2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recap

The 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season was predicted To Be Well Below Normal.
The Season Turned Out To Be About Average.

2015 Atlantic Basin Storms

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Name

Formed

Max.

Dis.

Name

Formed

Max.

Dis.

Name

Formed

Max.

Dis.

Ana

05/07

05/10

Henri

09/09

09/11

Odette

 

 

Bill

06/15

06/20

Ida

09/18

09/27

Peter

 

 

Claudette

07/13

07/14

Joaquin

09/28

10/07

Rose

 

 

Danny

08/18

08/24

Kate

11/09

11/11

Sam

 

 

Erika

08/25

09/29

Larry

 

 

Teresa

 

 

Fred

08/29

09/07

Mindy

 

 

Victor

 

 

Grace

09/05

09/09

Nicholas

 

 

Wanda

 

 

See The Legend For The Above Table

Icon

Designation

Wind/MPH

Wind/KTS

Pressure
Range*

Storm
Surge**

Description

Tropical Depression

Tropical Depression

< 38

< 33

NA

Minimal

Closed surface wind circulation about a well-defined center with winds less than 38 mph (33 kt).

Tropical Storm

Tropical Storm

39 - 73

34 - 63

> 980

< 4

Heavy rain can cause life threatening flooding.

Tropical Storm

Sub-Tropical Storm

39 - 73

34 - 63

> 980

< 4

low-pressure system that has characteristics of both tropical and extratropical cyclones.

Catagory 1

Category 1

74 - 95

64 - 82

994 - 980

4 - 5

Dangerous winds will produce some damage.

Catagory 2

Category 2

96 - 110

83 - 95

979 - 965

6 - 8

Very dangerous winds will cause serious damage

Catagory 3

Category 3

111 - 130

96 - 113

964 - 945

9 - 12

Major Hurricane...Extensive damage will occur

Catagory 4

Category 4

131 - 155

114-135

944 - 920

13 - 18

Devastating Hurricane...Extremely dangerous winds and storm surge will cause devastating damage

Catagory 5

Category 5

>155

>135

< 920

> 18

Catastrophic Hurricane...Catastrophic damage is expected from extremely devastating winds and large storm surge

Remnant Low

Post Tropical

< 39+

< 34+

NA

NA

A vigorous post-tropical cyclone that no longer possesses the convective organization required of a tropical cyclone

Remnant Low

Remnant Low

< 38

< 33

NA

NA

A post-tropical cyclone that no longer possesses the convective organization required of a tropical cyclone

Dissipated

Dissipated

NA

NA

NA

NA

No longer of interest, gone, finished.

*This is the normally expected Minimum Central Pressure for each category. Actual MCP can very greatly.

**This is the normally expected Storm Surge for each category. Like MCP, actual storm surge can very greatly.

2015 Hurricane Season Storm Tracks


Tropical Storm Ana originally formed as a subtropical storm off the coast of the Carolinas on May 8th. During the next 24 h, Ana moved slowly north-northwestward over the warmer waters of the Gulf Stream. Deep convection steadily developed closer to the surface center along with upper-level anticyclonic outflow, marking Ana’s transition to a tropical storm by 0600 UTC 9 May when the cyclone was located about 115 n mi southeast of Myrtle Beach. Ana made landfall around on May 10th at 1000 UTC, just southwest of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with an intensity of 40 kt (Fig. 4); the May 10th landfall makes Ana the earliest U.S.-landfalling tropical cyclone on record.

There was one direct deaths associated with Ana. Media reports indicate that a 25-year old Ohio man was pulled under water for more than ten minutes in strong rip currents off of the coast of Oak Island, North Carolina on 11 May. The man died the next day due to anoxic injury.

Although Tropical Storm Ana caused some property damage in the United States, the insured amounts were less than the $25 million dollar threshold used by the Property Claims Service to declare a catastrophe. Therefore, a specific damage figure is not available.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Tropical Storm Ana


Tropical Storm Bill formed over the far northwestern Gulf of Mexico and made landfall along the Texas coast on Matagorda Island. Bill produced heavy rains and flooding while it moved across eastern Texas and Oklahoma.

Bill made landfall on Matagorda Island at 1645 UTC 16 June with maximum winds of 50 kt, and was then nearly stationary along the coast for a couple of hours. Later that evening, the center turned northward and accelerated inland over eastern Texas, and surface observations indicated that Bill weakened to a tropical depression by 0600 UTC 17 June when centered about 30 n mi east of Austin, Texas.

Bill caused two direct deaths as a result of heavy rain and flooding in Oklahoma during its tropical depression stage. An 80-year-old woman died near Macomb in Pottawatomie County after she reportedly ignored barricades and drove through a flooded roadway. A 2-year-old boy drowned in Ardmore, Oklahoma, after he was swept from his father’s arms while the two were trying to escape floodwaters. Flooding caused by Bill in Texas and Oklahoma was exacerbated by record rainfall and widespread flooding that occurred in the two states in late May. Total damage estimates are not available at this time.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Tropical Storm Bill


Tropical Storm Claudette was a short-lived high-latitude tropical storm that formed from a nontropical low pressure system just off the coast of North Carolina. It is estimated that the cyclone became a tropical storm at 1200 UTC 13 July, and reached its peak intensity of 45 kt and minimum pressure of 1003 mb at 1800 UTC on that day about halfway between Bermuda and Cape Cod.

There were no reports of damage or casualties associated with Claudette.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Tropical Storm Claudette


Major Hurricane Danny formed from area of disturbed weather in associated with a tropical wave south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Amid generally favorable atmospheric conditions, the system organized into a tropical depression by 15:00 UTC on August 18 and further intensified into Tropical Storm Danny six hours later.

Shower and thunderstorm activity congealed into a small central dense overcast, and a small eye became evident, supporting an upgrade to hurricane intensity at 15:00 UTC on August 20. Tracking west-northwestward, Danny continued to intensify and a recon flight the next day indicated that the cyclone had attained peak winds of 115 mph (185 km/h), the first (and only) major hurricane of the season.

Danny spent its furry over the open ocean. The storms impact to land areas was minimal.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Major Hurricane Danny


Tropical Storm Erika Was named a Tropical Depression on August 25 as the circulation closed off. Early the next day, it was upgraded into Tropical Storm Erika as the storm moved towards the Caribbean, despite remaining unorganized. The Storm cause seriouse damage while tearing through Dominica. At 11:00 (EST) August 29th, The NHC issued Erika's final advisory as a Tropical System.Erika's remnants dodged Cuba to its north, and caused dangerous rainfall in Southern Florida.

Torrential rains across Dominica, amounting to at least 15 in (380 mm) at Canefield Airport, triggered severe flooding. At least 20 homes were destroyed and 80 percent of the island was left without power. The main river running through Roseau, the nation's capital, burst its banks during the overnight of August 26–27, flooding surrounding areas. At least 31 people died across the island, and 35 others remain missing. Total damage across Dominica amounted to US$482.8 million.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Tropical Storm Erika


Hurricane Fred began as a well defined tropical wave over western Africa on August 27. Shower and thunderstorm activity increased atop a broad area of low pressure as the disturbance moved into the eastern Atlantic, eventually leading to the formation of Tropical Depression Six. By 05:30 UTC on August 30. TD-6 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Fred. It is one of only a small number of tropical cyclones to form east of 20°W longitude in the satellite era. On August 30, 15:00 UTC, a period of strengthening was expected prompting the Hurricane Warnings for Cape Verde. While Fred did not directly hit the Cape Verde islands, it still did cause minor damage on the islands. Moving past the Cape Verde islands, Fred entered into an area of dry air and eventually weakened to a minimal tropical storm. The NHC predicted Fred to continue to weaken, but despite the dry air, Fred hung on until it finally dissipated late September 6.

No fatalities were attributed to Fred. While there was some minor damage in the Cape Verde islands, no damage report is available.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Hurricane Fred


Tropical Storm Grace: Grace was a short lived tropical storm that formed in the eastern tropical Atlantic and dissipated well east of the Lesser Antilles.

There were no reports of damage or casualties associated with Grace.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Tropical Storm Grace


Tropical Storm Henri was a weak and short-lived storm of non-tropical origin that formed well southeast of Bermuda. It accelerated northward before dissipating well south of Atlantic Canada

Tropical Cyclone Report For Tropical Storm Henri


Tropical Storm Ida was a sheared tropical storm that meandered over the central Atlantic for several days.

There were no reports of damage or casualties associated with Ida.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Tropical Storm Ida


Major Hurricane Joaquin was the strongest Atlantic hurricane since 2007, topping out just below Category 5 strength on October 3 with 155 mph winds. Joaquin was the second deadliest and second most damaging Atlantic named storm of 2015, causing $100 million in damage in the Central Bahamas, where it lingered for several days. Joaquin's death toll in the Bahamas was 35, with 33 of these deaths occurring from the sinking of the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro. Although Joaquin tracked far to the east of the United States, a non-tropical low over the Southeast tapped into the hurricane's moisture, causing record-shattering rains and flooding across North and South Carolina. Several areas of South Carolina saw accumulations exceeding the threshold for a 1-in-1,000-year event. The subsequent floods inundated large areas of the state, killing 19 people and causing over $2 billion in damage.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Major Hurricane Joaquin


Hurricane Kate began as a tropical wave moved off the west coast of Africa on November 2. The wave interacted with a upper level trough east of the Lesser Antilles. In a favorable environment, it spawned Tropical Depression Twelve on November 9. Amid generally favorable atmospheric conditions, the depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Kate. Kate continued to intensify into a Category 1 hurricane on November 11, making it the fourth hurricane of the season. Kate transitioned into an extratropical cyclone early on November 12.

There were no reports of damage or casualties associated with Hurricane Kate.

Tropical Cyclone Report For Hurricane Kate


 

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