Hurricane is the term used to describe the strongest of the windy, circulating storms or cyclones in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific oceans. Most Atlantic hurricanes are born in the southern Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Africa, during the months of June through November. (Guntenspergen & Vairin, Willful Winds,1996)
The U.S. Weather Bureau (beginning in the 1930s) and the National Weather Service (beginning on Oct. 1, 1970) published a number of documents concerning hurricanes, including preliminary reports, advisories, bulletins, and post-hurricane service assessments.
The NOAA Central Library has an incomplete collection of these documents. Included in the collection are un-named hurricanes from 1938 and 1947, before the hurricanes began to be named in 1950. The first named hurricane in this collection is Hurricane Edna from 1954 and the last one is Hurricane Katrina from 2005.
Funding for this project was provided by the NOAA Climate Database Modernization Program (CDMP), National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC.
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