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Arlene - 2005

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Tropical Storm Arlene was a relatively short lived storm that started the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Arlene made landfall as a strong tropical storm on the Florida Panhandle.

Tropical Storm Arlene approaches Florida

June 8, 2005
June 12, 2005
Maximum Winds
70 mph
Minimum Pressure
989 MB


Early in the season, almost two months earlier than the first storm formation in 2004, a low-pressure area formed and persisted north of Honduras. Despite harsh wind shear, it managed to become organized, and became Tropical Depression One on June 8. It was upgraded to Tropical Storm Arlene the following day. Arlene began heading north towards Cuba, but it was a very large and poorly organized storm under the influence of heavy shear.

Arlene's Path

It produced rain over a very wide area, the Cayman Islands reported tropical storm force winds and heavy rain over 150 miles east of the center. On the morning of June 10, after crossing Cuba, Arlene began to strengthen. Most of the precipitation and wind of the storm were located north and east of the center, so most of the effects of the storm were on land long before it made landfall. The shear began to dissipate, and allowed Arlene to strengthen to the threshold of hurricane strength as it entered the Gulf of Mexico.

Arlene made landfall near Pensacola, Florida at about 2pm Central Time on June 11, packing sustained winds of 70mph. Arlene was the most intense land falling June storm since Hurricane Allison hit the area in 1995 as a strong tropical storm. After landfall, Arlene passed into the Ohio River Valley on June 12 and became extratropical over Michigan on June 13.

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