A Look Back… Hurricane Baker: August 31, 1950

On this day, 64 years ago, Hurricane Baker came ashore on the Alabama Gulf Coast bringing with it prolific rain and causing significant damage to crops due to the heavy, pounding rain. Here is a summary from the National Hurricane Center of the life of Hurricane Baker, and the resulting effects.

 

Hurricane Baker – August 22-September 3, 1950

Forming east of the Leeward Islands, Baker passed over Antigua on August 20th as a hurricane.
Moving west-northwest, the system weakened as it passed by Puerto Rico, when it was a weak
tropical storm.  Once south of Cuba on the 25th, the system redeveloped, moving across the western
tip of Cuba and turning northward into the Gulf of Mexico before regaining hurricane strength.  It
peaked as a major hurricane while south of Alabama, but weakened prior to its landfall in southern
Alabama.  The resultant heavy rainfall across the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama caused
significant crop damage. Below are the rainfall graphics for Baker, which used data from the National
Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

Baker (1950) Rainfall Baker (1950) Rainfall Baker (1950) Rainfall

 

This information and more on other signifcant hurricanes can be found here: http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/tropical/rain/baker1950.html

 

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