Fast Facts
Hurricane Trivia

  • Hurricanes often cause between 3-6 inches (75-100 mm) of rainfall in a short period. In 1921 a hurricane deposited 23 inches (584mm) on Texas in a single day.

  • Every second a hurricane releases as much energy as the explosion of a atomic bomb at Hiroshima.

  • The energy released by a hurricane would, if converted into electricity, power the United States for 3 years.

  • The heat energy released by a hurricane in one day can equal the energy released by the fusion of four hundred 20 mega-ton hydrogen bombs.

  • On the average 6 Atlantic hurricanes occur per year.

  • Each second some 2 million metric tons of air are circulated in, up, and out of the hurricane.

  • The hurricane season in North Atlantic is June 1st to November 30th. Over the Western Pacific the tropical cyclone season is never quite over.

  • September is the most active of the hurricane season's months.

  • Different countries have different names like the Philippines is Bagulo, Indian Ocean is Cyclone, Pacific is Typhoon, and Australia is Willy Willy.

  • The number 1 killer storm in recorded history struck Calcutta in 1737, with 300,000 officially dead.

  • A hurricane can be up to 600 miles in diameter and can reach eight miles into the air.

  • Most hurricanes happen in August, September and October.

  • Nearly all deaths associated hurricanes are caused by the storm surge which is the dome of water that forms near the eye just before the storm hits land. In 1969, Hurricane Camille generated a 25 foot storm surge.

  • Many hurricanes produce tornadoes.

  • Storms are given names when they become tropical storms.

  • Hurricane Andrew, which hit South Florida and Louisiana in 1992, was the most costly hurricane ever, with an estimated damage of at least $30 billion.

  • The average life of a hurricane is nine days. The hurricane is most destructive during its first 12 hours onshore. A typical eye measures 20 miles (32 kilometers) across.

  • The record for the most hurricanes in a season is 12, set in 1969. Though hurricanes can occur at any time, the official hurricane season in the Atlantic falls between June 1 and November 30. An average year has six to eight hurricanes, which occur mostly in August, September, and October.

  • Often the right side of a hurricane causes the worst storm surge, winds, and tornadoes.

  • The word "hurricane" comes from Huracan, the god of big winds and evil spirits once worshiped by the Maya people of Central America.

  • The deadliest hurricane in U.S. history hit Galveston, TX in 1900. The "Galveston Hurricane" as it was called, killed six thousand people, mostly from drowning, when an eight to fifteen-foot storm surge inundated Galveston Island.

  • For the deadliest hurricanes to hit the United States go here.

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