Hurricane Facts and Dates

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Hurricane Facts and Dates


1: The first day of hurricane season

1: The first season to use male and female hurricane names begins (1979)

1: The first season to use the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity begins (1973)

1: The first season to use female hurricane names begins (1953)

19: Hurricane Agnes parallels the Florida west coast before making landfall in the panhandle. Agnes later went on to dump tremendous rainfall in the northeast (1972) – storm name retired

10: Hurricane Dennis makes landfall near Pensacola in the Florida panhandle (2005) – storm name retired

26: The first intentional flight into a hurricane to take storm measurements occurs – The Surprise Hurricane (1943)


13: Hurricane Charley makes landfall in Charlotte County (2004) – storm name retired

23: Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in South Florida on its way to becoming the most destructive hurricane in United States history (2005) – storm name retired

24: Hurricane Andrew makes landfall south of Miami as one of only three category five storms (‘Labor Day’ – 1935, Camille – 1969) to make United States landfall in the 20th century–(1992) – storm name retired

25: Tropical Storm Barry makes landfall in Melbourne and crosses the state during the least active tropical season ever recorded (1983)

27: Hurricane Cleo makes landfall in the Miami area (1964) – storm name retired

31: Hurricane Elena stalled while moving toward the Florida west coast. The storm remained approximately 100 miles off the Pinellas County coastline, necessitating mandatory evacuations. Ultimately, the storm turned north, making landfall in Mississippi (1985) – storm name retired

1: The halfway point of hurricane season

3: Hurricane David makes landfall near West Palm Beach (1979) – storm name retired

4: Hurricane Frances makes landfall near Port St. Lucie (2004) – storm name retired

6: Tropical Storm Henri makes landfall near Clearwater (2003)

7: Hurricane Betsy made landfall near Key Largo on its way to its final landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana (1965) – storm name retired

10: Statistically the most active day of hurricane season

10: Hurricane Donna makes landfall in the Florida Keys and southwest Florida near Fort Myers (1960) – storm name retired

10: Hurricane Dora makes landfall near St. Augustine (1964) – storm name retired

10: Hurricane Ike plows ashore near Galveston, Texas, becoming the third most destructive storm in American history. (2008) – storm name retired.

16: Hurricane Ivan makes landfall in coastal Alabama, bringing storm surge, high winds and heavy rain to the Florida Panhandle (2004) – storm name retired

16: The Lake Okeechobee Hurricane makes landfall in West Palm Beach. It is the second deadliest hurricane in American history (1928)

21: The New England Express makes landfall, becoming one of the most destructive hurricanes in American history (1938)

23: Hurricane Eloise makes landfall in Panama City, Florida (1975) – storm name retired

25: Hurricane Jeanne makes landfall in approximately the same location Hurricane Frances had hit three weeks earlier (2004) – storm name retired

25: A major hurricane, estimated as a category 4, makes landfall in the Tampa Bay area. This storm cut John’s Pass. (1848)

26: Hurricane Georges skirts the Florida west coast (1998)

4: Hurricane Flora, the fifth deadliest hurricane in Atlantic history, ravages the Caribbean (1963) – storm name retired

4: Hurricane Opal makes landfall in Santa Rosa Island in the Florida Panhandle (1995) – storm name retired

9: Tropical Storm Hazel crosses the Florida peninsula north of Fort Myers (1953)

16: The first Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) was launched into orbit, providing the first ever 24-hour weather observations of the entire Western Hemisphere. (1975)

19: Hurricane Gladys makes landfall in Homosassa with winds of 80 mph (1968)

23: Hurricane Wilma makes landfall in Cape Romaine, Florida. At one time, Wilma was the most intense storm ever measured in the Western Hemisphere (2005) – storm name retired

25: The Tampa Bay Hurricane plowed ashore just south of Tarpon Springs, bringing a 10 to 12 foot storm surge to Tampa Bay. This was the last hurricane to make landfall in Pinellas County, and the last time sustained hurricane force winds were measured in the county. (1921)

29: Hurricane Sandy plows ashore just south of Atlantic City, New Jersey, becoming the second most damaging storm in American history (2012)

23: Tropical Storm Keith makes landfall in Sarasota (1988)

30: The last day of Hurricane Season

30: The second busiest hurricane season draws to a close (1933)

31: The busiest hurricane season on record (2005) ends, although the last storm of the season (Zeta) This storm dissipated on January 6, 2006.

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