Confused by Florida’s convoluted hurricane history?
If so, this calendar graph may come in handy.
When hurricane strength storms made Florida landfall
There’s more to this graph than meets the eye:
The dots show the year, month, and strength of each storm which made Florida landfall over the past 110 years. Clicking on each dot transports you to a detailed write-up of each storm. The “outer” dot plots each storm’s intensity at peak strength and the “inner” dot at the time it made landfall.
September is Florida’s big month. Late August and October also light up the chart. And three is the most hurricane-strength storms that have made landfall in the peninsular state in any one year. We almost had four in 2004 but the eye of Ivan made its way into land on Alabama shores.
When and where storms form by month
That leads me to one caveat, and its a big one:
The graph only includes “hurricane strength” storms that made “Florida” landfall. That rules out many a monumental rainmaker (i.e., Fay) and any storms whose eye crossed just across state lines.
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Tidbit: In the Atlantic, hurricane season starts June 1, while in the Pacific it starts May 15. Both end on November 30.
It’s not like those winds and waves stop at county lines.