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
1872tsbr,1877br,1879br,1879ts,1885ts,1887br,1888br,1889tsbr,1890ts,1892ts,1893-2,1895tsbr,1897br,
1901,1906br,1909br,1911tsbr,1912-2tsbr,1914bdts,1915,1916br,1920br,1923tsbr,1923br,1926br,
1926ts,1932ts,1932tsbr,1934tsbr,1936ts,1944ts,1947,1948ts,1949ts,1955-2ts,1956ts,1957ts,1960tsbr,
1964br,1965,1969,1974br,1977tsbr,1979ts,1979br,1985br,1985tsbr,1988ts,1998br,1998ts,
2001subts,2002- 2 ts,2003ts,2005ts,2005,2008br,2009tsbr,2011ts,2012
63 times in 142yrs end of 2013


Names from list above
Brenda,Esther,Ethel,Hilda,Betsy,Camille,Carmen,Babe,Bob,Frederic,Elena,Juan,
Florence,Georges,Hermine,Allison,Bertha ,Isidore,Bill,Cindy,Katrina,Gustav,Ida,Lee,Isaac,


Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio
TS=37, 58.73% H=26, 41.27%

Longest gap between storms
7 years 1936-1944

How often New Orleans gets affected by named storm?
brushed or hit every 2.25 years

Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for a few hours)
(9h)once every 15.78 years state stats

Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
109mph

Statistically when New Orleans should be affected next
before the end of 2015

Last affected by
Last affected by
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.

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.
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.
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.
Tropical Storm Frances pushed a 4.5-foot storm surge into St. Charles Parish in 1998, putting U.S. 90 under water for a week .
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 hurricanecity.com predicts a potential hurricane hit for this area on june 1st 2005. | Radar animation | Newspaper headline | Newspaper headline #2 | Newpaper Headline #3 | Newpaper Headline #4 | Newpaper Headline #5 | Newspaper article about winds |map of flooding | Hyatt hotel glass blown out | Jim Williams & Dr Neil Frank at hurricane conference in New Orleans before Katrina hit(audio clip rp) | Damage shot | Levee being rebuilt | 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
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......(subscription required) | Isaac model history | final NHC report



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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