Education: B.S. Engineering North Carolina State University
Dale started predicting long-range weather three months in advance with an almanac and a vegetable garden while working as a corporate engineer in Charlotte, NC. Five years later he was studying and predicting long-range weather one year in advance in Wilmington, NC. In another five years in Nags Head, NC, before hurricane season, he was studying and predicting landfalls for the U.S. Atlantic coastline from Virginia Beach, VA, to Miami Beach, FL. Hurricane Gloria (category 4) landed in his first personal prediction of a landfall zone in 1985. Hurricane Hugo (category 5) was his second in 1989. He missed Hurricane Charley (category 1) in 1986.
After contracting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and moving to West Palm Beach, FL in 1986, he returned to forecasting for the entire Atlantic coastline from Key West, FL, to Lubec, Maine – an 1,800 mile range in 1995. His prediction that year was a successful ‘zero hurricane landfalls’ forecast. In 1998, he started predicting landfall zones in the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Brownsville, Texas, to Key West, FL – a 1,500 mile range. Hurricanes Earl (category 1) and Georges (category 4) landed in his predicted zone that year.
Then in 2008 he started predicting landfall zones along the Eastern Asian coastline (NW Pacific) from Nam Can, Vietnam, to Nem Uro, Japan (5,500 mile range). This coastline includes Vietnam, China, Taiwan, North and South Korea, and Japan. In 2012 he started predicting landfall zones along the Mexican, Central American and Hawaiian Island coastlines: the East Pacific from Tijuana, Mexico, to Jaque, Panama plus the Hawaiian Islands (5,000 mile range) and the Atlantic (Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico) from Zapzurro, Panama, to Matamoros, Mexico (3,000 mile range). These coastlines include the Hawaiian Islands, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. In 2013 he started predicting the Philippines coastline (NW Pacific) from Tandalola to Sana Ana, Philippines (1,500 mile range). This coastline has the most category 1-5 strength landfalls per linear mile per year.
These four regions (U.S., Mexico/CA, E. Asia and Philippines) consist of 16 countries, 18,000 miles of coastline and 1.1 billion people (15% of the world population). If you remove the close calls and oversights, these regions are consistent in the number of category 1-5 storms that pass thru his zones, about a 90 percent average (actual is about 77 percent). What is not consistent is how often category 1-5 storms pass through zones. In Mexico/CA Atlantic, it is about 25 percent of the time; in U.S. Atlantic and Mexico/CA Pacific, 50 percent; E. Asia NW Pacific 73 percent; and the Philippines NW Pacific 80 percent. The greater the number of storms in an area, the more often category 1-5 storms pass through zones.