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Historical North Atlantic Hurricane Tracks -
Major Storms with Landfall in the United States

What this map layer shows:

The paths of major hurricanes that made landfall in the United States between 1851 and 2000.
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Background Information
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The unpredictable behavior, high seas, and devastating winds of hurricanes have challenged us for centuries. One of our best defenses against hurricanes is informed readiness. The National Hurricane Center (NHC), part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, tracks tropical storms and hurricanes over the Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Eastern Pacific, and issues hurricane forecasts, watches, and warnings to the public. The NHC uses computer models to forecast the track and intensity of a hurricane. These statistical models use current information about a hurricane and compare it to historical knowledge about the behavior of similar tropical storms. The historical record for storms over the north Atlantic begins in 1851.

The Historical North Atlantic Hurricane Tracks - Major Storms with Landfall in the United States map layer contains the paths of major hurricanes that made landfall in the United States between 1851 and 2000. The NHC recorded the storm tracks by plotting the center of each storm, in geographic coordinates, at six-hour intervals. Descriptive information includes the hurricane name, storm intensity according to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, the wind speed, and the barometric pressure for each recorded point on the track. For answers to questions on hurricanes and other tropical storms, visit the Hurricane FAQ page. For a comprehensive discussion of hurricanes, see the Hurricane Awareness page. Additional hurricane information is included in the National Atlas map layer Historical North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Tracks.