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Early Hurricane Landfall: May 28, 1863
      Tue May 28 2013 06:45 PM

On this date exactly 150 years ago, a previously unreported hurricane, Amanda, made landfall along northwest Florida.

Amanda now bests Hurricane Alma of June 9, 1966, by nearly two weeks, for a U.S. hurricane landfall.

Hurricane historians Mike Chenoweth and C. J. Mock
Hurricane Amanda
Re-discovery of a Forgotten U.S. Civil War Florida Hurricane


Among the most unusual and unexpected hurricanes in United States history is the only hurricane to make landfall in the month of May. This recently re-discovered storm that struck northwest Florida on 28 May 1863 created a natural disaster in the area that became lost to history because it was embedded in a much larger and important manmade event, in this case the U.S. Civil War. We document the arrival of this storm both historically and meteorologically and anachronistically name it Hurricane “Amanda” in honor of the Union ship driven ashore by the hurricane. The hurricane revealed deficiencies and strengths in combat readiness by both sides. Meteorologically, the storm nearly achieved major hurricane status at landfall and its absence from modern data bases of tropical cyclone activity is a useful reminder to users of important gaps in our knowledge of tropical cyclones even in the best-sampled storm basins.

Hurricane “ Amanda ”: Re -discovery of a Forgotten U.S. Civil War Florida Hurricane

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