Two Major Hurricanes During October 1893

The US was hit by a category 4 hurricane on October 2, 1893 and a category 3 hurricane on October 13, 1893. To put this in perspective, the US has only had two major hurricanes during October during the last 50 years.

The US has been hit by four category 4 hurricanes during October – in 1893, 1898, 1950 and 1954 – but none in the last 60 years. The last one was Hurricane Hazel.

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12 Responses to Two Major Hurricanes During October 1893

  1. Latitude says:

    Amazing….they could measure wind speed and bp accurately a 100 years ago…
    …but not temperature

  2. RAH says:

    Wind speeds and pressures back before the Hurricane hunters with dropsondes were generally only recorded by land stations when hurricanes made landfall. No Ship master in his right mind would intentionally allow his vessel to be caught in such storms. Now think of this. No land station nor multiple buoys in the path of Hermine recorded winds approaching 74 mph for 1 minute as it approached or during landfall. Yet it was classified a Hurricane. Kind of makes one wonder about the level of inflation of the magnitude of modern storms over those experienced in the past.

  3. RAH says:

    BTW at this time none of the major ensembles show Matthew making landfall on the Continental US in their operational tracks. In fact the GFS, which yesterday showed the closest approach has shifted it’s operational track east a bit.

  4. John F Hultquist says:

    I was in Western Pennsylvania at the time of Hurricane Hazel. Our area was on the west side of the track. Near us is Cook Forest State Park. It is known for its stands of old growth forest, with one section of towering white pines and hemlocks called The Forest Cathedral.
    Dad drove the family over after the storm to have a look because massive trees had fallen in an interlocking pattern (pickup sticks).
    Prior to that (I can’t find info on this**) there was an ice storm in the region to the north including parts of the Allegheny National Forest, north of the town of Marienville. Many thousands of tree limbs were broken, but not broken off. Many of these are deciduous trees and after leaf-fall the vision was one of a bad horror movie.

    **A report, with photos, of a more recent ice storm is here:
    http://www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/ice/mfo/online_info/ironton/Ironton%20Ice%20Damage%20Report2.pdf

  5. Andy DC says:

    August 1893 also produced a major hurricane that hit Georgia and South Carolina with around 2,000 fatalities. August 1893 also had a CAT 1 hurricane make A direct hit on New York City with close to 40 fatalities. In fact both storms were on the weather map at the exact same time.

    Also lost in the 1893 shuffle was a CAT 2 that hit the Alabama coast.

    So to summarize, there were 3 major hurricanes, plus a CAT 2 and a CAT 1, all making US landfall in less than 2 months. Total fatalities around 4,000.

  6. RAH says:

    Now the ensembles switch east again putting the US in play. Most disturbing according to Joe Bastardi, the European shows a high proportion of tracks leaning towards Florida though the main is somewhat east of that.

    Too many variables with this slow moving storm for the experts to be certain of what the heck it’s going to do days ahead. The way I see it the whole US is in play but if I lived on the coast of SC or NC and especially the cape Hatteras area I would be getting nervous.

  7. RAH says:

    Should have read. “Now the tracks switch WEST again”.

  8. Caleb says:

    1893 is a good year to study. At one point there were five (or at least four, with a fifth developing) hurricanes at the same time. Can you imagine the hoop-la this would cause today? It is handy to have such historical facts and figures in your hip pocket, to whip out and blast people with, when they start to talk about how such-and-such has never been seen before and is “unprecedented.”

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