My Top 10 Strange Tropical Cyclone Tracks Cowntdown

By: Dragod66 , 5:00 AM GMT on August 30, 2012

Here is a countdown of my top ten craziest tropical cyclones tracks in the world. I would love to see some other suggestions in the comments or read other blogger's lists. Hope you enjoy.

#10. Typhoon Nat, 1991 West Pacific Typhoon Season.

Okay, first of all one may ask why this would be number 10 and not further up the list? But let me start off by saying there is a similar one later on in the countdown that is better. First, I just got to say that this thing just didn't know where it wanted to go. It looks like it couldn't make up its mind on whether to go to Taiwan, Philippines, or China. After a graze on Taiwan and a tug-of-war type deal it decided China. Typhoon Nat? I say Typhoon Gnat!

#9. Hurricane Martha, 1969 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Now there are some obvious reasons for this one to be on the list for example, being one of the most southerly forming Caribbean storms or, the fact that it was moving south even down there. Some of the other reasons this is on my list is that it’s funny that a fully formed hurricane can appear out of nowhere... well actually it wasn't declared anything until a recon got there and found hurricane force winds. Lastly I put it on my list because of two reasons. First, it has one of the shortest if not the shortest paths of any Hurricane force storm on record. Second, it's one of the only storms to affect, let alone, hit Panama.

#8. Hurricane 12, 1975 East Pacific Hurricane Season.

I know that this looks like a generally normal path but, the main reason it is on my list is that it was in a spot that just doesn’t generate tropical cyclones. I know there are other tropical cyclones that formed in weird spots (Cyclone Catarina and the 2012 Mediterranean Tropical Storm) but I feel like this one gets overlooked. Reasons tropical cyclones don’t form here is because there usually are high pressures up there at all times of the season and, tropical cyclones need a trigger to form that they just don’t get up there. Think about this would British Columbia or Alaska have to issue Tropical Storm Watches? It is definitely weird.

#7 Super Typhoon Parma, 2003 West Pacific Typhoon Season.

First of all, Parma looked as if it was going to take a normal path and re-curve somewhere near Japan but decided not to. He took a jog west and looks like he rounded the ridge all the way. The other reason that I put this one on my list is because of that big loop. For one thing, once it got around the loop it decided to pretty much take the same path over again. Not even that, but at one point was the same strength as it was the first time it decided to take that path.

#6 Hurricane Kyle, 2002 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

This one is on here for obvious reasons and usually comes up when one talks about crazy track of tropical cyclones. I find it interesting that Kyle started with subtropical characteristics in the mid-East Atlantic and ended fully tropical in the West becoming a hurricane at some point in between. I could only imagine what Bermuda was thinking. If I had to pick a storm that was ridden hard and put away wet, it would be this one.

#5 Hurricane Ginger, 1971 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

This one in a way is similar to Kyle above but there are some interesting differences. First, look how slow she was going, I could only imagine after a while she’d probably get boring to track. Second, is the length of time she was a category 1 hurricane (no more and no less) after becoming a category 2 for the first time. Another surprise about Ginger is the fact that she didn’t re-intensify after her landfall with the US and keep going. Can someone say DRUNK!

#4 Cyclone Rewa, 1993 South Pacific Cyclone Season.

Talk about covering a lot of ground. Rewa was in the South Pacific Basin three times and in the Australian Region twice. I guess it couldn’t decide. Another interesting thing about Rewa is how close it formed to the equator. Lastly, I find it cool that it got up to Category 4 strength twice and the one time after being almost dissipated.

#3 Cyclone Steve, 2000 Australia Region Season.

This guy really had it out for Australia, pretty much swiping the whole North Coast. I think Steve was a little too upset that Australia killed his bigger brother John earlier that year, either that or, he was on vacation. A cool note about this storm is that he spent more time over Australia than he did water. When I look at his track map I think, “why is someone showing me a map of Australia with polka-dots?”

#2 Hurricane Norbert, 1984 East Pacific Hurricane Season.

Round and round we go, where we stop... Baja Peninsula! But really, is Norbert just trying to circle Isla Clarion on the map? As most people know this path is not a good analog for any East Atlantic hurricane, they just don’t tend to do this. I get dizzy just looking at this track. By the looks of it I think Norbert got dizzy too and fell into Baja.

#1 Typhoon Wayne, 1986 West Pacific Typhoon Season.

Okay, can anyone say “Amy Whinehouse drunk?” (Too soon?)(Copyright Dragod66 2012). I mean, when I look at this track I can barely tell where it formed let alone where it decided to go after that. Really the only thing clear about this one was where it ended up. It looks like my 16 month old niece drew a picture. Talk about covering every square inch. I’m sure the local meteorologists just loved this one.

And that concludes. I know it’s not very informative but it is my fist blog and I’m not a meteorologist. Hope you all enjoy. Some honorable mentions include 1994 Hurricane Gordon, 2004 Catarina Cyclone, and 1999 Hurricane Lenny.

Thanks for Reading, The Humble Canadian.

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13. WunderGirl12
12:42 PM GMT on November 07, 2012
That was great Dragod! One hurricane that I would suggest would be Hurricane Grace (aka Perfect Storm). I say this because Grace's remnents became a Cat. 1 cane.

Thanks Again!

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12. N3EG
6:40 PM GMT on August 30, 2012
I vote for Tembin too...and of course, my favorite, Thingamabobbercane.
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11. ILwthrfan
6:18 PM GMT on August 30, 2012
Cool stuff, Typhoon Tembin should get an honorable mention...;)

Very cool blog, thx Dragod66.
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10. Dragod66
2:39 PM GMT on August 30, 2012
all fixed for now...
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9. Dragod66
2:32 PM GMT on August 30, 2012
sorry if some of the images for the tracks haven't loaded, i'll see if I can fix that :/... And thanks for the nice comments!
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8. GeorgiaStormz
1:24 PM GMT on August 30, 2012
Thanks humble canadian.
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7. AtHomeInTX
11:33 AM GMT on August 30, 2012
Nice job. I wouldn't want to be the forecaster on those storms. :)
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6. FunhouseFX
7:30 AM GMT on August 30, 2012
Great work! I bet that took a lot of time!
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5. Whoduguru
6:49 AM GMT on August 30, 2012
wild stuff...thanks
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4. TexNowNM
5:28 AM GMT on August 30, 2012
You have set a bar pretty high for yourself. This was entertaining and informative. Hard to believe some of those tracks. Ginger was amazing! Thanks.
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3. StormDrain
5:28 AM GMT on August 30, 2012
I thought of Wrong Way Lenny right away, so I'll put his track here. Not so remarkable, the track, until you realize he was a major hurricane that moved through the Caribbean backward.

Had no idea about these crazy, curly tracks. Thanks for the blog.
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2. 1Tibucun
5:27 AM GMT on August 30, 2012
Dragod66 : Nice job Very interesting and Thanks for sharing this, salutes from sunny Cancun mx.
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1. ABlass
5:20 AM GMT on August 30, 2012
Really enjoyed reading you first effort :)
Interesting to say the least.
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I am 23 years old currently living in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Meteorology has amazed me since Hurricane Juan blew through.