|Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
1-minute sustained: |
90 mph (150 km/h)
|Lowest pressure||982 mbar (hPa); 29 inHg|
|Damage||$5,000 (2044 USD)|
|Areas affected||Louisiana (New Orleans)|
|Part of the 2044 Atlantic hurricane season|
On November 17, a tropical disturbance formed about 400 miles (mi) east of Cancun, Mexico. It lacked a closed circulation, and was very ragged on satellite imagery. Little changed throughout November 17, or the next day. Then, on November 19, a Hurricane Hunters flight showed an improved satellite apperance and a closed circulation, prompting the National Hurricane Center to designate the system as a tropical depression, numbering it Nine with 35 miles per hour (mph) winds and a 999 millibar (mb) pressure 200 miles east of Cancun. The depression showed little change in strength over the next two days, but its pressure fell to 993 mb. A second Hurricane Hunters flight on November 24 showed Tropical Depression Nine had 40 mph winds, letting the NHC upgrade the depression to Tropical Storm Joy. Joy made a turn to the north after it was named. Throughout November 25, Joy rapidly intensified into the third hurricane of the 2044 Atlantic hurricane season, strengthening 50 mph and dropping 11 mb to its peak intensity of 90 mph and 982 mb, which was reached at 2100 UTC on November 25 450 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana. Joy remained a hurricane for six more hours before weakening back into a tropical storm. Joy looked a lot less disorganized, and began threatening Louisiana. Tropical Storm Joy rapidly weakened to a tropical depression in the space of 12 hours and dissipated 25 miles southwest of New Orleans.
Preparations and impact
New Orleans suffered a little flooding damage when a couple levee failures caused some flooding, but not enough to a create a Katrina or even a Betsy disaster on the city. The flooding caused $5000 (2044 USD) dollars of damages to basements near those fallen levees. The rest of Louisiana was untouched by Joy.
The lack of damage prevented the name Joy from being retired.