Timeline of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season

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Timeline of the
2003 Atlantic hurricane season
2003 Atlantic hurricane season summary map.png
Season summary map
Season boundaries
First system formedApril 20, 2003
Last system dissipatedDecember 11, 2003
Strongest system
Name Isabel
Maximum winds165 mph (270 km/h)
(1-minute sustained)
Lowest pressure919 mbar (hPa; 27.14 inHg)
Longest lasting system
NameIsabel
Duration13.5 days
Storm articles
Other years
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

The 2003 Atlantic hurricane season was an active Atlantic hurricane season with tropical activity before and after the official bounds of the season – the first such occurrence in 33 years. The season officially began on June 1, 2003 and ended on November 30. However, a pre-season storm, Tropical Storm Ana, led to the season starting on April 20, and storm activity continued through December 11. The timeline includes information which was not operationally released, meaning that information from post-storm reviews by the National Hurricane Center, such as information on a storm that was not operationally warned upon, has been included. This timeline documents tropical cyclone formations, strengthening, weakening, landfalls, extratropical transitions, as well as dissipations during the season.

Contents

This season had 21 tropical depressions, of which, 16 became named storms. Of these, 7 strengthened into hurricanes with 3 intensifying into major hurricanes. [nb 1] Hurricane Fabian, Hurricane Isabel, and Hurricane Juan had their names retired due to the impact caused in Bermuda, the eastern United States, and Nova Scotia respectively. Both Fabian and Juan were the worst hurricanes to hit their respective areas, causing $450 million in damages and 16 fatalities. [2] [3] Hurricane Isabel was the strongest, deadliest, and costliest storm of the season. Isabel peaked as a Category 5 hurricane over the open waters of the Atlantic; however, it weakened to a Category 2 before impacting the east coast of the United States, causing $3.6 billion in damages and 51 fatalities. [4]

Timeline

Tropical Storm Odette (2003)Tropical Storm Nicholas (2003)Tropical Storm Larry (2003)Hurricane Kate (2003)Hurricane JuanHurricane IsabelTropical Storm Henri (2003)Tropical Storm Grace (2003)Hurricane FabianHurricane Erika (2003)Hurricane Claudette (2003)Tropical Storm Bill (2003))Tropical Storm Ana (2003)Saffir–Simpson scaleTimeline of the 2003 Atlantic hurricane season

April

April 20
Tropical Storm Ana on April 22 TS Ana 2003.jpg
Tropical Storm Ana on April 22
April 24

June

June 1
June 10
June 11
Tropical Storm Bill on July 1 TS Bill 2003.jpg
Tropical Storm Bill on July 1
June 29
June 30

July

July 1
July 2
July 8
July 10
July 11
Hurricane Claudette at peak intensity Hurricane claudette july 15 2003.jpg
Hurricane Claudette at peak intensity
July 15
July 16
July 17
July 18
Hurricane Danny at peak intensity Hurricane Danny (2003)- Close up.jpg
Hurricane Danny at peak intensity
July 19
July 20
July 21
July 25
July 26
July 27

August

August 14
August 16
August 17
Hurricane Erika making landfall on the northern Mexican coastline Hurricane Erika 16 aug 2003 1310Z.jpg
Hurricane Erika making landfall on the northern Mexican coastline
August 21
August 22
August 27
August 28
August 29
August 30
August 31
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Storm track of Tropical Storm Grace

September

September 1
September 2
September 3
Hurricane Fabian at peak intensity Hurricane fabian 2003.jpg
Hurricane Fabian at peak intensity
September 4
September 5
September 6
September 7
September 8
Tropical Storm Henri at peak intensity Tropical Storm Henri (2003).jpg
Tropical Storm Henri at peak intensity
September 9
September 10
September 11
September 12
Hurricane Isabel making landfall on the North Carolina Coastline Isabel 2003-09-18 1555Z.jpg
Hurricane Isabel making landfall on the North Carolina Coastline
September 13
September 14
September 15
September 16
September 18
September 19
September 24
September 25
September 26
September 27
Hurricane Juan on September 27 Juan 2003-09-27 1725Z.jpg
Hurricane Juan on September 27
September 28
September 29
September 30

October

October 1
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Storm track of Hurricane Kate
October 3
October 4
October 5
October 6
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Tropical Storm Larry near landfall
October 7
October 10
October 12
October 14
Tropical Storm Nicholas at peak intensity TS Nicholas 17 oct 2003 1345Z.jpg
Tropical Storm Nicholas at peak intensity
October 22
October 23

November

November 30

December

December 4
Storm track of Tropical Storm Odette Odette 2003 track.png
Storm track of Tropical Storm Odette
December 6
December 7
December 9
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Tropical Storm Peter at peak intensity
December 10
December 11

Notes

  1. Hurricanes reaching Category 3 (wind speeds of 111 miles per hour (179 km/h)) or higher on the 5-level Saffir–Simpson wind speed scale are considered major hurricanes. [1]
  2. 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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