17 days and counting
Leslie! I don’t know about you – but I’m done with Leslie.
I always tell people that I love my job because the weather changes every day. For the most part it does – but what about Leslie? I tracked and talked about the same system for more than two weeks.
A co-worker who is also a closet meteorologist (there are many out there) asked what the record was for the longest-lived Atlantic storm ever tracked. Great question! Off I went to the NOAA climate site.
While Leslie had been hanging around like a houseguest who overstayed his welcome, he is not about to enter the record books.
The San Ciriaco hurricane, also known as the 1899 Puerto Rico Hurricane was the longest-lived Atlantic hurricane on record. The storm earned its name by striking Puerto Rico on Saint Ciriaco’s Day and killing hundreds on the island.
Ciriaco came early; it was the third tropical cyclone and first major hurricane of the season. The storm was first observed southwest of Cape Verde on Aug. 3, 1899. It reached hurricane status on Aug. 5. Ciriaco peaked as a category 4 before crossing the Leeward Islands on Aug. 7. The storm made landfall in Guayama, Puerto Rico with 220-km/h winds on the Aug. 8; it then emerged into the southwestern Atlantic as a category 3 hurricane. The system tracked off the north coast of Dominican Republic and crossed the Bahamas. On Aug. 14, it was centred east of Florida and started heading northward. By Aug. 17, it turned back to the northwest and made landfall near Hatteras, North Carolina.