Port Arthur,Texas 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.
Port Arthur most likely to be hit by a hurricane between august 17th and august 23rd
Years within 60 miles
55 times in 152 yrs end of 2023

Names from list above

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=29, 52.73% H=26, 47.27%
only 18.52% of all tropical systems affecting Port Arthur are major hurricanes this includes brushes

Longest gap between storms
13 years 1919-1931

How often Port Arthur gets affected?
brushed or hit every 2.76 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(usually within 40 miles to include small hurricanes)
(17h)once every 8.94 years state stats

Average years between major hurricane hits.(7)
once ev 21.71 years

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

Statistically when Port Arthur should be affected next
before the end of 2024
This is just a statistical average & does not mean the area will be affected by that year

Last affected by
2021 Sept 14th tropical storm Nicholas moves in from Texas with 40mph winds.

Port Arthur's hurricane history
1879, 105mph winds from the south Aug 22nd
1882 Sept 15th,105mph from the ESE
1886 June 14th,95mph from the SSW
1886 oct 12th ,120mph just east from the south hurricane force winds for 36 hrs.Hit Map
1897 SEP 13 85mph kills 13 Many houses in Port Arthur Destroyed.
1900 Sept 8th 150mph winds to the south hitting Galveston from the ESE
1918 Aug 6th 120mph winds from the SE just east.
1932 Aug 13th,150mph to the south while hitting Galveston from the SSE
1940 Aug 7th 80mph hurricane hits from the S.E winds with hurricane force winds extending out only 20 miles
1943 July 27th, 85mph from the ESE just south
1957 June 27th Hurricane Audrey hits from the south just east with 120mph winds (hurdat) moving north. 17,000 left homeless.Pressure recorded at landfall was 966mb 28.51 Newspaper article | Newspaper article #2
1986 June 26th Bonnie hit from the SE with 80mph winds moderate damage 3 killed. NHC Wallet
2005 Sept 24th Hurricane Rita hits with 120mph winds just east. Moderate damage & surge as east side of Rita passed by to the east.Moves slowly to the NW as a large hurricane weakening while moving in.Officially winds reached 116mph in Port Arthur. radar animation(Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School) Hurricane warning show | Radar still at landfall | Damage map | Damage shot | Models 2 days out
2007 Sept 13th Hurricane Humberto hits with 85mph. Became a Hurricane quickly while moving NNE heading inland & caused moderate damage to the area.The highest official wind report was from CMAN station at sea rim pk with a 10min av wind speed of 70mph with gusts to 84mph. An unofficial gust of 101kt was recieved from a barge located in the golden Pass ship channel near the Texas/Louisiana border. Strengthened from 25kts to 80kt within 24 hrs while to the south. Est 986mb before landfall and 988mb at the Beaumont/Port Arthur airport. Highest storm tide was 4.87ft from the Texas point guage. 1 death reported in the area,120,000 without power. radar animation(Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School)
2008 Hurricane Ike hits 65 miles to the south on Sept 13th with 110mph winds this massive hurricane gave Port Arthur hurricane force gusts & a very high storm surge flooding many areas.Port Arthur, located several miles inland at the head of Sabine Lake, measured a maximum surge of 11.03 ft.Gusts recorded at 83mph radar animation(Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School) Ike model history | surge animation | Our coverage as it happened
2017 Aug 30th tropical storm Harvey moves inland just east of here by 23 miles with 45mph winds dumping heavy rain. Gust's here to 43mph storm surge 4.2ft 47.99 inches of rain,5 deaths in Jefferson county. Just inland in Beaumont up to 49 inches of rain in and around area. NHC final report
2020 August 27th hurricane Laura passes 32 miles to the east at closest approach with 140mph winds area experiences winds less than major strength but many tress fell. Pressure in Port Arthur 985mb winds mostly out of N.E and north at time of worst conditions while Laura was moving north.radar animation(Brian McNoldy, Univ. of Miami, Rosenstiel School) hit map | NHC report
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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 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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