Caribbean Hurricane Network
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2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season|
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Active Tropical Systems: None!
Atlantic Hurricane Season is from June 1 - November 30
GOES Satellite - Zoomed in on the Caribbean (01:45 UTC, 55 minutes ago)
Vertical gridlines 10° or about 650 miles (~1050 km) apart. [more satellite imagery].
Friday, May 17, 2013 10:43AM PDT - What's new this season
- Brian McNoldy, a hurricane scientist at Rosenstiel, Miami posted an interesting article of what is new this season (from shrinking cones to new names) and what to expect. Find it on the Washington Post website. He also maintains a mailing list with his insightful updates during the season which I highly recommend. You can subscribe on this webpage. -Gert
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 11:17AM PDT - First tropical depression in the Pacific
- Hurricane season in the Pacific started today, two weeks earlier than for us. And right on cue the first depression formed. Just a reminder that we should get ready as well! -Gert
Monday, April 22, 2013 13:04PM PDT - Plant a tree in Haiti this Earth Day
- We all know that deforestation is a big problem in Haiti. On this Earth Day you can help a bit. Every person who takes the Clinton Climate Quiz, the Clinton Foundation will plant a tree. There are only 7 questions and you will learn something (I had most of the answers incorrect!). Take the quiz here, it only takes a minute or so. -Gert
Sunday, April 21, 2013 11:30AM EDT
- Another season!
Yes, it's about that time to start preliminary preparedness actions as the start of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane is just a mere 40 days away and we all know how fast 40 days can go by. Wasn't Christmas just yesterday?
Current predictions by all respected agencies and forecasters are for an above average season again. The Caribbean has been fairly lucky the last few years but that will not hold for long as the odds unfortunately are getting increasingly larger for a direct hit somewhere Caribbean -wise and it won't be pretty.
It's never too early to start thinking, especially since we have had systems form in May and early June as Gert noted; granted not powerful systems but heavy rainmakers and flooders which can and has done more damage than the winds. Speaking of, prayers and thoughts are with those in Dominica as two well known atheletes lost their lives due to heavy rains and the damage it caused. See the latest Dominica postings on the right.
Rain is something we here in the NE Caribbean have been sorely lacking. "Official" deficits are currently close to 3 inches although St. Croix, the scene of wildfires mainly arson in nature, received some good showers yesterday. Some areas of the islands are running close to 5 inches of deficit since December leaving a bland brown landscape as opposed to a picturesque, lush green foliage appearance commonly thought of when thinking of tropical islands. I actually had to buy a truckload of water 5 weeks ago; first time since 1999!!
The last week of Carnival on St. Thomas is upon us though and that usually bodes the beginning of a wetter period leading to June 1st. As long as the Food Fair, and the parades stay dry, I say let the scattered rain come in moderation!! Hey, it would keep J'ouve a bit cooler in many ways!!!
As a last thought for the day, the allegy inducing Saharan dust is starting to pick up and it won't be long before our first tropical wave appears on the eastern horizon. Time to start thinking, taching your kids, and preparing. Good luck to us all!
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Latest local updates from the special
hurricane correspondents on the islands:
- Trinidad & Tobago [May 19 22:25]
- St.Maarten/St.Martin [May 18 21:08]
- Dominica [May 15 8:55]
- Bonaire [May 10 11:31]
- Anguilla [May 9 9:38]
- Curaçao [May 6 9:20]
- Culebra (PR) [May 1 6:55]
- Nevis [Apr 25 6:15]
- St.Lucia [Apr 23 11:45]
- Martinique [Apr 21 13:14]
- Antigua [Apr 15 17:13]
- Jamaica [Apr 14 12:05]
Only reports received for this season are listed. See the archive for previous years.
Links to excellent websites:
- Navy/NRL Monterey
- NOAA/NESDIS (floater loops)
- RAMSDIS Imagery
- Caribbean/Atl. buoy data
- STORM2K forum
- Tracking Waves (McNoldy)
Storm definitions by wind speed:
- Tropical Depression <39mph
- Tropical Storm 39-73mph
- Cat.1 Hurricane 74-95mph
- Cat.2 Hurricane 96-110mph
- Cat.3 Hurricane 111-130mph
- Cat.4 Hurricane 131-155mph
- Cat.5 Hurricane >155mph
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