Ocean City (inc assatague island to
south),Maryland's history with tropical systemsCurrent 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
Years within or near core
times in 149yrs end of 2020
Names from list
|Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio |
TS=37, 67.27% H=18, 32.73%
Longest gap between storms
11 years 1905-1915
How often Ocean City gets
brushed or hit every 2.71 years
Average years between direct hurricane hits.( hurricane force wind gusts for a few hours )
(9h)once every 16.56 years
Average years between major hurricane hits.(0)
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
Statistically when Ocean City should be affected
before the end of 2023
2020 October 29th Xtrop storm Zeta hits from the west with 50mph winds.
This areas hurricane past
1879 from south Aug 18th 95mph center of eye 25 miles to east.
1894 in Oct on the 10th ,80mph from the SSW passes just east by 16 miles.
1903 Sept 16th a cat 1,85mph moves through from the south center of eye passes 22 miles to east. Almost every building was damaged with many landmark hotel partially unfoofed.
1936 Sept 18th, a hurricane brushes just east by 38 miles with 95mph winds while recurving out to sea from the south ,Boardwalk partially destroyed.
1960 hurricane Donna sept 12th 110mph just east by 41 miles from the SSW ,system had a very large eye up to 100 miles wide
1985 hurricane Gloria just
east by 28 miles with 95mph winds on Sept 27th, from the south causing minor damage here, more on Hurricane Gloria here.
1999 Sept 16th hurricane Floyd 75mph eye passes over while weakening to a tropical storm from the SSW press recorded of 28.88.
2011 Aug 28th,Hurricane irene passes just east by 14 miles with 80mph winds while moving NNE causing minor damage.Highest wind gust reported at 55mph with sustained barely tropical storm force hurricane force winds remain offshore. Hurricane Warning Show | Irene model history | Radar animation | USGS surge info
2012 Oct 29th, Hurricane Sandy hits just north with 90mph winds from the ESE while beoming post tropical. Sandy's closest approach here 42 miles NNE with 90mph winds while headed towards New Jersey. Overall minor damage here compared to areas further north. Ocean City At the Beach Enterprises reported a gust to 75mph,station has unknown elevation. Ocean City inlet surge 4.33ft ,1 death in MarylandSandy model history | Sandy wind analysis from HRD | Hurricane warning show| post NHC | USGS surge info
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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