Meteorological Comparison of Hurricanes Audrey and Rita

Compiled by:
Donovan Landreneau, Forecaster
Sam Shamburger, Forecaster

 


Comparing Hurricane Audrey to Hurricane Rita
June 27, 1957 to September 23-24, 2005
 

Minimum Sea Level Pressure

Location Hurricane Audrey Hurricane Rita
inches of mercury millibars inches of mercury millibars
Alexandria, LA 29.00" 982.1 mb 29.28" 991.5 mb
Baton Rouge, LA 29.54" 1000.3 mb 29.46" 997.6 mb
Cameron, LA *28.32" *959 mb *<28.06" *<950 mb
Galveston, TX 29.13" 986.5 mb **29.37" **994.6 mb
Lafayette, LA 29.34" 993.6 mb 29.30" 992.2 mb
Lake Charles, LA 28.69" 971.4 mb 28.59" 968.2 mb
Lufkin, TX 29.34" 993.6 mb **29.27" **991.2 mb
Monroe, LA 29.07" 984.4 mb 29.47" 998.0 mb
New Orleans, LA 29.65" 1004.2 mb 29.60" 1002.4 mb
Port Arthur, TX
(SE TX Regional)
28.69" 970.9 mb 28.12" 952.3 mb
Shreveport, LA 29.28" 991.3 mb 29.05" 983.8 mb

* estimated/unofficial
** last data recorded before equipment failure

 

Maximum Sustained Winds & Wind Gusts

Location Data Source Hurricane Audrey Hurricane Rita
Maximum Sustained Wind
(1-minute avg.)
Peak Wind Gust Maximum Sustained Wind
(2-minute avg.)
Peak Wind Gust
Alexandria, LA NWS 48 mph 64 mph 50 mph 62 mph
Baton Rouge, LA NWS 40 mph 69 mph 41 mph 53 mph
Cameron, LA NOAA unknown unknown **77 mph **112 mph
Galveston, TX NWS 58 mph 76 mph **45 mph **62 mph
Lafayette, LA NWS 58 mph 86 mph 51 mph 59 mph
Lake Charles, LA NWS 75 mph 97 mph 76 mph 96 mph
Lufkin, TX NWS 20 mph 32 mph **33 mph **50 mph
Monroe, LA NWS 35 mph 63 mph 31 mph 43 mph
New Orleans, LA NWS 35 mph 53 mph 35 mph 48 mph
Orange, TX FCMP unknown *100 mph 75 mph 98 mph
Port Arthur, TX
(SE TX Regional)
NWS 72 mph 85 mph 81 mph 105 mph
Shreveport, LA NWS 30 mph 51 mph 40 mph 53 mph

* estimated/unofficial
** last data recorded before equipment failure

 

Estimated Maximum Wind Gust maps

Hurricane Audrey Hurricane Rita

Audrey Wind Gust Map image

Rita Wind Gust Map image

 

Storm Surge

Location Hurricane Audrey Hurricane Rita
MSL NGVD88
Calcasieu Pass, LA 12.1 ft *6.7 ft
Cameron, LA 10.6 ft 16.2 ft
Cypremort Point, LA 10.2 ft 12.1 ft
Grand Chenier, LA 13.9 ft 14.5 ft
Hackberry, LA 6.7 ft 8.0 ft
Intracoastal City, LA 8.1 ft 11.0 ft
Johnsons Bayou, LA 10.4 ft 12.4 ft
Lake Charles, LA 7.0 ft 8.4 ft
Morgan City, LA 8.5 ft 6.1 ft
Oak Grove, LA 12.4 ft 13.4 ft
Pecan Island, LA 10.9 ft 10.4 ft
Sabine Pass, TX 9.4 ft 9.8 ft

* last data recorded before equipment failure

 

Rainfall

Location Data Source Hurricane Audrey Hurricane Rita
Alexandria Power Plant, LA NWS COOP 3.70" *7.60"
Baton Rouge, LA NWS 1.51" 9.30"
Galveston, TX NWS 1.85" *
Lafayette, LA NWS 3.69" 6.24"
Lake Charles, LA NWS 7.57" 7.68"
Lufkin, TX NWS 0.27" 5.51"
Monroe, LA NWS 2.85" 3.50"
New Orleans, LA NWS 0.15" 2.07"
Port Arthur, TX NWS 6.90" 8.89"
Shreveport, LA NWS 0.45" 5.54"
Monroe, LA NWS 2.85" 3.50"

* official data unavailable due to equipment failure

 
 

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