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New records of Atlantic hurricanes from Spanish documentary sources

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García Herrera, Ricardo and Gimeno, Luis and Ribera, Pedro and Hernández Martín, Emiliano (2005) New records of Atlantic hurricanes from Spanish documentary sources. Journal of geophysical research-atmospheres, 110 . ISSN 2169-897X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2004JD005272




Abstract

Spanish historical documents from the Archivo General de Indias (General Archive of the Indies) have been used to identify Caribbean hurricanes and storms from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. These sources provide previously unrecorded information on hurricanes useful to complete preexisting chronologies and cyclone tracks. Our work adds 10 hurricanes not previously identified, which can now be freely accessed through the World Wide Web. The results suggest that the seventeenth century may have been less active than the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, with the most active period occurring between 1766 and 1780. Additionally, the study is the first compilation of information about storms (different from hurricanes) in the Caribbean basin.


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© 2005 by the American Geophysical Union.
This initiative has been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology (grant REN2002-3984-E) and by MAPFRE Foundation. The authors wish to thank Esther González and Guadalupe Fernández for so many hours at the AGI. Three anonymous reviewers provided helpful comments, which improved the original manuscript.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Tropical cyclones; Variability; Frequency; Increase
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Sciences > Physics > Astronomy
ID Code:34787
Deposited On:11 Dec 2015 16:30
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 15:05

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