Connecticut Hurricanes since 1850

Storm #3 – September 16, 1858

  • Category 1 in Connecticut
  • Landfall in Easthampton, NY & Groton, CT
  • 80 m.p.h. sustained winds at CT landfall
  • 979mb pressure at CT landfall

Storm #6 – September 8, 1869

  • Category 1 in Connecticut
  • Catuegory 3 in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
  • Landfall in Montauk, NY & Westerly, RI
  • 115 m.p.h. sustained winds at RI landfall
  • 965mb pressure at Rhode Island landfall

Storm #4 – August 24, 1893

  • Category 1 in Connecticut
  • Landfall in Queens, NY
  • 85 m.p.h. sustained winds at landfall
  • 986 mb pressure at NY landfall

Storm #5 – October 10, 1894

  • Category 1 hurricane in Connecticut
  • Landfall in Patchogue, NY & Clinton, CT
  • 85 m.p.h. sustained winds at NY landfall
  • 978mb pressure at NY landfall

Great New England Hurricane – September 21, 1938

  • Category 3 in Connecticut
  • Landfall in Brookhaven, NY & New Haven, CT
  • 120 m.p.h. sustained winds at NY landfall
  • 115 m.p.h. sustained winds at CT landfall
  • 941 mb pressure at NY landfall
  • 946 mb pressure at CT landfall

Great Atlantic Hurricane – September 15, 1944

  • Category 1 hurricane in Connecticut
  • Landfall in Matunuk, RI
  • 85 m.p.h. sustained winds at landfall
  • 955 mb pressure at landfall

Hurricane Carol* – August 30, 1954

  • Category 2 hurricane in Connecticut
  • Landfall in Easthampton, NY & Groton, CT
  • 115 m.p.h. sustained winds for both NY/CT landfalls (though category 3 winds remained east of CT/RI border)
  • 955 mb pressure at landfall

Hurricane Donna* – September 12, 1960

  • Category 1 hurricane in Connecticut
  • Landfall in Patchogue, NY & Old Saybrook, CT
  • 100 m.p.h. sustained winds at NY landfall
  • 962 mph pressure at NY landfall

Hurricane Gloria** – September 27, 1985

  • Category 1 hurricane in Connecticut
  • Landfall in Babylon, NY and Milford, CT
  • 85 m.p.h. winds at landfall in NY
  • 961mb pressure at landfall in NY
  • 965mb pressure at landfall in CT (recorded at BDR)

Hurricane Bob** – August 19, 1991

  • Category 1 hurricane in Conneticut
  • Category 2 hurricane in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
  • Landfall in New Shoreham, RI (Block Island)
  • 105 m.p.h. sustained winds at RI landfall
  • 962mb pressure at RI landfall

Notes:
* Preliminary Reanalysis results complete and final details awaiting confirmation from NHC best-track committee.
**Reanalysis work currently underway and the stats represent a “best guess” given current data and input from many meteorologists.

Connecticut Hurricane Stats

  • Average Hurricane Return Time – 16 years
  • 6 out of 10 hurricanes that produced hurricane conditions in Connecticut made landfall in the state.
  • 4 out of 10 hurricanes that produced hurricane conditions in Connecticut made landfall in either Rhode Island or Massachusetts.
  • 8 out of 10 hurricanes were category 1 storms in CT
  • 1 out of 10 hurricanes was a category 3 storm in CT (1938)
  • 1 out of 10 hurricanes was a category 2 storm in CT (Carol)
  • 6 out of 10 hurricanes struck in September
  • 3 out of 10 hurricanes struck in August
  • 1 out of 10 hurricanes struck in October
  • Median date for a hurricane strike – September 13th
  • Highest wind speed for Connecticut landfall – 115 m.p.h.
  • Lowest pressure for a Connecticut landfall – 946 mb
  • Longest period in between hurricanes – 45 years (1894 to 1938)

2 thoughts on “Connecticut Hurricanes since 1850”

  1. I remember Hurricane Donna, and I was only 5 years old back then! I lived in Lordship CT. I remember the power being out and we played games at night under the light of the hurricane lamps while we listened to transistor radios. I remember that the eye passed close enough to us the next day that my father drove us out to see the water spilling over the sea wall a few blocks from where we lived. There were 2 surplus army LTV’s parked there in case of emergency evac for the homeowners near the wall, then the rush back home as the WX rapidly changed. I remember having fun trying to stand up in the wind and almost getting blowen over that day. I also remember the return with the rain and wind in the opposit direction. Thanks for the history! We moved to Tucson AZ in 1968.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *