Matagorda,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.

Years within or near core
1871-2tsbr,1874ts,1875br,1877tsbr,1880ts,1886,1886bdtsbr,1888,1888tsbr,1891,
1900,1901ts,1902bdtsbr,1909,1915br,1921,1929,1932,1933ts,1934br,1934,1936tsbr,1938ts,1941,1942tsbr,1942,1943tsbr,1945tsbr,
1945,1947tsbr,1949,1959br,1961,1964ts,1968tsbr,1970br,1971,1973ts,1979ts,1983,1989ts,
1998tsbr,1998,2002ts,2003,2003ts,2008br
48 times in 142yrs end of 2013


Names from list above
Debra,Carla,Abby,Candy,Celia,Fern,Delia,Elena,Alicia,Allison,Charley,Frances,Fay,Grace,Claudette,Ike,

Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=24, 50.00% H=24, 50.00%

Longest gap between storms
9 years 1949-1959

How often this area gets affected?
brushed or hit every 2.96 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(usually within 40 miles to include small hurricanes)
(18h)once every 7.89 years state stats

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

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

Last affected by
Hurricane Ike hits Galveston approx 80 miles to the north on Sept 13th with 110mph winds but this large systems TS force winds extended down to Matagorda.

This areas hurricane past
1886 aug 20th severe damage just south, a 155mph hurricane pushes NE winds,925mb. The town of Indianola was never rebuilt.
1888 June 17th, 80mph from the ESE
1891 July 6th, 85mph from the SSE
1900 Sept 8th the great devestating Galveston hurricane passes north of here with 145mph winds from the ESE
1909 July 21st ,105mph from the ESE just north
1921 June 22nd, 85mph from the south
1929 June 28th, 80mph from the SE
1932 Aug 13th,145mph just north from the SSE
1934 Aug 28th ,80mph from the NNE passes just east
1941 , SEP 23 80mph from the S.E Matagorda had tides of 10.8'. Pressure 971 mb,4 killed.
1942 aug 30th major hurricane 8 killed over 11 million dollars in damage,press 28.10
1942 Aug 30th, 85mph from the S.E
1945 Aug 27th 140mph from the SSE 7 killed.
1949 Oct 4th 125mph from the south passes just east
1961 hurricane Carla hits with 160mph winds on sept 11th from the S.E. 18 ft s.s causing total devestation 34 dead. Recon pressure 27.50 as it hit coast. 115mph sustained on coast & weakened rapidly after landfall.Newspaper headline | Radar from T.V | NOAA Carla
1971Sept 10th, hurricane Fern hits with 75mph winds from the SSE killed 30 million in damage.5to 6 ft tides reported.
1983 Aug 18th,115mph winds Hurricane Alicia passes just north from the SE
1998 tropical storm Frances hits at midnight on the night of the 10th near Matagorda.Gusts were as high as 66 mph at Sea Rim State Park in Jefferson County and 54 mph at Galveston.Press 29.33.Three tornadoes touched down in Texas; at Caney Creek, La porte and Palm Beach on the west end of Galveston Island.
2003 July 15th Hurricane Claudette hits just north with 85mph winds from the ESE & a gust to 111mph,some reports of roof damage,signs down,many trees down.Peak gust 71 kts east matagorda bay. Damage photo | Newspaper article



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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