26th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology

Wednesday, 5 May 2004
The effects of COADS and other historical accounts of tropical cyclones on the Atlantic Basin Hurricane Re-analysis Project for the years 1935 to 1939
Richelieu Room (Deauville Beach Resort)
David A. Glenn, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS; and C. W. Landsea and J. C. Rodgers III
This project is part of an ongoing effort to correct errors and biases within the National Hurricane Centerís North Atlantic best track and intensity hurricane database, HURDAT, from 1851 to the present. The Comprehensive Ocean Atmosphere Data Set (COADS) contains historical weather observations from ship reports and data buoy records. These reports, cross referenced with historical weather maps, newspaper articles and written accounts, can alter the known best track and intensity files by offering a better, more accurate, understanding of landfalling tropical cyclones from 1935 to 1939. Special attention will be given during the re-assessment of significant hurricanes of the period such as the 1935 Labor Day hurricane that hit the Florida Keys and the 1938 New England hurricane.

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