The unbelievable Hurricane Season of 2005

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:41 PM GMT on December 01, 2005

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It is finally December, and hurricane season is officially over. But this is the Hurricane Season of 2005. The normal rules do not apply. True to its character all year, the Hurricane Season of 2005 continues to defy the normal rules. Tropical Storm Epsilon is still out there in the mid-Atlantic, and is expected to be with us another two days before increasing winds shear and cold waters weaken it and convert it to a regular extra-tropical low. The Azores Islands need to be concerned about this storm, but Epsilon is not a threat to any other land areas. Perhaps the last casualty has been inflicted, the last damage done by the Hurricane Season of 2005.

How can one summarize this unbelievable hurricane season? I strongly believe that this was a once-in-a-lifetime hurricane season. To have 26 named storms, 13 hurricanes, and three of the six strongest hurricanes of all time in one year so greatly exceeds our meteorological understanding of what is possible, that I believe that was a once in 500 years kind of season. Let us consider some of the major records that were broken in 2005:

Seasonal records set in 2005

- Most tropical storms: 27. Old record: 21 in 1933.

- Most hurricanes: 14. Old record: 12 in 1969.

- Most Category 5 hurricanes: 3 (Katrina, Rita, Wilma. Emily may be classified as a Category 5 upon re-analysis.) Old record: 2 in 1960 and 1961.

- Most hurricane names to be retired: 6 (Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita, Stan, Wilma, and possibly others). Previous record: 4 in 1955, 1995, and 2004.

- Most major hurricanes: 7 (Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Maria, Rita, Wilma, Beta). Ties record of 7 set in 1950.

- Most major hurricanes to hit the U.S.: 4 (Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Wilma). Previous record: 3 in 1893, 1909, 1933, and 1954.

- Most damage ever recorded in a hurricane season: $150 billion. Previous record: approximately $50 billion dollars (normalized to 2005 dollars) set in 1992 and 2004.

-Highest Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) index: 245. Previous record: 243 (1950). Average for a season is 93.

-Latest end to a hurricane season: January 6 Previous record: January 5, for the 1954-55 hurricane season.

Notable near records for the season

- Second highest number of tropical storms to hit U.S.: 7 (The record was 8 in 1916 and 2004). Note that Hurricane Ophelia is not considered a U.S. strike, although it did bring hurricane conditions to the North Carolina coast.

- Second highest number of hurricanes to kill 1000+ people: 2 (Katrina and Stan). All time record: 3 (1780).

- Second highest number of named storm days: 126.5. All time record: 136 (1933).

Single storm records:

- Strongest Atlantic hurricane ever: Wilma, 882 mb central pressure. Old record: Hurricane Gilbert (1988), 888 mb.

- Fastest intensification ever by an Atlantic hurricane: Wilma. Wilma's pressure dropped from 982 millibars to 882 millibars in 24 hours on Oct 19, a rate of 4.2 millibars an hour. Previous record: Gilbert (1988) dropped 3 mb/hour over 24 hours. Wilma's pressure fell 9.7 mb/hour over six hours early on Oct. 19, beating Hurricane Beulah's drop of 6.3 mb/hour in six hours in 1967.

- Most damaging hurricane ever: Katrina, $100 billion plus. Old record: Hurricane Andrew (1992), $50 billion in 2005 dollars.

- Greatest storm surge from an Atlantic hurricane: Katrina, 28-30 feet. Old record: Hurricane Camille (1969), 24.6 feet.

- Dennis became the most intense hurricane on record before August when a central pressure of 930 mb was recorded.

- Emily eclipsed the record previously set by Dennis for lowest pressure recorded for a hurricane before August when its central pressure reached 929 mb.

- Vince was the furthest north and east that a storm has ever developed in the Atlantic basin.

- Vince was the first tropical cyclone in recorded history to strike the Iberian Peninsula.

- Delta was the first tropical cyclone in recorded history to strike the Canary Islands.


Monthly records

June

- Two named storms formed (Arlene and Bret). Only 1957, 1959, 1968, and 1986 had two or more named storms form during the month of June.

July

- Five named storms formed (Cindy, Dennis, Emily, Franklin, and Gert). This is the most on record for July.

- Two major hurricanes formed (Dennis and Emily). This is the most on record.

- 25.25 named storm days occurred. This is the most on record.

- 10.75 hurricane days occurred. This is the most on record.

- 5.75 intense hurricane days occurred. This is the most on record.

August

- Five named storms formed (Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katrina and Lee). Only 1990, 1995 and 2004 had more than five named storms form during the month of August.

September

- Five hurricanes formed (Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe and Rita). This ties 1955, 1969, 1981, 1998 and 2000 for the most hurricanes to form during the month of September.

October

- Six named storms formed (Stan, Tammy, Vince, Wilma, Alpha and Beta). This ties 1950 for the most named storm formations during the month of October.

- Four hurricanes formed (Stan, Vince, Wilma and Beta). Only 1950 had more hurricanes develop during the month of October.

- Two major hurricanes formed (Wilma and Beta). This ties 1950, 1961, 1964 and 1995 for the most intense hurricanes to form during the month of October.

- Five intense hurricane days occurred. Only 1954 and 1961 recorded more intense hurricane days.

November

- Three tropical storms formed in November (Gamma, Delta, and Epsilon). This breaks the record of two storms set in six years, most recently in 2001.

December

- Epsilon was a hurricane for 5.25 days, making it the longest lived December hurricane on record. The previous record was just over four days, set by an unnamed 1887 hurricane.

January

- Tropical Storm Zeta was the longest-lived January storm on record (six days). January 2006 had the greatest number of named storm days ever recorded in January (six).

Earliest Storm Formation records
- Earliest formation of a season's 4th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 5th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 6th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 7th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 8th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 9th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 10th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 11th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 13th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 14th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 15th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 16th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 17th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 19th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 20th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 21st Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 22nd Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 23rd Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 24th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 25th Storm
- Earliest formation of a season's 26th Storm

I credit Dr. Bill Gray's Hurricane Season of 2005 Verification posted on his web site for compiling many of these records, along with wunderblogger Cory Pesaturo. You will find many more records listed on their web pages.

Jeff Masters

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123. bobrulz
8:17 PM GMT on December 04, 2005
You missed a year. 2004 also had 3 major hurricane landfalls in the U.S (Charley, Ivan, and Jeanne).

Also, I'm not sure if Delta should count, because it was extratropical when it hit the Canary Islands.

All in all, it was definitely an incredbile, once in a lifetime season. Lets hope we never see a season like this again...
122. Inyo
10:15 PM GMT on December 03, 2005
Posted By: lightning10 at 3:21 PM GMT on December 02, 2005.
Hi everyone. Yesterday I said that the rain would stay in Northern California and I was right. Not a drope of rain down here. Mybe a 10th of an inch today down here where I live. Mybe a little more but nothing big. I have a fealing this is going to be a supper dry winter down here. I beleave most of the winter high perssure will controle the area with warm dry Santa Ana winds off and on for most of the winter season.


Maybe... dry years do tend to come after wet years. We only got less than a tenth too. However, there are other indications, things are pretty crazy everywhere this year, I wouldn't be surprised if we got some large, unusual storms this year. The old timers i've talked to seem pretty split on whether it will be wet or dry, and apparently so is the NWS. My gut feeling is december will be dry until after xmas, and then in janurary we will have a few storms worth talking about. Also, it should be rather windy and cold in December... and there could be a fire somewhere if we don't get more rain. we will see though
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121. Gael
4:10 PM GMT on December 03, 2005
Once-in-500-year season? Hmmm... I reserve judgement until we see what the next few years bring. We may have passed the tipping point for climatic warming. Our records cover only an instant of geological time, and climate has changed drastically at many times in the past, sometimes even faster than what we're seeing now.

(Note to grammarphobes: the rule is to join words with hyphens when the group is used as one modifier, in this case as an adjective, and no, I'm not an English teacher.)
120. suetoo
8:00 AM GMT on December 03, 2005
Should not a summary of the season include information on the typhoons that hit China and Vietnam, and Tropical Cyclone Baaz which is still out there and about to hit India? Has it been unusually bad all over the world?
119. ThePass
4:01 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
and camille wasn't??? look at the tracks and intensity of both storms. was is that the overall size of katrina made the difference low tide vs high tide. I understand the science behind storm surge. in light of the two drastic outcomes of camille and katrina i am aksing if the science should be re-evaluated.
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118. hurricanechaser
3:59 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
Hey everyone,

Good morning.:)

Theres a new blog posted by Dr. Masters.
117. TampaSteve
3:52 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
Interesting pic of the big board at the NHC...note the max winds for Wilma...now at 185...and they already have a line ready for Zeta...heh heh...

Link
116. rwdobson
3:47 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
the storm surge is caused by the winds of the hurricane during a long time period, not just at landfall. katrina was an extremely powerful cane out in the gulf for a while. this allowed the water to pile up in advance of the storm's path.
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115. ThePass
3:45 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
Many people stayed in the pass because here we guage hurricane by the amount of water the property recieved in camille. i.e. i only got 6inches in camille i'll be fine. the house is gone now with a less powerful storm( so they say)
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114. ThePass
3:41 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
hurricane chaser the saffir simpson is useful in that regard howeverwe now have two very intense storms hiting pass christian with similar tracks camille in 69 and Katrina. I was to young to remember going through camille but did grow up amongst the destruction. you say that storm surge is a direct result of the velocity of the Wind. How do you reconcile then my home camille 190 winds 3 feet of water. Katrina 135-140 10 feet of water?
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113. CrazyC83
3:32 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
Wilma at FL landfall - the 950mb pressure reading justifies the 125 mph sustained winds; I can't see it being upgraded.
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112. lightning10
3:21 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
Hi everyone. Yesterday I said that the rain would stay in Northern California and I was right. Not a drope of rain down here. Mybe a 10th of an inch today down here where I live. Mybe a little more but nothing big. I have a fealing this is going to be a supper dry winter down here. I beleave most of the winter high perssure will controle the area with warm dry Santa Ana winds off and on for most of the winter season.
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111. seflagamma
2:54 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
Just give us time to get our outside Christmas decorations up and back down again without blowing them away!
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110. seflagamma
2:53 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
I don't think this hurricane season is ever going to end...just hope it gives us a break during Christmas and New years before we have to board up again!
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109. seflagamma
2:52 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
OPPS sorry about that , I see you all also saw the early 10am report! LOL
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108. seflagamma
2:51 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
10am Eppy became a Hurricane.....2 days after end of season....
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107. snowboy
2:46 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
... this means the most hurricanes in a single season record now stands at 14 (for 2005), not 13 as Dr. Jeff set out in yesterday's post...
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106. quakeman55
2:44 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
Sure did...this makes Epsilon an astonishing 14th hurricane!! And it's looking quite healthy too (at least for the current time)!

000
WTNT44 KNHC 021414
TCDAT4
HURRICANE EPSILON DISCUSSION NUMBER 13
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
10 AM EST FRI DEC 02 2005

DESPITE MOVING OVER SLIGHTLY COOLER WATER SINCE THIS TIME YESTERDAY
...EPSILON HAS CONTINUED TO BECOME BETTER ORGANIZED WITH A SOLID
CONVECTIVE BAND NOW WRAPPING COMPLETELY AROUND THE CYCLONE CENTER
...WHICH HAS PRODUCED A WELL-DEFINED 25 NMI DIAMETER EYE. THE
UPPER-LEVEL OUTFLOW PATTERN HAS ALSO CONTINUED TO IMPROVE...
ESPECIALLY TO THE NORTH AND EAST. DVORAK SATELLITE INTENSITY
ESTIMATES ARE T4.0/65 FROM TAFB AND SAB... AND A 01/0920Z
NESDIS/CIRA AMSU PRESSSURE ESTIMATE WAS 986 MB.. AND 01/0920Z
INTENSITY ESTIMATE FROM UW-CIMSS WAS 985 MB/66 KT. BASED ON THIS
INFORMATION... EPSILON HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO A 65-KT HURRICANE. THIS
IS NOT UNPRECEDENTED FOR A HURRICANE TO FORM THIS LATE IN THE
SEASON OR OVER THIS PART OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. HURRICANE NOEL IN
NOVEMBER 2001 FORMED NEAR 38N 50W...ABOUT 250 NMI NORTH OF EPSILON.

THE INITIAL MOTION IS 045/12 KT. SATELLITE FIX POSITIONS FROM ALL
THREE AGENCIES HAVE BEEN COMING IN ON THE PREVIOUS FORECAST TRACK
...SO LITTLE CHANGE HAS BEEN MADE. NHC MODEL GUIDANCE HAS CONTINUED
TO BECOME MORE CONVERGENT ON A NORTHEASTWARD MOTION FOR THE NEXT 72
HOURS. AFTERWARDS... HOWEVER... THE MODELS DIVERGE SIGNIFICANTLY ON
HOW THEY HANDLE EPSILON AS AN EXTRATROPICAL LOW. THE GFDL AND GFDN
TAKE EPSILON MORE NORTHWARD... WHEREAS THE GFS... UKMET... AND
NOGAPS MODELS TAKE THE CYCLONE MORE EASTWARD AND SOUTHWARD BY 120
HOURS DUE TO COMPLEX INTERACTION AND/OR MERGER WITH ANOTHER
EXTRATROPICAL LOW THAT IS FORECAST TO DEVELOP OVER THE AZORES. THE
OFFICIAL FORECAST IS SIMILAR TO THE PREVIOUS FORECAST TRACK AND
REMAINS A LITTLE NORTH OF AND SLOWER THAN THE NHC MODEL CONSENSUS.

SHIP DEDM LOCATED ABOUT 160 NMI EAST OF EPSILON AT 12Z REPORTED A
SST OF 24C/75F... WHICH INDICATES THAT EPSILON HAS BEEN MOVING
ALONG A NARROW RIDGE OF WARMER SSTS. THIS LIKELY EXPLAINS TO A
LARGE DEGREE WHY EPSILON HAS BEEN ABLE TO IMPROVE ITS CONVECTIVE
ORGANIZATION THIS MORNING. HOWEVER... BUOYS NORTHEAST OF THE
CYCLONE INDICATE SSTS BELOW 70F ARE LESS THAN 200 NMI AWAY. AS
SUCH... EPSILON SHOULD BEGIN TO STEADILY WEAKEN WITHIN THE NEXT
12-18 HOURS AND PROBABLY BECOME EXTRATROPICAL BY 36 HOURS.

FORECASTER STEWART

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INITIAL 02/1500Z 33.7N 48.2W 65 KT
12HR VT 03/0000Z 34.6N 46.9W 60 KT
24HR VT 03/1200Z 35.8N 45.0W 55 KT...BECOMING EXTRATROPICAL
36HR VT 04/0000Z 37.0N 43.0W 50 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
48HR VT 04/1200Z 38.3N 40.7W 45 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
72HR VT 05/1200Z 40.8N 36.2W 45 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
96HR VT 06/1200Z 43.0N 32.0W 40 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
120HR VT 07/1200Z 44.5N 29.0W 40 KT...EXTRATROPICAL
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105. TampaSteve
2:43 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
Damn...just when you thought it was fading out...think again...Epsilon is now a HURRICANE! That makes 14. This season has gone straight off the edge into the bizarro world!
104. snowboy
2:41 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
morning folks, NHC just upgraded Epsilon to HURRICANE status!
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103. fredwx
1:25 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
Regarding

The strongest hurricane based on max sustained winds was Hurricane Camile in 1969 with max winds of 190 mph while Katrina, Rita and Wilma all reached a max wind of 175 mph.

http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/at196903.asp
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102. seflagamma
12:58 PM GMT on December 02, 2005
Goodmorning everyone,

Colby, loved your survey, took it this morning; hope it is not too late. I really hope this season is over but I think we will see some more storms during the "off season"; if not Dec then early next Spring. It has happened before and now we are in the "cycle" I am sure it will happen to us again. Sure hope I am wrong.

Gamma
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101. 147257
11:01 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
this are a lot of records broken

Dr Jeff Masters I want to thank you for all the information that you posted I learned a lot hope to see you guys next year too
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100. theboldman
5:51 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
nooooooooooooooooo not a last blog nooooooooooooo ok see ya later
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99. hurricanechaser
5:50 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
I will try and stop in Jeff and talk for a few after I go update what most likely will be my last blog this season.:)
98. theboldman
5:49 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
yes some wind but the story is rain and lots of it lol
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97. hurricanechaser
5:49 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
Its excellent and more importantly..very true! :)
96. hurricanechaser
5:48 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
Hey Jeff...Hows it been going..get any wind out that way?:)
95. theboldman
5:48 AM GMT on December 02, 2005

hey chaser like my adviterisement
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94. hurricanechaser
5:47 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
Hey David,

If I'm not mistaken (going strictly by memory), I believe the WMO (WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION will met in late March of 2006 to review all storms that a particular region, country, etc requests to be retired.

Although all of our best guesses regarding the NHCs final report on each storm captivates us and we speculate on their final intensities, its stil a guess at this point.

OIffering my personal opinion on your suggestions. I don't see the NHC making Katrina a five at landfall, nor Rita a four or Wilma a four. I do believe there might be some revisions made with each, they are than likely going to be slight modifications keeping each with their respective categories as they stand now.

93. theboldman
5:40 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
COME ONE COME ALL TO THE BOLDMANS BLOG FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE NO BIG PICS TO SLOW YA DOWNLIKE SOME OTHER BLOGS DO EVERYONE WELCOME JUST A ALL AROUND FRIENDLY PLACE TO CHAT OR HANG OUT

WITH THE MAIN LOGO BEING BE NICE TO ONE ANOTHER AND TAKE ADVICE FROM EACHOTHER
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92. hurricanechaser
5:38 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
I would personally like to see Hurricane Ophelias name get retired because I filmed the absolute brunt of that storm..Would help me sell more DVDS.:)

But honestly, I don't see any serious consideration from the NHC actually retiring this storm. Although thjey typically retire any hurricane that causes over a Billion dollars in damage, I believe the biggest factor going against Ophelia is that it never made a true landfall. If it had, it certainly would've been retired because it would've cause far more damage as well.

ThePass, I am so sorry that you were at ground zero for that massive storm surge. I am so thankful you are still with us most importantly. I can't even begin to comprehend the burdens that you've had to endure from such a storm. The Saffir-Simpson scale is not the problem honestly, its the incredible amount of complexities that exist in Tropical Meteorology nd no scale will fit the next big storm. In reality, all Hurricanes are unique just as two snow flakes are not exactly alike. Moreover, the Saffir-Simpson scale was devised to give the public a geberal idea of what kind of damage to expect from a specific wind speed. Although certainly not perfect, it has been a huge asset since its inception. Its important to remember that the storm surge is a direct result of the velocity of the Wind. In Katrinas case, She was a powerful category five roughly 12 hours offshore and it takes awhile for that kind of surge to diminish. The thruth is it did diminish a bit, just imagine if Katrina didn't weaken. What kind of surge would she have delievered then? I still can't even comprehend a surge of 28 to 30 feet as is. Unfortunately, you can because you saw the devastation first hand. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.:)
91. KatrinaRitaWilmaZeta
5:26 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
how marh longer will i have to wait for them to up date Retired Hurricane Names?

and her what i this they will up date

the K storm cat 5 at landfall
the R storm low cat 4 at land falli n TX
W storm cat 4 at land fall in fl
90. ThePass
4:57 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
katrinaritawilmazeta I can wait
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89. KatrinaRitaWilmaZeta
4:39 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
i can not wait to see what we will see next hurricane year but we will see what next year will have for us
88. Skyepony (Mod)
4:31 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
torn~ Ophelia's kinda on a bubble, the bottom side even.
Gloria 1985~ Cape Hateras, Long Island~1.6 bil ~ 8 died.
Elania 1985~ fl & miss~ 2.7 bil~ 4 died.
Dora 1964~ Jaksonville, fl 2 bil~ 1 died.
Ione 1955~ NC 600 mil ~ 7 died.
Link
You have a point though with all the storms that hit this year, retirement would help the litigation process. Kinda like 2 in the bottom 4 above happened in the same year, same country.
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87. ThePass
4:31 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
I can olny relly coment on this Hurrican season Pre K b/c my house was in downtown Pass Christian. I am just tired now. Prior to August 29 I would come and read all post. This is the first time on the site since I got a computera onth or so ago and was interested to see the comments on that never ending day. to the guru: come down and drive down Hwy 90 from the pass to ocean springs. Then stop at my place and help finish going through my mud encrusted home. to FEMA: words cannot convey my utter disbelief and frustration at the lack of everything. lastly to Saphir and Simpson re-tool your catagory formula its not all win(d) baby. (sorry all raider fans)
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86. TBA
4:17 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
So we had a tropical storm in February of 1952. I guess that's at least one for every month the year. So I guess Hurricane season is really never over.
85. lightning10
4:11 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
Hi again everyone. Hope everyone is haveing a good night. As for Ophelia while it did do dammage I do not think it will be retired. Reason that there are going to be so many big names to retire it might be overlooked.
Wunderground I just want to test the HTML settings on here.
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84. Skyepony (Mod)
4:01 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
most interesting torn, can't wait to see the final results.
Here's another interesting moment in Gray's summary~ Although most seasons between 1995-2003 were quite active, there tended to be a trough of low pressure located along the East Coast of United States which recurved most major hurricanes before they could make United States landfall. From 1995-2003, only 3 of 32 (9%) major hurricanes that formed in the Atlantic basin actually made United States landfall. However, over the past two seasons, anomalous ridging has been present along the East Coast, and 7 of 13 (54%) major hurricanes that formed have made United States landfall as major hurricanes. The climatological average based on landfalls during the 20th century is that approximately 30% of all intense hurricanes make United States landfall.
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83. tornadoty
3:50 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
Did anyone notice that, in the summary, Ophelia's damage is almost equal to Dennis' (Ophelia $1.4 billion, Dennis $1.74 billion). To open a can of worms, does anyone here think that Ophelia's name might be retired? With a damage figure that high, I think it's possible, especially coming on the heels of Katrina.
82. ForecasterColby
2:18 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
I AM dcw, lol. New handle, finally got off mah dads :D
81. theboldman
2:15 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
you sort of sound like him with that AHC sign
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80. theboldman
2:13 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
sup DcW
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79. ForecasterColby
2:12 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
2 votes for downgrading Lee, and one for downgrading Katrina? What the...
78. KatrinaRitaWilmaZeta
1:52 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
hurricanechaser you got mail

look at this ever one wow

ANGEL ISLAND...82 MPH GUST
UP TO 74 MPH AT THE CALAVERAS RD
77. theboldman
1:46 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
hi dcw hows it going lol
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76. ForecasterColby
1:42 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
Interesting poll results coming in, keep voting!
75. ForecasterColby
1:36 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
Chaser, I used a survey site for it.

New link method posted on my site, so if anyone wants to link there...



...this should do.
74. hurricanechaser
1:30 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
ok I gotta go take care of the family responsibilties.. hope each of you have a GREAT NIGHT!:)

73. hurricanechaser
1:27 AM GMT on December 02, 2005
I totally agree Supercell..check out Colbys survey.

I am leaning toward one more named storm with 50/50 on two.

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