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Subtropical Storm Agnes
On April 12, Tropical Depression 1 formed near the coast of Mexico. Waters were very warm at that time, due to an extremely strong el nino that extended into the Gulf. The system moved NE at 2 MPH. It sat and spun for a very long time, about 6 days. Finally, on April 19, winds reached 40 MPH, enough to be named. However, the system had a cold core, and not much cloud cover, so it was not a true tropical system. Agnes finally sped up after a week of doing nothing, and started moving E at 20 MPH being pushed by a moving cold front. Winds increased to about 50 MPH. The system neared the coast of Florida, and tropical storm warnings were issued. It made landfall overnight on April 24 as a 45 MPH subtropical storm. Wind damage was light, but because of its slow movement, it gained a lot of rainfall. This helped tremendously with the exceptional drought effecting Florida. After landfall, it moved into the much cooler waters of the Atlantic. It weakened to a TD on April 26, and was then absorbed into a cold front. No damage was reported, except a few inches of water in low-lying areas.
Tropical Depression 2
On July 5, a low-level swirl was detected over the Southern Atlantic. It was classified TD 2, winds 35 MPH estimated by satellite. However, it was entering harsh wind shear. Despite unfavorable conditions, it was able to hold on to TD status for another two days. If the shear was not present, it could have easily become a tropical storm. But the shear was taking a toll on it, and on July 8th, it transferred into a remnant low.
Tropical Depression 3 formed on August 3rd from a weak area of thunderstorms near the African coast. Moving W at 15 MPH, it was beginning to move into warmer waters. On August 5th, it got a name; Brenda. A healthy 60 MPH tropical storm was in the Atlantic. Conditions favorable for development were ahead of it. So on August 7th, the first hurricane of the season had formed. Winds were 80 MPH. Concern was beginning to rise, as the forecast track took it straight into New York City. The state was put under an "Advanced Hurricane Watch" meaning that hurricane force winds were possible within the next week. Brenda strengthened to a 90 MPH hurricane, and developed an eye. It looked like it would intensify even further, but a problem occurred. A non-tropical low that looked like it would head south curved toward Brenda. When the two systems collided, Brenda experienced a rapid eye wall degeneration period when it was downgraded to a tropical storm. Weak, and disorganized, it did eventually make landfall in New York, but as a post tropical depression. Flooding did occur, but much less than originally anticipated. New York dodged a very large bullet.
Tropical Storm Cecile
On December 12th, a spin in the atmosphere was detected. This late in the year, tropical systems were highly unlikely. However, much to everyones surprise, TD 4 formed in 70 degree waters off the coast of South Carolina. It turned northward, but then looped back around and headed south toward Puerto Rico where warmer waters were. On December 16th, enough convection flared up to be classified as Tropical Storm Cecile. Minimal, with 50 MPH winds, it was eye-candy for meteorologists with beautiful cirrus clouds in the outflow. It looped back around northward on December 20th. Obviously, once it got into the frigid waters off the Jersey Shore, it dissipated. But its remnant low-pressure and moisture combined with an advancing cold front (The same cold front that created a record for the coldest temperature in Continental US of -43 F in Marquette, MN.) to create a massive blizzard that whited out the Northeast. Massachusetts was hit the hardest. Worcester county received a record-breaking snowfall total 63 inches, shattering the old record of 43. Boston had a total of 39 inches, and Springfield had 58. Power outages lasted until February in some places, and 268 people froze to death from Upstate NY to Northern ME. These death totals were not directly linked to Cecile. But the name "Cecile" was later retired due to the high amount of deaths indirectly received. Damage totals reached 28 Billion.