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By: KoritheMan , 9:13 PM GMT on June 28, 2007
I've been really curious about the 1968 Atlantic hurricane season's Hurricane Gladys. While the storm itself was weak and very unimpressive, it nonetheless (at least I believe so) had the potential to become at least a Category 3 hurricane with 115-120 mph winds before landfall in Florida. The waters of the eastern Gulf of Mexico were probably still around 82-83░F at the time of October 19 when it made landfall, so a major hurricane was not out of the question, since the warm waters were likely sufficiently deep enough to form and sustain a major hurricane. If Gladys would've hit Florida as a major hurricane, the 1968 Atlantic hurricane season would've at least been noteworthy (the three June storms were notable, but that's not enough for me to label the season "impressive"). I'm not saying I wanted it to happen, just a thought. Also, since much of Gladys's circulation was overland when it entered the Gulf of Mexico, it probably didn't have a chance to strengthen to a Category 3 hurricane. Shear was favorable throughout its path.
Satellite image of Hurricane Gladys seen from Apollo 7 - Image Source: Wikipedia
Gladys's Track - Image Source: Wikipedia
Please respond, since I have been wondering this one! An anticyclone developed over Gladys too, which aided in the intensification. Aside from its circulation being mostly overland, I see no reason why Gladys shouldn't have been a major hurricane.
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