50th Anniversary of Hurricane Debbie seeding

Hurricane Debbie’s eye as seen from ESSA DC-6 On August 18th and 20th, 1969, Hurricane Debbie was subjected to a seeding experiment as part of Project STORMFURY.  STORMFURY was a joint Navy and Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA, the predecessor of NOAA) project to test the hypothesis that seeding hurricanes with silver iodide would disrupt … Continue reading 50th Anniversary of Hurricane Debbie seeding

50th Anniversary of Hurricane Camille

On the night of August 17-18th, 1969, Hurricane Camille came howling into Waveland, MS, with estimated sustained winds of 175 mph (280 km/hr) and a storm surge of 24 feet (7.3 m) to become the second strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in the United States (after the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935).  Camille also … Continue reading 50th Anniversary of Hurricane Camille

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

15th Anniversary of Hurricane Lili

  On the morning of October 3, 2002, Hurricane Lili made landfall on the Louisiana coast, just seven days after Hurricane Isidore had struck the same area.  Lili had already ravaged Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba and was to bring further grief to Louisiana and Mississippi. Lili began as a African easterly wave moving into the … Continue reading 15th Anniversary of Hurricane Lili

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 … Continue reading 25th Anniversary of Hurricane Andrew striking South Florida

Digital copies of Ted Fujita and Roger Wakimoto’s hurricane landfall analyses now available

After the landfall of very strong hurricanes, NOAA contracted with Drs. Ted Fujita of the University of Chicago and Roger Wakimoto of the University of California Los Angeles to produce damage surveys of the affected areas.  With the help of Duane J. Stiegler, survey teams visited the devastated areas to assess the wind effects using … Continue reading Digital copies of Ted Fujita and Roger Wakimoto’s hurricane landfall analyses now available

55th Anniversary of Hurricane Carla

  On September 11, 1961, Hurricane Carla made landfall at Port O'Connor, Texas, bringing storm surge, torrential rains, high wind gusts and tornadoes to northern Texas and Louisiana.  Carla was the first tropical cyclone to have its entire life history recorded by research flights. Carla formed from a persistent area of disturbed weather in the … Continue reading 55th Anniversary of Hurricane Carla

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 … Continue reading 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Wilma

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 … Continue reading 20th Anniversary of Hurricane Opal