On our annual hurricane special that aired June 1st, an amazing, yet little known statistic was shown in one of the segments. We were discussing the climatology of hurricane tracks, and showed a graphic from the National Climatic Data Center. Here’s the link to that graphic from the Tropical Prediction Center website: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/pastprofile.shtml#usl
It shows that there have been no landfalling hurricanes on the Virginia coast in the database record, going back to 1950. This fact, amazing as it seems, of course doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s based on where the eye of the hurricane makes landfall, and while by this standard there have apparently been no direct landfalls from a hurricane in Virginia, we of course have felt the destructive impacts of many powerful storms shortly after they’ve made landfall to our south.
Nevertheless, it is an interesting and surprising bit of information.
Posted by Jim Duncan