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Wind & Hurricane Impact Research Laboratory

(WHIRL)

Hurricane Wilma (2005)

Hurricane Wilma occurred between 15 and 25 October 2005. Maximum sustained winds were estimated to be near 105 kt (category 3 intensity) when landfall of the center occurred in southwestern Florida near Cape Romano. The southeastern Florida peninsula experienced at least category 1 hurricane conditions, and that some parts of northern Miami-Dade County, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties likely had category 2 hurricane conditions. Storm surges of 4 to 5 feet were observed over much of the lower and middle Florida Keys, locally to near 7 feet. There was a total of 5 fatalities in the United States with about $20.6 billion property damage [NOAA, 2006]1.

 Figure: Best track positions for Hurricane Wilma, 15-25 October 2005 (Source: NOAA)

Figure: Best track positions for Hurricane Wilma, 15-25 October 2005 (Source: NOAA1)

1Pasch, R. J., Blake, E. S., Cobb III, H. D., and Roberts, J. P., (January 2006), Tropical Cyclone Report Hurricane Wilma 15-25 October 2005, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – National Hurricane Center.

Imagery

File Name Description Source
Hurricane Wilma Response Imagery Viewer Hurricane Wilma Response Images NOAA - National Geodetic Survey - Emergency Response Imagery

Miscellaneous

File Name Description Source
Wilma 2005 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

Report

File Name Description Source
Hurricane Wilma Post Storm Data Acquisition Estimated Peak Wind Analysis And Storm Tide Data A report on the efforts of post storm data acquisition, estimated peak wind analysis and storm tide data of Hurricane Wilma NOAA – National Weather Service
Tropical Cyclone Report Hurricane Wilma 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
Atlantic Hurricane Season of 2005 The Hurricane Season summaries include descriptions of named storms along with pertinent meteorological data and satellite imagery. NOAA – National Hurricane Center
Monitoring the Storm Tide of Hurricane Wilma Monitoring the Storm Tide of Hurricane Wilma in Southwestern Florida, October 2005 USGS