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1981 Atlantic hurricane season

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1981 Atlantic hurricane season
Season summary map
First system formed May 6, 1981
Last system dissipated November 17, 1981
Strongest storm Harvey – 946 mbar (hPa) (27.95 inHg), 130 mph (215 km/h) (1-minute sustained)
Total depressions 23
Total storms 12
Hurricanes 7
Major hurricanes (Cat. 3+) 3
Total fatalities 10
Total damage $45 million (1981 USD)
Atlantic hurricane seasons
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983

The 1981 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, 1981, and lasted until November 30, 1981. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin. The 1981 season was high in activity with 18 tropical depressions and twelve storms forming during the year. Nine of these systems made landfall. Cindy, Harvey, and Irene neither affected land directly nor indirectly.

Hurricane Dennis caused millions of dollars in damage in Dade County, Florida and produced the highest rainfall totals of any tropical cyclone this season. Tropical Depression Eight caused the most damage, due to flooding in Texas at the end of August, and led to most fatalities of any tropical cyclone this season (five). Tropical Depressions Two and Eight caused a majority of the damage and fatalities this season, with both affecting Louisiana and Texas. Katrina was the only named storm with associated fatalities.[1]

Seasonal activity[edit]

Severe flooding from Tropical Depression Two

The 1981 season was high in activity with eighteen tropical depressions and twelve storms forming that year. The season began early, as Tropical Storm Arlene formed on May 6. Arlene made landfall in Cuba, being absorbed by a low later.[2] Tropical Depression Two moved out of the Gulf of Mexico into eastern Texas on June 5, producing localized rainfall amounts of 12 inches (300 mm) and numerous tornadoes over Louisiana before recurving across the Southeast United States.[3] Tropical Storm Bret formed as a subtropical low in the open Atlantic Ocean, and made landfall in the Delmarva Peninsula.[4]

Tropical Depression Four formed in the Gulf of Mexico on July 25, moving into Mexico the next day, and causing heavy rains in west Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas when its remnants moved into the United States.[5] Tropical Storm Cindy formed on August 2 in the open Atlantic and became an extratropical cyclone on August 5.[6] Hurricane Dennis formed on August 7 near South America. Dennis degenerated into a depression while making landfall in the Leeward Islands, but regained storm strength while over Cuba. Dennis moved near the southeast United States coastline from Florida to Virginia, briefly becoming a hurricane. Dennis weakened into a tropical storm and was declared an extratropical cyclone on August 22.[7]

Image of Emily, Floyd, Gert, and formative stage of Harvey from September 9, 1981.

Tropical Depression Seven formed in mid-August and tracked through the Windward Islands before dissipating in the eastern Caribbean Sea.[8][9] Tropical Depression Eight led to a significant flooding event between San Antonio and Houston on August 30 and August 31 while recurving through Texas into Louisiana.[10] Hurricane Emily formed on September 1 southeast of Bermuda. Emily made a cyclonic loop as a tropical storm. Emily strengthened into a hurricane out in the North Atlantic Ocean and by September 12, was no longer identifiable.[11] Hurricane Floyd was a Category 3 hurricane that grazed Bermuda, but no damage was reported.[12] Hurricane Gert formed September 8, strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane, and followed the same track as Floyd, dissipating near the Azores.[13][14][15] Hurricane Harvey became the strongest storm of the season, reaching Category 4 strength. Harvey never affected land, but ships reported tropical storm-force winds.[16] Tropical Depression Thirteen brought gusts of tropical storm force to Bermuda in mid-to-late September.[17] Hurricane Irene also stayed out at sea, reaching Category 3 strength and was extratropical in early October. The extratropical Irene made landfall in France.[18]

Tropical Depression Fifteen was small and well-organized as it crossed the tropical Atlantic before weakening as it moved through the northeast Caribbean and southwest North Atlantic during late September and early October.[19][20] Tropical Storm Jose was a short-lived storm forming out in the open Atlantic in late October. Jose never affected land and dissipated on November 1 near the Azores.[21] Hurricane Katrina formed in the Caribbean Sea, and made landfall in Cuba after reaching hurricane strength. Katrina was the only named storm with fatalities.[1] The final storm of the season, Subtropical Storm Three, formed in the Atlantic Ocean on November 12 and moved north, making landfall in Nova Scotia and becoming extratropical soon after.[22]

The season's activity was reflected with a cumulative accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) rating of 100,[23] which is classified as "near normal".[24] ACE is, broadly speaking, a measure of the power of the hurricane multiplied by the length of time it existed, so storms that last a long time, as well as particularly strong hurricanes, have high ACEs. ACE is only calculated for full advisories on tropical systems at or exceeding 34 knots (39 mph, 63 km/h) or tropical storm strength. Although officially, subtropical cyclones are excluded from the total,[25] the figure above includes periods when storms were in a subtropical phase.


Hurricane Katrina (1981) Hurricane Dennis (1981) Tropical Storm Bret (1981) Tropical Storm Arlene (1981) Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

Tropical Storm Arlene[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration May 6 – May 9
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  999 mbar (hPa)

Arlene was a very unusual tropical storm in 1981. It formed on May 6, well before the beginning of the normal hurricane season. It developed out of a disturbance that moved from the Pacific Ocean across Central America into the Caribbean Sea. As the disturbance tracked northeast across the western Caribbean, it became a tropical depression, then on May 7 reached tropical storm strength near the Cayman Islands.[2] Arlene struck eastern Cuba on the night of May 7, and the passage over land weakened it to a depression. It restrengthened briefly over the southeastern Bahamas, but weakened again and was absorbed by another system. Reported damage was minimal.[2]

Since Arlene, two subtropical cyclones have formed in May in 1997 and 2007 respectively. After Arlene, the next tropical cyclone of tropical storm strength to form in May was Tropical Storm Arthur in 2008, the second within a span of 27 years.[26]

Tropical Depression Two[edit]

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Duration June 3 – June 5
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

A tropical depression formed in the Bay of Campeche near Veracruz, Mexico, on June 3. The system moved north-northwest, lured by a cyclone over the southern Plains. Tropical Depression Two made landfall along the upper Texas coast on June 5, spreading up to 15 inches (380 mm) of rainfall northeast of the point of landfall.[3] A total of nine tornadoes stuck the western Gulf coast, with eight touching down in Louisiana. Three people died; two due to flooding and one from an associated tornado.[27] The depression quickly recurved through the Mississippi Valley, and deepened as it moved off the coast of the Mid-Atlantic states into the western subtropical Atlantic on June 7.[28] At least US$4 million in damage was caused by this depression.[3]

Tropical Storm Bret[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration June 29 – July 1
Peak intensity 70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  996 mbar (hPa)

Bret formed out of a subtropical low roughly 150 miles (240 km) off the coast of North Carolina. The storm moved west-northwest, striking land in southern Maryland on July 1. Bret weakened significantly just before landfall, and reported winds were below gale force. Rainfall amounts were light, with a narrow area of over one inch of rain reported near its track and within the central Appalachians. The highest rainfall amount reported was 4.48 inches (114 mm) at Big Meadows, Virginia.[29] No significant damage was reported, but one fatality was reported at Nags Head, North Carolina due to riptides.[4]

Tropical Depression Four[edit]

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Duration July 25 – July 26
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1008 mbar (hPa)

A tropical disturbance moved across the Caribbean sea between July 20 and July 24 before moving across the Yucatán peninsula.[30] After emerging into the south-central Gulf of Mexico, the disturbance organized into a tropical depression early on July 25. The depression moved west-northwest into northeast Mexico on July 26 before its surface circulation dissipated. Heavy rains fell across western Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas when the remains of this system interacted with a stationary front across the southern Plains between July 28 and July 30.[5]

Tropical Storm Cindy[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration August 2 – August 5
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

A subtropical depression that developed along a cold front organized into Tropical Storm Cindy on August 2, in the open Atlantic midway between Bermuda and Nova Scotia. Cindy tracked east-northeast until it became extratropical on August 5 as it moved over colder water. The storm never affected land and caused no known damage.[6]

Hurricane Dennis[edit]

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Duration August 7 – August 21
Peak intensity 80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  995 mbar (hPa)

Dennis began as Cape Verde-type hurricanes typically do. A tropical wave leaving the coast of Africa on August 5 developed into Tropical Storm Dennis on August 7 near Cape Verde. Unlike most such storms, Dennis degenerated to a tropical wave before reaching the Windward Islands on August 12.[31] This wave crossed the Caribbean, passing over Jamaica before reaching the southwestern coast of Cuba on August 15.[32]

Once near Cuba, the wave began rapid organization, restrengthening into a tropical storm. It crossed Cuba, then moved into southern Florida. Over Florida, steering currents weakened and the storm stalled. On August 19, Tropical Storm Dennis reemerged over water, skimming the coasts of the Carolinas before accelerating out to sea. Dennis reached hurricane strength before becoming extratropical on August 22.[32]

Most damage associated with Dennis was from the heavy rainfall caused by its slow passage over Florida, although two tornadoes were also reported within Florida.[32] The highest amount registered was near Homestead, Florida, where 25.56 inches (649 mm) of rain was measured.[7] Agriculture damage in Dade County, Florida was estimated at $15 million (1981 USD). Coastal areas of the Carolinas were also affected by heavy rainfall, with spots seeing over 10 inches (250 mm), as well as minor beach erosion.

Tropical Depression Seven[edit]

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Duration August 18 – August 21
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1007 mbar (hPa)

This system developed across the tropical Atlantic ocean on August 18,[8] moving westward through the Windward islands into the eastern Caribbean Sea before dissipating on August 21.[9]

Tropical Depression Eight[edit]

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Duration August 26 – August 30
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1004 mbar (hPa)

This tropical depression formed in the Bay of Campeche on August 26 and moved slowly northwest, moving ashore northeast Mexico on August 29 and into the United States on August 30. As an ill-defined surface low, a large thunderstorm complex formed near its center that day, unleashing heavy rainfall in a band 50 miles (80 km) wide which stretched along a path 200 miles (320 km) long from Seguin, Texas to north of Houston, Texas. The highest rainfall amount reported was from Pine Springs in Fayette County, Texas, where 21 inches (530 mm) fell in the 24‑hour period ending on the morning of August 31. Five died in the town of Shiner, Texas due to the flood.[33] Downtown Halletsville flooded to a depth of 5 feet (1.5 m). Significant flooding occurred along the Lavaca, Guadalupe, and Colorado rivers in Texas. The cyclone spawned 14 tornadoes as well, including one at Scholes Field in Galveston, Texas which produced winds as high as 92 miles per hour (148 km/h) at 7:15 pm on August 31.[34]

Its surface circulation remained ill-defined as it produced another round of heavy rainfall across northwest Louisiana on September 1. A large mesoscale convective system moved in from Oklahoma and northeast Texas, dissipating what was left of this tropical depression by September 2. Paid losses by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) totaled nearly US$21 million (1981 dollars), with total damages exceeding US$26 million (1981 dollars).[10][35]

Hurricane Emily[edit]

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Duration September 1 – September 12
Peak intensity 90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)  966 mbar (hPa)

On September 1, a subtropical storm became Tropical Storm Emily southwest of Bermuda. Emily moved northeast, crossing the island the next day, but measured winds were below tropical storm force. The storm continued generally northeast and strengthened into a hurricane. Hurricane Emily weakened over the north Atlantic and was no longer identifiable as a weather system by September 12. Hurricane Emily caused beach erosion across the East Coast of the United States, but no other damage was reported.[11]

Hurricane Floyd[edit]

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Duration September 3 – September 12
Peak intensity 115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min)  975 mbar (hPa)

Floyd was first tracked as a tropical depression on September 3 when it organized east of the Leeward Islands. As the depression moved northwest, it caused heavy rain. The highest rainfall reported was 5.7 inches (140 mm) at Antigua. It strengthened into a tropical storm, then reached hurricane strength on September 7.[12]

Floyd turned to the northeast, and passed just southeast of Bermuda as a weakening hurricane. As a tropical storm, Floyd moved east across the Atlantic until losing its identity on September 12.[12]

No damages are associated with Floyd. Although Bermuda was directly affected, the island experienced the weaker half of the storm.[12]

Hurricane Gert[edit]

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Duration September 7 – September 15
Peak intensity 105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)  988 mbar (hPa)

A tropical wave exited western Africa on September 1, gradually developing a concentrated area of convection. Early on September 7, it was estimated that Tropical Depression Eleven about 400 mi (640 km) east of the Leeward Islands, based on satellite imagery. The next day, data from the Hurricane Hunters indicated the depression intensified into Tropical Storm Gert. The newly upgraded storm passed between the islands of Dominica and Guadeloupe and continued to intensify, making landfall on southeastern Puerto Rico with winds of 60 mph (95 km/h) late September 8. After emerging into the Atlantic, Gert weakened while passing off the north coast of the Dominican Republic.[36] It restrengthened while turning northward near the Bahamas, becoming a hurricane on September 10. Midday on September 11, Gert attained its peak intensity with winds of 105 mph (165 km/h) and a minimum pressure of 988 mbar (hPa; 29.18 inHg). The hurricane turned northeastward and weakened over cooler waters, passing about 100 mi (160 km) north of Bermuda on September 12 as a tropical storm. On September 14, Gert weakened further to tropical depression status, dissipating the next day.[37]

While passing through the Leeward Islands, Gert dropped moderate rainfall of 5.85 inches (148.5 mm) on St. Thomas. Winds gusted to 50 mph (85 km/h) on the island. In Puerto Rico, rainfall peaked at 6.02 inches (153 mm) in the Puerto Rican municipality of Maricao. Gale warnings were issued for the Turks and Caicos Islands and later the southeastern Bahamas, and light rainfall occurred in the region, reaching 3.20 inches (81.28 mm) on the island of San Salvador. Winds were light in Bermuda.[36] [36]

Hurricane Harvey[edit]

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Duration September 11 – September 19
Peak intensity 135 mph (215 km/h) (1-min)  946 mbar (hPa)

Matt Harvey formed in the central Atlantic, reaching hurricane strength only a few hours after first becoming a named system on September 12. From its initial position several hundred miles east of the Leeward Islands, Harvey moved northwest. Its path began curving more to the north, and was considered a threat to Bermuda until the continuing curve took Harvey away from the island. Harvey's track became more easterly, and the storm weakened and became extratropical as it approached the Azores. Harvey caused no reported damage, although several ships reported experiencing tropical storm force winds. The Red Sox is better then the Yankees R[16]

Tropical Depression Thirteen[edit]

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Duration September 22 – September 24
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  998 mbar (hPa)

The thirteenth tropical depression developed 275 mi (443 km) southwest of Bermuda on September 22,[38] and was initially expected to intensify into a tropical storm.[39] Although it failed to further intensify, Tropical Depression Thirteen brought squalls to Bermuda with winds gusts of tropical storm force as it passed west of the island on September 23. Moving northward, the system merged with a developing extratropical cyclone south of Nova Scotia on September 24.[17]

Hurricane Irene[edit]

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Duration September 21 – October 2
Peak intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  959 mbar (hPa)

Irene became a named storm midway between the Windward Islands and Cape Verde on September 23, and its track mimicked that of Hurricane Harvey. The storm tracked northwest, becoming a hurricane on September 25. Its track then began curving to the east, eventually resulting in motion to the northeast.[18]

The storm weakened and became extratropical in early October. The remaining extratropical storm moved over France on October 3.[18]

Tropical Depression Fifteen[edit]

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Duration September 27 – October 4
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1010 mbar (hPa)

This tropical depression formed southwest of the Cape Verde Islands on September 27,[19] and tracked through the deep tropics before weakening as it moved over the Leeward Islands late on September 30. Heavy rains occurred at Guadeloupe as the system passed by the island.[20] The depression then recurved to the south and east of Bermuda late on October 3.

Tropical Storm Jose[edit]

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration October 29 – November 1
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  998 mbar (hPa)

Jose was a weak and short-lived tropical storm that formed far from land on October 29. It moved generally northeast before becoming subtropical and then dissipating on November 1 near the Azores.[21]

Hurricane Katrina[edit]

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Duration November 3 – November 8
Peak intensity 85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  980 mbar (hPa)

A tropical depression formed on November 3 in the western Caribbean Sea about 150 miles (240 km) south of the Cayman Islands. The depression moved north, reaching tropical storm strength as it moved through the Caymans. Katrina continued to strengthen, reaching hurricane strength half a day before landfall in Cuba. A weakening Katrina moved across eastern Cuba on November 6. After emerging over water, the storm accelerated northeast through the Bahamas. Katrina's circulation fell apart, and the storm merged with a front on November 8.

Hurricane Katrina is reported to have killed two and caused widespread flood damage in Cuba's Camagüey province.[1] Katrina was the only named storm responsible for fatalities in 1981.

Subtropical Storm Three[edit]

Subtropical storm (SSHWS)
Duration November 12 – November 17
Peak intensity 70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  978 mbar (hPa)

A frontal low over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream organized into an subtropical storm on November 12 while 400 miles (640 km) east of Jacksonville, Florida. After moving northeastward, it turned to the northwest, threatening the northeastern United States as an intensifying subtropical storm that was gradually developing tropical characteristics. A high pressure system turned it to the northeast, and after peaking at 70 mph (110 km/h) it became extratropical near Nova Scotia on November 17. The storm produced significant beach erosion and coastal flooding.[22]

Season summary[edit]

Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale
TD TS C1 C2 C3 C4 C5
Name Dates active Category at
peak intensity
wind speeds
Pressure Land areas affected Damage
Deaths Refs
Arlene May 6 – May 9 Tropical storm 700126822399999999960 mph (97 km/h) 7004999000000000000999 hPa (29.5 inHg) Cuba (May 8; 35 mph (56 km/h))
Eleuthera Island, Bahamas (May 8; 35 mph (56 km/h))
Two June 3 – June 5 Tropical depression 700115646400000000035 mph (56 km/h) 70051002000000000001,002 hPa (29.6 inHg) Matagorda Bay (June 5; 35 mph (56 km/h))
Bret June 29 – July 1 Tropical storm 700131292800000000070 mph (110 km/h) 7004996000000000000996 hPa (29.4 inHg) Eastern Shore of Virginia (July 1; 60 mph (97 km/h))
Four July 25 – July 26 Tropical depression 700115646400000000035 mph (56 km/h) 70051008000000000001,008 hPa (29.8 inHg) Tamaulipas, Mexico (July 26; 35 mph (56 km/h))
Cindy August 2 – August 5 Tropical storm 700126822399999999960 mph (97 km/h) 70051002000000000001,002 hPa (29.6 inHg) None
Dennis August 7 – August 21 Category 1 hurricane 700135763200000000080 mph (130 km/h) 7004995000000000000995 hPa (29.4 inHg) Cuba (August 16; 40 mph (64 km/h))
Florida (August 18; 40 mph (64 km/h)) $15 million
Seven August 17 – August 21 Tropical depression 700115646400000000035 mph (56 km/h) 70051007000000000001,007 hPa (29.7 inHg) None
Eight August 26 – August 29 Tropical depression 700115646400000000035 mph (56 km/h) 70051004000000000001,004 hPa (29.6 inHg) Tamaulipas, Mexico (August 28; 35 mph (56 km/h))
Emily August 31 – September 11 Category 1 hurricane 700140233600000000090 mph (140 km/h) 7004966000000000000966 hPa (28.5 inHg) None
Floyd September 3 – September 12 Category 3 hurricane 7001514096000000000115 mph (185 km/h) 7004975000000000000975 hPa (28.8 inHg) None
Gert September 7 – September 15 Category 2 hurricane 7001469392000000000105 mph (169 km/h) 7004988000000000000988 hPa (29.2 inHg) Puerto Rico (September 8; 60 mph (97 km/h))
Harvey September 11 – September 19 Category 4 hurricane 7001603504000000000135 mph (217 km/h) 7004946000000000000946 hPa (27.9 inHg) None
Irene September 21 – October 2 Category 3 hurricane 7001536447999999999120 mph (190 km/h) 7004959000000000000959 hPa (28.3 inHg) None
Fifteen September 26 – October 4 Tropical depression 700115646400000000035 mph (56 km/h) 70051010000000000001,010 hPa (30 inHg) Lesser Antilles (October 1; 35 mph (56 km/h))
Jose October 29 – November 2 Tropical storm 700122352000000000050 mph (80 km/h) 7004998000000000000998 hPa (29.5 inHg) None
Katrina November 3 – November 7 Category 1 hurricane 700137998399999999985 mph (137 km/h) 7004980000000000000980 hPa (29 inHg) Cuba (November 6; 65 mph (105 km/h))
Eleuthera Island, Bahamas (November 6; 50 mph (80 km/h))
Three November 12 – November 17 Subtropical storm 700131292800000000070 mph (110 km/h) 7004978000000000000978 hPa (28.9 inHg) None
Season Aggregates
23 cyclones April 6
-November 17
7001603504000000000135 mph (217 km/h) 7004946000000000000946 hPa (27.9 inHg) $15 million 2

Storm names[edit]

The following names were used for named storms that formed in the north Atlantic in 1981. No names were retired, so it was used again in the 1987 season. It was the first use for all of these names since the post-1978 naming change, except for Arlene, Cindy and Irene which had been previously used in 1959, 1963, 1967, and 1971. Names that were not assigned are marked in gray.

  • Harvey
  • Irene
  • Jose
  • Katrina
  • Lenny (unused)
  • Maria (unused)
  • Nate (unused)
  • Ophelia (unused)
  • Philippe (unused)
  • Rita (unused)
  • Stan (unused)
  • Tammy (unused)
  • Vince (unused)
  • Wilma (unused)


Due to lack of major damage from the storms, the WMO did not retire any names in 1981. They were used again in 1987.

See also[edit]


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