40th anniversary of Hurricane Anita

On 16 August, 1977, a tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa.  It wasn’t until nearly two weeks later that the wave developed enough convection and a surface circulation, and was designated a tropical depression in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.  The system slowly moved west-southwestward, but rapidly intensifying into a category-5 […]

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Tenth anniversary of Hurricane Felix

On 24 August, a tropical wave moved westward off the African coast, gradually becoming organized enough to become a tropical depression a week later almost 200 n mi east southeast of Barbados.  Within 12 h, it became Tropical Storm Felix about 60 n mi south of Barbados.  A period of rapid intensification commenced, and Felix […]

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25th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew striking South Florida

In the early morning hours of August 24, 1992, Category-Five Hurricane Andrew roared across southern Florida leaving behind a trail of devastation that stunned the nation.  Andrew was the first hurricane of this ferocity to hit the continental United States since Hurricane Camille in 1969, and repercussions of its landfall were felt in the world […]

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20th Anniversary of Hurricane Lili

On October 18, 1996, Hurricane Lili slammed into Cuba with over 100 mph (160 km/hr) winds and heavy rains.  The storm, during its life cycle, would leave destruction from Central America to the British Isles. Lili formed from a tropical depression which developed on Oct. 15th in the typical breeding grounds for mid-October, the western […]

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25th Anniversary of Hurricane Bob

On August 19, 1991, Hurricane Bob brushed the tip of Long Island and came ashore in Rhode Island.  Although only a Category 2 hurricane at that time, Bob managed to rack up a sizable damage bill to become one of the costliest New England hurricanes. Bob formed from a disturbance that split from a frontal […]

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20th Anniversary of Hurricane Bertha

On July 12, 1996, Hurricane Bertha roared ashore at Wrightsville Beach, NC, smashing piers and boats.  The storm had already left a trail of destruction across the northern Caribbean islands and subsequently brought heavy rainfall along the Eastern Seaboard. Bertha grew out of an African Easterly Wave that became a tropical depression on July 5th […]

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10th Anniversary of Hurricane Wilma

In the early morning hours of October 24, 2005, Hurricane Wilma came ashore on Florida’s Gulf coast.  The storm had set records and then ravaged the Yucatan Peninsula prior to this final landfall, but it still had plenty of power left to inflict great damage on southern Florida. The 2005 hurricane season was already one […]

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20th Anniversary of Hurricane Opal

On the afternoon of October 4, 1995, Hurricane Opal slammed into the Florida Panhandle.  After days of idling in the southern Gulf of Mexico, Opal had suddenly sprinted northward and intensified causing panic along the coast. The disturbance from which Opal formed had spent days drifting across the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea before forming a […]

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40th Anniversary of Hurricane Eloise

On the morning of September 23, 1975, Hurricane Eloise made landfall on the Florida panhandle.  A major hurricane as it struck the shore, it was the most destructive Atlantic hurricane that year. Eloise formed from an African Easterly Wave, but did not develop a closed circulation until it had crossed more than halfway across the […]

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10th Anniversary of Hurricane Rita

Early on the morning of September 24, 2005, Major Hurricane Rita came ashore near the Texas/Louisiana border.  In the midst of the very active 2005 hurricane season, Rita caused considerable panic as it approached the coast, with scenes of destruction from Hurricane Katrina still playing on TV news programs.  It left behind a swath of […]

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