55th Anniversary of Hurricane Flora

On the night of October 3, 1963, Hurricane Flora smashed into the southern coast of Haiti.  It raked the country with 145 mph (230 km/hr) winds and dumped tremendous downpours on its mountains.  It would become one of the deadliest and wettest Atlantic hurricanes on record. Flora began as an African easterly wave, moving over … Continue reading 55th Anniversary of Hurricane Flora

125th Anniversary of the Chenière Caminada hurricane

On the morning of October 2, 1893, a severe hurricane came roaring across the Louisiana coast near the village of Chenière Caminada, all but wiping the town flat and killing over half the population. Like many late season hurricanes, this storm formed from a disturbance in the western Caribbean Sea around Sept. 27th.  By the … Continue reading 125th Anniversary of the Chenière Caminada hurricane

80th Anniversary of the Great New England hurricane

On September 21, 1938, a hurricane moving at over 50 mph struck Long Island and raced over New England, bringing a storm surge and heavy rainfall.  It would be remembered for generations as the "Long Island Express". The storm originated from a disturbance detected off Africa on Sept. 9th.  It was tracked via ship reports … Continue reading 80th Anniversary of the Great New England hurricane

30th Anniversary of Hurricane Gilbert

On September 16, 1988, Hurricane Gilbert made landfall at the Mexican city of La Pesca,Tamaulipas, with winds of 125 mph (200 km/hr).  It had already brought destruction upon the Yucatan peninsula and the Caribbean islands.  Along the way it set a new low-pressure record that would stand for 17 years. Gilbert was a classic Cape … Continue reading 30th Anniversary of Hurricane Gilbert

90th Anniversary of Lake Okeechobee Hurricane

On September 16, 1928, the deadliest hurricane in Florida's history struck West Palm Beach.  As it moved inland it drove the waters of Lake Okeechobee against the mud levees on its shores.  When the levees failed, a surge inundated the communities of Okeechobee City, South Bay and Belle Glade, causing thousands of deaths. The storm … Continue reading 90th Anniversary of Lake Okeechobee Hurricane

145th anniversary of first hurricane warning

On August 21, 1873, the U.S. Army Signal Corps' National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning extending from Cape May, NJ to New London, CT.  This was the first such warning issued by the Service, which was formed just three years prior. The hurricane was a classic Cape Verde storm, forming near the islands on … Continue reading 145th anniversary of first hurricane warning

35th Anniversary of Hurricane Alicia

In the early morning hours of August 18, 1983, Hurricane Alicia made landfall at San Luis Pass, Texas, just southwest of the Galveston area.  Its 115 mph (185 km/hr) winds slammed the high rises of Houston leaving billions of dollars in damage in its wake. Like many tropical storms that form during low-activity years, Alicia … Continue reading 35th Anniversary of Hurricane Alicia

75th Anniversary of first ‘real time’ hurricane fix from an aircraft

On August 16, 1943, information from an Army Air Force flight into a tropical storm east of Miami was relayed in ‘real time’ to the Joint Miami Hurricane Warning Center, and the information was used to update their analysis. This was the first time a center position of a tropical cyclone was 'fixed' by aircraft … Continue reading 75th Anniversary of first ‘real time’ hurricane fix from an aircraft

60th Anniversary of first “real time” computer hurricane forecast

On August 13, 1958, a team of University of Chicago scientists ran a computer forecast model on Tropical Storm Becky as the storm was on-going.  Although not used for the official subjective forecast, the computer runs were a "proof of concept" demonstrating that Numerical Weather Prediction was possible for tropical cyclones. The team, consisting of … Continue reading 60th Anniversary of first “real time” computer hurricane forecast