Hurricanes and Tropical Storms - October 2004
Two named storms formed in October, with Hurricane Lisa continuing into October and dissipating over the North Atlantic early in the month.
Lisa, which developed in September, was a tropical storm at the beginning of October and strengthened on October 2nd, briefly becoming a hurricane before weakening again later that afternoon due to increased wind shear and cooler waters. Lisa became an extratropical storm on October 3rd and was then absorbed by a larger extratropical low pressure system about 300 miles north-northwest of the northern Azores.
Tropical Storm Matthew formed from a tropical wave in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on October 6th. Over the next couple of days Matthew maintained tropical storm strength while moving north-northeast and then northeast and finally north to come ashore across central Louisiana on October 10th. As much as 10 inches of rain fell as a result of the storm over parts of Louisiana, before the storm dissipated over Arkansas on the 11th.
Sub-Tropical Storm Nicole formed on the 10th near Bermuda from an extratropical low pressure system. Nicole moved northward, then northeastward and encountered a strong upper level trough that steered the storm rapidly to the northeast. Late on the 11th, Nicole was absorbed by a large extratropical low pressure system about 345 miles south-southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia.