Timeline of the 1983 Atlantic hurricane season

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Timeline of the
1983 Atlantic hurricane season
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Season summary map
Season boundaries
First system formedJuly 23, 1983
Last system dissipatedSeptember 30, 1983
Strongest system
Name Alicia
Maximum winds115 mph (185 km/h)
(1-minute sustained)
Lowest pressure962 mbar (hPa; 28.41 inHg)
Longest lasting system
Name Barry
Duration6 days
Storm articles
Other years
1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985

The 1983 Atlantic hurricane season was an event in the annual tropical cyclone season in the north Atlantic Ocean. It was the least active Atlantic hurricane season in 53 years, during which four storms formed. [1] The season officially began on June 1, 1983 and ended November 30, 1983. These dates, adopted by convention, historically describe the period in each year when most systems form. [2] The first named storm, Hurricane Alicia, formed on August 15. The last storm of the season, Tropical Storm Dean, dissipated on September 30.

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This season produced seven tropical depressions, of which four became named storms; three attained hurricane status, of which one became a major hurricane, a storm that ranks as a Category 3 or higher on the Saffir–Simpson scale. [3] The most notable storm in 1983 was Hurricane Alicia, which killed 21 people and caused $2.6 billion (1983 USD; $5.6 billion 2008 USD) in damages, making it the costliest storm, at the time, in Texas history. [4] As a result of its intensity, the name Alicia was subsequently retired from reuse in the North Atlantic by the World Meteorological Organization. [5] Another notable storm, Hurricane Barry, made landfall on Florida as a tropical storm, then, after crossing into the Gulf of Mexico crossing, strengthened into a weak Category 1 hurricane that traveled almost due west across the Gulf before making landfall in extreme northern Mexico. [6]

This timeline documents tropical cyclone formations, strengthening, weakening, landfalls, extratropical transitions, and dissipations during the season. It includes information that was not released throughout the season, meaning that data from post-storm reviews by the National Hurricane Center, such as a storm that was not initially warned upon, has been included.

By convention, meteorologists one time zone when issuing forecasts and making observations: Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), and also use the 24-hour clock (where 00:00 = midnight UTC). [7] In this time line, all information is listed by UTC first with the respective local time included in parentheses.

Timeline

Tropical Storm Dean (1983)Hurricane Barry (1983)Hurricane AliciaSaffir-Simpson scaleTimeline of the 1983 Atlantic hurricane season

June

June 1

July

July 23
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The remnants of Tropical Depression One on July 29
July 27
July 28

August

August 2
August 15
August 16
August 17
August 18
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Hurricane Alicia on August 17
August 19
August 20
August 23
August 24
August 25
August 26
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Hurricane Barry at peak intensity on August 27
August 27
August 28
August 29

September

September 10
September 11
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Track map of Hurricane Chantal
September 12
September 14
September 15
September 19
September 21
September 26
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Tropical Storm Dean near landfall
September 27
September 30

October

November

November 30

See also

Notes

  1. The figures for maximum sustained winds and position estimates are rounded to the nearest 5 units (knots, miles, or kilometers), following the convention used in the National Hurricane Center's operational products for each storm. All other units are rounded to the nearest digit.

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