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Hurricanes - 2001

National Climatic Data Center - Updated March 13, 2002
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This page is devoted to notable hurricanes and tropical storms of 2001. NCDC archives the climatic data, satellite images, and radar data related to these storms. A good deal of the surface data collected by National Weather Service offices and other airports, as well as cooperative stations, is available via the NCDC Get/View Data page. NCDC also has images and movies of these events-- Historical Significant Imagery, along with special reports and summaries that put these and other global climate events in historical perspective-- Worldwide Weather Events--2001. Finally, NCDC reports on the global climate and places monthly temperatures, precipitation and extremes in historical perspective-- The Climate of 2001.

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Hurricane Logbook - Interesting Facts and Climatology- May/June 2001

Top hurricane experts from NOAA on the 21st, said the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season likely will have normal levels of activity, bringing fewer storms than the past three years. However, officials advised residents in Atlantic and Gulf Coast states to be prepared for storms, high winds and flooding throughout the season, which began on June 1st. A normal Atlantic hurricane season typically brings eight to 11 tropical storms, of which five to seven reach hurricane strength, with two to three classified as major. A major hurricane packs sustained winds greater than 110 mph and is classified at Category 3, or above, on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.

Seasons with normal hurricane activity average one to two land-falling hurricanes in the United States, and one in the Caribbean. "Although we expect an average level of activity this season, that is no cause to become complacent. With the possibility of five to seven hurricanes, residents in hurricane prone areas can't afford to let their guard down," said Scott Gudes, NOAA's acting administrator. "Just one storm can dramatically change your life." See the NOAA 2001 Atlantic and Carribbean Hurricane forecast for complete details.

History teaches that hurricane disasters have occurred in the past and will again in the future. A lack of hurricane education and planning are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. This week, of May 21st to May 25th, was Hurricane Awareness Week. The goal of Hurricane Awareness Week is to educate the public about the hazards of hurricanes and provide them with knowledge which can be used to take action.

Tropical Storm Allison produced rainfall amounts of over 30 inches in some portions of Louisiana and southeast Texas. Occasionally, tropical systems moving inland from the Gulf of Mexico stall or move very slowly along the upper Texas Gulf coast, resulting in flooding rains. Tropical Storm Allison was no exception with Greens Bayou in Harris County, TX receiving 35.67 inches of rain in five days as of June 9th, and Houston Heights in Harris County reporting 19.58 inches in a 24-hour period. See the June 2001 Climate Watch Report for more information.

Several other 2001 Tropical Storms and Hurricanes:
TS Barry
Hurricane Iris
Hurricane Michelle

See the NOAA/NHC Monthly Hurricane Summary Reports for 2001 for more information.
Summaries, advisories, press reports and other information are available at the NOAA/NHC Tropical Prediction Center web site.
U.S. Navy On-Line Interactive Global Tropical Cyvlone Climatic Atlas
NOAA/Operational Significant Event Imagery (OSEI) WWW Site
Hurricane Climatology and Prior Years' Hurricanes
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NOAA's National Hurricane Center-Pacific Hurricane Adolph (May -June 2001) Graphical Storm Track
NOAA-16 AVHRR 1 KM resolution Multi-spectral false color image of Hurricane Adolph off the Mexican coast- May 29th, 2001 at 2039Z. Adolph was very strong - Category 4 storm for a time on May 28th, 2001.
Click Here for a larger view of Hurricane Adolph larger image

Additional images of hurricanes, typhoons and tropical systems using NCDC's Historical Significant Events Imagery

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NNDC Climate Data Online (for recent & long-term climate data)
NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC) Forecasts and Advisories
NCDC Climatic Extremes and Weather Events
NOAA/NHC Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Name List
UNISYS Global Hurricane Track Data for Individual Storms
NOAA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Site Concerning Hurricanes
FEMA for Kids- Hurricanes
NOAA Official Hurricane Tracking Chart
NOAA/NWS Hurricane Brochure and Information Page
Atlantic Hurricane Tracks Since 1886
CNN--Hurricane and Weather Information
The Weather Channel--Hurricane and Weather Information
USA Today--Hurricane Information
NCDC Storm Event Database
Links to Numerous Natural Disaster Web Sites
Disaster Relief Agency (news reports and information)
Global Appeals and Disaster Situation Reports--2001 (Red Cross)
NOAA/CPC Global Climate Highlights and Anomalies

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Tom Ross
NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
151 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801-5001
fax: 828-271-4328
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