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Hurricane Zeta
October 24-29, 2020


Above: GOES 16 GeoColor Satellite Image of Hurricane Zeta at 2101 UTC (4:01 PM CDT) on October 28, 2020.

Tropical Depression Twenty-eight formed across the Eastern Caribbean just after daybreak on October 24th and strengthened into Tropical Storm Zeta by that evening. Zeta was upgraded to a minimal hurricane during the early morning hours on October 26th, and later made landfall across the Northeast Yucatán Peninsula later that evening. Zeta weakened to a tropical storm as it crossed the Northeast Yucatán Peninsula, emerging across the Southern Gulf of Mexico shortly after daybreak on October 27th.

With an approaching upper level low over Texas, Zeta began turning to the north and regained hurricane strength during the early morning hours of October 28th. Zeta continued to intensify as it moved north and then northeast towards the Southeast Louisiana Coast. Zeta made landfall at maximum intensity of 115 mph (100 knots) and pressure of 970 millibars (28.64 inches) at 4 PM CDT October 28th near Cocodrie, Louisiana. Zeta moved directly over New Orleans as a strong category 2 hurricane shortly after landfall and southern Mississippi later that evening.

Most of Zeta’s effects were felt east of the Atchafalaya River across Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. Minimal tropical storm force gusts were recorded at Patterson, Louisiana, Atchafalaya Bay and the adjacent coastal waters.

Hurricane Zeta was the sixth hurricane and record tenth named tropical cyclone to make landfall across the United States (which was broken again on November 8th with Tropical Storm Eta being the eleventh named storm to make landfall). Hurricane Zeta was also the latest category 3 storm to make landfall in the state of Louisiana, as well the United States.

Hurricane Zeta was the record tying fourth named storm to make landfall in Louisiana in a single season, previously set in 2002. Zeta was also the third hurricane to make either direct (or indirect) landfall in Louisiana, tying the records from 1860, 1985, and 2005.


Above: New Orleans, LA WSR-88D radar image of Hurricane Zeta Landfall at 2105 UTC (4:05 PM CDT) on October 28, 2020.


Above: Hurrevac track of Hurricane Zeta from operational National Hurricane Center public advisories.


Above: National Hurricane Center best track of Hurricane Zeta.


Listed below are post-storm reports and meteorological data gathered. All data is considered preliminary, and is subject to change at any time. Additional information will continue to be added to this page in the future.

Radar and Satellite Animated Imagery
(NWS LCH YouTube)
Radar Imagery: New Orleans, LA Mobile, LA Fort Polk, LA
Jackson, MS Huntsville, AL Atlanta, GA
GOES 16 Satellite Imagery: 4km Infrared 4km Visible 4km GeoColor
  2km Infrared 1km Visible 1km GeoColor

 

Post Tropical Cyclone Reports
Lake Charles, LA New Orleans, LA Mobile, AL
Tallahassee, FL Jackson, MS Birmingham, AL
Atlanta, GA Greenville, SC Blacksburg, VA
  National Hurricane Center  

 

Assistance Resources 
NOAA Hurricane Zeta Aerial Imagery Hurricane Zeta Resource page from FEMA