1971 Atlantic Hurricane Season - Storms - Hurricane Ginger

Hurricane Ginger

Category 2 hurricane (SSHS)
Duration September 6 – October 3
Peak intensity 110 mph (175 km/h), 959 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Ginger was the longest lasting Atlantic hurricane on record until 2003, when the 1899 San Ciriaco hurricane was retroactively found to have lasted longer. The eighth tropical cyclone and fifth hurricane of the season, Ginger spent 27.25 days as a tropical cyclone, and lasted from September 6 to October 3. The storm developed in a large region of convection across the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic, and for the first nine days of its duration tracked generally east- or northeastward while gradually strengthening to peak winds of 110 mph (175 km/h). On September 14 Ginger slowed and turned to a general westward track, passing near Bermuda on September 23; there, the hurricane produced gusty winds and high waves, but no damage.

While over the western Atlantic Ocean, Ginger became the last target of Project Stormfury, which sought to weaken hurricanes by depositing silver iodide into tropical cyclone rainbands. The plane dropped silver iodide into the center of Ginger, although there was no effect due to Ginger's large eye and diffuse nature; Ginger was the last seeding done by the project. Ginger ultimately struck North Carolina on September 30 as a minimal hurricane, lashing the coastline with gusty winds that caused power outages across the region. Heavy rainfall flooded towns and left heavy crop damage, with 3 million bushels of corn and 1 million bushels of soybean lost. Damage in the state was estimated at $10 million (1971 USD, $57.4 million 2012 USD). Further north, moderate rainfall and winds spread through the Mid-Atlantic states, although no significant damage was reported outside of North Carolina.

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1971 Hurricane Season - Storms - Hurricane Ginger
... Category 2 hurricane (SSHS) Duration September 6 – October 3 Peak intensity 110 mph (175 km/h) 959 mbar (hPa) Hurricane Ginger was the longest lasting Atlantic hurricane on record ... The eighth tropical cyclone and fifth hurricane of the season, Ginger spent 27.25 days as a tropical cyclone, and lasted from September 6 to October 3 ... On September 14 Ginger slowed and turned to a general westward track, passing near Bermuda on September 23 there, the hurricane produced gusty winds and high ...
Hurricane Ginger - Record Longevity
... Hurricane Ginger formed on September 6 and lasted until October 3, for a total of 27.25 days ... Its duration surpassed that of Hurricane Inga in 1969, which was the previous record-holder, by three days ... In 2003, it was discovered that the 1899 San Ciriaco hurricane lasted as a tropical cyclone longer than Ginger, although its duration as a tropical cyclone was not continuous ...

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