On Aug 26, 2006, Judith Curry made the following comment about cyclone data, mentioning that re-processing had been done back to 1983:
The tropical cyclone data really is rather a mess, the NATL is definitely the most reliable, so I am focusing on that data set (with all its warts) until the global satellite data is reprocessed and reanalyzed. This has already been done back to 1983 (paper in review), they should be able to go back to 1977 with alot of hard work, then before 1977 it will be a bit dodgy since it is not clear what kind of shape some of that data is actually in. The problem is that until very recently, people have not been using the hurricane data as a climate data record (mainly used for regional damage estimates etc), so there hasn’t been much incentive until recently to try to get this data in shape.
An enormous ftp archive on all hurricanes from 1983 to date is now online (the directory ftp://eclipse.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/isccp/b1/hurr which hosts the actual data is dated Sept 18, 2006 so we’re keeping you up-to-date).
The host page is here ; with the ftp location here. The new data set is descibed here . To give you an idea of the size of the archive, the zip file for an individual basin for an individual year range up to 678 MB in size. So there has been no stinting on providing raw data.
Right now, it’s an imposing data set, but certainly more data than I’m interested in or can handle. I don’t know whether there are plans to provide summary data (the Best Tracks data in total is much less than 1 MB in size.)