Hurricane Season in Louisiana

In Louisiana we have four seasons – Saints, Carnival, Crawfish and Hurricane. We got to enjoy (for better or worse) Carnival Season, and Crawfish were a good size this year. Covid has put our Saints Season in question. But we can always count on Hurricane season. Hurricane season begins June 1 every year and runs through November 30. NOAA predicts a 60% chance of an above normal season in 2020. There have already been nine named storms – but only one so far, Hanna, reached hurricane strength.

Hurricanes, Typhoons, Cyclones, Oh My!

Hurricanes are the world’s largest storms. They are tropical storms and the ones that develop in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico are the ones we are most familiar with. The storms that form near Japan are called typhoons. The ones that start in the South Pacific and Indian oceans are called cyclones.

More than 85 hurricanes are part of Louisiana’s past. Ten of those made landfall in New Orleans. The majority arrived in August and September. So if you feel you need a little more excitement during your next trip to NOLA, you might want to roll the dice and plan it during the months of August and September. The names are infamous, Andrew (1992), Rita (2005), Gustav (2008) and Barry (2019) – but the worst was Katrina in 2005.

New Orleans Jazz Band
New Orleans Always Thrives after Hurricane Season – New Orleans Jazz Band by katieharbath is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

The Mother of All Hurricanes

Hurricane Katrina reached category 5 status in the Gulf of Mexico and slammed into Louisiana as a category 3 on August 29, 2005. After the city’s levees broke almost 80% of New Orleans ultimately flooded. Still one of the worst natural disasters in US history, Katrina caused 161 billion dollars in damage. It destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes and vehicles. Nearly 1800 people lost their lives due to Katrina.

Of course, Louisiana bounces back after every Hurricane season and that is one thing that will never change.

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