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In the book "Around the World in Eighty Days", Phileas Fogg is on his way back across the Atlantic when on December 13th 1872, "The wind was slowly becoming a hurricane" off the Great Banks of Newfoundland. As the Atlantic hurricane season finishes at the end of November each year, just how likely is a hurricane off Newfoundland in December?

Hi Harry

It's very unlikely for two reasons, first is if a hurricane were to travel to the Great Banks in December it would loose it's warm core before it got there and would no longer be a tropical storm. Tropical storms are very rare in December:

Here's a list of what happened in 1872:  

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Donald Rosenfeld


Any questions (except private) answered from the 1st grade level on up pertaining to any aspect of Weather. I am a 20 year member of the American Meteorological society and a long time forecaster of eastern United States snow storms and Hurricanes.

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