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.
|Pascagoula,Mississippi's history with tropical
within or near core
60 times in
147yrs end of 2018
|Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio |
TS=36, 60% H=24, 40%
Longest gap between storms
9 years 1970-1978 & 1986-1994
How often this area gets
brushed or hit every 2.45 years
Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force wind gusts for a few hours)
(16h)once every 9.19 years State stats
Average years between direct major hurricane hits.(major hurricane at adv upon passage)
(6) Every 24.50 years
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
Statistically when this area should be affected
Before the end of 2021
2018 Sept 4th Tropical Storm Gordon hits with 70mph winds while moving N.W
This areas hurricane past
1893, 95mph oct 2nd causes heavy damage,bodies washed ashore up to 1 month after hurricane hit from the S.W
1901 july 11th Category 1 85mph from the SSW.
1906 a hurricane with 110mph winds hits sept 27 causing a 10 ft storm surge gusts to 130mph winds from the SSE. Quarantine station on Ship Island was devastated and lives lost. The storm ate one mile off east end of Horn Island, swallowing lighthouse and drowning keeper.
1912 Sept 14th 75mph from the SSE
1916 july 5th a hurricane batters the area for 16 hrs killing 10,120mph winds.Lowest pressure at landfall was 961 mb (peripheral pressure) observed at Fort
Morgan, Alabama around 20 UTC.Highest observed winds were 93 kt from
Mobile around 20 UTC. This wind reduces to 76 kt true after accounting for the
high bias of the instrument of the era .
1926 sept 21st 110mph passes just south from the ESE with a pressure of 28.99.
1932 Sept 1st 80mph from the SE
1960 Sept 15th a cat one Ethel with 80mph winds (hurdat) weakens while moving in. NHC Wallet
1969 Aug 18th from the SSE hurricane Camille just west as a cat 5,175mph gave this area sustained cat 1 winds (hurdat) causes a 13 ft storm surge in Pascagoula
heavy damage 137 killed along the coast. Damage photo | Camille headlines from New York | Surge reports | advisory showing winds & size before landfall | Newspaper headline | Surge animation | Reanalysis of Camille | USGS surge info.
1979 hurricane Frederic hits with 130mph winds sept 12th,ship island cut in half. Newspaper headline
1985 hurricane Elena just south 115mph from the
E.S.E Sept 2nd.Reports have car windows shattering from quick drop in barometeric pressure .Highest storm surge was estimated around 10 feet in the Pascagoula, MI area. Lowest sea level pressure was 951 mb. The eye of the hurricane was about 20 miles in diameter at landfall.Several shopping centers along Route 90 in Pascagoula had masonry wall failures and roofs collapsed. Pascagoula, 5:00 am 9/2 92 mph 115 mph --
MI, Chevron Wind map | newspaper headlines
1997 July 19th,Hurricane Danny passes to the SE while moving slowly NE into Alabama with 75mph winds dumping heavy rain. NHC Report
1998 Sept 28th hurricane Georges direct 105mph from the S.E
moderate damage damage to signs,windows,some roof damage,Heavy flooding from
storm surge & rainfall hurricane intercept as it happened | see sat here | USGS surge info
2004 ,sept 16th very early morning,Hurricane Ivan just East by 50 miles with 130mph winds moving NNE over Eastern Alabama with Ivan having a wind field approx 85 miles out.Light to Moderate damage here from North & NW winds. 86mph gust unofficial.NHC Report
2005 August 29th Hurricane Katrina hits just west with 125 winds 55 miles to west.Surge accompanies this hurricane with 12.16 ft surge & kills well over 200 on the Mississippi coast.Gusts reported to 125mph in Pascagoula at the Jackson county EOC.Surge image from Pascagoula | Radar animation | Newspaper article about winds | Jim Williams from hurricanecity.com predicts a hurricane hit for this area on june 1st 2005. | Color enhanced satellite vapor image | Pascagoula surge info
2017 Oct 8th Hurricane Nate center passes just west with 75mph winds 984mb while moving quickly North several ft of surge reported at high tide,highest gust to 81mph confined to the coast. USGS surge info | NHC report
Stat sources: NHC Track maps/hurdat2/cyclone reports | Unisys hurricane database | Hurricane research 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 Schwartz.....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.....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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