Mind Bender #5 Answers
Well, MB #5 turned out to be a little complicated & confusing, primarily because I failed to do adequate research prior to posting the contest. My apologies for that, but I was a little busy at the time and I didn't have a lot of time to put it together.
Anyway, here are the answers that I had in mind.
1. Jennifer Love Hewitt – Hurricane Audrey, 1957
She played the title role in "The Audrey Hepburn Story"
Hurricane Audrey made landfall at the Texas-Louisiana border between Sabine Pass, TX and Cameron, LA
2. Cliff Robertson – Hurricane Charley, 1998
He played the title role in "Charly"
Hurricane Charley made landfall at Port Aransas, TX, very near where Hurricane Harvey hit.
3. The Beatles – Hurricane Rita, 2005
They recorded "Lovely Rita"
Hurricane Rita was smaller than Audrey, but also made landfall at the Texas-Louisiana border between Sabine Pass, TX and Holly Beach, LA
4. Oyanka Cabezas – Hurricane Carla, 1961
She played the title role in "Carla's Song"
Hurricane Carla made landfall at Port O'Connor, TX.
5. Roy Orbison – Tropical Storm Claudette, 1979 or Hurricane Claudette, 2003
He recorded "Claudette"
Tropical Storm Claudette hit the upper Texas coast near Freeport and stalled right along the coast due to a massive high pressure system, similar to what happened with H. Harvey. It dumped 42" of rain on Alvin, TX in a 24 hour period which is still the record of the most rain ever recorded in the USA in a 24 hour period.
Hurricane Claudette made landfall at Port O'Connor, TX, about where Hurricane Carla hit.
6. Jimmy Stewart – Hurricane Harvey, 2017
He starred in "Harvey". Harvey was his best friend, a 6-foot tall invisible rabbit that no one else could see.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall at Rockport & Port Aransas, TX and stalled near Victoria due to a massive high pressure system. It's behavior was similar to that of TS Claudette, but because it was a much longer and stronger system, it affected a much larger area. Some parts of the greater Houston area received as much as 50" of rain over a 5-day period.
7. Dwight D. Eisenhower – Hurricane Ike, 2008
"Ike" was his nickname and "I Like Ike" was his campaign slogan.
Hurricane Ike made landfall just south of Galveston Island and caused a tremendous storm surge in Galveston Bay causing massive flooding in Galveston, primarily on the western side of the island. After the Great Storm of 1900, a 17-foot sea wall was built on the sea side of the island and a tremendous quantity of fill-dirt was added to the island to build up and slope the island from the top of the sea wall on the east side to a little above sea level on the west side by the bay. The sea wall has worked well for storms that hit the island directly from the sea, but Ike came into Galveston from the South.
8. The Carter Family – Hurricane Fern, 1971
They recorded "Sweet Fern"
Hurricane Fern was a fairly small hurricane that made landfall at Freeport, TX.
9. Robert Mitchum – Tropical Storm Allison, 2001
He played the title role in "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison"
Tropical Storm Allison made landfall in the upper Texas coast and stalled after moving a short distance inland due to a massive high pressure system. It was similar in size and strength to TS Claudette and behaved in a similar fashion. The impacted area was about the same size as for TS Claudette, but included Bush Airport, Downtown Houston and the Medical Center as well as other parts of Houston.
10. Faye Dunaway – Hurricane Bonnie, 1986
She played Bonnie in "Bonnie & Clyde"
Hurricane Bonnie was a fairly small hurricane that made landfall at High Island, TX, just north of Galveston Island.
Some of the entries included storms that could be alternatives answers for the clues that I gave. I accepted some of them, but not all. These were:
Hurricane Alice, 1954 – not accepted because it only affected the Caribbean & Puerto Rico. It did not come near Texas.
Tropical Storm Abby, 1964 – accepted – it made landfall near Matagorda, TX
Tropical Storm Barbara, 1954 – not accepted because it made landfall at Vermillion Bay, LA and spent most of its time in Louisiana. It did finally dissipate in east Texas but did not cause any significant impact anywhere in the state
Tropical Storm Fay, 2002 – accepted – it made landfall near Matagorda, TX
Tropical Storm Bill, 2003 – not accepted because it made landfall in south-central Louisiana and traveled west-northwest toward northern Florida
Hurricane Roslyn, 1986 – not accepted because it made landfall near Matzalan, Mexico and spent almost all its time in Mexico. Some remnants of it did bring rainfall to Texas, but there was no significant impact to the state.
Hurricane Jerry, 1989 – accepted – It was a fairly small hurricane that hit Galveston from the sea side. The sea wall did its job and flooding was very minimal.
Hurricane Gladys, 1955 – accepted – The hurricane made landfall at Tampico, Mexico but a separate offshoot of the storm hit Texas near Corpus Christi with 45 mph winds
Four people entered this contest and three of them had enough acceptable answers to earn one point. One person came up with the 10 storms that I was actually looking for and earned 2 points – congratulations Robert Holiday (rholiday).