Hurricane prediction has come a long way in the past few years as evidenced by this map published on September 22, 1920, showing the “probable” path of a tropical storm that had intensified into a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Just a map with an arrow pointing to the area where it was thought to make landfall. People along the Gulf Coast knew what to do: evacuate.
This storm would make landfall that day near Houma, Louisiana as a modern-day category 2 hurricane. It quickly lost its strength once over land, but caused considerable flooding throughout the Southeastern United States. The National Weather Service did not begin assigning names to tropical storms and hurricanes until 1953, thus this hurricane is just known as the second hurricane of the season.
We all know that today modern hurricane prediction is a highly developed science that gives accurate data as long as the hurricane doesn’t decide to develop a “mind of its own” and chart its own course as Hurricane Harvey did over Texas 2 years ago.