55th Anniversary of Hurricane Ethel

On September 15, 1960, Hurricane Ethel became a Category Five hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, becoming the most northerly hurricane to reach this maximum status on record. Hurricane Ethel formed from a disturbance in the central Gulf just as Hurricane Donna was dying out over the Labrador Sea.  As the storm moved northward, it … Continue reading 55th Anniversary of Hurricane Ethel

140th Anniversary of first hurricane forecast

On September 11, 1875, Father Benito Viñes, director of the Meteorological Observatory of the Royal College of Belén in Havana, Cuba, issued his first hurricane forecast.  It is very likely the first such hurricane forecast ever publicly issued. The Jesuit priest had been assigned to the Observatory in 1870 and arrived in Cuba by March … Continue reading 140th Anniversary of first hurricane forecast