THE STORM OF NOVEMBER 1826 IN THE CANARY ISLANDS: POSSIBLY A TROPICAL CYCLONE?

Authors: BETHENCOURT-GONZÁLEZ, JOSÉ; DORTA-ANTEQUERA, PEDRO

Source: Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, Volume 92, Number 3, September 2010 , pp. 329-337(9)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Abstract:

ABSTRACT.

This work analyses a storm that occurred in the Canary Islands early in November 1826. Through a study based on historical climate data, some of the adverse effects of the storm are described and some of the possible causes are discussed. The main goal of this work is to establish an approximate reconstruction of this historical event which will allow us to compare it to a recent meteorological event that had a great impact on the archipelago: “Tropical Storm Delta”, in November 2005. Studying and reviewing the origin of the 1826 storm verifies the hypothesis that extremely violent perturbations have not only occurred in the Canaries on other occasions, but that these past events were also more intense and had more serious consequences than Delta. Therefore, the idea that other tropical perturbations have occurred in the region of the Canary Islands before Delta is presented.

Keywords: Canary Islands; climatic hazards; historical climate data; storm; tropical cyclone

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0459.2010.00398.x

Affiliations: Departamento de Geografia, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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