25th Anniversary of a ‘hairy hop’ into Hurricane Hugo

NOAA 42 radar display of Hugo's eyewall On September 15, 1989, NOAA 42 "Kermit" flew a research mission into Hurricane Hugo, east of Barbados, that became what old-time Hurricane Hunters called a "hairy hop".  This referred to a hurricane flight where the turbulence was so severe as to put the mission in jeopardy. The day …

10th Anniversary of Hurricane Frances

NASA MODIS satellite photo of Hurricane Frances at its peak intensity On September 5, 2004, Hurricane Frances, the second hurricane to make landfall in Florida that record-breaking year, came ashore at Sewall's Point.  Frances had followed Hurricane Charley in striking Florida by 23 days and was followed in turn by Hurricane Jeanne, hitting the same …

10th Anniversary of Hurricane Isabel’s landfall

On September 18, 2003 Hurricane Isabel made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Although Isabel had been a Category Five hurricane at its peak, it struck the United States as a Category Two storm. Still, it caused over $5 billion in damage to the MidAtlantic states and killed 16 people directly. While Isabel …