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The 1981 Atlantic hurricane season was a fairly active season. It officially began on June 1, 1981, and lasted until November 30, 1981. These dates conventionally delimit the period of each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin. A total of 15 tropical depressions and eleven named storms formed in 1981.

The strongest storm of 1981 was Hurricane Harvey, which became a Category 4 hurricane at an unusually high latitude. Hurricane Dennis was the most damaging of the storms in 1981.

Systems

Tropical Storm Arlene

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Arlene 06-1981.jpg
Duration June 2 – June 7
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  997 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Two

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
TD Two 06-1981.gif
Duration June 19 – June 21
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Bret

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Bret 07-1981.jpg
Duration July 5 – July 9
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1004 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Cindy

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Cindy 07-1981.jpg
Duration July 15 – July 18
Peak intensity 45 mph (75 km/h) (1-min)  1007 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Dennis

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Dennis 08-1981.jpg
Duration August 1 – August 8
Peak intensity 100 mph (155 km/h) (1-min)  976 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Six

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration August 10 – August 12
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min) 

Hurricane Emily

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Emily 08-1981.jpg
Duration August 11 – August 17
Peak intensity 85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  977 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Floyd

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Floyd 08-1981.JPG
Duration August 26 – September 3
Peak intensity 120 mph (195 km/h) (1-min)  963 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Gert

Category 3 hurricane (SSHWS)
Gert 09-1981.jpg
Duration September 8 – September 15
Peak intensity 115 mph (185 km/h) (1-min)  958 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Harvey

Category 4 hurricane (SSHWS)
Harvey 09-1981.jpg
Duration September 11 – September 19
Peak intensity 125 mph (205 km/h) (1-min)  947 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Irene

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration September 18 – September 22
Peak intensity 60 mph (95 km/h) (1-min)  996 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Jose

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Jose 10-1981.JPG
Duration September 30 – October 2
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Thirteen

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration October 7 – October 8
Peak intensity 30 mph (45 km/h) (1-min)  1011 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Fourteen

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Counterclockwise vortex
Duration October 11 – October 13
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1008 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Katrina

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Katrina 10-1981.JPG
Duration October 23 – October 28
Peak intensity 80 mph (130 km/h) (1-min)  981 mbar (hPa)