Hurricanes cost over $7 mil in 2010…

Thursday 13…It’s Hurricane Season….

In the Hurricane’s Path

1. 36.2 million- Estimated July 1, 2009, population most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes: the coastal portion of states stretching from North Carolina to Texas. Approximately 12 percent of the nation’s population lived in these areas.

Source: Population estimates <>

2. 14.0 million 1960 coastal population of the states stretching from North Carolina to Texas. Eight percent of the nation’s population lived in these areas at that time.

Source: 1960 Decennial Census <>

3. 158% Percentage growth of the coastal population of the states stretching from North Carolina to Texas between 1960 and 2009.

Source: Population estimates <> and 1960 Decennial Census <>

4. 179,015- Collective land area in square miles of the coastal areas from North Carolina to Texas.

Source: Population estimates <>


Number of Hurricanes Making Landfall on U.S. Mainland: 1851 – 2009
Texas 63 19
Louisiana 55 20
Mississippi 16 9
Alabama 26 6
Georgia 23 3
Florida 113 37
South Carolina 30 6
North Carolina 50 12
Virginia 10 1
Maryland 2 0
Delaware 2 0
New Jersey 2 0
Pennsylvania 1 0
New York 12 5
Connecticut 11 3
Rhode Island 9 4
Massachusetts 11 3
New Hampshire 2 0
Maine 6 0

Table: Hurricanes strikes 1851-2009 on the mainland U.S. coastline and for individual states by Saffir-Simpson category. Category 3-strength or higher, with sustained winds in excess of 110 miles per hour, is considered major. Updated and modified from Blake et al. (2006). Note: State totals will not equal U.S. totals. Gulf Coast state totals will likely be underrepresented because of lack of coastal population before 1900.
Source: National Hurricane Center <>

6. 3 The number of hurricanes during the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, two of which were major hurricanes at Category 3-strength or higher. The below-average year has been linked to El Niño, which increases wind shear in the Atlantic Basin, inhibiting tropical storm formation. None of these storms made landfall in the U.S. as hurricanes.

Source: National Hurricane Center <>

7. 1950The year the Weather Bureau officially began naming hurricanes.

Source: Atlantic Oceanography and Meteorological Laboratory <>

8. Alex The name of the first Atlantic Basin storm of 2010. Hurricane names rotate in a six-year cycle with the 2010 list being a repeat of the 2004 names. The World Meteorological Organization retired the names of four major hurricanes that made landfall in Florida during 2004: Charley, Francis, Ivan and Jeanne. They have been replaced on the list by Colin, Fiona, Igor and Julia.

Source: National Hurricane Center <>

9. 2005 In one of the busiest Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, 28 named storms formed, forcing use of the alternate Greek alphabet scheme for the first time. When the National Hurricane Center’s list of 21 approved names runs out for the year, hurricanes are named after Greek letters. Of the 28 named storms in 2005, 15 were hurricanes, with four storms reaching Category 5 status (Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma) and three more being considered major. Hurricane Dennis earned distinction as the earliest-forming major hurricane in the Atlantic Basin during a hurricane season in recorded history.

Source: Atlantic Oceanography and Meteorological Laboratory <>

10. 75th Anniversary of the Labor Day Storm

1935 The Labor Day storm forms in the Atlantic and makes landfall in the Florida Keys on Sept. 2, 1935, leaving a path of death and destruction in its wake. This was the most intense hurricane on record in the U.S. at landfall. Damage in the United States was estimated at $6 million.

Source: National Hurricane Center <>

11. 408 The number of deaths in the Florida Keys attributed to the Labor Day storm, primarily among World War I veterans, many of whom were washed away in an evacuation train heading toward Miami.

Source: National Hurricane Center <>

12. -8% Percentage decline of the population in Monroe County, Fla., between 2000 and 2009. The population of Monroe County in the 2000 Census was 79,589.

Source: Population estimates and 2000 Decennial Census

13. NOAA Estimates

Annual U.S. Hurricane & Tropical Storm Summary

Year Fatalities Injuries Property Damage
(million $)
Crop Damage
(million $)
Total Damage
(million $)
*2000 0 1 8.10 0.10 8.20
**2001 24 7 5,187.80 2.70 5,190.50
***2002 51 346 1,104.40 278.00 1,382.40
2003 14 233 1,879.50 40.80 1,920.30
††2004 34 840 18,901 667.30 19,569.10
†††2005 1016 130 93,064.40 2,075.20 95,139.60
2006 0 1 2.40 43.30 45.70
‡‡2007 1 13 38.80 0.01 38.80
‡‡‡2008 11 24 7,116.12 473.51 7,589.62

1. When was the last time that you made an excuse for not doing something that you shouldn’t have agreed to do in the first place?

hhmmmm…are you trying to tell us something?

2. Without identifying the person, is there someone in your life that you’d like to shake some sense into?

It’s getting deep in here thunkers….

3. Did you ever really care if Tiger Woods cheated on his wife?

It’s not really my problem is it?

4. Did you watch the last episode of LOST? What did you think happened?

Lost me….

5. If your dining room china was made in Mexico, why is it still called china?

It’s Royal Doulton which is what I call it. Not that I ever use it.

6. Tell us about your favorite movie of all time.

They haven’t made it yet.

7. Do you think it’s fair to get thrown out of a meme?

Um….I’m so out of this feud people…

8. Berleen lives in Minnesota and Kimber in Arizona. If they were to meet halfway, where would they meet?

Bud’s house

9. What do you think of heterosexual marriage?

I’ve been in one for 25 years

10. What would you change about your life if you had just one wish?

Stay away from memes

11. How pissed are you that we posted late?

Ask Thom

12. Tell us about a recent great day.

Hit some great sales over the weekend…

13. When was the last time that you juggled?

I’ll keep my mouth shut.



Google+ Comments


  1. says

    I’d take a hurricane over this man made disaster of oil dumping into the ocean steady for more than a month.
    You are a meteorological whiz!

  2. says

    Wow. I’ve been through a couple of hurricanes before, and the aftermath is always terrible. Losing power, flooded streets, and in my family’s case, dead fish washing up in the backyard. Ugh!

    Here’s hoping the forecasters are wrong about this being a bad hurricane season, eh?

    Happy TT!

  3. says

    Really interesting hurricane list. It was surprising , though it should have been, to see how many hurricanes had hit the northeast.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Pots and Pans =-.

  4. says

    That’s some interesting info about hurricanes. Fortunately, we don’t have them where I live. Unfortunately, tornadoes made up for it.

  5. says

    You heaped a stack of interesting hurricane facts upon us. I’m familiar with a few because of a friend who is a meteorologist. I wish such powerful weather systems did not wreak devastation. (Otherwise, they’d simply be cool.)

  6. says

    Wow! Lots of great hurricane info…except how to mix the perfect one. 😉 Interesting stuff.

    You know, that china seemed so important to have when we got married and other than Thanksgiving and Christmas I never use it (and not even always then these days).
    .-= Ace´s last blog ..Thursday Thunks: I Should Have Said "NO" =-.

  7. says

    for all the ribbing Jersey takes – no real natural disasters, and the last big hurricane I think was floyd, flooded the usual flood towns.
    .-= RiA´s last blog .. =-.

  8. says

    Excellent 13! Since I live in the Hurricane Alley…this was most interesting and educational. Great work for Thursday. I loved your Thunks too….wish I had been able to be online to write mine. Oh well. Life goes on.

    And per your comment you left for me yesterday…I can’t believe that someone could actually ‘blame’ Obama for the Oil Spill…it’s more Bush’s idea in the first place to drill for more oil in the Gulf. Where do they get their logic, these people, I’ll never figure it out.

    Have a great Friday.
    .-= Hootin’ Anni´s last blog ..Google’s artsy fartsy new feature…I’m LOVIN’ it!! =-.