As we all know, Hurricane Matthew is heading from the Bahamas to the east coast of Florida, packing winds of 140 mph. This is a Category 4 hurricane that previously made landfall in Cuba and Haiti, causing loss of life and property.
Here are some facts and figures about the Atlantic hurricane season, pertaining to Matthew. All of this information comes from Dr. Philip Klotzbach, a meteorologist at Colorado State University. You can follow him by clicking on this link.
Only 3 hurricanes since 1950 have impacted the Bahamas with stronger winds that Matthew‘s current winds (10/6 2:30 PM) of 140 mph: Andrew, Floyd & Frances
The Atlantic has generated its most ACE on record for the last 7 days (from Sept. 30 – Oct. 6), surpassing old record set in 1893. Matthew
7 hurricanes have made FL landfall with winds >= 140 mph: FL Keys, Great Miami, Okeechobee, Labor Day, Donna, Andrew & Charley.
The Bahamas have now had Cat 4 hurricane landfalls in 2 consecutive Octobers (Joaquin & ). 0 Oct. Bahamas Cat. 4 hits from 1867-2014
14 Cat. 4-5 hurricanes hit the U.S. from 1926-1969 (44 years), while only 3 Cat. 4-5 hurricanes have hit the U.S. since (46 years)
has now been a major hurricane for 6 days – the most by an Atlantic hurricane forming after Sept. 25 in over 50 years (Flora-1963)
The most recent Category 4 hurricane to make landfall along the east coast of Florida was Hurricane King (1950). Andrew was Cat. 5
Hurricane has reintensified to a Category 4 – the closest a Cat. 4 has been to the east coast of Florida since Floyd (1999).
is the first on record to make landfall as a major hurricane in Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas.
2 major hurricanes have hit the Bahamas the past 2 yrs (Joaquin & ). 2 most recent prior Bahamian major hurricanes were Ike & Irene.
6 hurricanes on record have made FL landfall at <940 mb MSLP: Labor Day, Andrew, FL Keys, Okeechobee, Great Miami & Donna.
(As of 10/6/2016): It has now been exactly 4000 days since the last major made U.S. landfall (Wilma-2005).
0 Cat. 4-5 hurricane landfalls on record (since 1851) have made landfall from approximately West Palm Beach north to GA/FL border.
3 Category 4-5 hurricanes have made United States landfall since 1970: Hugo-1989, Andrew-1992 and Charley-2004.
The only major hurricane on record to make October landfall along the east coast of Florida was Hurricane King (1950).
Hurricane has now been a major hurricane longer in October than any other Atlantic hurricane in over 50 years (Flora-1963).
Hurricane is the 14th Atlantic hurricane since 1950 to be a major hurricane for at least 120 consecutive hours.
No Atlantic tropical cyclone starting w/ the letter ‘M’ has made U.S. landfall as a hurricane. is 18th Atlantic TC to start w/ ‘M’
The most recent major to make landfall in Georgia was a Category 4 in 1898 – over 150 fatalities resulted.
Hurricane has produced more ACE in the first 5 days of October than all Atlantic TCs in Sept. of 2014 & Sept. of 2015 combined.
The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season has now produced the most major hurricane days in a single Atlantic season since 2010.
Hugo (1989) was the last major hurricane to make landfall in SC. It made landfall as a Cat. 4 hurricane with max winds of 140 mph.
The most recent major to make landfall in North Carolina was Fran (1996)
2016 has already generated the most Accumulated Cyclone Energy in the Atlantic in October since 2005.
The 5 most recent major to hit the Bahamas are: Frances & Jeanne (2004), Ike (2008), Irene (2011) and Joaquin (2015).
The last hurricane to make landfall in South Carolina was Gaston (2004).
Hurricane Jeanne (2004) was the last major hurricane to make landfall along the east coast of Florida.
The last hurricane to make landfall along the east coast of Florida was Katrina (2005) as a Cat. 1.
Hurricane has been a Cat. 4-5 in the Caribbean longer than all other Atlantic hurricanes from 2008-2016 combined.
Hurricane is now the longest-lived major hurricane of the 2016 Northern Hemisphere TC season (surpassing Lionrock in NW Pacific).
The 5 most recent major hurricanes to hit the Bahamas are: Frances & Jeanne (2004), Ike (2008), Irene (2011) and Joaquin (2015).
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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on October 6, 2016