Interesting Hurricane Facts
- Typhoon Tip (1979) also was the most intense storm on record, with a recorded minimum pressure of 870 millibars.
- The Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635 was the first recorded to hit New England.
- It’s a myth that hurricanes have been increasing in intensity in recent years.The five seasons with the most Atlantic storms and hurricanes were: 2005, with 22 tropical storms and 12 hurricanes (at most recent count); 1931 (21 storms, 10 hurricanes); 1995 (19 storms, 11 hurricanes); 1969 (18 storms, 12 hurricanes); and 1936 (16 storms, 15 hurricanes). Note that 3 of the 5 worst occurred in 1969 or before.
- A major hurricane is a Category 3 or higher.
- Retired Hurricane Names (organized by date of the hurricane, earliest first): Carol, Edna, Hazel, Connie, Diane, Ione, Janet, Audrey, Gracie, Donna, Carla, Hattie, Flora, Cleo, Dora, Hilda, Betsey, Inez, Beulah, Camille, Celia, Agnes, Carmen, Fifi, Eloise, Anita, David, Frederic, Allen, Alicia, Elena, Gloria, Gilbert, Joan, Hugo, diana, Klaus, Bob, Andrew, Luis, Marilyn, Opal, Roxanne, Cesar, Fran, Hortense, Georges, Mitch, Floyd, Lenny, Keith, Allison, Iris, Michelle, Isidore, Lili, Fabian, Isabel, Juan, Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne.
- The deadliest Atlantic Hurricane was Hurricane Mitch, which struck Central America, killing 18,000
- The Newfoundland Hurricane of 1775 was the first recorded to hit Canada. It killed 4,000. It also is known as the Independence Hurricane.
- The Perfect Storm of 1991, made famous by the book and movie was created out of the remnants of Hurricane Grace
- The 1899 Bathhurst Bay Hurricane in the South Pacific caused a storm surge of 42 feet, the highest ever recorded.