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Tropical cyclone effects on California
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    Each decade, about one-hundred fifty cyclones form off the southwest coast of Mexico or regenerate there rrdm Caribbean storms that have crossed Central' America; about half of them become full hurricanes. Five or six cyclones per decade actually reach Calffornia or Arizona, either as weak circulations or most cominonlyas masses of warm, mofst, unstable air which 'cause heavy ra:ins inĀ· August 'and' September. Although !i.,uch storms were recogni zed and charted by . Redfield' in 1855, their existence was denied officially until after 1920, when increased ship traffic west of Mexi co provi ded many detailed reports. Tracks of 40 tropical cyclones affecting California and Arizona since 1904, identified through comparison of various official publications, are given, together with summaries of damage from rain, wind, and waves.
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