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1982 Hurricane Season

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The 1982 Atlantic hurricane season was an ongoing event in the annual cycle of tropical cyclone formation. It officially started June 1, 1982, and lasted until November 30, 1982.

Few storms formed in 1982, and those that did were generally weak and also remained at sea. The only storm to cause significant damage was Hurricane Alberto, which caused torrential flooding in western Cuba. Also Hurricane Debby reached Category 4 strength unusually far north and a subtropical storm also formed and moved across Florida.

Atlantic hurricane seasons
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984
1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

1982 storm names

The following names were used for named storms that formed in the north Atlantic in 1982. No names were retired, so it was used again in the 1988 season. This is the first time these names were used since the post-1978 naming change. Names that were not assigned are marked in gray.

  • Alberto
  • Beryl
  • Chris
  • Debby
  • Ernesto
  • Florence (unused)
  • Gilbert (unused)
  • Helene (unused)
  • Isaac (unused)
  • Joan (unused)
  • Keith (unused)
  • Leslie (unused)
  • Michael (unused)
  • Nadine (unused)
  • Oscar (unused)
  • Patty (unused)
  • Rafael (unused)
  • Sandy (unused)
  • Tony (unused)
  • Valerie (unused)
  • William (unused)


Hurricane Alberto

On June 3, a tropical depression off western Cuba in the Gulf of Mexico strengthened into Tropical Storm Alberto. Alberto traveled generally northeast on an erratic course. It briefly strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane before weakening and dissipating off the coast of Florida on June 6.

Twenty-three deaths were reported in Cuba from heavy flooding associated with Alberto.

Subtropical Storm One

The first subtropical storm of the season formed in the east-central Gulf of Mexico on June 18, and took an almost straight-line course to the northeast for its entire life. It crossed the Florida peninsula that night, causing the issuing of numerous thunderstorm and tornado warnings. It continued on, crossing the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The storm retained its strength until June 20 when it became extratropical near Newfoundland.

Subtropical Storm One caused three deaths in Florida, sank a trawler off the coast of North Carolina, and caused millions in damage.

Tropical Storm Beryl

Beryl became a named storm on August 28 while southeast of Cape Verde. The tropical storm traveled steadily west-northwest, approaching but not reaching hurricane strength. Midway across the Atlantic on September 2, it degenerated to a tropical depression. The depression continued west until its circulation collapsed on September 6, just north of the Windward Islands.

Tropical Storm Chris

A subtropical depression formed over the north-central Gulf of Mexico on September 9. The depression headed west, and as it strengthened took on tropical characteristics. Tropical Storm Chris made an abrupt northward turn, and struck land near Sabine Pass on September 11. A weakened Chris continued inland until it dissipated over central Arkansas on September 13.

Tropical Storm Chris caused widespread flooding as far inland as Tennessee, but total damage was low.

Hurricane Debby

Debby began life as a tropical wave that degenerated shortly after leaving the coast of Africa. The wave traveled across the Atlantic, and organized into a tropical depression off the northern coast of Haiti on September 13. The depression turned north and strengthened into a tropical storm and then a hurricane. Hurricane Debby moved north-northeast, grazing Bermuda with tropical storm force winds reaching the island. It continued north and continued strengthening, peaking at 130 mph (215 km/h). Tropical storm force winds were also recorded at Cape Race when Debby passed on September 18. The storm accelerated and began weakening over the colder waters of the north Atlantic. Debby merged with a strong non-tropical system over the British Isles on September 20.

Only minor damage was associated with Debby.

Tropical Storm Ernesto

Tropical Storm Ernesto formed from a tropical depression southwest of Bermuda on October 1. It tracked northeast for two days before dissipating. It peaked as a strong tropical storm but never approached land and caused no reported damage.


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