1950 Atlantic hurricane season
Track map of the 1950 hurricanes
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedAugust 12, 1950
Last system dissipatedNovember 12, 1950
Strongest storm
 • Maximum winds145 mph (230 km/h)
(1-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure943 mbar (hPa; 27.85 inHg)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions16
Total storms16
Major hurricanes
(Cat. 3+)
Total fatalities93 total
Total damage$43.39 million (1950 USD)
Related articles
Atlantic hurricane seasons
1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952

The 1950 Atlantic hurricane season was the first year in the Atlantic hurricane database (HURDAT) that storms were given names in the Atlantic basin. Names were taken from the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet, with the first named storm being designated "Able", the second "Baker", and so on. It was a very active season with sixteen tropical storms, with eleven of them developing into hurricanes. Six of these hurricanes were intense enough to be classified as major hurricanes—a denomination reserved for storms that attained sustained winds equivalent to a Category 3 or greater on the present-day Saffir–Simpson scale. One storm, the twelfth of the season, was unnamed and was originally excluded from the yearly summary, and three additional storms were discovered in re-analysis. The large quantity of strong storms during the year yielded, prior to modern reanalysis, what was the highest seasonal accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) of the 20th century in the Atlantic basin; 1950 held the seasonal ACE record until broken by the 1995 Atlantic hurricane season. However, later examination by researchers determined that several storms in the 1950 season were weaker than thought, leading to a lower ACE than assessed originally.[1][2] This season also set the record for the most tropical storms, eight, in the month of October.

The tropical cyclones of the season produced a total of 88 fatalities and $38.5 million in property damage (1950 USD). The first officially named Atlantic hurricane was Hurricane Able, which formed on August 12, brushed the North Carolina coastline, and later moved across Atlantic Canada. The strongest hurricane of the season, Hurricane Dog, reached the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale and caused extensive damage to the Leeward Islands. Two major hurricanes affected Florida: Easy produced the highest 24-hour rainfall total recorded in the United States, while King struck downtown Miami as a Category 4 hurricane and caused $27.75 million (1950 USD) of damage. The two major landfalls made the 1945–1950 period the only five-year period to feature five major hurricane landfalls in the United States—a record that held until tied in 2000–2005.[1][2] The last storm of the year, an unnamed tropical storm, dissipated on November 12.

Seasonal summary

Hurricane KingHurricane Easy (1950)Hurricane Dog (1950)Hurricane Baker (1950)Hurricane Able (1950)Saffir-Simpson scale
Most intense Atlantic
hurricane seasons
(since 1850)[nb 1]
Rank Season ACE value
1 1933 258.6
2 2005 245.3
3 1893 231.1
4 1926 229.6
5 1995 227.1
6 2004 226.9
7 2017 224.9
8 1950 211.3
9 1961 188.9
10 1998 181.8

The season officially began on June 15 and ended on November 15; these dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin. This season was the first time that the United States Weather Bureau operated with radar technology to observe hurricanes 200 mi (320 km) away from land. Although the season began on June 15, tropical activity typically does not begin before August.[5] The tropics remained tranquil through early August, and the U.S. Weather Bureau noted that the season had been "remarkably quiet".[6] The inactive period ended on August 12, when the first tropical storm developed east of the Lesser Antilles. This storm received the name "Able" as part of the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet.[6] (The same alphabet was also used in the 1951 and 1952 seasons, before being replaced by female naming in 1953.)[7]

Before the end of August, four hurricanes had formed in the Atlantic, two of which attained major hurricane status.[6] A major hurricane is a tropical cyclone with winds of at least 111 mph (179 km/h); a storm of this intensity would be classified as a Category 3 or greater on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale introduced in the 1970s.[8] In contrast to the busy August, only three named storms developed in September—although three of the August hurricanes lasted into September. Hurricane Dog became the strongest hurricane of the season on September 6 with winds of 145 mph (233 km/h); its peak strength occurred over the open Atlantic Ocean, so it did not cause significant damage when it was at its strongest. It was among the most severe hurricanes on record in Antigua, where the hurricane struck early in its duration.[6] Eight tropical storms or hurricanes formed in October, which is greater than in any other year.[9][nb 2]

In total, there were sixteen tropical storms during the season, of which five (Tropical Storm How, Tropical Storm Mike and three unnamed tropical storms) did not attain hurricane status. Overall, six major hurricanes occurred during the year.[9] The Hurricane Hunters made about 300 flights into hurricanes during the season, the most since the practice began in 1943.[6] The number of storms was above average; in a typical year, eleven tropical storms, six hurricanes, and between two and three major hurricanes take place.[10] With the numerous major hurricanes, the season produced a high accumulated cyclone energy (ACE) of 211, although it was originally assessed as 243 before reanalysis. At one point, the 1950 total was the highest on record, before being surpassed by the 2005 season.[9][11][12] This value is an approximation of the combined kinetic energy used by all tropical cyclones throughout the season.[13]


Hurricane Able

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Weather map featuring the first hurricane of the season Weather map featuring the first hurricane of the season
DurationAugust 12 – August 22
Peak intensity125 mph (205 km/h) (1-min);
≤953 mbar (hPa)

Main article: Hurricane Able (1950)

The beginning of the hurricane season was inactive, with the formation of no tropical cyclones during June or July. The first storm of the year originated from a tropical wave that exited the west coast of Africa around August 5. Its status over the next few days were unknown due to sparse observations. On August 12, the system was designated Tropical Storm Able east of the Lesser Antilles, which strengthened to hurricane status on August 14. Able gradually intensified as it tracked generally west-northwestward, and by 12:00 UTC on August 17, Able became a major hurricane. Initially, Able was thought to pose a threat to the Bahamas and Florida.[6][9][14] Instead, the hurricane turned to the northwest, reaching its peak intensity as a strong Category 3 hurricane, with winds of 125 mph (201 km/h). The storm later turned to the northeast, passing just offshore Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and Cape Cod. Steadily weakening and accelerating, Able struck Nova Scotia as a minimal hurricane, and later struck Newfoundland as an extratropical storm. It dissipated early on August 24 in the far northern Atlantic Ocean.[1][6]

Along the coast of North Carolina, the hurricane produced light winds and rough waves,[15] as well as moderate precipitation. Heavier rainfall occurred in southern New England,[16] causing flooding in portions of New York City and producing slick roads that caused nine traffic fatalities.[17] Able produced hurricane-force winds in Nova Scotia,[6] and damage across Canada totaled over $1 million (1950 CAD, $13.2 million 2024 USD) in the agriculture, communications, and fishing industries.[18] Two people died in Canada when their raft was overturned.[19]

Hurricane Baker

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
DurationAugust 18 – September 1
Peak intensity105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min);
≤978 mbar (hPa)

Main article: Hurricane Baker (1950)

A tropical wave exited western Africa on August 13, which developed into Tropical Storm Baker east of the Lesser Antilles on August 18. It moved northwestward and later turned to the west, attaining hurricane status on August 21. The next day, the hurricane attained Category 2 intensity just as it crossed over Antigua,[1][6][9] where heavy damage was reported. More than 100 homes were damaged or destroyed, which left thousands homeless.[20] Afterward, the hurricane began to weaken, and later on August 22 its winds decreased to tropical storm status. The cyclone then struck Montserrat as a strong tropical storm. The next day it struck southwestern Puerto Rico, and shortly thereafter weakened into a tropical depression, passing over the Dominican Republic. Baker turned more to the west, re-attaining tropical storm status before striking eastern Cuba on August 24.[1][6][9] In Cuba, 37 people died, and the property losses reached several million dollars.[21]

On August 25, Baker weakened to tropical depression status while crossing Cuba, but soon thereafter regained tropical storm intensity in the western Caribbean Sea. Two days later, Baker entered the Gulf of Mexico, and by the next day Baker had regained hurricane status. It turned northward, reaching a peak intensity of 105 mph (169 km/h) on August 30. Baker weakened slightly before making landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama with winds of 85 mph (137 km/h) on August 31.[6][9] Property and crop damage totaled $2.55 million (1950 USD), primarily between Mobile, Alabama and Saint Marks, Florida.[6] Torrential rainfall fell throughout the region, with the largest total occurring in Caryville, Florida, where 15.49 in (393 mm) of precipitation were recorded.[22] The heavy precipitation was responsible for extensive crop damage across the region. The hurricane also spawned two tornadoes, one of which destroyed four houses and a building in Apalachicola, Florida. In Birmingham, Alabama, high wind downed power lines, which caused one death and two injuries due to live wires. While inland, Baker tracked northwestward and eventually dissipated over southeastern Missouri on September 1.[6][9]

Hurricane Charlie

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
DurationAugust 21 – September 5
Peak intensity110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min);
≤974 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Charlie developed on August 21 to the southwest of the Cape Verde islands.[9] At the time, the Weather Bureau did not consider Charlie to be a tropical cyclone until almost a week later. For four days, the storm tracked generally to the west as a weak tropical storm. On August 25, it turned to the northwest and intensified, becoming a hurricane on August 28. On August 30, Charlie attained peak winds of 110 mph (180 km/h), although the Hurricane Hunters estimated higher winds. At the time, the hurricane was stalled to the east-southeast of Bermuda, and subsequently turned to a westward drift.[6] On September 2, Charlie turned to the north and northeast. At the time, it co-existed with two other hurricanes, Dog and Easy; it is a rare occurrence for three hurricanes to exist simultaneously in the Atlantic. Charlie slowly weakened and lost tropical characteristics, and by September 5 Charlie had transitioned into an extratropical cyclone about 480 mi (770 km) southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It dissipated later on September 5 without having affected land.[6][9]

Hurricane Dog

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Weather map featuring Hurricane Dog, the strongest hurricane of the season Weather map featuring Hurricane Dog, the strongest hurricane of the season
DurationAugust 30 – September 12
Peak intensity145 mph (230 km/h) (1-min);
≤943 mbar (hPa)

Main article: Hurricane Dog (1950)

Hurricane Dog is believed to have developed from a tropical wave that left the coast of Africa on August 24. Its first observation as a tropical cyclone occurred on August 30, when it was a 90 mph (140 km/h) hurricane; the storm is believed to have begun farther east as a Cape Verde-type hurricane, but was not detectable before August 30.[1][9] At the time, Dog was located east of the Lesser Antilles, and it quickly attained major hurricane status as it moved to the west-northwest. Dog passed through the Lesser Antilles with winds of 130 mph (210 km/h).[6][9] It was considered among the worst hurricanes in the history of Antigua,[6] where thousands were left homeless.[23] Damage was estimated at $1 million (1950 USD, $12.7 million 2024 USD), and there were two deaths from drowning in the region.[6]

After passing through the Leeward Islands, the hurricane turned to a northerly drift with continued intensification. On September 5, it attained wind speeds that would be equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane on the present-day Saffir-Simpson scale, with sustained winds of 145 mph (233 km/h). Operationally, the wind intensity value was estimated by Hurricane Hunters at 185 mph (298 km/h) when the hurricane was located about 450 mi (720 km) south-southwest of Bermuda;[6] this estimate is now believed to have been an overestimation of the peak winds in Hurricane Dog, though the storm produced enormous wave heights at sea.[9]

Maintaining peak intensity for about 18 hours, Dog began a weakening trend as it made a sharp turn to the west. It accelerated to the north on September 10, and two days later Dog passed within 200 mi (320 km) of Cape Cod.[6][9] Newspapers attributed heavy rainfall in the Mid-Atlantic states—which resulted in five deaths—to the hurricane.[24] Further north, the hurricane killed 12 people in New England, and produced a total of $2 million (1950 USD, $25.3 million 2024 USD) of property damage.[6] Twelve others died in two shipwrecks off the coast of Canada.[25] The hurricane later became a strong extratropical cyclone, maintaining hurricane-force winds while passing south of Nova Scotia and eventually hitting Scotland with hurricane-force gusts on September 18.[9]

Hurricane Easy

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
DurationSeptember 1 – September 9
Peak intensity120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min);
≤958 mbar (hPa)

Main article: Hurricane Easy (1950)

Hurricane Easy developed on September 1 from a trough in the western Caribbean, which persisted after Hurricane Baker moved through the region in late August. Moving northeastward, the hurricane crossed Cuba on September 3 and entered the Gulf of Mexico. Easy turned to the northwest and strengthened to its peak intensity as a Category 3 hurricane. At the time, Easy was located just off the west coast of Florida; however, a ridge to its north caused the hurricane to stall, execute a small loop, and make landfall near Cedar Key. Following the landfall, Easy moved offshore, turned to the southeast, and made a second landfall near Hernando Beach on September 6. The hurricane turned northwestward over the Florida Peninsula, and gradually weakened as it moved into Georgia and the southeastern United States. On September 9, Easy dissipated over northeastern Arkansas.[6][9]

Damage in Cuba was minor, although large portions of western Florida experienced hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall.[6] Yankeetown reported 38.70 in (983 mm) of precipitation in 24 hours, which at the time was the largest 24-hour rainfall total on record in the United States.[26] The cumulative total rainfall on Yankeetown from Easy was 45.20 in (1,148 mm), which still retains the record for the wettest tropical cyclone in Florida.[27] Damage was heaviest in Cedar Key, where half of the houses were destroyed and most of the remaining were damaged. The rainfall caused heavy crop damage in the region. Across the state, Easy caused $3 million in damage (1950 USD), the total was less than expected, due to the sparse population of the affected area. Additionally, the hurricane was indirectly responsible for two deaths by electrocution. At the time, Easy was also known as the "Cedar Keys Hurricane".[6]

Hurricane Fox

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
DurationSeptember 8 – September 17
Peak intensity140 mph (220 km/h) (1-min);
946 mbar (hPa)

On September 8, Tropical Storm Fox was present in the open Atlantic Ocean between the Lesser Antilles and Cape Verde, likely originating from a tropical wave. Hurricane Fox was first discovered by Hurricane Hunters on September 10, when it was located about 1,000 mi (1,600 km) east of Puerto Rico. A small system, the hurricane moved generally northwestward and gradually intensified. After turning toward the north, Fox reached its peak intensity with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph (230 km/h) on September 14, as it passed about 300 mi (480 km) east of Bermuda. Following its peak intensity, the hurricane accelerated to the north and northeast. By September 17, Fox had lost all tropical characteristics, and later that day the circulation dissipated about halfway between the Azores and Newfoundland. Fox never affected land along its path. When Fox dissipated, it was the first time in 36 days without an active tropical cyclone in the Atlantic Ocean.[6][9]

Hurricane George

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
DurationSeptember 27 – October 5
Peak intensity110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min);
960 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm George originated on September 27 from a strong tropical wave northeast of the Lesser Antilles and southeast of Bermuda. A large system, it moved to the northwest and later west-northwest. George began strengthening on September 30 as it decreased its forward speed. The next day, while remaining nearly stationary south of Bermuda, a nearby ship reported that George had reached hurricane status. It continued moving very slowly, passing only 100 mi (160 km) south of Bermuda.[6][9] The island experienced winds of 30 to 40 mph (48 to 64 km/h).[28] Aside from rainbands, little impact was reported on Bermuda.[29]

The hurricane passed west of Bermuda on October 3. A day later, George reached its maximum intensity, attaining sustained winds of 110 mph (180 km/h); in its small eye, an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane measured a central pressure of 960 mb (28.35 inHg).[9] It accelerated to the north and later to the northeast, and on October 5 George transitioned into an extratropical cyclone. Shortly thereafter, it passed just south of Newfoundland, and on October 7 the remnants of George dissipated south of Iceland.[6][9]

Tropical Storm How

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 1 – October 4
Peak intensity45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min);
≤1007 mbar (hPa)

A weak trough existed in the eastern Gulf of Mexico on September 29. A circulation developed within the storm, becoming a tropical depression on October 1. Later that day, the system intensified into Tropical Storm How. Initially, the tropical storm moved west-northwestward and its sustained winds peaked by October 2, estimated at 45 mph (72 km/h).[6][9] Officials advised small boats to remain at port along the Louisiana coast due to the storm.[30] On October 3, Tropical Storm How turned toward the southwest as it began weakening, and the next day it moved ashore near La Pesca, Tamaulipas as a tropical depression. About six hours after making landfall, How dissipated over the Sierra Madre Oriental in northeastern Mexico.[6][9]

Hurricane Item

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 8 – October 11
Peak intensity105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min);
976 mbar (hPa)

On October 4, a trough was present in the western Caribbean Sea, and was possibly a tropical cyclone. Moving northwest, the system crossed the Yucatán Peninsula and became disrupted, while also associating with a cold front. It emerged into the Gulf of Mexico on October 7 and became more defined. On the next day, the system developed into Tropical Storm Item off the northwest coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. The storm moved to the southwest and intensified into a hurricane on October 9, reaching peak winds of 105 mph (169 km/h) on the next day based on Hurricane Hunters observations. It is possible that Item was stronger, due to the storm's small size but lack of direct observations. On October 11, the hurricane made landfall at 04:00 UTC near Nautla, Veracruz, with peak gusts of 110 mph (180 km/h).[9] The hurricane quickly dissipated over land.[6][9]

In the sparsely populated area where Item moved ashore, the hurricane dropped heavy rainfall.[31] Newspaper reports considered it the worst storm to hit Mexico in ten years, with damage in Veracruz totaling around $1.5 million (1950 USD, $19 million 2024 USD). The strong winds sank 20 ships, and although there were no reports of casualties, Item caused 15 injuries.[32] Communications were disrupted across the region, and downed trees blocked roads. Near Tuxpam, the winds damaged large areas of banana plantations.[33]

Hurricane Jig

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 11 – October 16
Peak intensity115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min);
≤987 mbar (hPa)

A tropical storm was first observed on October 11 in the central Atlantic Ocean, northeast of the Lesser Antilles and southeast of Bermuda. Two days later, a ship reported strong winds and a rapid pressure drop, indicating a hurricane was in the region; the tropical cyclone was given the name Jig. It moved northwestward, steadily intensifying before turning to the north and northeast. On October 15, Hurricane Jig passed about 300 mi (480 km) east of Bermuda, and later that day its sustained winds reach peak winds of 115 mph (185 km/h), although the intensity was uncertain, based on estimates from the Hurricane Hunters. The hurricane began weakening on October 16. Jig became an extratropical cyclone later that day and quickly dissipated, never having affected land due to its small size.[6][9]

Hurricane King

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 13 – October 20
Peak intensity130 mph (215 km/h) (1-min);
955 mbar (hPa)

Main article: Hurricane King

A trough was present in the western Caribbean on October 11. It is estimated that a tropical depression developed just off the north coast of Honduras on October 13, which moved northeastward and intensified into Tropical Storm King the next day.[1] The tropical storm was a small weather system throughout its duration.[6] On October 16, King reached hurricane strength while the passing between Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. The next day, King struck Cuba near Camagüey, Cuba with winds of 90 mph (140 km/h), equivalent to an upper-end Category 1 hurricane.[9] The hurricane killed seven people and caused $2 million (1950 USD, $25.3 million 2024 USD) in damage throughout the country.[34]

After crossing Cuba, King rapidly deepened as it turned toward South Florida, becoming the sixth and final major hurricane of the season on October 18. King made landfall around 04:30 UTC on October 18, with estimated winds of 130 mph (210 km/h), or a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale; it was the most severe hurricane to impact the city since the 1926 Miami hurricane. As it approached Miami, the hurricane had a radius of maximum winds of 6 mi (9.7 km), and a minimum pressure of 955 mbar (28.2 inHg) was reported as King moved across the city. The swath of destructive winds was only 14 mi (23 km), likened to a small tornado.[1] Early on October 19, King weakened to tropical storm status over north-central Florida, and on the next day it dissipated over western Georgia.[9] There was one additional death in Georgia.[6]

Across Florida, damage totaled $27.75 million (1950 USD, $351 million 2024 USD), of which $15 million (1950 USD, $190 million 2024 USD) was in the Miami metropolitan area.[6] A preliminary survey indicated there were 12,290 houses damaged in the region, with an additional eight destroyed.[35] Along its path through the state, strong winds were observed around Lake Okeechobee, with a 93 mph (150 km/h) gust in Clewiston. Overall, there were three deaths in the state.[6]

Tropical Storm Twelve

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 17 – October 24
Peak intensity70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min);
≤1001 mbar (hPa)

A tropical storm was present in the east-central Atlantic on October 17. It moved northwestward at first before turning to the northeast on October 19, when it was already a small, compact tropical cyclone. The storm steadily intensified as it tracked toward the Azores, and it reached a peak intensity of 70 mph (110 km/h) on October 21. Maintaining its peak strength for 30 hours, the storm began a steady weakening trend before crossing through the southern Azores. It turned to the southeast, weakening to tropical depression status on October 24. Subsequently, the system turned to the south and quickly dissipated.[9] This tropical storm was not included in the Monthly Weather Review's summary of the 1950 hurricane season,[6] but was added to the Atlantic hurricane database in 1959.[1]

Hurricane Love

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 18 – October 22
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min);
987 mbar (hPa)

In the wake of Hurricane King moving northward through Florida, an area of low pressure developed into a tropical cyclone on October 18 south of Louisiana. This storm was given the name Love and quickly strengthened, reaching hurricane status shortly thereafter. The storm initially moved westward across the Gulf of Mexico, but soon swung southward into the central portion of the Gulf on October 19. Hurricane Love's maximum sustained winds are believed to have reached their peak intensity early on October 20. Throughout the hurricane's track, dry air infringed on the western side of the tropical cyclone's circulation, which produced unfavorable conditions for additional tropical cyclogenesis. On October 20, the storm began curving northeastward towards the coast of western Florida; however, the dry air completely circled Love's center of circulation, drastically weakening the cyclone in the process. On October 21, Love weakened to a tropical storm, and it struck the Big Bend region of Florida, north of Cedar Key. At the time, its winds were only of moderate gale force, and the storm degenerated into a trough of low pressure shortly thereafter. This combined with an approaching cold front to produce a powerful extratropical storm.[6][9]

Certain areas began preparing for the storm along Florida's west coast. Hospitals set up emergency facilities in case of power failure, and some coastal residents left their homes.[36] Initially, the storm was forecast to strike the Tampa area, but missed to the north as it weakened. It reportedly left little damage in the sparsely populated land where it made landfall.[37]

Tropical Storm Mike

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 25 – October 28
Peak intensity45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min);
≤1006 mbar (hPa)

A westerly moving trough was evident in the east-central Atlantic Ocean on October 24, south of a dissipating cold front. Ships in the region reported light winds, and surface observations suggested that a circulation developed by October 25; on that basis, it is estimated that a tropical depression formed. A nearby ship reported gale-force winds on October 27, suggesting that it intensified into a tropical storm with peak winds of 45 mph (72 km/h). An approaching cold front turned the storm northward, which absorbed the storm on October 28. The Air Weather Service (AWS) noted the system as "Storm Mike", but the storm was not included in the annual Monthly Weather Review summary, nor was it included in the database until it was added by the Atlantic hurricane reanalysis project in 2014.[1]

Tropical Storm Fifteen

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationOctober 27 – October 29
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min);
≤1010 mbar (hPa)

Ships in the eastern Atlantic Ocean suggested that a tropical storm was present on October 28 with peak winds of 50 mph (80 km/h). It was estimated to have originated the previous day. The small storm moved to the northwest and later west into an area of sparse observations, suggesting a weaker system. The system's track ended on October 29 due to uncertainty, but it was estimated to have dissipated soon after.[1]

Tropical Storm Sixteen

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
DurationNovember 10 – November 12
Peak intensity70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min);
≤1001 mbar (hPa)

For several days in November, a trough was present across the west-central Atlantic Ocean. On November 10, three ships reported a cyclonic circulation northeast of Bermuda, with peak winds of 70 mph (110 km/h). It was a large system, and would likely have been classified a subtropical cyclone in the satellite era. The storm moved northeastward and weakened, degenerating into a trough on November 12 before being merging with another system.[1]

Storm names

Main articles: Tropical cyclone naming, History of tropical cyclone naming, and List of historic tropical cyclone names

The Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet was used to name cyclones that attained at least tropical storm status in the North Atlantic in 1950. This was the first season in which tropical storms in the basin were officially given names.[7][38]

  • Jig
  • King
  • Love
  • Mike
  • Nan (unused)
  • Oboe (unused)
  • Peter (unused)
  • Queen (unused)
  • Roger (unused)
  • Sugar (unused)
  • Tare (unused)
  • Uncle (unused)
  • Victor (unused)
  • William (unused)
  • Xray (unused)
  • Yoke (unused)
  • Zebra (unused)

Season effects

This is a table of all of the storms that formed in the 1950 Atlantic hurricane season. It includes their name, duration, peak classification and intensities, areas affected, damage, and death totals. Deaths in parentheses are additional and indirect (an example of an indirect death would be a traffic accident), but were still related to that storm. Damage and deaths include totals while the storm was extratropical, a wave, or a low, and all of the damage figures are in 1950 USD.

Saffir–Simpson scale
TD TS C1 C2 C3 C4 C5
1950 North Atlantic tropical cyclone season statistics
Dates active Storm category
at peak intensity
Max 1-min
mph (km/h)
Areas affected Damage
Deaths Ref(s)
Able August 12 – 22 Category 3 hurricane 125 (205) 953 North Carolina, New England, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland $1.041 million 11
Baker August 18 – September 1 Category 2 hurricane 105 (165) 978 Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Cuba, Gulf Coast of the United States $2.55 million 38
Charlie August 21 – September 5 Category 2 hurricane 110 (175) 974 None None None
Dog August 30 – September 12 Category 4 hurricane 145 (230) 943 Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, East Coast of the United States, Bermuda, Atlantic Canada, Northern Ireland, Scotland $3 million 26 (5)
Easy September 1 – 9 Category 3 hurricane 125 (205) 958 Cuba, Florida, Georgia $3.3 million 0 (2)
Fox September 8 – 17 Category 4 hurricane 140 (220) 948 None None None
George September 27 – October 5 Category 2 hurricane 110 (175) 960 Iceland None None
How October 1 – 4 Tropical storm 45 (75) 1007 Texas, East Mexico None None
Item October 8 – 11 Category 2 hurricane 105 (165) 976 Yucatan Peninsula, Western Mexico $1.5 million None
Jig October 11 – 16 Category 3 hurricane 115 (185) 987 None None None
King October 13 – 20 Category 4 hurricane 130 (215) 955 Southwestern Florida, Cuba, Bahamas, Georgia $32 million 11
Unnamed October 17 – 24 Tropical storm 70 (110) 1001 None None None
Love October 18 – 22 Category 1 hurricane 80 (130) 987 Georgia, Louisiana, Southwestern Florida Minimal None
Mike October 25 – 28 Tropical storm 45 (75) 1008 None None None
Unnamed October 27 – 29 Tropical storm 50 (85) 1010 None None None
Unnamed November 10 – 12 Tropical storm 70 (110) 1001 None None None
Season aggregates
16 systems August 12 – November 12   145 (230) 943 $43.391 million 86 (7)  

See also


  1. ^ There is an undercount bias of zero to six tropical cyclones per year between 1851 and 1885 and zero to four per year between 1886 and 1910, due to the lack of modern observation techniques, see Tropical cyclone observation. This may have led to significantly lower ACE ratings for hurricane seasons prior to 1910.[3][4]
  2. ^ The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season had six fully tropical storms during the month of October; it also had an unnamed subtropical storm.[9]


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