Hurricane Irene of 2011 now rated history's 6th most damaging hurricane

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:33 PM GMT on May 03, 2012

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New damage estimates released last month by NOAA now place the damage from 2011's Hurricane Irene at $15.8 billion, making the storm the 6th costliest hurricane and 10th costliest weather-related disaster in U.S. history. Irene hit North Carolina on August 27, 2011, as a Category 1 hurricane with 85 mph winds, and made landfalls the next day in New Jersey and New York City as a tropical storm. Most of the damage from Irene occurred because of the tremendous fresh water flooding the storm's rains brought to much of New England. Irene is now rated as the most expensive Category 1 hurricane to hit the U.S. The previous record was held by Hurricane Agnes of 1972, whose floods did $11.8 billion in damage in the Northeast. NOAA also announced that the name Irene had been retired from the list of active hurricane names. Irene was the only named retired in 2011, and was the 76th name to be retired since 1954. The name Irene was replaced with Irma, which is next scheduled be used in 2017.


Figure 1. True-color MODIS image of Hurricane Irene over North Carolina taken at 11:35 am EDT August 27, 2011. At the time, Irene was a Category 1 hurricane with 85 mph winds. Image credit: NASA.

At last month's 30th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology of the American Meteorological Society, Paul Ruscher of Florida State University explained how Irene's storm surge came within 8 inches of flooding New York City's subway system, which would have caused devastating damage. At the current global rate of sea level rise of 3.1 mm/year, a repeat of Irene 65 years from now would be capable of flooding the subway system, if no action is taken. Since sea level rise is expected to accelerate as the planet warms in coming decades, an Irene-type storm surge would likely be capable of flooding the NYC subway system much sooner than that. To read more about New York City's vulnerability, see Andrew Freedman's analysis at Climate Central, Climate Change Could Cripple New York’s Transportation, or my November 2011 blog post, Hurricane Irene: New York City dodges a potential storm surge mega-disaster.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting Grothar:


Wave your magic wand and make it go away now.


I don't even need a wand.
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Quoting yqt1001:
First storm: December 21st.
Last storm: December 21st.

How many storms? OVER 9000!

Couldn't manage to watch a day go by without someone saying this. :P



one of the hurricanes is a category 37
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Quoting Tazmanian:
TD 1 where?


No Active Storms
<-- You may select a previously archived storm from the list in the left frame


Inside my wishcasting head, Taz. Inside my wishcasting head.
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TD 1 where?


No Active Storms
<-- You may select a previously archived storm from the list in the left frame
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Quoting Grothar:


My lips say no, but my eyes say "Read my lips"




this says dust in the wind
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Quoting MississippiWx:
All this exchanging of tropical cyclone links got me excited. I thought for a split second that we might have had an invest tagged in the Gulf. You guys are cruel...


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All this exchanging of tropical cyclone links got me excited. I thought for a split second that we might have had an invest tagged in the Gulf. You guys are cruel...
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429. Skyepony (Mod)
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Quoting Hangten:
Gro what did you take today? You're on a roll. you are a funny guy.


Nothing. Just no good reruns on tonight. And thanks.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


I'm just using my divine magic to make it appear that way when you click the link.


Wave your magic wand and make it go away now.
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NESDIS Tropical Cyclone Products
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Quoting Grothar:


Kori,the date reads April 12, isn't that last months map?


I'm just using my divine magic to make it appear that way when you click the link.
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Link Harley found in Canada from Japan Tsunami. Just in case you haven't heard about this yet. If already posted, I haven't yet caught up.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


"01L NONAME. We have TD1, folks!"


Kori,the date reads April 12, isn't that last months map?
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

SAB/TARB Dvorak estimates.


SAB ADT

TAFB is in the FIX file of ATCF, which will also have the SAB data. Never have figured out if the Dvorak from SAB in the FIX file is manual, or automatic.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
Here's the Navy site if anyone needs it:

Link



Nice Avatar........ very unique
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Quoting KoritheMan:


"01L NONAME. We have TD1, folks!"




Thumbs up, Kori. But I would look at the date if I were you.
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Quoting Inyo:
Irene left deep scars in Vermont that we are still dealing with. I was just writing about Irene in my blog, and was surprised to see this post here.

Hopefully next time Vermont is more prepared and has a healthier relationship with our rivers, and damage is lessened.


The problem with Vermont, and all of New England, is that hurricanes like Bob, Isabel, and Irene increase preparedness for awhile. But since hurricane strikes are so few and far between in that region of the Atlantic, the populace quickly becomes complacent.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


"01L NONAME. We have TD1, folks!"
Noo stop playing Kori..
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Quoting BobWallace:


You're not old enough to remember the State of Franklin?

I'm disappointed....


Actually in was Frankland, but who is being picky. I only used the Carolina analogy as a shot to my friend press. We have to tease each other just to keep our joints moving.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
Here's the Navy site if anyone needs it:

Link


"01L NONAME. We have TD1, folks!"
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Quoting nrtiwlnvragn:


For what product?

SAB/TAFB Dvorak estimates for worldwide tropical cyclones.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
While we're exchanging links, does anybody have the one to SAB/TAFB?


For what product?
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Here's the Navy site if anyone needs it:

Link
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Quoting Grothar:


Yes, and I also remember before the split of North Carolina and South Carolina and remember when it was just called the Carolinas.


You're not old enough to remember the State of Franklin?

I'm disappointed....
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Gro what did you take today? You're on a roll. you are a funny guy.
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While we're exchanging links, does anybody have the one to SAB/TAFB?
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I would share with you Grothar, but you know what I know. In regards to our conversation days ago it struck me that only you, myself, and RPlaza knew what I was talking about. And with many now in the know worldwide, that number still is a paltry .33 percent. I was very entertained when I checked out the meaning of Grothar. Thank you for your service, my Uncle was a med-evacuation chopper gunner in Nam. Never discussed it with anyone.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:



Thanks for the help!!! I really appreciate it, guys...
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405. Inyo
Irene left deep scars in Vermont that we are still dealing with. I was just writing about Irene in my blog, and was surprised to see this post here.

Hopefully next time Vermont is more prepared and has a healthier relationship with our rivers, and damage is lessened.
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Quoting thunderbug91:
Anybody have the 850 mb vort map link?
I would appreciate it because i am having trouble locating it... thanks


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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Here you go.

I've been trying to locate that site for almost a year, no kidding...
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Quoting Tribucanes:
Grothar, of coarse there is........whatcha willing to share oh whisperer of the wind?


My lips say no, but my eyes say "Read my lips"
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I don't use Unisys :P


Noticed the HURDAT changes you talked about a week or so ago have been made official.

Link
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Uh oh K-man is on the rage tonight.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Here you go.

Thanks!!!!! :)
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Quoting PedleyCA:


Alice 1954–1955 December 30–January 6
Zeta 2005–2006 December 30–January 7


Not a storm going from December into January. Grasshopper. Why is it I know these things and you do not? :)

It was the only time a name was used twice in the same season, and did not use the A name for the next season. The used to reuse names in the olden days.
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Quoting thunderbug91:
Anybody have the 850 mb vort map link?
I would appreciate it because i am having trouble locating it... thanks

Here you go.
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I think Kori needs to go night night so he isn't so grumpy wumpy...
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Anybody have the 850 mb vort map link?
I would appreciate it because i am having trouble locating it... thanks
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Yes? Many times.


You are too funny, Kori!!
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Quoting weatherh98:


It has hurricane alice forming on june 24 and it was actually in two calendar years, give me a cookie

Represent youngest one on te blog


Good 98. Look up why the had two Alices. Makes interesting reading. Sorry, cookies are in reserve.
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Watching this couplet SW of the Quad Cities area, looks to be weakening but had a reported tornado on it.




SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE QUAD CITIES IA IL
848 PM CDT THU MAY 3 2012

IAC087-115-183-040200-
/O.CON.KDVN.TO.W.0004.000000T0000Z-120504T0200Z/
WASHINGTON IA-LOUISA IA-HENRY IA-
848 PM CDT THU MAY 3 2012

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM CDT FOR NORTHERN
HENRY...WEST CENTRAL LOUISA AND SOUTHEASTERN WASHINGTON COUNTIES...

AT 844 PM CDT...TRAINED SPOTTERS AND DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
TORNADO. TRAINED SPOTTERS REPORTED THE TORNADO NEAR 120TH STREET
SOUTH OF WAYLAND. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED APPROXIMATELY NEAR
WAYLAND...OR 10 MILES SOUTH OF WASHINGTON...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20
MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
OLDS AROUND 855 PM CDT...
CRAWFORDSVILLE...WYMAN...AINSWORTH AND 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF
WINFIELD AROUND 900 PM CDT...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE IN A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT OR INTERIOR ROOM
OR HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A BUILDING.

TORNADOES AT NIGHT ARE DIFFICULT TO SEE AND ARE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT FRIDAY MORNING
FOR NORTHWESTERN ILLINOIS. A TORNADO WATCH ALSO REMAINS IN EFFECT
UNTIL 100 AM CDT FRIDAY MORNING FOR SOUTHEAST IOWA AND NORTHEAST
MISSOURI.

&&

LAT...LON 4106 9157 4110 9168 4122 9172 4134 9146
4115 9132
TIME...MOT...LOC 0147Z 236DEG 17KT 4116 9163

$$
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Grothar, of coarse there is........whatcha willing to share oh whisperer of the wind?
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
Dun,dun,dunnana na na na na can't touch this...
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Quoting Grothar:





OK, Kori. Did you ever notice 1955 did not have an A name?


Yes? Many times.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Likely tornado in Iowa.


There has already been a sighted tornado south of Wayland and it's probably still on the ground.
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386. Gaara
Quoting Tribucanes:
South Central Wisconsin going to get in on this outbreak tonight or is the cap too high? Grothar, evening, question for ya, what do Portugal, Greece, Italy, and Spain have in common?


Youth unemployment rates well over 20%!
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.