Daily Archives: August 16, 2012

Hurricane Andrew: The ImpactWeather Staff Remembers 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago today, August 16, what would become the third costliest natural disaster in U.S. history was officially recognized as a tropical depression. Having moved off the African Coast as a wave two days prior, and still more than 3,000 miles and eight days away from its date with infamy on the southeastern Florida coast, Tropical Depression 3 was noted for its deep convection in an area of heavy wind shear (deep convection is needed for continued tropical development, but pronounced wind shear hampers that development). Over the next few days, the as-yet unnamed storm struggled but overall continued on its westward way to hurricane status, being named Tropical Storm Andrew on the 17th and Hurricane Andrew on the 22nd. Two days later, early during the overnight hours of the 24th, Andrew reached the coast of Florida, passing between Homestead and Miami, and brutally began changing lives and creating life-long memories.