Cape May's history with tropical systems
current weather

(br)=brush (ts)=Tropical Storm (bd)=Back Door,meaning coming from over land from opposite coast.Not all names are noted,also storms before 1950 were not named.Not every stat on every storm description is given.

Years within or near core
1872bdts,1874bdts,1877xtropbdts,1879,1881bdtsbr,1882bdtsbr,1882ts,1888xtropstbd,1893br,1893tsbr,1894br,1894,1897tsbr,1899xtropstbdbr,1902xtropstbdbr,1903,1904xtroph,
1916xtropst,1924xtroph,1934bdxtropstbr,1936,1944bdts,1944br,1954br,1955tsbr,1955bdtsbr,1960bdts,1960,1961bdts,1967tsbr,1971ts,1976br,1985,1986br,1992tsbr,1996bdts,1999ts,
2008tsbd,2011,2012xtroph,2013bdxtropst,
41 times in 145yrs end of 2016




Names from list above
Carol,Connie,Diane,Brenda,Donna,Doria,Doria(again),Belle,Gloria,Charley,Danielle,Bertha,Floyd,Hanna,Irene,Sandy,Andrea,

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=25, 60.98% H=16, 39.02%

Longest gap between storms
11 years 1905-1915

How often this area gets affected?
brushed or hit every 3.54 years
Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
(10h)once every 14.50 years state stats
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
87mph

Statistically when this area should be affected next
before the end of 2017
This is just a statistical average & does not mean the area will be affected by that year

Last affected by
June 8th,2013 extratropical Storm Andrea passes over while moving N.E out to sea with 45mph winds from the gulf of mexico.

This areas hurricane past
1879 Aug 18th, 95mph just east from the SSW
1894 Oct 10th, 80mph from the SSW passes just east
1903 from due south category 1- 80mph Sept 16th dubbed "the Vagabond Hurricane"because it seemed to wonder in unexpected & unwanted. Considerable damage est at 8 Million in the N.E.
1904 Sept 15th,extratropical hurricane from the S.W with 75mph winds
1924 extratropical hurricane hits from the SW Sept 30th with 75mph winds
1936 Sept 18th a fast moving hurricane turning back out to sea comes very close with 95mph winds from the S.W
In 1960 Sept 12th hurricane Donna gave the area heavy damage with 110mph winds just offshore from the SSW.
1985 Hurricane gloria passes by just to the east Sept 27th with 95mph winds from the SSW,widespead damage & power outages. more on Hurricane Gloria here Newspaper article #1 | #2
2011 Aug 28th,Hurricane irene passes just east with 75mph winds while moving NNE causing minor damage. Cape May highest gust reported at 75mph with most hurricane force winds remaining offshore. Irene model history | Radar animation
2012 Oct 29th Hurricane Sandy passes over the area with 85mph winds while becoming post tropical.Area had moderate damage in coastal areas but not nearly as bad as areas further north.Cape May NOS 62mph sustained gust's to 75mph. Cape May surge 5.16 ft, 12 deaths in N.JSandy model history | Sandy best models | Sandy visible satellite movie | Sandy wind analysis from HRD | Hurricane warning show.....Subscription required | Sandy caught on film | PBS documentary Hurricane Sandy | post NHC | Sandy radar


Stat sources: NHC Track maps/hurdat2/cyclone reports | Unisys hurricane database | Hurricane reseach division
Text Sources:(alp)....Divine Wind Kerry Emanuel.....Florida Hurricanes & Tropical Storms John M. Williams & Iver W.Duedall.....Florida's Hurricane History Jay Barnes.....Hurricane Almanac Bryan Norcross.....hurricanecity.com (calculations) Jim Williams.....Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States Rick Scwartz.....Hurricane Watch Dr. Bob Sheets & Jack Williams.....Inside the Hurricane Pete Davies..... Isaac's Storm Erik Larson..... Killer Cane Robert Mykle.....Lunatic Wind William Price Fox...Miami Herald newspaper(microfilm).....Path of destruction John McQuaid & Mark Schleifstein.....Stormscaping Pamela Crawford.....Sudden Sea R.A Scotti.....Sun sentinel newspaper(microfilm).....The Major Hurricanes to affect the Bahamas Wayne Neely.....The Ship & the Storm Jim Carrier.....plus many more.............
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