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Remnants of Hurricanes and Tropical Storms that have brought Rainfall to the Region.


This is a summary of recorded hurricanes or tropical storms which have brought rainfall to Western Pennsylvania since 1876. The remnants of 55 recorded storms have hit the area. 12 of these storms produced record 24 hour rainfall for Pittsburgh. Prior to 1950, hurricanes and tropical storms were not given names only numbers.



Remnants which produced 24 hour record rainfall for Pittsburgh

(Rank - where the precipitation from the storm ranks in the list of the ”greatest daily precipitation on record” for Pittsburgh / Cat - the category the storms had at landfall on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.)


DATE

DAY(s)

NAME

    CAT

PRECIP

Rank

1876

Sep 17

Hurricane #2

        1

3.38

5th

1878

Sep 12

Hurricane #5

        1

3.24

   6th

1888

Aug 21

Hurricane #3

        2

3.57

 3rd

1899

Oct 31

Hurricane #6

        2

1.22

 

1915

Oct 1

Hurricane #5

        4

1.50

 

1929

Oct 2

Hurricane #2

        4

3.22

    

1945

Sep 13-14

Hurricane #9

        4

1.28(24hr) / 1.77(total)

 

1954

Oct 15

Hazel

        4

3.56

    4th

1959

Sep 30-Oct 1

Gracie

        4

1.18(24hr)/ 1.21(total)

 

1996

Sep 6-7

Fran

        3

1.52(24hr)/ 1.69(total)

 

2004

Sep 8-9

Frances

        2

3.60(24hr)/ 3.83(total)

  2nd

2004

Sep 17

Ivan

        4

5.95

  1st




Remnants which provided rainfall for Western Pennsylvania but did not break daily precipitation records.


(Precip - total for the storm / Cat - the category the storms had at landfall on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.) Precipitation records were not available for some of the storms from the late 1800's and early 1900's.

 

DATE

DAY(s)

NAME

CAT

PRECIP

1883

Sep 13

Hurricane #3

           3

 

1885

Oct 13-14

TS #8

 

 

1892

Sep 14

TS #4

 

 

1893

Aug 29

Hurricane #6

           3

 

1893

Oct 14

Hurricane #9

           3

 

1893

Oct 23

TS #11

 

 

1896

Jul 9

Hurricane #1

           2

 

1896

Sep 30

Hurricane #4

           3

 

1901

Sep 29

TS #8

 

 

1903

Sep 16-17

Hurricane #4

            2

 

1915

Jul 1-2

TS #1

 

1.05

1923

Oct 23-24

TS #4

 

0.65

1928

Aug 17-18

Hurricane #2

           1

0.27

1928

Sep 19-20

Hurricane #4

           5

0.88

1933

Aug 24

Hurricane #8

           3

0.19

1934

Jun 18

Hurricane #2

           1

1.56

1939

Aug 17-20

Hurricane #2

           1

0.33

1949

Aug 28-29

Hurricane #2

           4

0.54

1952

Sep 1-2

Able

           2

0.10

1955

Aug 13

Connie

           4

1.93

1957

Jun 28-30

Audrey

           4

1.30

1965

Sep 11-13

Betsy

           4

1.80

1968

Jun 24-27

TS Candy

      

1.52

1972

Jun 20-25

Agnes

           1

2.60

1979

Jul 9-10

Bob

           1

0.36

1979

Jul 28-29

TS Claudette

        

0.77

1979

Sep 5-6

David

           5

0.13

1979

Sep 10-12

Frederic

           4

1.86

1988

Aug 28-29

TS Chris

       

0.74

1989

Sep 22-23

Hugo

           5

1.49 (t) snow

1992

Sep 25-27

TS Danielle

 

0.29

1994

Aug 18-19

TS Beryl

 

0.34

1995

Aug 4-5

Erin

           1

1.14

1995

Oct 3-6

Opal

           4

1.42

1999

Sep 7

Dennis

           2

0.33

2000

Sep 20-21

Gordon

           1

0.39

2002

Sep 26-27

Isidore

           3

2.29

2003

Sep 18-19

Isabel

           2

1.24

2005 Aug 29-31 Katrina            4 1.93

2005

Oct 07-08

TS Tammy

           

0.71

2006

Sep 01-02

TS Ernesto

           

0.57

2007

Jun 03-04

TS Barry

           

0.28

2008

Aug 27-28

TS Fay

           

0.90

  

Some interesting facts found in these lists.

-Only 4 hurricanes, which reached category 5, have affected Western Pennsylvania. (1928-Hurricane #5, 1979 - David, 1989 - Hugo, 2005 - Katrina)

-14 category 4 hurricanes have affected the region (the most on the list)

-Hurricane Hugo was partially responsible for the earliest snowfall ever recorded. 1989 Sep 23 trace of snow.

-1893 saw the remnants of 3 storms hit the area, 2 within a week.

-1979 saw the remnants of 4 storms hit the area, 2 in less than a weeks time.

-2004 saw the remnants of 2 storms, Francis and Ivan, hit the area in 9 days causing widespread flooding

-Western Pennsylvania, on average, experiences rainfall from the remnants of a hurricane or tropical storm twice every 5 years.

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