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The 1953 Atlantic hurricane season was an above average Atlantic tropical cyclone season, with 16 total cyclones, 13 named storms, nine hurricanes, and four major hurricanes forming as the year progressed.

Season summary

Storms
TS Alice
2 Barbara
TD Three
TD Four
TS Carol
3 Dolly
1 Edna
1 Florence
TS Gail
3 Hazel
4 Irene
3 Jill
TD Thirteen
1 Katherine
TS Lucy
1 Mabel

Timeline

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

List of storms

Tropical Storm Alice

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 14 – August 17
Peak intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  997 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Barbara

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 17 – August 23
Peak intensity 105 mph (165 km/h) (1-min)  978 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Three

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 19 – August 19
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1001 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Four

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 21 – August 22
Peak intensity 30 mph (45 km/h) (1-min)  1004 mbar (hPa)

===Tropical Storm Carol=== 

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 23 – August 25
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  995 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Dolly

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 26 – September 3
Peak intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  934 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Edna

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 31 – September 5
Peak intensity 80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  988 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Felix

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 2 – September 10
Peak intensity 100 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  974 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Gail

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 4 – September 6
Peak intensity 45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Hazel

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 7 – September 18
Peak intensity 115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min)  958 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Irene

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 11 – September 22
Peak intensity 145 mph (230 km/h) (1-min)  933 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Jill

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 12 – September 20
Peak intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  947 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Thirteen

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 13 – September 13
Peak intensity 30 mph (45 km/h) (1-min)  1011 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Katherine

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 16 – September 21
Peak intensity 85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  980 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Lucy

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration October 25 – October 31
Peak intensity 70 mph (110 km/h) (1-min)  989 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Mabel

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration December 20 – December 22
Peak intensity 90 mph (150 km/h) (1-min)  973 mbar (hPa)

Storm names

These names were used to name storms during the 1953 season. It was the first time female names had been used in the Atlantic. Thus, all of these names were used for the first time this year.

  • Alice
  • Barbara
  • Carol
  • Dolly
  • Edna
  • Florence
  • Gail
  • Hazel
  • Irene
  • Jill
  • Katherine
  • Lucy
  • Mabel
  • Norma (unused)
  • Orpha (unused)
  • Patsy (unused)
  • Queen (unused)
  • Rachel (unused)
  • Susie (unused)
  • Tina (unused)
  • Una (unused)
  • Vicky (unused)
  • Wallis (unused)

Retirement

No names were retired after this year, so this same list was reused for the 1954 season. However, the name Gail would be removed and replaced by Gilda before the start of the 1954 season due to the confusion caused with the weather term "gale".

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