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1992 Atlantic hurricane season
1992 Atlantic hurricane season summary map
Seasonal summary map of the 1992 Atlantic Season.
Seasonal boundaries
First system formed April 21, 1992
Last system dissipated October 27, 1992
Strongest storm
Name Andrew
 • Maximum winds 175 mph (280 km/h)
 • Lowest pressure 922 mbar (hPa; 27.23 inHg)
Seasonal statistics
Total depressions 10
Total storms 7
Hurricanes 4
Major hurricanes
(Cat. 3+)
1
Total fatalities 33 Direct, 40 Indirect
Total damage > $26.502 billion (1992 USD)
Atlantic hurricane seasons
1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
The 1992 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the least active seasons on record. The season officially began on June 1, 1992, and lasted until November 30, 1992. The first storm, an unnamed subtropical storm, developed in the central Atlantic on April 21, over a month before the official start of hurricane season. The most significant storm of the season was Hurricane Andrew, which at the time was the costliest United States hurricane. After crossing the Bahamas, the hurricane made landfall in Florida and Louisiana. It caused $27.3 billion (1992 USD) in damage, mostly in Florida, and 65 fatalities. Andrew was also the strongest hurricane of the season, reaching winds of 175 mph (280 km/h) while approaching Florida.

The decaying 1991–1992 El Niño event likely contributed to this level of activity. That same El Niño influenced a very active Pacific hurricane season.

Seasonal summary


Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale

Storms

Subtropical Storm One

Subtropical storm (SSHWS)
Subtropical Storm One 22 apr 1992 1834Z.jpg 1992 Atlantic subtropical storm 1 track.png
Duration April 21 – April 24
Peak intensity 50 mph (85 km/h) (1-min)  1002 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression One

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Tropical Depression One 25 june 1992 1329Z.jpg 1-L 1992 track.png
Duration June 25 – June 26
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1007 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Two

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Tropical Depression Two 25 july 1992 1249Z.jpg 2-L 1992 track.png
Duration July 24 – July 26
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1015 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Andrew

Category 5 hurricane (SSHWS)
Andrew 23 aug 1992 1231Z.jpg Andrew 1992 track.png
Duration August 16 – August 28
Peak intensity 175 mph (280 km/h) (1-min)  922 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Bonnie

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Bonnie 21 sept 1992 1823Z.jpg Bonnie 1992 track.png
Duration September 17 – September 30
Peak intensity 110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min)  965 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Charley

Category 2 hurricane (SSHWS)
Charley 24 sept 1992 1745Z.jpg Charley 1992 track.png
Duration September 21 – September 27
Peak intensity 110 mph (175 km/h) (1-min)  965 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Danielle

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
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Duration September 22 – September 26
Peak intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  1001 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Depression Seven

Tropical depression (SSHWS)
Tropical Depression Seven 30 sept 1992 1044Z.jpg 7-L 1992 track.png
Duration September 25 – October 1
Peak intensity 35 mph (55 km/h) (1-min)  1008 mbar (hPa)

Tropical Storm Earl

Tropical storm (SSHWS)
Earl 01 oct 1992 1944Z.jpg Earl 1992 track.png
Duration September 26 – October 3
Peak intensity 65 mph (100 km/h) (1-min)  990 mbar (hPa)

Hurricane Frances

Category 1 hurricane (SSHWS)
Frances 24 oct 1992 1210Z.jpg Frances 1992 track.png
Duration October 23 – October 27
Peak intensity 85 mph (140 km/h) (1-min)  976 mbar (hPa)

Storm names

The following names were used for named storms that formed in the north Atlantic in 1992. Subtropical storms were unnamed until 2002, as a result, the subtropical cyclone in April 1992 did not receive a name. The names not retired from this list appeared again on the naming list for the 1998 season. This is the same list used for the 1986 season. Names that were not assigned are marked in gray.

  • Hermine (unused)
  • Ivan (unused)
  • Jeanne (unused)
  • Karl (unused)
  • Lisa (unused)
  • Mitch (unused)
  • Nicole (unused)
  • Otto (unused)
  • Paula (unused)
  • Richard (unused)
  • Shary (unused)
  • Tomas (unused)
  • Virginie (unused)
  • Walter (unused)

Retirement

In Spring 1993, the World Meteorlogical Organization had retired the name Andrew for the record damages caused in the U.S. It was replaced with Alex for the 1998 Atlantic hurricane season.