Hurricane Ginny

Hurricane Ginny

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Hurricane Ginny

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Hurricane Ginny was the eighth tropical storm and seventh hurricane of the 1963 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm hovered offshore the Southeast United States for several days during late October, threatening the coasts of the Carolinas with a landfall and bringing moderate to heavy rainfall. The cyclone eventually moved northeast, peaking at Category 2 strength on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and brought snows to New England as it struck the coast of Nova Scotia. The hurricane caused a total of seven deaths and $300,000 in damage (1963 dollars).

Meteorological history

A cold-core trough of low pressure existed over the Bahamas. An easterly wave moved under this cold low, spurring development. A depression formed on October 16 which then moved northward, reaching tropical storm force winds on October 19. Reconnaissance aircraft reported a cold-core system that day, but as Ginny became better organized with increased thunderstorm activity near its center, its core warmed, and the storm become a hurricane on October 20. The hurricane then looped offshore the coast of North Carolina. Accelerating southwestward due to a blocking high pressure ridge forming over New England, Ginny weakened to a tropical storm, but as it crossed over the Gulf Stream again, it restrengthened back into a hurricane. Ginny turned...
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