Tropical Trouble Brewing For Gulf Of Mexico?

November Landfalls Rare, But Storms Not

Tropical systems in the Atlantic basin are not rare during the month of November. In fact, between 1851 and 2007, there have been 60 recorded.

But what is rare is when a storm makes it into the Gulf of Mexico and threatens the U.S. with a landfall.

Meteorologists are currently tracking Tropical Storm Ida as it moves across Nicaragua. Forecast models show the storm could move back over warm waters and gain strength if it can survive the trip over Nicaragua and Honduras.

Should this happen, all eyes will turn toward the Gulf of Mexico early next week to monitor the track and intensity of Ida.

Click here to see one forecast model's prediction.

Only three hurricanes have hit the U.S. coast during the month of November -- all hitting the state of Florida.

  • Hurricane 4 of 1925 -- struck Sarasota during the night on Nov. 30. The hurricane caused damage to Florida's citrus crops. High winds knocked down power lines and damaged homes. Several deaths were reported on the open waters as ships sank. A ship carrying 2,000 cases of liquor and a crew of six sank near Daytona Beach. The storm made a second landfall as a tropical storm along the North Carolina coast.

  • Hurricane 6 of 1935 -- struck the Miami area on Nov. 4, moved into the Gulf of Mexico and lost strength before curving back east and hitting near the Tampa area as a tropical depression. The storm killed 19 people and caused widespread damage. The hurricane's unusual approach toward Florida and late arrival earned it the nickname of the Yankee Hurricane.

  • Hurricane Kate of 1985 -- struck Florida's panhandle on Nov. 21 as a weak Category 2 storm with flooding rain, power outages and beach erosion. The storm was blamed for five deaths.

Some historical summaries show a fourth November hurricane hit Florida in 1916. But research by the National Hurricane Center shows this storm actually lost tropical characteristics between Cancun and Key West, but did move over the Florida Keys as an extratropical cyclone.

Click here for the latest forecast information on Tropical Storm Ida.

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