Hurricane Pictures - Hurricanes for the year 2003
Satellite images provided by MODIS Rapid Response System.
Hurricane tracks courtesy of NHC.

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Satellite picture of Hurricane Claudette Hurricane Claudette Track

         Hurricane Claudette                 Hurricane Claudette Track

July 15, 2003
Hurricane Claudette formed east of the Windward Islands and was classified as a tropical depression. Claudette had two brief stints as a hurricane. The first time was in the northwestern Caribbean Sea. It weakened some and made landfall as a tropical storm north of Cozumel. Claudette continued northwest a strengthened again before hitting the cental Texas coast. A storm tide of 5-8 feet was common on the central and upper Texas coast with the highest at Freeport with 9.15 feet. The highest reliable wind gust was reported at Port O'Connor at 90 mph. An oil rig at Eugene Island had a gust to 96 mph. The upper and mid circulation continued west and eventually passed into the Pacific Ocean from California!

Satellite picture of Hurricane Danny Hurricane Danny Track

              Hurricane Danny                       Hurricane Danny Track

July 19, 2003
Hurricane Danny was a tropical cyclone that made a large "C" shaped curve through the north Atlantic Ocean. It did not cause any damage and was only a threat to shipping. Danny only reached the bare minimum for a hurricane at 75 mph.

Satellite picture of Hurricane Erika Hurricane Erika Track

               Hurricane Erika                       Hurricane Erika Track

August 16, 2003
Erika formed in the eastern Gulf of Mexico on an old front. It moved westward and made landfall in northeastern Mexico as a minimal hurricane. Originally Erika was not called a hurricane. It was one of the rare times that more research after the hurricane season called for Erika to be upgraded. After studying data from Brownsville, TX doppler radar, it showed winds to be minimal hurricane force. Heavy rain fell in Mexico where 6.71" was seen in Magueyes.

Satellite picture of Hurricane Fabian Hurricane Fabian Track

             Hurricane Fabian                       Hurricane Fabian Track

September 2, 2003
Hurricane Fabian will be remembered as the worst hurricane to hit the Island of Bermuda since 1926. It was a long track hurricane that formed off of the coast of Africa. Fabian curved northeast of the Leeward Islands, then hit Bermuda as a category 3 hurricane. Wind gusts of 150 mph were measured at the Bermuda airport and 165 mph at Bermuda Harbour Radio. There was extensive roof and tree damage, especially on exposed locations. Waves of 20-30 feet were estimated on the south shore with a 10 foot storm surge.

Satellite picture of Hurricane Isabel Hurricane Isabel

              Hurricane Isabel                       Hurricane Isabel Track

September 18, 2003
Hurricane Isabel formed in the deep tropics several hundred miles off of the coast of Africa. It strengthened into a powerful category 5 hurricane as it jogged northeast of the Leeward Islands. It continued west, then northwest before weakening and making landfall on the coast of North Carolina near Drum Inlet as a category 2 hurricane. The highest gust was reported on Cape Hatteras at 98 mph. 97 mph was measured at Elizabeth City, NC and an unofficial gust to 117 at Kitty Hawk, NC. The most severely effected region either lost power or had other instrument failures, so the strongest gusts were probably not captured. As Isabel moved inland, far up the eastern seaboard, La Guardia and JFK airports still had sustained tropical storm force winds. Storm surges of 6-8 feet were measured near landfall. River storm surges also occured from the Chesapeake southward to eastern North Carolina. A surge of 10.5' was measured at the Neuse River, NC and 6-8' at Annapolis and Baltimore, MD.

Satellite picture of Hurricane Juan Hurricane Juan Track

               Hurricane Juan                       Hurricane Juan Track

September 27, 2003
Hurricane Juan formed southeast of Bermuda and moved northward making landfall at Halifax, Nova Scotia as a category 2 hurricane. The last time Halifax was struck by a hurricane was in 1893. Extensive roof and tree damage occured with Hurricane Juan as well as widespread power outages. The strongest gust was at McNab's Island with a gust to 109 mph. Storm tides of 9-10 feet were observed on Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Satellite picture of Hurricane Kate Hurricane Kate Track

               Hurricane Kate                       Hurricane Kate Track

October 4, 2003
Hurricane Kate followed an extremely unusual course through the north Atlantic Ocean. Kate was born in the deep tropics roughly half way between the Lesser Antillies and the coast of Africa. Kate started north then curved northeast, before reversing its track and moving west. It eventually gained strength over the open Atlantic as a category 3 hurricane. Kate moved north, then mostly eastward losing its tropical characteristics north of the U.K. and merging with an extratropical low near Scandinavia.



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