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Alberto a messy system, Rain starts for Florida later today. Rainy on east side of system, hot on west side. Landfall near AL Monday.
Days since last H. Landfall - US: Any 230 (Nate) , Major: 248 (Maria) Florida - Any: 258 (Irma) Major: 258 (Irma)
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Pres: 1005mb
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N at 9 mph
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An old definition for a hurricane
      #64439 - Fri Jan 06 2006 12:41 AM

I came across the following while taking part in a brief scavenger hunt online. It is from a collection maintained by the Univ. of Oklahoma out of a book entitled "TORNADOES: What they are and how to observe them; with practical suggestions for the protection of life and property" written by someone in the Signal Corps of the US Army in 1877. There is a brief section on hurricanes inside the book on pages 13 and 14, linked below. Needless to say, their definition of a hurricane matches ours today in just one fashion -- high wind speeds. Just another example of how things sometimes do change in this field...

Page 13: http://hsci.cas.ou.edu/images/jpg-100dpi-10in/19thCentury/Finley/1887/Finley-1887-013.jpg
Page 14: http://hsci.cas.ou.edu/images/jpg-100dpi-10in/19thCentury/Finley/1887/Finley-1887-014.jpg

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