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BergenSkywarn 2003 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season Archival Information

(Northern Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season June 1 through November 30)

When the National Hurricane Center drops responsibility for a tropical system after it makes
landfall, the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center takes responsibility for issuing public advisories.

NHC  and HPC 2003 Hurricane Archives:


BergenSkywarn Archives of 2003 Atlantic Basin Named Storms:

PETER: (Post Season Storm)

ODETTE: (Post Season Storm)

NICHOLAS:

MINDY:

LARRY:

KATE:

JUAN:

ISABEL:

HENRI:

GRACE:

FABIAN:

ERIKA:

DANNY:

CLAUDETTE:

BILL:

ANA: (Pre Season Storm)


Special Weather Statement Issued by NWS Mt Holly NJ July 3 2003 For BILL

082
WWUS81 KPHI 031556 CCA
SPSPHI
DEZ001>004-MDZ008-012-015-019-020-NJZ001-007>010-012>027-PAZ054-055-
060>062-067>071-032200-

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
1140 AM EDT THU JUL 3 2003

...SHOWERS THIS AFTERNOON THEN HOT AND HUMID FOR THE WEEKEND...

THE REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM BILL BROUGHT SIGNIFICANT RAIN
OVERNIGHT TO MUCH OF THE DELMARVA AND SOUTHEAST NEW JERSEY. MANY
LOCATIONS PICKED UP ONE TO TWO INCHES OF RAIN...WITH A FEW SPOTS
EXCEEDING TWO INCHES. THE STEADIER RAIN HAS NOW MOVED OFF TO THE
NORTHEAST. THE CENTER OF THE REMNANTS OF THE TROPICAL SYSTEM NOW
CENTERED NEAR ANNAPOLIS MARYLAND IS FORECAST TO MOVE EAST NORTH
EAST...CROSSING THE UPPER DELMARVA AND SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY THIS
AFTERNOON. ALSO...THE UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM ASSOCIATED
WITH THE SURFACE STORM IS CENTERED OVER CENTRAL VIRGINIA. UNTIL THE
UPPER LEVEL LOW MOVES TO THE EAST OF THE REGION...MORE SHOWERS ARE
EXPECTED...ESPECIALLY FROM THE PHILADELPHIA AREA SOUTH AND EAST. UP
IN THE POCONOS AND EXTREME NORTHWEST NEW JERSEY...THERE WILL BE SOME
SUNSHINE...AS WELL AS SOME OF THE WARMEST TEMPERATURES TO BE FOUND
THIS AFTERNOON.

SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF RAIN ARE NOT EXPECTED. HOWEVER...AREAS
FURTHEST SOUTH IN THE DELMARVA COULD RECEIVE LOCALLY HEAVY RAINS IN
ANY THUNDERSTORM THAT MIGHT FORM IN THE WARM AND VERY HUMID TROPICAL
AIRMASS. PONDING OF WATER ON ROADWAYS AND IN LOW LYING AREAS IS
LIKELY IN AREAS THAT RECEIVE ANY HEAVY RAIN.

AFTER THE REMNANT LOW MOVES OFF THE COAST TONIGHT...A MUCH WARMER
AIRMASS WILL SPREAD IN FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND. TEMPERATURES
IN MOST INLAND AREAS SHOULD REACH 90 FRIDAY...AND MANY LOCATIONS
COULD APPROACH 95 SATURDAY...ALONG WITH PLENTY OF HUMIDITY. AN
AFTERNOON SEABREEZE SHOULD KEEP THE COASTAL AREAS A BIT COOLER...BUT
EVEN THERE...TEMPERATURES SHOULD TOP OUT IN THE 80S BOTH DAYS.

HEAT INDEX VALUES COULD REACH NEAR 100 AT MANY INLAND LOCATIONS
SATURDAY...BUT A WEAK COLD FRONT EXPECTED TO DROP SOUTH THROUGH
THE AREA SATURDAY NIGHT COULD TAKE THE EDGE OFF THE HEAT AND
HUMIDITY FOR SUNDAY.

WHATEVER YOUR WEEKEND PLANS ARE...BE READY FOR THE HEAT AND
HUMIDITY. AND IF YOU'LL BE OUTDOORS...REMEMBER THE SUNSCREEN.

CORRECTED TO REMOVE QUOTATION MARKS AROUND BILL.

KRAUS/WOODWORTH/DURANTE

Special Weather Statement Issued by NWS Upton NY July 3 2003 For BILL

WWUS81 KOKX 030946
SPSOKX
NYZ074>077-080-081-031600-

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPTON NY
545 AM EDT THU JUL 3 2003

...POSSIBLE ROUGH SEAS AND RIP CURRENTS FOR THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND...

LOW PRESSURE OVER THE MID ATLANTIC STATES...THE REMNANTS OF
TROPICAL STORM BILL...WILL PASS SLOWLY SOUTH OF LONG ISLAND BY
TONIGHT. OCEAN SWELLS FROM THIS SYSTEM WILL PRODUCE ROUGH SURF AT
THE OCEAN BEACHES STARTING TONIGHT...RESULTING IN POTENTIALLY
HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS. THEN...FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY...A STEADY
SOUTHWEST FLOW WILL DEVELOP OUT AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT.
THIS WILL ALLOW ROUGH SEAS TO CONTINUE INTO SATURDAY NIGHT.

ON THE FOURTH OF JULY...THE WINDS WILL BE LIGHTER AS THE AREA OF LOW
PRESSURE HEADS WELL TO OUR NORTHEAST. HOWEVER...WITH A BERMUDA HIGH
LOCATED TO OUR SOUTH...AN ONSHORE FLOW MAY RESULT IN THE DEVELOPMENT
OF RIP CURRENTS ALONG THE OCEAN BEACHES.

RIP CURRENTS ARE NARROW CHANNELS OF WATER FLOWING SEAWARD FROM THE
BEACH THROUGH THE BREAKING WAVES. THEY CAN BE SEEN FROM SHORE BY THE
COLOR OF THE WATER. THE WATER IN A RIP CURRENT WILL LOOK MURKY
COMPARED TO THE SURROUNDING WATER. YOU MUST BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL
NEAR PIERS AND JETTIES.

A RIP CURRENT CAN RAPIDLY CARRY A PERSON INTO DEEPER WATER. DO NOT
SWIM TOWARD SHORE AGAINST THE CURRENT. ITS FORCE IS TOO STRONG EVEN
FOR THE STRONGEST SWIMMER. IF CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT...REMAIN CALM
AND SWIM PARALLEL TO THE SHORE TO ESCAPE THE FLOW OF THE
WATER...THEN SWIM DIAGONALLY TOWARD THE SHORE.

SWIM ONLY AT BEACHES THAT HAVE LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY. 

$$

Special Weather Statement Issued by NWS My Holly NJ July 2 2003 For BILL

682
WWUS81 KPHI 022034
SPSPHI
DEZ001>004-MDZ008-012-015-019-020-NJZ009-010-012>024-026-027-
PAZ067>071-030200-

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
434 PM EDT WED JUL 2 2003

...REMNANTS OF TROPICAL STORM BILL WILL MOVE NORTHEAST FROM NORTH
CAROLINA...

THE REMNANTS OF WHAT WAS ONCE TROPICAL STORM BILL WAS OVER NORTH
CAROLINA THIS AFTERNOON. RAIN ASSOCIATED WITH THE SYSTEM HAD MOVED
THROUGH MOST OF VIRGINIA. STEADY RAIN AND PERHAPS A THUNDERSTORM
WILL SPREAD NORTHEAST INTO AREAS SOUTH AND EAST OF PHILADELPHIA
TONIGHT. IN SOUTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA...AND CENTRAL NEW
JERSEY...SCATTERED SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED.

THE RAIN WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES TONIGHT IN DELMARVA AND EXTREME
SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY WHERE 1/2 TO ONE INCH OF RAIN IS EXPECTED...WITH
LOCAL AMOUNTS OF 2 INCHES NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION. ACROSS THE
PHILADELPHIA METROPOLITAN AREA EASTWARD THROUGH CENTRAL NEW
JERSEY...AMOUNTS SHOULD NOT BE AS HEAVY.

THE THREAT OF HEAVY RAIN SHOULD END AS THE SYSTEM MOVES OUT TO SEA
THURSDAY. HOWEVER...SCATTERED SHOWERS AND POSSIBLY A THUNDERSTORM
COULD LINGER INTO THE AFTERNOON.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONTINUE TO CLOSELY MONITOR THIS
SITUATION. IF HEAVY RAIN DEVELOPS...THERE COULD BE SOME FLOODING...
ESPECIALLY ALONG SMALLER STREAMS AND CREEKS...HIGHLY URBANIZED
AREAS...AND IN PLACES WITH POOR DRAINAGE.

RNS

Preliminary Storm Report Issued by NWS Upton NY September 19 2003 For ISABEL

ACUS71 KOKX 200230
PSHOKX

PRELIMINARY STORM REPORT...HURRICANE ISABEL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPTON NY
1030 PM EDT FRI SEP 19 2003

HURRICANE ISABEL MADE LANDFALL AS A CATEGORY TWO ALONG THE OUTER
BANKS OF NORTH CAROLINA AROUND 1 PM ON THURSDAY...SEPTEMBER 18TH.
IT ACCELERATED TOWARD THE NORTHWEST PASSING OVER CENTRAL VIRGINIA
THURSDAY AFTERNOON THEN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA EARLY FRIDAY MORNING
BEFORE MOVING ACROSS THE EASTERN GREAT LAKES INTO CANADA DURING
FRIDAY AFTERNOON...SEPTEMBER 19TH.

ALL TIMES ARE IN UTC (UNIVERSAL TRANSMISSION COORDINATED).

A.  HIGHEST WINDS IN KNOTS...
                            FASTEST SUSTAINED   PEAK GUST
    AMBROSE TOWER C-MAN     39 AT 0000Z 9/19    44 AT 0000Z 9/19
    LAGUARDIA AIRPORT       35 AT 0736Z 9/19    44 AT 0620Z 9/19
    JOHN F. KENNEDY AIRPORT 35 AT 0802Z 9/19    43 AT 0505Z 9/19
    BUOY 44025              29 AT 2000Z 9/18    37 AT 2000Z 9/18
    SHINNECOCK INLET NY     30 AT 2330Z 9/18    45 AT 1950Z 9/18
    NEWARK AIRPORT          28 AT 0619Z 9/19    38 AT 0743Z 9/19
    FARMINGDALE AIRPORT     28 AT 0725Z 9/19    36 AT 0610Z 9/19
    BUOY 44017              27 AT 2000Z 9/18    35 AT 2300Z 9/18
    ISLIP AIRPORT           27 AT 0920Z 9/19    33 AT 0801Z 9/19
     
B.  LOWEST PRESSURE IN MILLIBARS...

    NEWARK AIRPORT           1013.9 AT 0757Z 9/19
    AMBROSE TOWER C-MAN      1014.2 AT 0700Z 9/19
    LAGUARDIA AIRPORT        1014.9 AT 0827Z 9/19
    BUOY 44025               1014.9 AT 0800Z 9/19
    JOHN F. KENNEDY AIRPORT  1015.2 AT 0815Z 9/19
    FARMINGDALE AIRPORT      1016.3 AT 0902Z 9/19
    ISLIP AIRPORT            1017.6 AT 0911Z 9/19
    BUOY 44017               1018.6 AT 0900Z 9/19  

C.  RAINFALL IN INCHES...

    CALDWELL AIRPORT NJ            1.12
    TETERBORO AIRPORT NJ           0.73
    WHITE PLAINS AIRPORT NY        0.67
    NEWARK AIRPORT NJ              0.66
    MONTGOMERY AIRPORT NY          0.59
    WEST HAMPTON BEACH AIRPORT NY  0.44
    CENTRAL PARK NY                0.33
    ISLIP AIRPORT NY               0.29
    LAGUARDIA AIRPORT NY           0.26
    SHIRLEY AIRPORT NY             0.21 
    JOHN F. KENNEDY AIRPORT NY     0.16
    FARMINGDALE AIRPORT NY         0.16
 
D.  STORM TIDES...

    TIDAL DEPARTURES RANGED FROM 1 TO 2 FEET ABOVE NORMAL.
    HOWEVER...TIDE LEVELS REMAINED BELOW THE MINOR COASTAL
    FLOODING BENCHMARKS.

E.  BEACH EROSION...

    MINOR TO MODERATE EROSION OCCURRED.

F.  FLOODING...

    FLOODING OF LOW LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS WAS ISOLATED.

G.  TORNADOES...

    TORNADOES WERE NOT FORECAST OR OBSERVED.

H.  STORM EFFECTS...

    DEATHS AND INJURIES...1 DEATH AND 2 INJURIES OCCURRED.

    A 42 YEAR OLD MALE POLICE OFFICER DROWNED WHILE BODY SURFING IN
    HIGH SURF OFF LONG BEACH IN NASSAU COUNTY AT ABOUT 6 PM THURSDAY
    EVENING...SEPTEMBER 18TH.

    A LARGE TREE LIMB FELL THROUGH THE DRIVER'S CAR DOOR AND SPEARED
    A MAN WHILE DRIVING THROUGH GREAT NECK ESTATES AT THE
    INTERSECTION OF BAYVIEW AVE AND GLENVIEW DRIVE IN NASSAU COUNTY
    DURING THURSDAY EVENING...SEPTEMBER 18TH.

    A 47 YEAR OLD MALE WAS STRUCK IN THE HEAD BY A FALLEN TREE
    BRANCH AT THE INTERSECTION OF ANDREWS AVE AND UNIVERSITY AVE IN
    THE BRONX RESULTING IN A SERIOUS HEAD INJURY AROUND 9 PM
    THURSDAY EVENING...SEPTEMBER 18TH.

    LIPA/KEYSPAN REPORTED 37,000 POWER OUTAGES...MAINLY IN QUEENS
    AND NASSAU COUNTIES.

    NEW YORK CITY OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED AT
    LEAST 116 TREES WERE DOWNED WITHIN THE 5 BOROUGHS OF NEW YORK
    CITY WITH MOST OF THE DAMAGE IN QUEENS.

    AT THIS TIME...THE DOLLAR AMOUNT DUE TO DAMAGE IS UNKNOWN.

    EVACUATIONS...NONE.

$$

AMBERGER

Preliminary Storm Report Issued by NWS Mt Holly NJ September 19 2003 For ISABEL

000
ACUS71 KPHI 191943
PSHPHI
DEZ001>004-MDZ008-012-015-019-020-NJZ001-007>010-012>027-PAZ054-055-
060>062-067>071-201200-

POST TROPICAL STORM REPORT...HURRICANE ISABEL...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
345 PM EDT FRI SEP 19 2003

HURRICANE ISABEL MADE LANDFALL NEAR DRUM INLET NORTH CAROLINA AT 100 
PM EDT THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18 2003. DRUM INLET IS LOCATED BETWEEN CAPE 
LOOKOUT AND OCRACOKE ISLAND.

A. HIGHEST WIND GUSTS (IN KNOTS)...

SHIP JOHN SHOAL LIGHT 62 AT 342 AM SEPT 19
DELAWARE PILOT TOWER 61 AT 525 PM SEPT 18 
BRANDYWINE SHOAL LIGHT 54 AT 342 AM SEPT 19
LEWES 54 AT 424 PM SEPT 18 
STRATHMERE 54 AT 830 PM SEPT 18
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE 53 AT 1219 AM SEPT 19 
CAPE MAY COAST GUARD STATION 53 AT 600 PM SEPT 18 
GEORGETOWN AIRPORT 52 AT 213 AM SEPT 19 
MILLVILLE AIRPORT 48 AT 846 PM SEPT 18 
WRIGHTSTOWN 47 AT 1137 PM SEPT 18 
WILMINGTON (NEW CASTLE) AIRPORT 46 AT 320 AM SEPT 19 
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 43 AT 347 AM SEPT 19 
READING 43 AT 335 AM SEPT 19 
ATLANTIC CITY AIRPORT 42 AT 834 PM SEPT 18 
WILDWOOD 41 AT 435 PM SEPT 18 
ALLENTOWN 41 AT 507 AM SEPT 19 
TRENTON AIRPORT 38 AT 1104 PM SEPT 18


B. LOWEST PRESSURE...

LOWEST PRESSURE CAMBRIDGE MARYLAND: 1003.0 MB AT 12 AM SEPT 19 
2003.


C. RAINFALL...

FEDERALSBURG MARYLAND
STORM TOTAL 3.40 INCHES SEPT 18-19 2003

STEVENSVILLE MARYLAND
STORM TOTAL 2.14 INCHES SEPT 18-19 2003

LINCOLN PARK NEW JERSEY
STORM TOTAL 2.07 INCHES SEPT 18-19 2003

CONOWINGO DAM MARYLAND
STORM TOTAL 2.03 INCHES SEPT 18-19 2003

GEORGETOWN DELAWARE
STORM TOTAL 1.74 INCHES SEPT 18-19 2003 

WILMINGTON NEW CASTLE COUNTY DELAWARE
STORM TOTAL 1.46 INCHES SEPT 18-19 2003

ANDOVER NEW JERSEY
STORM TOTAL 1.40 INCHES SEPT 18-19 2003

WILDWOOD NEW JERSEY
STORM TOTAL 1.30 INCHES SEPT 18-19 2003

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PENNSYLVANIA
STORM TOTAL 1.14 INCHES SEPT 18-19 2003


D. STORM TIDES...

BURLINGTON NEW JERSEY (DELAWARE RIVER)
HIGHEST OBSERVED 10.64 FEET AT 800 AM SEPT 19 2003 
STORM SURGE 6.49 FEET 

TACONY-PALMYRA BRIDGE NEW JERSEY (DELAWARE RIVER)
HIGHEST OBSERVED 9.94 FEET AT 800 AM SEPT 19 2003 
STORM SURGE 5.83 FEET

PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA (DELAWARE RIVER)
HIGHEST OBSERVED 9.47 FEET AT 730 AM SEPT 19 2003 
STORM SURGE 5.43 FEET

REEDY POINT DELAWARE (DELAWARE RIVER)
HIGHEST OBSERVED 8.66 FEET AT 506 AM SEPT 19 2003 
STORM SURGE 5.00 FEET 

DELAWARE CITY DELAWARE (DELAWARE RIVER)
HIGHEST OBSERVED 8.62 FEET AT 506 AM SEPT 19 2003 
STORM SURGE 5.42 FEET 

SHIP JOHN SHOAL NEW JERSEY (DELAWARE BAY)
HIGHEST OBSERVED 8.03 FEET AT 348 AM SEPT 19 2003
STORM SURGE 4.67 FEET

TOLCHESTER BEACH MARYLAND (CHESAPEAKE BAY - EASTERN SHORE)
HIGHEST OBSERVED 7.91 FEET AT 842 AM SEPT 19 2003
STORM SURGE 6.88 FEET

LEWES DELAWARE (ATLANTIC OCEAN)
HIGHEST OBSERVED 6.51 FEET AT 324 PM SEPT 18 2003
STORM SURGE 3.07 FEET

CAPE MAY NEW JERSEY (ATLANTIC OCEAN)
HIGHEST OBSERVED 6.45 FEET AT 254 PM SEPT 18 2003
STORM SURGE 3.11 FEET

STORM SURGE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OBSERVED AND NORMAL TIDE
LEVEL.

BUOY 44009 DATA (NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE DELAWARE BAY) 
PEAK WIND GUST 42.7 KNOTS AT 300 AM SEPT 19 FROM SSE 
SUSTAINED WIND 33.0 KNOTS AT 300 AM SEPT 19 FROM SSE 
PEAK WAVE HEIGHT 22.0 FEET AT 800 PM SEPT 18 2003


E. EXTENT OF BEACH EROSION...

SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION OCCURRED ALONG THE ENTIRE ATLANTIC COAST
OF SUSSEX COUNTY DELAWARE. SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION ALSO OCCURRED
ALONG PORTIONS OF THE ATLANTIC COAST OF CAPE MAY AND ATLANTIC COUNTIES
IN NEW JERSEY.


F. FLOODING/FLASH FLOODING...

FLOOD WARNING WAS ISSUED FOR THE CHRISTINA RIVER AT COOCHS 
BRIDGE. MODERATE FLOODING OCCURRED AS THE RIVER LEVEL PEAKED
AT 11.38 FEET AT 130 AM SEPTEMBER 19 2003. FLOOD STAGE AT
COOCHS BRIDGE IS 9.0 FEET. 

TIDAL SURGE MOVED UP THE CHESAPEAKE AND DELAWARE BAYS PRODUCING 
MODERATE TO SEVERE TIDAL FLOODING. THE TIDAL SURGE ALSO MOVED UP
THE DELAWARE RIVER AND PRODUCED FLOODING IN PHILADELPHIA AND
WILMINGTON.

MINOR TO MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING OCCURRED ALONG THE NEW JERSEY,
DELAWARE AND MARYLAND COASTS. THIS WAS PARTICULARLY THE CASE DURING
THE HIGH TIDE CYCLE ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING SEPTEMBER 18 
2003.

G. TORNADOES...

NONE REPORTED OR OBSERVED.


H. STORM EFFECTS...

ONE PERSON WAS KILLED IN WARREN COUNTY NEW JERSEY BY A FALLING TREE.

ONE PERSON INJURED IN PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA LATE IN THE DAY
ON THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 18 2003 DUE TO FLYING DEBRIS. 

AT THIS TIME, THE DOLLAR AMOUNTS DUE TO DAMAGE IS UNKNOWN. ALSO
THE NUMBER OF PERSONS EVACUATED IS NOT KNOWN. 

$$

GORSE/FRUGIS

 

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