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Hurricane Philippe track diagram

Figure 1. Best Track analysis of Hurricane Philippe, which formed east of the Lesser Antilles in mid-September.1


Storm Status

Wind Speed

Green=Tropical Depression

<39 mph

Yellow=Tropical Storm

39-73 mph

Light Red=Category 1-2 Hurricane

74-110 mph

Dark Red=Category 3-5 Hurricane



 Hurricane Philippe was a relatively short-lived hurricane that formed in the middle of September, during the end of Hurricane Ophelia’s life in the western Atlantic.  Philippe was the sixteenth named storm of the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season, as well as the ninth hurricane.

Storm History

Philippe developed from a tropical wave that moved off the west coast of Africa around September 9 2.  Between the 12 and 13 of September, the wave began to become better organized, and by September 16, thunderstorm activity had concentrated itself around the southern end of the disturbance.  At 11AM EDT on 17 September, the disturbance became organized sufficiently to become Tropical Depression seventeen.  The Depression quickly became Tropical Storm Philippe 12 hours later as he moved northward, paralleling the Lesser Antilles. 


 Philippe continued his north-northwestward movement, and became a hurricane during the evening of 18 September.  Shortly thereafter, Hurricane Philippe began to encounter westerly shear and his tenure as a hurricane was over by 5 PM on September 20. 

Even though Philippe had lost hurricane intensity, he remained spinning around in the central Atlantic as a Tropical Storm, slowly headed towards Bermuda.  During the overnight hours on September 22, Philippe began to make a sharp, westward turn and his forward movement accelerated to around 25 mph3.  Philippe finally degenerated into a Tropical Depression later on September 23 as a small swirl of low clouds embedded within a much larger non-tropical low pressure system. 


Data, Images and Animations

+Explore and analyze gridded data of the hurricane using the GES-DISC Interactive Online Visualization and Analysis Infrastructure (Giovanni)

+Use Mirador or WHOM to obtain data provided by the GES DISC DAAC for a hurricane event.

+View animations and images of Hurricane Philippe in the 2005 Past Hurricane Archive.


Philippe RGB
MODIS Aqua RGB using the MOD02HKM product. This image is of the swath data from Sept 18 at 1710 hrs. More images like this and parameters animation created from other datasets can be seen in our Archive Image Gallery for hurricane Philippe .



 1. Image courtesy of the NOAA coastal Services Center  Http://

2. Franklin, James. “Tropical Cyclone Report: Hurricane Philippe.” 9 February 2006. (11 July 2006). 

3. Stewart, Stacy. “Tropical Storm Philippe Discussion Number 24.” 23 September 2005. (11 July 2006).

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