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NOAA > NWS > CPHC > FAQ > Historical Information
Historical Information

1. Where can I get historical data for tropical cyclones ?


  • HURDAT For more detailed information regarding the re-analysis of the Atlantic hurricane database (currently 1851 to 1885) surf to our HURDAT page. To download the actual data go here. Unisys The HURDAT information has be rendered into graphic form by Unisys Corporation and includes a track graphic as well as an ASCII listing for each storm since 1851.
  • NOAA's Coastal Services Center has put together an interactive website that allows the user to search the HURDAT data base by location. You may select a major city or latitude and longitude and find how many storms of a particular strength and over particular ranges of time and proximity have approached that point.


  • World Weather Disc: Monthly temp, precip, pressure, sunshine data for about 2000 world stations for period of record. Daily weather data at hundreds of US stations. Data for some stations on temp, precip, freeze, drought, soil moisture, wind, storms. Frequency and movement of tropical cyclones. Contact:
    Cliff Mass
    Dept. of Atmos. Sci. (AK40)
    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA 98195 USA
  • Global Tropical and Extratropical Cyclone Climatic Atlas (GTECCA) 2.0 CD-ROM: This single volume CD-ROM contains global historic tropical storm track data for five tropical storm basins. Period of record vary for each basin, beginning as early as the 1870's, with 1995 as the latest year. Northern hemispheric extratropical storm track data are included from 1965 to 1995. Tropical track data includes time, position, storm stage (maximum wind, central pressure when available). The user has the capability to display tracks, and to track data for any basin or user-selected geographic area. The user is also able to select storm tracks passing within a user-defined radius of any point. Narratives for all tropical storms for the 1980-1995 period are included along with basin-wide tropical storm statistics.
    National Climatic Data Center
    Federal Building
    Asheville, NC 28801 USA


2. What journals have regular articles on tropical cyclones ?

  • The American Meteorological Society publishes the Monthly Weather Review which has annual summaries of Atlantic basin tropical cyclones, Atlantic basin tropical disturbances, and Northeast Pacific (east of 140W) basin tropical cyclones. These summaries have a substantial amount of data and analysis of the storms.
  • Weatherwise prints annual summaries of both the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific basins which are less technical than the Monthly Weather Review articles, but come out months earlier.
  • For tropical cyclones of the Southeast Indian/Australia and the Australia/Southwest Pacific basins, the Australia Meteorological Magazine has a very thorough annual summary.
  • The Indian journal Mausam carries an annual summary of tropical cyclone activity over the North Indian Ocean.
  • Mariner's Weather Log has articles from all of the global basins in annual summaries. These are descriptive and non-technical.

3. What refereed articles were written in recent years about tropical cyclones?