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Wind & Hurricane Impact Research Laboratory(WHIRL)

Hurricane Dolly (2008)

Hurricane Dolly occurred between 20 and 25 July 2008. It made landfall as a category 1 hurricane in southern Texas. Hurricane Dolly caused some significant wind and flood damage. Inundation up to 4 feet above ground level was observed along portions of Texas coast. Maximum sustained winds up to 83 knots were recorded during this Hurricane in the United States. There was a total of just one fatality in the United States with about $525 million property damage [NOAA, 2009]1.

Figure: Best track positions for Hurricane Dolly, 20-25 July 2008 (Source: NOAA)

Figure: Best track positions for Hurricane Dolly, 20-25 July 2008 (Source: NOAA1)

1Pasch, R. J., and Kimberlain T.B., (January 2009), Tropical Cyclone Report Hurricane Dolly (AL042008) 20-25 July 2008, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – National Hurricane Center.


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Hazards Data Distribution System Aerial imagery of the region USGS


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Dolly 2008 Including tropical cyclone report, aircraft missions, surface wind field analyses, satellite pictures, wind centers and tracks, radar composites, stepped frequency microwave radiometer, dropsonde data, and photos from flights NOAA – Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory


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Tropical Cyclone Report Hurricane Dolly The National Hurricane Center's Tropical Cyclone Reports (formerly called Preliminary Reports) contain comprehensive information on each storm, including synoptic history, meteorological statistics, casualties and damages, and the post-analysis best track (six-hourly positions and intensities). NOAA – National Hurricane Center