Hurricane Belle - August 7-11, 1976

A tropical wave moved off the African coast on July 28th.  The disturbed area moved across the
central tropical Atlantic and moved to the north of the Lesser Antilles, approaching the Bahamas
by August 5th.  Early on the 6th, the thunderstorm cluster became organized into a tropical
depression.  Steadily developing over the next few days, Belle became a major hurricane early
on the 9th while moving northward towards the coast of Long Island.  It struck western Long
Island before moving northeast and losing tropical character over New England.  The graphic
below shows the storm total rainfall for Belle, using data provided from the National Climatic Data
Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

Belle (1976) Storm Total Rainfall
Belle (1976) Storm Total Rainfall Belle (1976) Storm Total Rainfall