1977 Hurricane Season
Atlantic hurricane season was an ongoing event in the annual cycle of
tropical cyclone formation. It officially started June 1, 1977, and lasted
until November 30, 1977.
The 1977 Atlantic hurricane season was below average in activity, with
6 tropical storms forming, of which 5 became hurricanes. The only noteable
storm of the season was Hurricane
Anita, which hit Mexico as a Category 5 hurricane, killing 10 people.
1977 storm names
The following names were used for named storms (tropical storms and
hurricanes) that formed in the North Atlantic in 1977.
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Hurricane Anita formed on August 29 in the central Gulf of Mexico and
moved west, rapidly intensifying, becoming a hurricane on August 30. It
reached category 5 intensity on September 2 before making landfall in
northeastern Mexico. It killed 10 people, though due to the sparse
population of the area damage figures are not available.
The tropical depression that became Hurricane Babe formed in the
northeastern Gulf of Mexico on September 3. Inititally subtropical in
nature, having formed with the help of an upper level low, the storm
developed tropical characteristics on the September 4. After moving
west-southwestward, the storm moved more northerly towards the Lousiana
coast. As it approached the coast, it strengthened to a hurricane, though
only briefly, as it made landfall on the morning of September 5. Babe
rapidly weakened to a tropical depression over Louisiana, and brought
heavy rain over Alabama, Mississippi, northern Georgia, and South
Carolina, before dissipating on September 9. Because of the heavy rains,
Babe caused $10,000,000 in damage (1977 dollars), but caused no
The same system that spawned Hurricane Babe also spawned Hurricane
Clara. A convective cloud mass with a spiral band of gale force winds
northeast of Babe moved away from the system. As it moved over Georgia and
South Carolina, it became better organized, and became a tropical
depression on September 5, located just north of Charleston, South
Carolina. As the storm moved eastward, it strengthened to a tropical storm
on September 8, located 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras. Later that day it
attained hurricane status, but before long, strong upper-level winds
sheared the system apart. A weakened Clara executed a tight loop east of
Bermuda, and went out to sea, dissipating on September 12.
Hurricane Dorothy formed from a tropical wave on September 26, located
about halfway between Bermuda and the central Bahamas. The storm moved
northeastward, brushing Bermuda to the south, and gradually strengthened.
On September 28, Dorothy became a hurricane northeast of Bermuda, but the
next day, it lost tropical characteristics while located south of Cape
The tropical depression that became Hurricane Evelyn formed on October
13, located about 400 miles south of Bermuda. After hitting the island on
October 14, Evelyn strengthened to a hurricane while racing northward. On
October 15, Evelyn lost its tropical characteristics while located over
Tropical Storm Frieda
Tropical Storm Frieda formed in the Western Caribbean sea on October
16. After reaching a peak of 60 mph winds on October 18, it steadily
weakened until its landfall near Belize City, Belize on October 19.