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1960 Atlantic deathicane season
North Atlantic Blue Marble
Season summary map
Seasonal boundaries
First system formed June 6, 1960
Last system dissipated To be determined
Strongest storm
Name Rita
 • Maximum winds 1425 mph (2295 km/h)
 • Lowest pressure 461 mbar (hPa; 13.61 inHg)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions 32
Total storms 26
Hurricanes 15
Major hurricanes
(Cat. 3+)
7
Total fatalities 0 Total
Total damage $0,000 (1960 USD)
Related article
Atlantic hurricane seasons
1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962

The 1960 Atlantic deathicane season was the most active deathicane season in recorded history, shattering numerous records with its 27 named storms, 15 hurricanes, 7 major hurricanes. It is also the costliest and deadliest season on record with a preliminary total of 718,523 deaths and damage of over $16 trillion. 6 of the season's major hurricanes —Dennis/Larry/Rita/zeta Superstorm Nu-Xi we’re responsible with this much damage.

Due to the combination of above normal water of temperatures 5-10c and the very strong La Nina, the season was widespread and ruinous. In September, there was an explosive increase in activity. The explosion of activity continued on in October, even setting the record for the most everything for a single season.

Seasonal summary

The Atlantic deathicane season officially began on June 1, 1960. A week after the official start, the first storm, Ana, developed on June 6 in the northern Atlantic. In June, Bob affected Cuba with minimal damage.

Superstorm Nu-XiSuperstorm Nu-XiSuperstorm Nu-XiDeathicane LarryDeathicane Dennis

Cane Harvey Deathicane Wind Scale (CHDWS)
Rating Wind-Speeds(mph) Abbreviation hex code
Tropical/subtropical depression 0-40 TD 5ebaff
Tropical/subtropical storm 40-69 TS 00faf4
1 70-89 C1 ffffcc
2 90-109 C2 ffe775
3 110-129 C3 ffc140
4 130-154 C4 ff8f20
5 155-184 C5 ff6060
6 185-214 C6 8b0000
7 215-245 C7 cc0033
8 246-299 C8 cc0066
9 300-349 C9 9b30ff
10 350-399 C10 f9a7b0
11 400-449 C11 462297
12 450-499 C12 581496
category 1 Hyper 500-999 1H ff99ff
category 2 Hyper 1000-1999 2H cc99cc
category 3 Hyper 2000-3499 3H ff00cc
category 4 Hyper 3500-4999 4H fa00ff
Megacane 5000-9999 MC ffcccc
Infinite storm 10000-49999 IS 00cc33
Mini black hole ≥50000 MBH 99ccff
other types
Rating Wind-Speeds(mph) Abbreviation
Antidepression -1 to -39 AD
Antistorm -40 To -69 AS
Addicane any ac
erasicane any ec
Currently, there are storm(s) with missing rating in this season. When all ratings of storms in the season is determined, please remove the 'incomplete' parameter on the template.

2 10 5 3 4 (2) 3 3 2 1 0† 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

This Seasons was WAY more active then the previous season the 1959 Atlantic deathicane season

†superstorm nu-xi is included as the original unfused storms.

Storms

main storms

Tropical Storm Ana

Tropical storm (CHDWS)
ALBERTO Andrea 1960
Duration June 6 – June 10
Peak intensity 60 mph (1-min)
994 mbar


Deathicane Bob

Category 3 hurricane (CHDWS)
Karl Bob 1960
Duration June 23 – June 25
Peak intensity 125 mph (1-min)
959 mbar


Deathicane Claudette

Category 4 hurricane (CHDWS)
Gaston 2016-08-30 1625Z Deathicane chloe
Duration July 15 – july 21 (exited basin)
Peak intensity 135 mph (1-min)
945 mbar


Deathicane Dennis

Category 9 hurricane (CHDWS)
Tip Dennis deathicane
Duration July 20 – Aug 21
Peak intensity 340 mph (1-min)
794 mbar


Early on July 19, the HMA began tracking a tropical wave across the coastline of western Africa.[69] The disturbance organized into a tropical depression, and then a tropical storm on July 21. It became a hurricane on July 20, but the initial intensification was slow. Having signs of rapid intensification, the storm went through an extreme rapid deepening, now a category 9. The storm continued to move west, and the powerful storm made the first landfall on the Bahamas on August 4, and then in Florida and shortly weakened to a category 8 but became a category 9 again by the next advisory. The storm made landfall on Texas causing it to move inland, and did not show noticeable weakening until multiple eyewall replacement cycles happened and rapidly weakened the storm near the great lakes.

The storm became a tropical storm that later transitioned into a post-tropical cyclone on August 16, but regenerated two days later. It reached secondary peak intensity as a category 1 hurricane on August 18, and became extratropical. The remnant dissipated on August 23.

In the aftermath of Dennis, the Bahamas and Texas were both described as "95% destroyed", with lots of people homeless. Dennis has resulted in at least 618 thousand deaths, with much of those in the united states.

Deathicane Erika

Category 5 hurricane (CHDWS)
Nicole-2016-10-12-221245 Deathicane erika 1960
Duration July 23 – July 31
(extratropical after July 29)
Peak intensity 155 mph (1-min)
930 mbar


On July 22th, another low-pressure area spawned off the coast of Africa that became a tropical storm on July 24. Favorable conditions caused the system to rapidly intensify into a category 5 on July 26. It began to rapidly weaken on July 27 due to the interaction of the strong shear from Dennis prior. It then became extratropical on July 29 and the remnant dissipated by July 31.

Tropical Storm Fabian

Tropical storm (CHDWS)
Deathicane fabian 1960 (image) Deathicane fabian 1960
Duration July 25 – July 29
Peak intensity 50 mph (1-min)
997 mbar


Deathicane Grace

Category 2 hurricane (CHDWS)
Nadine Sep 30 2012 1535Z Deathicane grace 1960
Duration July 26 – august 4
(extratropical after august 1)
Peak intensity 105 mph (1-min)
967 mbar


Deathicane Hugo

Category 1 hurricane (CHDWS)
Hurricane Maria Sept 15 2011 1740Z Deathicane hugo 1960
Duration August 2 – 7
Peak intensity 85 mph (1-min)
982 mbar


Tropical Storm Irma

Tropical storm (CHDWS)
Irma 2017-08-30 1255z Deathicane irma 1960
Duration August 6 – 7
Peak intensity 40 mph (1-min)
1004 mbar


Deathicane javier

Category 1 hurricane (CHDWS)
Hurricane Chris Jun 21 2012 1330Z Deathicane javier 1960
Duration August 9 – 31
(extratropical after august 29)
Peak intensity 90 mph (1-min)
974 mbar


Deathicane Kira

Category 3 hurricane (CHDWS)
Ophelia 2017-10-12 0025z Deathicane kiera 1960
Duration August 11 – 18
Peak intensity 130 mph (1-min)
957 mbar


Deathicane larry

Category 6 hurricane (CHDWS)
Hurricane Ivan 13 sept 2004 1900Z Deathicane larry 1960
Duration August 16 – sep 1
Peak intensity 210 mph (1-min)
862 mbar


Main article: Deathicane Larry

Deathicane maria

Category 3 hurricane (CHDWS)
Deathicane maria 1960 (image) Deathicane maria 1962
Duration August 20 – 26
Peak intensity 115 mph (1-min)
962 mbar


Tropical Storm noel

Tropical storm (CHDWS)
Claudette 2015 Deathicane noel 1960
Duration August 6 – 7
Peak intensity 40 mph (1-min)
1006 mbar


Deathicane opal

Category 1 hurricane (CHDWS)
Meranti 2004-08-05 1435z Deathicane opal 1960
Duration september 1 – 6
Peak intensity 85 mph (1-min)
988 mbar


Tropical Storm Peter

tropical storm (CHDWS)
Talas 2004-12-13 0350z Deathicane philippe 1960
Duration september 2 – 3
Peak intensity 45 mph (1-min)
991 mbar


Hypercane Rita

Category 2 hypercane (CHDWS)
Hypercane Deathicane rita
Duration september 3 – october 1
Peak intensity 1425 mph (1-min)
461 mbar


Deathicane sean

Category 3 hurricane (CHDWS)
Karl2004 Deathicane sean 1960
Duration septebmber 4 – 8
Peak intensity 120 mph (1-min)
960 mbar


Tropical Storm tammy

tropical storm (CHDWS)
Nate 2017-10-07 1848Z Deathicane tammy (1960)
Duration september 5 – 9
Peak intensity 70 mph (1-min)
991 mbar


Deathicane victor

Category 3 hurricane (CHDWS)
Deathicane victor 1960 (image) Deathicane victor (1960)
Duration september 6 – 15
Peak intensity 120 mph (1-min)
956 mbar


Tropical Depression Wallis

tropical depression(CHDWS)
Michael October 2018 Deathicane wallis (1960)
Duration september 7 – 8
Peak intensity 35 mph (1-min)
991 mbar


wallis was a very short lived storm in early september. initially, it was a 40mph tropical storm however at post-season analysis, it was downgraded to a tropical depression.

Tropical Storm Xavier

tropical storm (CHDWS)
Deathicane xavier 1960 (image) Deathicane xavier (1960)
Duration september 8 – 10
Peak intensity 50 mph (1-min)
1003 mbar


Tropical Storm Yolanda

Category 1 hurricane (CHDWS)
Chris July 2018 Deathicane yolanda (1960)
Duration september 10 – 13
Peak intensity 80 mph (1-min)
984 mbar


Tropical Storm Zeke

Category 2 hurricane (CHDWS)
Gert 2017-08-16 Suomi NPP Deathicane zeke (1960)
Duration september 11 – 17
Peak intensity 100 mph (1-min)
971 mbar


Storm names

The following names were used for named storms that formed in the Atlantic basin in 1960. The season used List 3 on the rotating lists for deathicanes that reach at least tropical storm status. All the names were used for the first time this year. This list is dominantly list 1 except for Maria. The names not retired from this list were used again in the 1966 season.

  • Ana
  • Bob
  • Claudette
  • David
  • Erika
  • Fabian
  • Grace
  • Henri
  • Ida
  • Juan
  • Kate
  • Larry
  • Maria
  • Nicholas
  • Odette
  • Peter
  • Rose
  • Sam
  • Teresa
  • Victor
  • Wanda

The season was very active, causing the Greek list to be used.

  • Alpha
  • Beta
  • Gamma
  • Delta
  • Epsilon
  • Zeta
  • Eta
  • Theta
  • Iota
  • Kappa
  • Lambda
  • Mu
  • Nu
  • Xi
  • Omicron
  • Pi
  • Rho (unused)
  • Sigma (unused)
  • Tau (unused)
  • Upsilon (unused)
  • Phi (unused)
  • Chi (unused)
  • Psi (unused)
  • Omega (unused)

Retirement


In 1961, the World Meteorological Organisation determined that Greek alphabet storm names could be retired for 6 years, which would be the next time this list would be used, where after that it can be used.

Season effects

1960 deathicane statistics
Storm
name
Dates active Storm category

at peak intensity

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


Ana June 5 - 23 Tropical storm 50 mph 994 none None None
Bob June 23 - 30 Category 3 hurricane 125 mph 959 Cuba And Florida 5 2
Claudette July 15 - 30 Category 4 hurricane 150 mph 941 cape verde, Rio de janeiro 10620(in south atlantic) 120 (in south atlantic)
Dennis July 20 - aug 21 Category 9 hurricane 340 mph 793 Cape Verde, Leeward Islands, Greater Antilles, The Bahamas, Contiguous United States (especially Florida and Texas), Newfoundland 5198000 618,521
Erika July 23 - 31 Category 5 hurricane 155 mph 930 Cape Verde None None
Fabian July 25 - 29 Tropical storm 50 mph 997 Central America (primarily Nicaragua and Honduras) minor 4
Grace July 26 - Aug 1 Category 2 hurricane 105 mph 975 Azores None None
Henri Aug 2 - 7 Category 1 hurricane 85 mph 982 None None 0
Ida Aug 6 - 7 Tropical storm 40 mph 999 none None 0
Juan Aug 9 - 25 Category 1 hurricane 90 mph 974 northern africa minimal 1
Kate Aug 11 - 18 Category 3 hurricane 130 mph 957 Ireland minimal 1
larry Aug 16 - sep 1 Category 6 hurricane 210 mph 862 Leeward Islands, much of central america (including nicaragua costa rica and honduras), southern mexico, Cuba, and other nearby areas 431,354 >103,289
maria Aug 20 - 26 Category 3 hurricane 115 mph 962 cape verde, africa 67 12
nicholas Aug 25 - 26 Tropical storm 40 mph 1006 none none 0
Season Aggregates
55 cyclones June 5 - present   150 mph 941 $5 trillion (1960 USD) 618,523