35th anniversary of the publication first documenting the eyewall cycle in intense tropical cyclones

In February, 1982, The Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences published a ground-breaking study by Hugh Willoughby, Jean Clos, and Mohammed Shoreibah on what became to be known as the eyewall replacement cycle.  Using data obtained from NOAA P3 flights into very intense Hurricanes Anita, David and Allen, they found that a common feature of intense […]

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35th Anniversary of Hurricane David’s Florida landfall

On September 3, 1979, Hurricane David, one of the most destructive and deadly Atlantic hurricanes on record, made a glancing landfall on south Florida after its devastating rampage through the Caribbean.  David had seemed to be aimed to make landfall in  either Dade or Broward counties but just hours before impact swerved to the right […]

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35th Anniversary of Men’s name added to Atlantic hurricane lists

Women’s names have been used for Atlantic hurricanes since 1953, but the practice had always been controversial. In 1978, the responsibility for the name lists was transferred from the U.S. Government to delegates of the World Meteorological Organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee.  The Carter Administration, in response to pressure from feminist groups, requested the Committee […]

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