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July 2003 Atlantic Monthly Summary
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ABNT30 KNHC 061422
TWSAT 
MONTHLY TROPICAL WEATHER SUMMARY...CORRECTED
NWS/TPC NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
8 AM EDT WED AUG 6 2003

CORRECTED JUNE TO JULY IN BILL SUMMARY AND CLAUDETTE DEATHS

FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC...CARIBBEAN SEA AND THE GULF OF MEXICO...

FIVE TROPICAL CYCLONES WERE ACTIVE IN THE ATLANTIC BASIN DURING
JULY...WITH FOUR OF THE CYCLONES...HURRICANE CLAUDETTE...HURRICANE
DANNY...TROPICAL DEPRESSION SIX AND TROPICAL DEPRESSION SEVEN
DEVELOPING DURING THE MONTH.  

THE 2003 HURRICANE SEASON IS RUNNING WELL AHEAD OF CLIMATOLOGY...
WITH 4 NAMED STORMS AND 2 HURRICANES SO FAR.  IN AN AVERAGE
YEAR...1.6 NAMED STORMS AND 0.6 HURRICANES WOULD HAVE OCCURRED BY
THE END OF JULY.  NOAA WILL UPDATE ITS 2003 SEASONAL FORECAST ON
AUGUST 7TH.

TROPICAL STORM BILL WAS A WEAKENING TROPICAL DEPRESSION OVER CENTRAL
ALABAMA EARLY ON 1 JULY AND CONTINUED TO WEAKEN AS IT MOVED
NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS OF GEORGIA...
TENNESSEE...NORTH CAROLINA...AND VIRGINIA.  BILL EVENTUALLY
BECAME ABSORBED BY A FRONTAL SYSTEM OVER WEST-CENTRAL VIRGINIA EARLY
ON 3 JULY. BILL PRODUCED LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLOODING OVER
MUCH OF THE SOUTHEASTERN U.S. AFTER MAKING LANDFALL ALONG THE
SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA COAST. BILL WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR 4 DEATHS AND 30
MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.

HURRICANE CLAUDETTE DEVELOPED FROM A TROPICAL WAVE OVER THE CENTRAL
CARIBBEAN SEA ON 8 JULY. THE STORM MOVED WESTWARD UNTIL 10 JULY...
WHEN IT TURNED NORTHWESTWARD OVER THE NORTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN. THIS
MOTION BROUGHT THE CENTER OVER THE NORTHEASTERN YUCATAN PENINSULA
OF MEXICO ON 11 JULY. CLAUDETTE BRIEFLY BECAME A HURRICANE ON 
10 JULY AND WAS A 60 MPH TROPICAL STORM AT LANDFALL IN YUCATAN.
CLAUDETTE MOVED NORTHWESTWARD INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO ON 12 JULY...
THEN MEANDERED OVER THE CENTRAL GULF OF MEXICO ON 13 JULY. A
GENERAL NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD MOTION FOLLOWED ON 14 JULY AND
CLAUDETTE SLOWLY INTENSIFIED DURING THIS TIME. IT REACHED HURRICANE
STRENGTH ON 15 JULY AS IT TURNED WEST-NORTHWESTWARD. THIS MOTION
BROUGHT THE CENTER TO THE TEXAS COAST AT PORT OCONNOR ABOUT 1530
UTC THAT DAY AS A 90 MPH CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE
SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE SCALE. CLAUDETTE TURNED WESTWARD AFTER
LANDFALL...MOVING ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN TEXAS AND NORTHERN
MEXICO. THE CYCLONE TURNED WEST-NORTHWESTWARD ACROSS NORTHWESTERN
MEXICO AND THE TEXAS BIG BEND AREA BEFORE DISSIPATING ON 17 JULY.

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION INDICATES THREE DEATHS ASSOCIATED WITH
CLAUDETTE...ON DIRECTLY DUE TO THE STORM AND TWO INDIRECT DEATHS. 
DAMAGE ESTIMATES IN THE UNITED STATES ARE INCOMPLETE AT THIS TIME. 
THE PRE-CLAUDETTE WAVE PRODUCED GUSTY WINDS AND LOCALLY HEAVY RAINS
ON ST. LUCIA...WHERE MINOR DAMAGE WAS REPORTED.

HURRICANE DANNY WAS A LONG-LIVED TROPICAL CYCLONE THAT DEVELOPED
FROM A LARGE TROPICAL WAVE OVER THE NORTH CENTRAL ATLANTIC ON 16
JULY ABOUT 600 MILES EAST OF BERMUDA. THE CYCLONE MOVED
NORTHWESTWARD AND BECAME A TROPICAL STORM EARLY ON 17 JULY ABOUT
540 MILES EAST OF BERMUDA. DANNY TURNED NORTHWARD AND REACHED
HURRICANE STRENGTH OF 75 MPH ON 18 JULY ABOUT 550 MILES SOUTH OF
ST. JOHNS NEWFOUNDLAND. DANNY MAINTAINED THAT INTENSITY FOR THE
NEXT 24 HOURS AS IT MOVED NORTHEASTWARD AND WEAKENED BACK TO A
TROPICAL STORM ON 19 JULY...AND INTO A DEPRESSION LATE ON 20 JULY.
THE CYCLONE MOVED SOUTHEASTWARD AND DEGENERATED INTO A
NON-CONVECTIVE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM EARLY ON 21 JULY. THE REMNANT
LOW-LEVEL CIRCULATION MADE SEVERAL SMALL CLOCKWISE LOOPS ABOUT
MIDWAY BETWEEN BERMUDA AND THE AZORES ISLANDS FOR THE NEXT WEEK
BEFORE FINALLY DISSIPATING EARLY ON 27 JULY ABOUT 1250 MILES EAST
OF BERMUDA.

SHORT-LIVED TROPICAL DEPRESSION SIX FORMED ON 19 JULY ABOUT 1050
MILES EAST OF THE LESSER ANTILLES.  THE DEPRESSION MOVED RAPIDLY
WESTWARD AND DEGENERATED INTO A TROPICAL WAVE ON THE AFTERNOON OF
21 JULY WHILE LOCATED JUST EAST OF THE CENTRAL LESSER ANTILLES.  A
FEW THUNDERSTORMS ACCOMPANIED THE WAVE AS IT MOVED THROUGH THE
LESSER ANTILLES...BEFORE IT DISSIPATED COMPLETELY ON 23 JULY OVER
THE CENTRAL CARIBBEAN SEA.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION SEVEN WAS ALSO A SHORT-LIVED TROPICAL CYCLONE
THAT FORMED ON 25 JULY ABOUT 60 MILES EAST OF JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA.
THE DEPRESSION DEVELOPED FROM THE SAME TROPICAL WAVE THAT SPAWNED
TROPICAL DEPRESSION SIX.  IT MOVED NORTH-NORTHWESTWARD AND MADE
LANDFALL ON THE CENTRAL GEORGIA COAST WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS
OF 30 MPH EARLY ON 26 JULY. THE DEPRESSION CONTINUED TO MOVE SLOWLY
INLAND AND EVENTUALLY DISSIPATED OVER CENTRAL GEORGIA EARLY ON 27
JULY.  LOCALLY HEAVY RAINS TOTALING 2 TO 3 INCHES OCCURRED OVER
PORTIONS OF EASTERN GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA. 

SUMMARY TABLE - JULY 2003

NAME              DATES            MAX WIND - MPH     DEATHS
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TS BILL      29 JUNE-1 JULY             60               4
H CLAUDETTE       8-17 JULY             90               3
H DANNY          16-20 JULY             75               0
TD SIX           19-21 JULY             35               0
TD SEVEN         25-27 JULY             35               0
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NOTE...DATES ARE BASED ON UNIVERSAL COORDINATED TIME...UTC

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