1840–1849 Atlantic hurricane seasons
The decade of 1840s featured the 1840–1849 Atlantic hurricane seasons. While info for every storm that happened is not available, some parts of the coastline were had enough people to give info of hurricane happenings. Each season was an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation in the Atlantic basin. Most tropical cyclone formation is between June 1 and November 30.
1840 Atlantic hurricane season[change | change source]
II. A hurricane hit near the mouth of the Rio Grande, destroying villages and causing flooding.
1841 Atlantic hurricane season[change | change source]
I. A strong tropical storm hit the Florida Panhandle on September 14.
II. An intense hurricane remained offshore of the Carolinas in early October. It moved northeastward, entraining cold air into its circulation. It became an extratropical storm, and hit New England on October 3. It led to a storm of snow and sleet in Connecticut, bringing drifts of up to 18 feet (5.5 m) of snow in some areas. The storm wrecked the Georges Bank fishing fleet which drowned 81 fishermen and knocked down trees, tore roofs off houses and forced boats to go up on shore. The storm also destroyed a saltworks factory along Cape Cod, sending the economy to a slump. In 1842, a monument was erected to remember the sailors and fishermen lost at sea to the "October Gale" of 1841.
1842 Atlantic hurricane season[change | change source]
II. On August 2, a tropical storm hit Northeastern Florida.
IV. A westward moving hurricane, nicknamed Antje's hurricane after a schooner of the same name that was dismasted by the storm. The cyclone moved across the Florida Keys on September 4. It continued westward across the Gulf of Mexico, hitting between Matamoros and Tampico, Mexico. Its unusual westward movement, also seen by a hurricane in 1932 and Hurricane Anita in 1977, was due to a strong high pressure system to its north.
V. A strong tropical storm hit Galveston, Texas on September 17. It caused $10,000 in damage, and killed 40 cattle.
VI. A tropical storm hit the Pensacola, Florida area on September 22.
VIII. A hurricane passed by Galveston on October 5, causing flooding and the sinking of one ship. It continued eastward, becoming a major hurricane before hitting near St. Marks, Florida. It caused $500,000 in damage before moving out to sea on the 10th. The storm is known as the Gulf to Bermuda Hurricane.
X. A cyclone, first detected southwest of Madeira on October 24, passed the island on October 26, moving northeast towards the Iberian Peninsula. It struck southern Spain on October 29, and moved inland as far as Madrid. It peaked as a category 2 hurricane near Madeira on October 26. The storm can be considered an early version ofHurricane Vince of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season.
1843 Atlantic hurricane season[change | change source]
A major hurricane moved northward through the Gulf of Mexico. It hit Port Leon, Florida, on September 13, destroying the town from the flooding and storm surge. Fourteen people were killed. The town residents moved the town three miles (5 km) northward to New Port, now called Newport, Florida.
1844 Atlantic hurricane season[change | change source]
III. On September 8 a hurricane moved into Florida south of St. Augustine. It moved across the state, emerging into the Gulf of Mexico before turning northeastward and hitting Florida again on the 9th.
IV. On October 4, a hurricane hit Cuba, causing 101 deaths. It moved northeastward, bringing rain and strong winds to the United States coastline but remaining offshore. The schooner revenue cutter Vigilant, USRC Vigilant, was lost off Key West during this hurricane on the 4th and 5th.
1845 Atlantic hurricane season[change | change source]
No storms observed.
1846 Atlantic hurricane season[change | change source]
I. A possible hurricane hit near the mouth of the Mississippi River on April 3, causing heavy rain. It is unknown if it was a tropical system, due to the time of year. It is possibly like the Great Blizzard of 1993.
II. A slow-moving hurricane remained offshore of Cape Hatteras on September 6. It pushed water into the Pamlico Sound. When the hurricane moved far enough north, the northerly winds pushed the water back out, creating the Hatteras Inlet and the Oregon Inlet, the latter being named for the first large ship that could pass through the inlet.
III. On September 19, a gale destroyed 11 schooners from Marblehead, Massachusetts, and took 65 lives. It may have been a tropical cyclone. After this event, Gloucester took over as the center of New England fishing. (Rousmaniere)
Great Havana Hurricane of 1846[change | change source]
IV. In October, a major hurricane, likely a Category 5, moved through the Caribbean Sea. It struck western Cuba on October 10, and hit the Florida Keys on the 11th, destroying the old Key West lighthouse and Fort Taylor. It headed northward, and on the 13th, it hit Tampa Bay as a major hurricane. As it approached, it sucked the water out of the bay, causing the Manatee River to be so low you could walk a horse across it. The hurricane moved across Florida, and remained inland over Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina. It moved up the Chesapeake Bay, causing extensive damage through Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. It caused around 163 deaths, and brought damage throughout the areas it affected. It is known as the Great Havana Hurricane.
---Jay Barnes in "Florida's Hurricane History" actually states that Hector Braden, an area planter, drowned with his horse while crossing that very river in the height of the storm.---
1847 Atlantic hurricane season[change | change source]
A hurricane hit Tobago on October 11, resulting in 27 casualties.
1848 Atlantic hurricane season[change | change source]
I. On August 18, a tropical storm hit south central Louisiana, causing damage to cotton crops.
II. A hurricane tracked northeast of the Caribbean Sea through the Bahamas and recurved through the North Atlantic shipping lanes towards Europe between August 19 and September 2. This storm was one of the earliest tropical cyclones to have a track created.
III. A major hurricane, the Great Gale of 1848, hit near present-day Sarasota, Florida on September 25, creating a new waterway now called New Pass, named by William Whitaker as the first person to see this new waterway. It made landfall in Tampa Bay, near Fort Brooke and Tampa, where tides rose 15 feet (4.6 m) and the barometric pressure dipped to 28.18 inches (716 mm). It crossed to the east coast where it damaged houses, caused flooding and interfered with shipping.
IV. An eastward moving major hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle on October 11.
V. On October 17, a minimal hurricane hit the southeast coast of Texas, causing flooding and high tides.
1849 Atlantic hurricane season[change | change source]
II. A minimal hurricane moved into the Rio Grande river area on September 13.
III. A hurricane was first detected off the coast of North Carolina in early October. It moved northeastward, passing close but remaining offshore of Long Island. On October 6, it made landfall in Massachusetts, causing 143 deaths.
References[change | change source]
World Wide Web[change | change source]
- David Roth. Louisiana Hurricane History: Early 19th Century.[permanent dead link] Retrieved on 2007-02-03.
- Stephen S. Visher (June 1922). "Tropical Cyclones in the Northeast Pacific, Between Hawaii and Mexico" (PDF). Monthly Weather Review. pp. 295–6. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2008-09-04.
- Vaquero, J.M. (2008). García-Herrera, R.; Wheeler, D.; Chenoweth, M.; Mock, C.J. "A Historical Analog of 2005 Hurricane Vince" (PDF). Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 89 (2): 191–201. doi:10.1175/BAMS-89-2-191. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-08-20. Retrieved 2022-02-22.
- Maritime Business Strategies, LLC. William H. Webb Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2007-02-18.
- Michael Chenoweth. A Reassessment of Historical Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Activity: 1700-1855. Archived 2008-05-28 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 2007-02-18.
- NOAA Photo Library. Hurricane of August and September 1848. Archived 2007-03-28 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 2007-02-18.
- Brian H. Bossak. Chapter 2: Documents of Early American Hurricanes. Archived 2006-05-18 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 2007-02-03.
- National Weather Service Forecast Office Shreveport, Louisiana. Historic Floods. Archived 2008-12-20 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 2007-02-03.
Printed media[change | change source]
- John Rousmaniere. After the Storm: True Stories of Disaster and Recovery at Sea. McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2002.
Related pages[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
- List of Atlantic hurricane seasons
- Tampa and the Hurricane of 1848[permanent dead link]
- http://www.srh.noaa.gov/lch/research/laerly19hu.php[permanent dead link]
- http://garnet.acns.fsu.edu/~jelsner/HHITProject/HHITyears/[permanent dead link]