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.Unless "extreme" Extratropical systems will not be noted! "?" indicates unknown at landfall.(since 1871)
|Halifax,Nova Scotia's history with tropical
systems (within 80 to west & 60 miles to east of city)|
55 times 141yrs end of 2012
from list above
|Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio |
TS=36, 65.46% H=19, 34.55%
Longest gap between storms
17 years 1900-1918
How often this area gets
brushed or hit every 2.56 years
Average years between direct hurricane hits.(usually within 40 miles to include small hurricanes)
(6h)once every 23.50 years
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
Statistically when this area should be affected
before the end of the 2013 season
Last affected by
2010 Sept 4th Tropical storm Earl hits with 70mph winds while moving quickly NE.
This areas hurricane past
1871 Oct 12th 80mph from the S.W with much damage in Halifax
1879 extratropical hurricane hits just east with 85mph winds Nov 20th
1891 oct 15th 90mph moving NE
1893 aug 22nd 110mph
1896 oct 14th 95mph
1927 aug 25th extratropical system hits with 105mph winds while moving rapidly NE
1933 Oct 8th 90mph from the SSW
1936 sept 25th extrtatropical system hits with 80mph winds.
1937 Sept 26th 85mph from the SSW
1996 sept 15th Hurricane Hortense hits just east with 80mph winds while moving ENE. Large power failures,Flooding & Damage to homes.
2003 Sept 28th-29th Hurricane Juan hits with 100mph winds 973mb, moving at 40mph. Many trees down & over 100,000 without power. Flooding, 2 killed, some roof damage.Hundred of Maritimers in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island lost power. There were two direct deaths associated with Juan due to falling trees. In addition, three indirect deaths occurred in a house fire speculated to have been started by candles during power outages. Halifax Harbor recorded an all time record water level of 4.9 feet above the normal tide levels, which resulted in extensive flooding of the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfront properties. The building where the CHC is located was also damaged. CBC radio aftermath | damage shots | CBC special
2007 Extratropical storm Noel hits just west with 75mph winds on November 4th. Coastal floods and significant wave action washed out sections of coastal roads in Nova Scotia and many roads were littered with large rocks and boulders that washed ashore during the storm. Several waterfront buildings also suffered damage and some docks were destroyed. Nearly 80,000 without power at one point.damage shot #1 | damage shot #2 | wave action | damage shot #4
2009 Hurricane Bill brushes south Aug 23rd but causes huge waves on the coast. These photos were snapped from Peggy's Cove located just west of Halifax. A Huge wave smashes on the rocks as observers look on. | Water from the waves rolls through town. | This is not photo shopped, is this the biggest wave you have ever seen?. A special thankyou goes out to observer Margie Garland from New Glasgow N.S.,luckily this was not a direct hit.
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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