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Encyclopedia > 1972 Atlantic hurricane season
1972 Atlantic hurricane season
Season summary map
Season summary map
First storm formed: May 23, 1972
Last storm dissipated: Nov. 7, 1972
Strongest storm: Betty - 976 mbar (28.82 inHg), 90 knots (100 mph)
Total storms: 7
Major storms (Cat. 3+) 0
Total damages: $3.1 billion
(1972 USD)
Total fatalites: 122
Atlantic hurricane seasons
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974

The 1972 Atlantic hurricane season was an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. It officially started June 1, 1972, and lasted until November 30, 1972. A strong El Niño kept hurricane activity at a minimum, and in fact 1972 was arguably the quietest season since the beginning of regular hurricane reconaissance in 1944, depending on which data set is used. It was also one of only three hurricane seasons since 1944 to have no major hurricanes (the other years being 1986 and 1994). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x789, 714 KB) Season summary provided by NOAA of the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season. ... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ... A millibar (mbar, also mb) is 1/1000th of a bar, a unit for measurement of pressure. ... Inches of mercury or inHg is a somewhat outdated unit for pressure. ... ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... The following is a list of Atlantic hurricane seasons. ... The 1970 Atlantic hurricane season was an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. ... The 1971 Atlantic hurricane season was an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. ... The 1973 Atlantic hurricane season was an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. ... The 1974 Atlantic hurricane season was an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... Tracking and Warning Joint Typhoon warning Center - Western Pacific MetService, New Zealand - Tasman Sea, South Pacific south of 25&deg S Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Southern hemisphere from 90° E to 160° E Canadian Hurricane Centre - Northwest Atlantic (overlaps US NHC) Hurricane & Storm Tracking for the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans - Shows... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 31 days remaining, as the final day of November. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... Chart of ocean surface temperature anomaly [°C] during the last strong El Niño in December 1997 El Niño and La Niña (also written in English as El Nino and La Nina) are major temperature fluctuations in surface waters of the tropical Eastern Pacific Ocean. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


Although a very inactive season (less than half the number of storms of a normal year), 1972 brought one of the deadliest and most expensive hurricanes to strike the United States, Hurricane Agnes. Agnes was a weak but large storm that made landfall at the Florida panhandle and then followed the east coast northward. It killed 122 and caused $3.1 billion (1972 dollars) in damage, most due to flooding in Pennsylvania and New York. Duration: June 14 - 25, 1972 Highest winds: 85 mph (140 km/h) Total damages (in USD): $10-12 billion (2005 dollars) Total fatalites: 122 direct Areas affected: Florida Panhandle, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York Hurricane Agnes was a hurricane that occurred during the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season. ... State nickname: Sunshine State Official languages English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville (largest metropolitan area is Miami) Governor Jeb Bush (R) Senators Bill Nelson (D) Mel Martinez (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 22nd 170,451 km² 17. ... State nickname: The Keystone State Official languages None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell (D) Senators Arlen Specter (R) Rick Santorum (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 2. ... State nickname: The Empire State Official languages None. ...

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Storms

Subtropical Storm Alpha

Subtropical Storm Alpha developed from a cold-core (extratropical) low in late May off the Florida coast. As the low moved northeastward, it warmed a little, and became Subtropical Depression 1. It turned sharply southward on May 26th due to a building ridge of high pressure. The same day it became Subtropical Storm Alpha, and it moved toward the Georgia coast. After reaching its peak of 70 MPH or 113km/h, Alpha weakened, but managed to hit near Brunswick, Georgia as a 45 MPH or 72km/h subtropical storm. Alpha dissipated over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico on the 29th. May 26 is the 146th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (147th in leap years). ... In meteorology, an anticyclone (i. ... Brunswick is a city located in Glynn County, Georgia. ... Gulf of Mexico in 3D perspective. ...


Hurricane Agnes

Agnes's rains were felt as far away as the west-central coast of Florida, and flooded Pinellas County.
Agnes's rains were felt as far away as the west-central coast of Florida, and flooded Pinellas County.

Main article Hurricane Agnes Image File history File links Download high resolution version (621x914, 94 KB) Summary A St. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (621x914, 94 KB) Summary A St. ... Pinellas County is a county located in the state of Florida. ... Duration: June 14 - 25, 1972 Highest winds: 85 mph (140 km/h) Total damages (in USD): $10-12 billion (2005 dollars) Total fatalites: 122 direct Areas affected: Florida Panhandle, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York Hurricane Agnes was a hurricane that occurred during the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season. ...


Hurricane Agnes was a large June Gulf of Mexico hurricane that formed over the Yucatan Peninsula on June 14th. It moved northward, reaching and maintaining hurricane intensity prior to its Florida panhandle landfall. Agnes reintensified over North Carolina, and in combination with an extratropical low to its west, brought very heavy rains to the Mid-Atlantic. Agnes dissipated on June 23rd after causing over $3 billion in damage (1970 dollars). It held the record for most expensive hurricane until Andrew bulldozed Florida and Louisiana twenty years later. The Yucatán Peninsula separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico. ... June 14 is the 165th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (166th in leap years), with 200 days remaining. ... The Florida Panhandle is the region of the state of Florida which includes the westernmost 16 counties in the state. ... State nickname: Tar Heel State; Old North State Official languages English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Governor Michael Easley (D) Senators Elizabeth Dole (R) Richard Burr (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 9. ... June 23 is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 191 days remaining. ... ... State nickname: Sunshine State Official languages English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville (largest metropolitan area is Miami) Governor Jeb Bush (R) Senators Bill Nelson (D) Mel Martinez (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 22nd 170,451 km² 17. ... State nickname: Pelican State Official languages None; English and French de facto Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans at last official government census, but probably Baton Rouge since Hurricane Katrina Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) Senators Mary Landrieu (D) David Vitter (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 31st 134,382 km...


Hurricane Betty

The precursor of Hurricane Betty was a subtropical depression that developed from a decaying cold front on August 22, located 200 miles north-northeast of Bermuda. Initially a small cyclone, only 30-40 miles in diamater, the depression grew as it strengthened and moved eastward, becoming Subtropical Storm Bravo on the 24th. On the 25th, the broad wind field became more compact, and it was named Tropical Storm Betty. On the 27th, it became a hurricane, and on the 28th, it Betty reached her peak of 100 M.P.H, the highest winds in the 1972 season. Building high pressure to its east forced Betty to the southwest, and over the next 3 days it executed a loop, but cooler waters and upper level shear turned the system extratropical on the 1st. August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ...


Tropical Storm Carrie

A complex system combining a tropical wave and an upper level low led to the formation of a tropical depression east of Florida on August 29th. It managed to become a tropical storm on the 31st and reached its initial peak later that day, but upper level winds ripped the system apart, leaving behind a tropical storm with barely 40 M.P.H. winds. Carrie found her second wind as a trough in the westerlies brought it northward. Due to baroclinic processes, Carrie reached her peak of 70 M.P.H. just prior to becoming extratropical on the 3rd. As Carrie passed Cape Cod, it caused $1.15 million in damage throughout Massachusetts and New England. State nickname: Sunshine State Official languages English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville (largest metropolitan area is Miami) Governor Jeb Bush (R) Senators Bill Nelson (D) Mel Martinez (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 22nd 170,451 km² 17. ... August 29 is the 241st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (242nd in leap years), with 124 days remaining. ... Cape Cod and the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coastline Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay from space, April 1997. ... State nickname: Bay State Official languages English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney (R) Senators Edward Kennedy (D) John Kerry (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 44th 27,360 km² 25. ... While the states marked in red show the core of New England, the regions cultural influence may cover a greater or lesser area than shown. ...


Hurricane Dawn

A tropical wave, combined with a Upper trophospheric trough, caused an area of convection to become a tropical depression on September 5th, near the southeast coast of Florida. Though conditions weren't favorable, the depression managed to become Tropical Storm Dawn on the 6th and a hurricane on the 7th. The development of a cold core low near Cape Hatteras forced Dawn westward, then southeastward, where Dawn became a 50 M.P.H. tropical storm. It continued to weaken as it approached the Georgia and South Carolina coasts, and it finally dissipated on the 14th, causing little damage over land. September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ... An aerial view of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Cape Hatteras is a cape on the coast of North Carolina. ... State nickname: Palmetto State Official languages English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Governor Mark Sanford (R) Senators Lindsey Graham (R) Jim DeMint (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 40th 82,965 km² 6 Population  - Total (2000)  - Density Ranked 26th 4,012,012 51. ...


Subtropical Storm Charlie

Subtropical Storm Charlie formed on September 19th over the north Atlantic. It moved quickly northeastward, reaching 65 mph winds before becoming extratropical on the 21st. As an extratropical system, it became incredibly powerful, reaching 944 millibars in pressure, a reading typical of a strong Category 3 or 4 hurricane. September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years). ...


Subtropical Storm Delta

Subtropical Storm Delta developed from a cold core low. The low moved southwestward in late October, and on November 1st, it developed some tropical characteristics, enough to be called a subtropical depression. On the 2nd, it became Subtropical Storm Delta. It moved southwestward initially, then eastward on the 4th where it met unfavorable conditions. Delta became a depression again on the 5th, and lasted 2 more days before dissipating. November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ...


1972 storm names

The following names were used for named storms (tropical storms and hurricanes) that formed in the North Atlantic in 1972. The name Agnes was later retired.

  • Agnes
  • Betty
  • Carrie
  • Dawn
  • Edna (unused)
  • Felice (unused)
  • Gerda (unused)
  • Harriet (unused)
  • Ilene (unused)
  • Jane (unused)
  • Kara (unused)
  • Lucile (unused)
  • Mae (unused)
  • Nadine (unused)
  • Odette (unused)
  • Polly (unused)
  • Rita (unused)
  • Sarah (unused)
  • Tina (unused)
  • Velma (unused)
  • Wendy (unused)

Duration: June 14 - 25, 1972 Highest winds: 85 mph (140 km/h) Total damages (in USD): $10-12 billion (2005 dollars) Total fatalites: 122 direct Areas affected: Florida Panhandle, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York Hurricane Agnes was a hurricane that occurred during the 1972 Atlantic hurricane season. ...

1972 Neutercane Names

Names of subtropical storm used in the atlantic basin for this year A neutercane is an antiquated meteorological term that was used between 1972 and 1973 by the National Hurricane Center. ... A subtropical cyclone is a weather system that has some characteristics of a tropical cyclone and some characteristics of an extratropical cyclone. ...

  • Alpha
  • Bravo
  • Charlie
  • Delta
  • Echo (unused)
  • Foxtrot (unused)
  • Golf (unused)
  • Hotel (unused)
  • India (unused)
  • Juliet (unused)
  • Kilo (unused)
  • Lima (unused)
  • Mike (unused)
  • November (unused)
  • Oscar (unused)
  • Papa (unused)
  • Quebec (unused)
  • Romeo (unused)
  • Sierra (unused)
  • Tango (unused)
  • Uniform (unused)
  • Victor (unused)
  • Whiskey (unused)
  • X-Ray (unused)
  • Yankee (unused)
  • Zulu (unused)

See also

Because of their long-term persistence, and the need for a unique identifier in issuing forecasts and warnings, tropical cyclones are given names. ... This is a list of notable tropical cyclones, subdivided by basin and reason for notability. ...

External link

  • Detailed information on all storms from 1972

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