This section of our website will discuss some fun facts about hurricanes. We all know hurricanes are massive, deadly storms, but there are some amazing things about these storms that you wouldn't believe!
The fun hurricane facts below are perfect for kids, students, and teachers. They go outside the normal day-to-day hurricane information and give you better expose to these massive storms. Get ready to learn some awesome things about hurricanes.
Please don't forget hurricanes are dangerous storms. While these fun facts about hurricanes are made to be entertaining, it doesn't change how serious a hurricane is. If you know of any other fun facts that should be on this page, please contact us.
Hurricane John in 1994 lasted for 31 days, making it the longest-lasting named storm in the world. In fact, it lasted 29% longer than the second longest-lasting hurricane, which was 24 days.
Hurricane Patricia in 2015 set the record for maximum sustained winds. It reached sustained winds of 215 MPH, making it the most intense hurricane in the western hemisphere.
The Great Hurricane of 1780 is the deadliest Atlantic hurricane on record. It's estimated to have killed 20,000 to 22,000 people.
Hurricane Ivan in 2004 set the record for most tornadoes spawned. It's estimated to have spawned 120+ tornadoes.
Hurricane Faith in 1966 set the record for traveling the longest distance. It's estimated to have traveled 6,850 miles.
Hurricane Sandy in 2012 set the record for being the largest hurricane in the Atlantic basin. Its diameter peaked at 945 miles.
Known as Hurricane Cuba, in 1932 set the record for the longest duration as a category 5 hurricane. It remained at category 5 strength for an estimated 30 hours.
Hurricane Wilma in 2005 set the record for the lowest barometric pressure for an Atlantic hurricane. Its pressure got as low as 882 (hPa) 26.05 (inHg).
Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Harvey in 2017 both tied the record for costliest Atlantic hurricane. They both caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. Cost is estimated in USD of the year they occurred.
Hurricane Alice in 1954 became the only hurricane to form in one year (1954) and dissipate in another (1955). This means Alice set the record for the latest and earliest hurricane in an Atlantic Hurricane season.
September is the month with the highest probability to produce a power category 4 hurricane and a devasting category 5 hurricane.
Hurricane Wilma in 2005 set a worldwide record for the smallest hurricane eye. It was only 2.3 miles in diameter.
The most named storms to occur in a year was 2005, with 28 named storms. 15 of these storms were hurricanes, with 7 becoming a major hurricane.
The fewest named storms to occur in a year was 1983 (with accurate satellite data), with 4 named storms, 3 were hurricanes with 1 becoming a major hurricane.
We hope you've enjoyed these fun facts about hurricanes. It's amazing the records some of these hurricanes have set and you can be sure new records will be set in the future. You can also visit our Hurricane Facts homepage to find other sections of our website that could be useful to your hurricane research.