Ginger was the eighth tropical cyclone and fifth hurricane of the 1971 Atlantic hurricane season. It was classified as a hurricane for 20 of the 27 days it was a hurricane. Ginger has the highest accumulated cyclone energy for a hurricane below major hurricane strength in the Atlantic basin, at 44.2 miles per hour (74.5 km/h)
About Hurricane Ginger in brief
Hurricane Ginger was the second longest-lasting Atlantic hurricane on record. It was the eighth tropical cyclone and fifth hurricane of the 1971 Atlantic hurricane season. Ginger was classified as a hurricane for 20 of the 27 days it was a hurricane. Ginger has the highest accumulated cyclone energy for a hurricane below major hurricane strength in the Atlantic basin, at 44.2 miles per hour (74.5 km/h) It was also the last target of Project Stormfury, which sought to weaken hurricanes by depositing silver iodide into tropical cyclones. It made landfall near North Carolina on September 30, with winds of 75 mph (100 km/hr) and heavy rainfall. The storm caused $10 million in damage in North Carolina, with 3 million bushels of corn and 1 million bushels of soybean lost. It is the last hurricane to be the last to be a part of the hurricane control experiment, although there was no effect due to Ginger’s large eye and diffuse nature; this was the last time the experiment was done by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It has been the subject of several books, including The Hurricane Handbook, which was published by the Atlantic Institute for Sea and Atmosphere Studies and the Weather Research Institute.
The book is based on an analysis of weather data from September 6 to October 3, 1971. It also published a book on the formation of Hurricane Fern, Tropical Storm Heidi, and two tropical depressions in the early part of that year in the Western Atlantic Ocean. The hurricane was the seventh named storm of the year, about 325 mi south of Bermuda, when it became a tropical depression. It quickly intensified into Tropical Storm Ginger, and later that day intensified into a tropical storm. On September 10, Ginger reached its minimum barometric pressure of 959 mbar, and early the next day reached peak maximum sustained winds of 110 mph. The hurricane’s eastward movement halted due to a building ridge to its north and east, and it turned sharply southward before turning and beginning a westerly drift, during which Ginger weakened to minimal hurricane status. For about six days, Ginger maintained an unusually large eye, reaching 80 mi in diameter. It then weakened slowly, and by September 26, Ginger was moving northwestward toward North Carolina.