Seventh Annual AMS Student Conference


Reanalysis of the 1945 Homestead Hurricane

Christopher Micheal Luckett, NOAA, Jackson, MS

On September 12, 1945, Homestead, FL was the site of a Category 3 hurricane that killed 26 people, caused 60 million dollars in damages, and destroyed the NAS Richmond Air Force Base. Data from COA Data (Comprehensive Ocean-Atmospheric Dataset)was collected from September 12th through the 19th. The maximum wind recorded was 105 knots and the lowest pressure recorded was 28.09 inches; all recorded from Homestead. Data reanalysis indicated variation of peak winds, landfall time, and intensity. Much of the original hurricane data from 1945 was overestimated, but with updated data analysis, we were able to downgrade the storm to a Category 3, alter the hurricane track, and downgrade inland winds over Florida.

Poster Session 1, Student Conference General Poster Session
Sunday, 20 January 2008, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM, Exhibit Hall B

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