David Roth of the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) states that a tropical cyclone makes landfall along the coast of Louisiana approximately twice every three years, and a hurricane hits once every 2.8 years. California hurricanes are tropical cyclones that affect the state, although only two still-tropical storms have made landfall in California since 1900. When a new storm or hurricane enters the Gulf of Mexico, it is often compared to previous storms and predictions are made about its impact on Louisiana. Since 1527, twenty hurricanes have been recorded in the area, although most were not named and specific details are scarce.
Tropical cyclones are rotating low-pressure weather systems with organized thunderstorms but no fronts, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hurricanes are tropical cyclones with sustained winds of 74 mph, which is when they reach Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. This scale ranges from 1 to 5 and provides examples of the type of damage and impacts associated with winds of the indicated intensity in the United States. It does not address other hurricane-related phenomena such as storm surges, rain-induced floods, and tornadoes.
Louisiana ranks third for the highest number of hurricanes, tied with North Carolina. The swamp state has attracted 62 hurricanes, accounting for about 21% of all hurricanes in the U. S. UU.
Furthermore, 29% of hurricanes that make landfall in Louisiana are considered major hurricanes.