Haven't seen it mentioned anywhere, but 30 years ago Hurricane Allen was making news as one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record ... reached category 5 strength 3 separate times along its path through the Caribbean and GOM. Here's a bit more trivia:
Maintained category 5 strength for a longer period of time than any other Atlantic basin hurricane.
The forward motion of Allen along most of its track was close to 20 knots!
Central pressure of 909 mb (9/9/80) was the lowest pressure ever measured in the western Gulf of Mexico.
The center of Allen did not cross land at any location until it moved inland north of Brownsville, TX.
Pressure at landfall estimated at 945 mb.
An usually strong high pressure system over the southern U.S. kept Allen on a west or west-northwest motion.
Thought this was interesting as well ... quoted directly from the NHC Allen summary:
"The movement of Allen into the Caribbean, where strong westerly shear had prevailed, appeared likely to doom the hurricane. On the contrary, Allen used the strong shear to strengthen even further. The strong anti-cyclone in the upper atmosphere associated with Allen's outflow moved along with the same forward speed as Allen and converted the westerlies to southerlies. This helped accelerate the outflow and allowed the hurricane to reach record strength
Allen came after Camille (1969) and before Gilbert (1988), but was quite the story 30 years ago this week.
That high pressure over the U.S. was particularly strong in 1980 ... someone from Dallas may remember ... but they went an incredible number of consecutive days with temperatures over 100+ degrees. I was on vacation in the southeast U.S. in late July and remember the intense heat from that summer.
More original documentation is at:http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/storm_w ... lim/allen/
A neat global satellite view is at:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GEOSI ... 0Aug08.jpg
That impressive hurricane in the eastern Pacific was named Isis!