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Hurricane Katrina.

10 Years Later:

2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Posted August 6, 2015

It has been 10 years since Hurricanes Katrina (Aug. 29), Rita (Sept. 23/24) and Wilma (Oct. 24) made landfall along the Gulf Coast during one of the most active hurricane seasons in recorded history. Over the course of the season, nearly 4,000 people lost their lives and there was nearly $160 billion in damage. Commemoration of these events will, of course, be a solemn occasion in the Gulf and across the nation. Wilma is also the last major hurricane to strike the U.S. - an unprecedented stretch that could unfortunately lead to “hurricane amnesia” for the destruction such a hurricane can cause.

As the nation’s first line of defense against severe weather, and as one of the U.S. government’s agencies tasked with helping communities before, during, and after a storm, NOAA has come a long way in 10 years to improve our hurricane forecasts and help communities become more resilient.


Hurricane Katrina.

NOAA Satellite Visualizations

Hurricane Hunter Overflight.

NOAA Hurricane Response Tools & Services

Hurricane Katrina.

NOAA Historical Hurricane Climate Data

Hurricane Hunter Overflight.

NOAA Hurricane Research

NOAA has made investments in new technologies and new models to improve forecast track and intensity; we have supported new research and development to help us improve operations and products; we have promoted habitat restoration efforts and green/gray infrastructure projects to ensure communities can bounce back following severe weather events; we have made investments in our network of observational platforms; and, we have looked for ways to improve community resilience from severe weather events, storm surge, and sea level rise.

NOAA Katrina & Hurricane
Fact Sheets

Hurricane Hunter Overflight.


NOAA Special Briefing on
Katrina 10 Years

Hurricane Hunter Overflight.


Hurricane Hunter Overflight.

On Tuesday, July 28, 2015, NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan held a special briefing at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., to mark a decade of science progress since the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, which remains the most active
on record.

For a more in depth discussion of hurricane
science advancements since 2005, please view a NOAA webinar featuring presentations
by nine NOAA scientists.


Hurricane Katrina as seen from the NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Doppler
radar from August 28 - 29, 2005 (View here)


Hurricane Katrina as seen from the
NWS Key West (Florida) Dopper radar from
August 26, 2005 (View here)

Also available:
NOAA radar loops of Hurricanes Rita and Wilma. Additional resources available here.


Flickr Gallery: Hurricane Season 2005

Flickr Gallery: Hurricane Season 2005

NOAA imagery pertaining to the 2005 Atlantic hurricane
season, which included hurricanes #Katrina and #Rita.



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