Remnants of Hurricanes and Tropical Storms that have brought Rainfall to the Region.
This is a summary of recorded hurricanes or tropical storms which have brought rainfall to Western Pennsylvania since 1876. The remnants of 55 recorded storms have hit the area. 12 of these storms produced record 24 hour rainfall for Pittsburgh. Prior to 1950, hurricanes and tropical storms were not given names only numbers.
Remnants which produced 24 hour record rainfall for Pittsburgh
(Rank – where the precipitation from the storm ranks in the list of the ”greatest daily precipitation on record” for Pittsburgh / Cat – the category the storms had at landfall on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.)
|1876||Sep 17||Hurricane #2||1||3.38||5th|
|1878||Sep 12||Hurricane #5||1||3.24||6th|
|1888||Aug 21||Hurricane #3||2||3.57||3rd|
|1899||Oct 31||Hurricane #6||2||1.22|
|1915||Oct 1||Hurricane #5||4||1.50|
|1929||Oct 2||Hurricane #2||4||3.22|
|1945||Sep 13-14||Hurricane #9||4||1.28(24hr) / 1.77(total)|
|1959||Sep 30-Oct 1||Gracie||4||1.18(24hr)/ 1.21(total)|
|1996||Sep 6-7||Fran||3||1.52(24hr)/ 1.69(total)|
|2004||Sep 8-9||Frances||2||3.60(24hr)/ 3.83(total)||2nd|
Remnants which provided rainfall for Western Pennsylvania but did not break daily precipitation records.
(Precip – total for the storm / Cat – the category the storms had at landfall on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.) Precipitation records were not available for some of the storms from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
|1883||Sep 13||Hurricane #3||3|
|1885||Oct 13-14||TS #8|
|1892||Sep 14||TS #4|
|1893||Aug 29||Hurricane #6||3|
|1893||Oct 14||Hurricane #9||3|
|1893||Oct 23||TS #11|
|1896||Jul 9||Hurricane #1||2|
|1896||Sep 30||Hurricane #4||3|
|1901||Sep 29||TS #8|
|1903||Sep 16-17||Hurricane #4||2|
|1915||Jul 1-2||TS #1||1.05|
|1923||Oct 23-24||TS #4||0.65|
|1928||Aug 17-18||Hurricane #2||1||0.27|
|1928||Sep 19-20||Hurricane #4||5||0.88|
|1933||Aug 24||Hurricane #8||3||0.19|
|1934||Jun 18||Hurricane #2||1||1.56|
|1939||Aug 17-20||Hurricane #2||1||0.33|
|1949||Aug 28-29||Hurricane #2||4||0.54|
|1968||Jun 24-27||TS Candy||1.52|
|1979||Jul 28-29||TS Claudette||0.77|
|1988||Aug 28-29||TS Chris||0.74|
|1989||Sep 22-23||Hugo||5||1.49 (t) snow|
|1992||Sep 25-27||TS Danielle||0.29|
|1994||Aug 18-19||TS Beryl||0.34|
|2005||Oct 07-08||TS Tammy||0.71|
|2006||Sep 01-02||TS Ernesto||0.57|
|2007||Jun 03-04||TS Barry||0.28|
|2008||Aug 27-28||TS Fay||0.90|
Some interesting facts found in these lists.
-Only 4 hurricanes, which reached category 5, have affected Western Pennsylvania. (1928-Hurricane #5, 1979 – David, 1989 – Hugo, 2005 – Katrina)
-14 category 4 hurricanes have affected the region (the most on the list)
-Hurricane Hugo was partially responsible for the earliest snowfall ever recorded. 1989 Sep 23 trace of snow.
-1893 saw the remnants of 3 storms hit the area, 2 within a week.
-1979 saw the remnants of 4 storms hit the area, 2 in less than a weeks time.
-2004 saw the remnants of 2 storms, Francis and Ivan, hit the area in 9 days causing widespread flooding
-Western Pennsylvania, on average, experiences rainfall from the remnants of a hurricane or tropical storm twice every 5 years.