A Reanalysis of the 1921–30 Atlantic Hurricane Database*

Christopher W. Landsea, Steve Feuer, Andrew Hagen, David A. Glenn, Jamese Sims, Ramon Perez, Michael Chenoweth, Nicholas Anderson
2012 Journal of Climate  
A reanalysis of the Atlantic basin tropical storm and hurricane database ("best track") for the period of 1911-20 has been completed. This reassessment of the main archive for tropical cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico was necessary to correct systematic biases and random errors in the data as well as to search for previously unrecognized systems. A methodology for the reanalysis process for revising the track and intensity of tropical cyclone data is
more » ... ed in detail. The dataset now includes several new tropical cyclones, excludes one system previously considered a tropical storm, makes generally large alterations in the intensity estimates of most tropical cyclones (both toward stronger and weaker intensities), and typically adjusts existing tracks with minor corrections. Average errors in intensity and track values are estimated for both open ocean conditions as well as for landfalling systems. Finally, highlights are given for changes to the more significant hurricanes to impact the United States, Central America, and the Caribbean for this decade. && Current affiliation: NOAA/NWS/TPC
doi:10.1175/jcli-d-11-00026.1 fatcat:qhdnqi65ovbbbgjfravwklg52e