Accession Number : ADA182469

Title :   1985 Hurricanes: JUAN, DANNY, ELENA.

Corporate Author : RED RIVER BASIN COORDINATING COMMITTEE NEW ORLEANS LA

PDF Url : ADA182469

Report Date : May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 84

Abstract : The coastline of Louisiana is highly susceptible to hurricane strength storms which enter the area from the Gulf of Mexico. During a normal hurricane season (1 Jun - 30 Nov) the Louisiana coast will experience on an average about one hurricane per year. However, during the 1985 hurricane season, Louisiana was struck by three hurricanes: DANNY in August, ELENA in September, and JUAN in October. While DANNY was not intense, ELENA and JUAN were stronger and, more importantly, erratic and dilatory in making landfall. Ocean waves generated by JUAN battered the Louisiana coast for at least 3 days. It is difficult to relate the severity of these events to a design storm, but it appears reasonable to conclude that the combined impact of the season's storms well exceeded that which would be associated with the passage of a design hurricane, which would occur once in 100 years.

Descriptors :   *HURRICANES, COASTAL REGIONS, LOUISIANA, MEXICO GULF, OCEAN WAVES, SEASONS, STORMS, STRENGTH(GENERAL)

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE