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The 1981 Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1st, 1981 and ended November 30th, 1981.


Seasonal forecasts

Source Date Named

storms

Hurricanes Major

hurricanes

NOAA May 2, 1981 11 6 2
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Actual activity 7 5 2


Season Summary

Storms

Storms
C1 Arlene
C1 Bret
TS Cindy
C3 Dennis
C2 Emily
TS Floyd
TD Seven
C5 Gert

Hurricane Arlene

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Alberto (1982) Hurricane Arlene (1981 - Track)
DurationJune 2 – June 7
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  981 mbar (hPa)


Hurricane Bret

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Charley 23 aug 1980 1254Z N6 Hurricane Bret (1981 - Track)
DurationJune 30 – July 4
Peak intensity75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  987 mbar (hPa)


Tropical Storm Cindy

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
TD26 08 nov 1979 0900Z Tropical Storm Cindy (1981 - Track)
DurationJuly 17 – July 21
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  996 mbar (hPa)


Hurricane Dennis

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Allen 06 aug 1980 1237Z N6 Hurricane Dennis (1981 - Track)
DurationAugust 1 – August 12
Peak intensity125 mph (205 km/h) (1-min)  943 mbar (hPa)


Hurricane Emily

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Gert Sept 11 1981 1856Z Hurricane Emily (1981 - Track)
DurationAugust 6 – August 13
Peak intensity100 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  970 mbar (hPa)


Tropical Storm Floyd

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
TD4 13 aug 1980 0001Z Tropical Storm Floyd (1981 - Track)
DurationAugust 9 – August 12
Peak intensity40 mph (65 km/h) (1-min)  1000 mbar (hPa)


Tropical Depression Seven

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Elena 01 sep 1979 1404Z N6 Tropical Depression Seven (1981 - Track)
DurationAugust 14 – August 16
Peak intensity35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)


Hurricane Gert

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hurricane Allen (1980) Hurricane Gert (1981 - Track)
DurationAugust 20 – September 4
Peak intensity165 mph (270 km/h) (1-min)  911 mbar (hPa)






Timeline

wikipedia:Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale


Storm names

The following names will be used to name tropical and subtropical cyclones in the 1981 season.

  • Arlene
  • Bret
  • Cindy
  • Dennis
  • Emily
  • Floyd
  • Gert
  • Harvey
  • Irene
  • Jose
  • Katrina
  • Lenny
  • Maria
  • Nate (unused)
  • Ophelia (unused)
  • Philippe (unused)
  • Rita (unused)
  • Stan (unused)
  • Tammy (unused)
  • Vince (unused)
  • Wilma (unused)


Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) Rating

ACE (104 kt2) – Storm: Source
1 0.00 Storm 12 0.00 Storm
2 0.00 Storm 13 0.00 Storm
3 0.00 Storm 14 0.00 Storm
4 0.00 Storm 15 0.00 Storm
5 0.00 Storm 16 0.00 Storm
6 0.00 Storm 17 0.00 Storm
7 0.00 Storm 18 0.00 Storm
8 0.00 Storm 19 0.00 Storm
9 0.00 Storm 20 0.00 Storm
10 0.00 Storm 21 0.00 Storm
11 0.00 Storm 22 0.00 Storm
Total=0.0

ACE is the result of a storm's winds multiplied by how long it lasted for, so storms or subtropical storms (Originally not included up until 2012) that at lasted a long time , as well as particularly strong hurricanes , have higher ACE totals. Tropical Depressions are not included in season total.


Season effects

This is a table of the storms and their effects in the 1981 Atlantic hurricane season. This table includes the storm's names, duration, peak intensity, Areas affected (bold indicates made landfall in that region at least once), damages, and death totals. Deaths in parentheses are additional and indirect (an example of an indirect death would be a traffic accident), but are still storm-related. Damage and deaths include totals while the storm was extratropical, a wave or a low. All of the damage figures are in 2015 USD (the listed damage figure is in millions).

1981 North Atlantic tropical cyclone statistics
Storm
name
Dates active Storm category

at peak intensity

Max 1-min
wind
mph (km/h)
Min.
press.
(mbar)
Areas affected Damage
(USD)
Deaths


Arlene June 2 – June 7 Category 1 hurricane 80 (130) 981 The Bahamas, Hispaniola 20 4
Bret June 30 – July 4 Category 1 hurricane 75 (120) 987 None 0 0
Cindy July 17 – July 21 Tropical storm 50 (85) 996 None 0 0
Dennis August 1 – August 12 Category 3 hurricane 125 (205) 943 US Gulf Coast (Texas), Cuba, Jamaica 1,000 98
Emily August 6 – August 13 Category 2 hurricane 100 (155) 970 None 0 0
Floyd August 9 – August 12 Tropical storm 40 (65) 1000 None 0 0
Seven August 14 – August 16 Tropical depression 35 (55) 1002 US Gulf Coast (Texas) 5 3
Gert August 20 – September 4 Category 5 hurricane 165 (270) 911 US Gulf Coast (Alabama), US East Coast (Florida) 23,100 500
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