New Orleans,Louisiana'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(since 1871).

Years within 60 miles
69 times in 150yrs end of 2021

Names from list above

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=41, 60% H=28, 40.%

Longest gap between storms
7 years 1937-1943

How often New Orleans gets affected by named storm?
brushed or hit every 2.17 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for a few hours)
(12h)once every 12.5 years state stats

Average years between direct major hurricane hits.(major hurricane at adv upon passage)
(5) Every 30 years

Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)

Statistically when New Orleans should be affected next
before the end of 2023

Last affected by
Last affected by
2021 Aug 29th Hurricane Ida passes just west while moving north with 120mph winds. Hit map

This areas hurricane past
1893 Sept 7th,80mph from the S.W
1893 oct 2nd from the S.W 2,000 killed in louisiana by storm surge of 13ft 120mph heavy damage in N.E U.S as well.Hit map
1901 aug 15th,90mph from the S.W causes heavy flooding here kills 10.
1915 Sept 29th,125mph from the south,press 28.11 measured at Tulane university, 124mph gusts to 140mph 275 killed. By the time it reached New Orleans winds were around cat 2 status. A storm surge of 13 ft reported in lake Pontchatrain,near the city it was closer to 9ft.The extreme velocity of 130 miles per hour, from the southeast, occurred at 4:58 p.m while the maximum velocity for five minutes, 86 miles per hour, occurred from 5:11 to 5:16 p.m.The HRD Reanalysis est press at 944MB at landfall 110kts a cat 3. video recap
1947 Sept 19th from the ESE an 11ft storm surge covers St Bernard & Plaquemines parishes.Barometer 28.57 51 killed winds 110mph(hurdat) very heavy damage,gusts to 125mph,6ft of standing water Newspaper article
1965 sept 10th,105mph from the S.E to the south hurricane Betsy dumps very heavy rain here . Power outages last for quite some time, Ruth Chris steak house gave away food during this event & helped establish the popular food chain. NOTE: Betsy was a strong cat 4 while approaching land near Grand Isle but by the time she reached her closest point to New Orleans 45miles to the SW her winds were 105mph. Betsy page
1969 Aug 18th,145mph Hurricane Camille from the SSE passes just east, Reanalysis of Camille | USGS surge info..
1979 July 11th Hurricane Bob passes just west of the city with 75mph winds while moving north.
2005 august 29th Hurricane Katrina hits just east with 125mph winds while moving north with very heavy damage and many fatalities. St Bernard Parish under water with many missing.Death toll after season ended was over 1,800 . Final wind reports show category 1/2 winds were most common in the city.97 mph winds were measured by NASA at 1100 UTC aug 29th. Katrina was officially a category 3 while hitting SE Louisiana & the Mississippi coast. The large size of Katrina as well a being a category 5 before hitting land caused a near 27ft storm surge on the Mississippi coast, causing a high surge into lake pontchatrain. 80% of New Orleans flooded after passage of hurricane Katrina. Jim Williams from predicts a potential hurricane hit for this area on june 1st 2005. | Radar animation | Our live coverage | Newspaper headline | NHC Final report | Newspaper headline #2 | Newpaper Headline #3 | Newpaper Headline #4 | Newpaper Headline #5 | Newspaper article about winds |map of flooding | Hyatt hotel glass blown out | Damage shot | Levee being rebuilt | Levee being rebuilt #2 |damage shot | superdome damage | Katrina tour Brochure | Illinois newspaper 9 months later | Video of New Orleans damage & rebuilding | Lower ninth ward monument day | Lower ninth ward monument night | St Bernard Parish monument | Color enhanced satellite vapor image | track and dates | surge animation | USGS surge info
2012 Aug 29th Hurricane Isaac passes 45 miles to the S.W with 80 mph winds while moving slowly NNW causing surge flooding in surrounding areas 5 dead in Louisiana.New Orleans Lakefront Airport gust to 83mph,NAS New Orleans / Belle Chasse gust to 79mph, New Orleans Carrollton 20.66 inches of rain.New Orleans / Lake Catherine storm tide 9.77FTHurricane warning show | Isaac model history | Radar at landfall | final NHC report | USGS surge info

2020 October 28th Hurricane Zeta hits directly with 105mph winds while moving very fast to the NNE was a major at landfall. Hit map | Our coverage as it happened | Our coverage as it happened | NHC report
2021 Aug 29th Hurricane Ida passes just west by 22 miles while moving north with 120mph winds.Entire city without power or cell connectivity, heavier damage in western areas. Gust to 113mph in New Orleans per NHC report WVUE but core of highest major hurricane force winds were west of the city. Hit map | NHC Report | radar animation(Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School)

Stat sources: NHC Track maps/hurdat2/cyclone reports 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 (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 many more.............
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