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2018 Minecraft Hurricane Season
MInecraft Basin Map 2018 one
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formedMay 25, 2018
Last system dissipatedDecember 16, 2018
Strongest storm
NameNelson
 • Maximum winds190 mph (305 km/h)
(1-minute sustained)
 • Lowest pressure872 mbar (hPa; 25.75 inHg)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions28 (record high)
Total storms27 (record high)
Hurricanes22 (record high)
Major hurricanes
(Cat. 3+)
15 (record high)
Total fatalities460
Total damage$92.45 billion (2018 USD)
Atlantic hurricane seasons
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

The 2018 Minecraft hurricane season was the most active season on record, racking up a record-breaking 27 named storms. The season also reached the Greek Alphabet, the second time such an occurrence has happened after 1993. The season began a week early, with the formation and naming of Subtropical Storm Annandale in May. Later in June, Brandon and Candace became some of the earliest Category 4 hurricane's on record, after Clara of 1986 and Hanson of 2003. Hurricane Ford became one of the worst humanitarian crises in the Minecraft States in recorded history in July, followed soon by Lester in August, both totaling around $153.1 billion in damages. Lester became the first of four Category 5 hurricanes on August 22. Then, Hurricane Nelson formed in September and became the second most intense storm worldwide, tied with Hurricane Patricia of 2015 in the Eastern Pacific, with a central pressure of 872 millibars at its peak. Nelson was the second Category 5 of the season, as well. Hurricane Paola then became the northern-most major hurricane on record on September 17. Hurricane Quar became one of the eastern-most Category 5 hurricanes on record and was also the third of such a storm on September 20. In early October, Hurricane Todd formed and made landfall near Tokyo, Yandere. Damage and death reports are still pending as of November 8, 2018. In late October, Hurricane Verona formed and rode along the City coast, causing unknown damage and power outages across much of the state's northern coast. Mid-day November 1, Verona peaked as the fourth Category 5 hurricane on the season, while becoming the first Category 5 hurricane to be recorded in November.

During post-analysis in spring of 2019, Hurricane Ford was upgraded to Category 5 status, bringing 2018 total amount of Category 5 hurricanes to 5.

Following the MWHA's decision to retire the names Ford, Ghana, Kendrick, Lester, Melanie, Nelson, Todd, and Verona from List IV, these 8 names broke the record for most names retired in a single season.

Timeline

Hurricane Verona (CycloneMC)Hurricane Todd (CycloneMC)Hurricane Lester (2018 - CycloneMC)Hurricane Ford 2018 - CycloneMC)Saffir–Simpson scale

The season started six days before the official start of the season, with Subtropical Storm Annandale forming off the coast of Set-Up Survival. It dissipated a few days later. The tropical activity was put on a brief hiatus in the beginning of June, until Hurricane Brandon formed on the 10th, becoming the second earliest Category 4 hurricane on record, behind Clara of 1986. Another storm followed in Brandon's path (see here), Candace, becoming another Category 4 hurricane. Later in June, Hurricane Denney and Tropical Storm Earl formed together and lasted into early July.

July started with Hurricane Ford forming on July 5. Ford impacted three states (City, New York Town, Set-Up Survival), two at Category 4 intensity. The storm combined with Pre-Tropical Storm Ileana totaled up to around $54 billion.

Systems

Subtropical Storm Annandale

Subtropical storm (SSHWS)
AnnandalePeak5-26-28 Annadale2018track
DurationMay 25 – May 27
Peak intensity60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  988 mbar (hPa)
A subtropical low formed north of Set-Up Survival and was declared Invest 90L on May 24. The low moved slowly to the east-southeast until developing into Subtropical Storm Annandale on May 25. Upon being named, Annandale began a southward trek and curved erratically towards Set-Up Survival, before turning away early the next day. It moved further away from land while weakening and was declared a remnant low as it zoomed away into the extratropical region.

Hurricane Brandon

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
BrandonPeak BrandonTrack2018
DurationJune 10 – June 16
Peak intensity135 mph (220 km/h) (1-min)  936 mbar (hPa)

A tropical wave formed northeast of City on June 9, and was upgraded to Tropical Depression Two-M the next day. The depression entered favorable environments and became Tropical Storm Brandon later the day of June 10.

Hurricane Candace

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
CandacePeak Candace 2018 Track MC
DurationJune 12 – June 19
Peak intensity130 mph (215 km/h) (1-min)  941 mbar (hPa)


Hurricane Denney

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Denney 2018 MC Denney 2018 Track MC
DurationJune 26 – July 3
Peak intensity120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  941 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Earl

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Celia 2016-07-09 1845Z 
DurationJune 28 – July 2
Peak intensity65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  991 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Ford

Main Article: Hurricane Ford (2018)

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
FordPeak 
DurationJuly 5 – July 19
Peak intensity160 mph (260 km/h) (1-min)  924 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Ghana

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
GhanaPeak 
DurationJuly 6 – July 13
Peak intensity100 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  971 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Hailey

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Hailey2018 
DurationJuly 12 – July 24
Peak intensity140 mph (220 km/h) (1-min)  935 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Ileana

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Ileana2018 
DurationJuly 24 – July 27
Peak intensity45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  1003 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Jonah

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
JonahPeak2018 
DurationAugust 2 – August 7
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  988 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Kendrick

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
KendrickPeak2018 
DurationAugust 7 – August 15
Peak intensity145 mph (230 km/h) (1-min)  936 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Lester

Main Article: Hurricane Lester (2018)

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
LesterPeak2018 
DurationAugust 12 – August 28
Peak intensity185 mph (295 km/h) (1-min)  891 mbar (hPa)

As of August 24, two men died in rough seas churned up by Lester in City.

Hurricane Melanie

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
MelaniePeak2018 
DurationSeptember 2 – September 13
Peak intensity140 mph (220 km/h) (1-min)  940 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Nelson

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
NelsonPeak2018 
DurationSeptember 7 – September 24
Peak intensity190 mph (305 km/h) (1-min)  872 mbar (hPa)

Main Article: Hurricane Nelson (2018 - CycloneMC)

Hurricane Otto

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
OttoPeak2018 
DurationSeptember 7 – September 15
Peak intensity110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min)  977 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Paola

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
PaolaPeak2018 
DurationSeptember 14 – September 20
Peak intensity120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  945 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Quar

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
QuarPeak2018 
DurationSeptember 15 – October 1
Peak intensity165 mph (270 km/h) (1-min)  925 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Riley

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
RileyPeak2018 
DurationSeptember 21 – October 1
Peak intensity145 mph (230 km/h) (1-min)  940 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Nineteen

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
TD19 
DurationSeptember 29 – September 30
Peak intensity30 mph (45 km/h) (1-min)  1003 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Sabrina

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
SabrinaToday 
DurationOctober 2 – October 8
Peak intensity70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Todd

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
PTC21PicOne 
DurationOctober 6 – October 14
Peak intensity130 mph (215 km/h) (1-min)  948 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Ursula

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Ursula MC 2018 
DurationOctober 13 – October 27
Peak intensity75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  974 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Verona

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Verona2018MC 
DurationOctober 21 – November 5
Peak intensity165 mph (270 km/h) (1-min)  910 mbar (hPa)

Main Article: Hurricane Verona (CycloneMC)

Hurricane Wendy

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Wendy Landfall MC 2018 
DurationNovember 6 – November 12
Peak intensity80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  977 mbar (hPa)

Main Article: Hurricane Wendy (CycloneMC)

Hurricane Xylo

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Xylo Peak MC 2018 
DurationNovember 6 – November 14
Peak intensity145 mph (230 km/h) (1-min)  941 mbar (hPa)

Main Article: Hurricane Xylo

Hurricane Yemini

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Yemini 2018 MC 
DurationNovember 8 – November 12
Peak intensity75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  983 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Zeb

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Zeb 2018 MC 
DurationDecember 3 – December 7 (Exited Basin)
Peak intensity50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  989 mbar (hPa)

Main Article: Tropical Storm Zeb

Hurricane ἄλφα

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Alpha 2018 MC 
DurationDecember 11 – December 16
Peak intensity75 mph (120 km/h) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)

Storm Names

The following list of names is being used for named storms that formed in the Minecraft Basin in 2018. The names not retired from this list will be reused in the 2023 season. These are the same names from the 2013 season, with the exception of Brandon, which replaced Betsey. The names Brandon, Paola, Quar, Riley, Sabrina, Todd, Ursula, Verona, Wendy, Xylo, Yemini, and Zeb were used for the first time in 2018.

  • Annandale
  • Brandon
  • Candace
  • Denney
  • Earl
  • Ford
  • Ghana
  • Hailey
  • Ileana
  • Jonah
  • Kendrick
  • Lester
  • Melanie
  • Nelson
  • Otto
  • Paola
  • Quar
  • Riley
  • Sabrina
  • Todd
  • Ursula

Greek Alphabet

Due to the exhaustion of the first list, the Greek Alphabet was used for the second time in history, after 1993.

  • ἄλφα (Alpha)
  • βῆτα (Beta) (unused)
  • γάμμα (Gamma) (unused)
  • δέλτα (Delta) (unused)
  • ἔψιλον (Epsilon) (unused)
  • ζῆτα (Zeta) (unused)
  • ἦτα (Eta) (unused)
  • θῆτα (Theta) (unused)
  • ἰῶτα (Iota) (unused)
  • κάππα (Kappa) (unused)
  • λάμβδα (Lambda) (unused)
  • μῦ (Mu) (unused)
  • νῦ (Nu) (unused)
  • ξῖ (Xi) (unused)
  • ὄμικρον (Omicron) (unused)
  • πῖ (Pi) (unused)
  • ῥῶ (Rho) (unused)
  • σίγμα (Sigma) (unused)
  • ταῦ (Tau) (unused)
  • ὔψιλον (Upsilon) (unused)
  • φῖ (Phi) (unused)

Retirement

On March 23, 2019, at the 38th session of the MC Hurricane Season Recap Meeting, the MWHA retired the names Ford, Ghana, Kendrick, Lester, Melanie, Nelson, Todd, and Verona from their rotating naming list due to the number of deaths and amount of damage they caused, and they will not be used again for another Minecraft hurricane. The names chosen to replace them are Frazer, Gemma, Kade, Lane, Makayla, Nevin, Termaine, and Vespar. This brings the total names retired to 8 names, the most on record.

Season effects

This is a table of all the storms that have formed in the 2018 Minecraft hurricane season. It includes their duration, names, landfall(s), denoted in parentheses, damages, and death totals. Deaths in parentheses are additional and indirect (an example of an indirect death would be a traffic accident), but were still related to that storm. Damage and deaths include totals while the storm was extratropical, a tropical wave, or a low, and all the damage figures are in MCD. Potential tropical cyclones are not included in this table.

Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale
TD TS C1 C2 C3 C4 C5
2018 Minecraft 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


Annandale May 25 - May 31 Subtropical storm 60 (95) 988 Set-Up Survival minimal 3
Brandon June 10 - June 16 Category 4 hurricane 135 (220) 936 None None 0 (1)
Candace June 12 - 19 Category 4 hurricane 130 (215) 941 None None 0
Denney June 26 - July 3 Category 3 hurricane 120 964 None None 0
Earl June 28 - July 2 Tropical storm 65 991 City None 0
Ford July 5 - July 19 Category 4 hurricane 155 929 City, New York Town, Set-Up Survival $53.8 billion 82
Ghana July 6 - July 13 Category 2 hurricane 95 971 New York Town, Vosaline, New York City $15 billion 4
Hailey July 12 - July 24 Category 4 hurricane 140 937 None None 0
Ileana July 24 - July 27 Tropical storm 45 1003 Yandere None 0
Jonah August 2 - August 7 Category 1 hurricane 80 988 City, New York Town None 1
Kendrick August 7 - August 15 Category 4 hurricane 145 934 Yandere $34 million 1
Lester August 12 - August 28 Category 5 hurricane 185 891 City, Set-Up Survival, Yandere (EX) $99.3 billion 278
Melanie September 2 - September 13 Category 4 hurricane 130 940 New York Town, City, Yandere $29 billion 67
Nelson September 7 - September 24 Category 5 hurricane 180 872 New York Town, Set-Up Survival, Yandere $129 billion 4,073
Otto September 7 - September 15 Category 2 hurricane 105 977 Set-Up Survival $45 million 1
Paola September 14 - September 20 Category 3 hurricane 115 945 None None 0
Quar September 15 - October 1 Category 5 hurricane 160 925 Set-Up Survival Minimal 0 (1)
Riley September 21 - October 3 Category 4 hurricane 145 940 Set-Up Survival, Yandere $235 million 23
Nineteen September 21 - October 3 Tropical depression 30 1003 None None 0
Sabrina October 2 - October 8 Tropical storm 70 990 None None 0
Todd October 6 - October 14 Category 4 hurricane 130 948 Set-Up Survival, Yandere $4 billion 10
Ursula October 13 - October 27 Category 1 hurricane 75 974 None None 0
Verona October 21 - November 5 Category 5 hurricane 165 910 City, Set-Up Survival $457 million 11
Wendy November 6 - November 12 Category 1 hurricane 80 977 Yandere $301 million 3
Xylo November 6 - November 14 Category 4 hurricane 145 941 City > $45 million 1
Yemini November 8 - November 12 Category 1 hurricane 75 983 New York Town, Set-Up Survival Minimal 0
Zeb December 3 - December 7* Tropical storm 55 996 Set-Up Survival None 0
ἄλφα December 11 - December 16 Category 1 hurricane 75 990 None None 0
Season Aggregates
28 systems May 25 – November 14, 2018   185 872 Set-Up Survival, City, New York Town, Vosaline, Yandere TBD TBD
  • Zeb entered the East Ocean Ocean Basin on December 7.
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