Friday, August 22, 2008

Fay's Falling Florida Records

Tropical Storm Fay isn't done with the state of Florida yet, but it's already working its way into the record books. The amount of time it's been sojourning in and around the not-so-sunshiny state raises the question of whether records are being set, and Jeff Masters has some answers in his blog. The 3 landfalls on the state so far make it the first to do so since Donna (1960), shown at the right. Donna went on to make several more landfalls along the Atlantic coast, including North Carolina, Long Island, and New England. A fourth landfall on the Gulf Coast would set a record for landfalls on a single state, and a fifth one is even possible.

Fay is also well up in the list of rainiest Florida storms. Until now, these were:

Easy (1950) 38.70" Yankeetown
Georges (1998) 38.46" Munson
Unnamed (1941) 35.00" Trenton
Dennis (1985) 25.56" Homestead
TD 1A (1992) 25.00" Arcadia Tower
Jeanne (1980) 24.98" Key West
Dora (1964) 23.73" Mayo
TD (1969) 23.40" Havana
Unnamed (1924) 23.22" Marco Island
Bob (1985) 21.50" Everglades City
Alberto (1994) 21.38 Niceville

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