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Subject: E6) Which tropical cyclone lasted the longest?

Contributed by Neal Dorst (HRD)

Hurricane/Typhoon John lasted 31 days as it traveled both the Northeast and Northwest Pacific basins during August and September 1994. (It formed in the Northeast Pacific, reached hurricane force there, moved across the dateline and was renamed Typhoon John, and then finally recurved back across the dateline and renamed Hurricane John again.) Hurricane Ginger was a tropical cyclone for 28 days in the North Atlantic Ocean back in 1971.
It should be noted that prior to the weather satellite era (1961) many tropical cyclones' life cycles could be underestimated.

Atlantic Hurricanes

RANK No. of DAYS NAME and YEAR
127.75STORM 3 OF 1899
227.00GINGER 1971
324.75INGA 1969
422.00KYLE 2002
520.75CARRIE 1957
STORM 9 OF 1893
720.25INEZ 1966
819.75ALBERTO 2000
Basin Average6.16

East Pacific Hurricanes

RANK No. of DAYS NAME and YEAR
130.00JOHN 1994
224.50TINA 1992
324.00PAKA 1997
421.50IOKE 2006
520.50KEONI 1993
BORIS 1984
Basin Average5.91

West Pacific Typhoons

RANK No. of DAYS NAME and YEAR
126.00PAGE 1990
224.50RITA 1972
324.00PAKA 1997
421.75ORSON 1996
VERNE 1994
621.25WAYNE 1986
720.75OWEN 1990
Basin Average7.41

Last Updated January 26, 2010

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