Gulf Shores Alabama 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
1872tsbr,1875tsbr,1877,1879tsbr,1880tsbr,1881ts,1882,1885tsbr,1885bdts,1887br,
1887bdtsbr,1889ts,1893br,1894ts,1894br,1895tsbr,1896br,1901br,1901tsbr,1902ts,1906,1907tsbr,1911
1912,1914bdts,1916-2,1917,1919ts,1923ts,1926,1932,1934ts,1936br,1939ts,1939tsbr,1947ts,1950,1953br,1955tsbr,1956,1959ts
1960tsbr,1964xtropstbd,1969br,1975br,1979,1985,1985ts,1995-2,1997,1998br,2002ts,2004,2005ts,2005,2009TS
58 times in 142yrs end of 2013


Names from list above
Baker,Florence,Flossy,Ethel,Hilda,Camille,Eloise,Irene,Frederic,
Elena,Juan,Erin,Opal,Danny,Georges,Hanna ,Ivan,Arlene,Dennis,Ida,


Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=29, 50.00% H=29, 50.00%

Longest gap between storms
9 years 1985-1995

How often this area gets affected?
brushed or hit every 2.45 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for at least a few hours)
(19h)once every 7.47 years State stats

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

Statistically when this area should be affected next
1 year overdue
This is just a statistical average & does not mean the area will be affected by that year

Last affected by
2005 2009 tropical storm Ida hits Nov 10th while moving NE with 45mph winds.

This areas hurricane past
1877 Sept 19th 80mph from the WSW
1882 Sept 9th, 115mph from the S.W just east of here
1906 Sept 27th, 110mph just west causes a very high storm surge of 10 ft
1911 Aug 11th, 80mph from the S.E
1912 Sept 14th, 75mph from the south
1916 July 5th, 120mph from the south just west
1916 just east Oct 18th 115mph from the SSW causes winds over 100mph & a 10ft storm surge
1917 Sept 28th, 95mph from the S.W just east
1926 Sept 20th,120mph from the ESE Newspaper headline Pressure in Perdido key area 28.20 between 3 & 4 PM.
1932 Aug 31st 80mph from the S.E
1950 Aug 30th,Baker 85mph hits from the south ,gusts to 115mph
1956 Sept 24th, 90mph Hurricane Flossy hits from the WSW
1979 sept 12th frederic passed 26 miles to the west with 130mph winds from the SSE, area hit hard. Newspaper headline | Beach damage
1985 Sept 2nd Elena passes just south with 120mph winds moving WNW after making several odd movements (minor damage) Wind map
1995 Aug 3rd,Erin from the ese with 85mph winds most of damage was in fl panhandle,
1995 Oct 4th,120mph Opal passed just east & devestates areas in Fla panhandle. av model error
1997 July 19th,hurricane danny 75mph slow moving in from the WSW dumps 40inches of rain here.
2004 ,sept 16th very early morning,Hurricane Ivan direct hit with 130mph winds moving NNE over Eastern Alabama with Ivan having a wind field approx 85 miles out with an eye of approx 40 miles.Heavy beach damage, Several condos fell into ocean damage in Billions.Storm up to 12 ft in this area.Unofficial gust of 110mph.Ivan radar at landfall | Ivan wind swath map
2005 July 10th Hurricane Dennis passes approx 40 miles to the east with 120mph winds while moving North.



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


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