Climatology

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Peak of the Season
Barbados (TBPB)

Weekly analyses of tropical systems passing within 60nm (= 69mi.) of the island. Used latitude/longitude coordinates (13.07N,59.48W) might not be the center of the island. Often the location of the island weather station was used, which is normally at the airport.
In the two graphs below are the total number of tropical systems plotted which were passing by for each seven day period since 1851 or since 1944 through 2010. So it can be easily seen which part of the year is most active. Those tropical systems reaching hurricane strength are in red, and the 'big ones' (severe hurricanes, or category 3 and up) in purple. A summary below the graph shows during which week of the year the most number of tropical storms passed by, as well as the peak of the season for hurricanes and severe hurricanes. Between brackets the number of storms during that week, and the probability of it occurring (for example, if 2 hurricanes came close during that week over 10 years, the probability of a hurricane passing by for that specific week is one every 5 years).
See how this compares to all Atlantic storms, or for the Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean or the Bahamas/Turks&Caicos regions.

A separate part of the climatology section contains the actual storm tracks (all or per decade) and a 5 year analysis to find out if more storms have passed by Barbados lately. See also how Barbados ranks among other islands.

Period: 1851 - 2010
category 3-5 hurricanes: purple; category 1-2: red; tropical storms: blue
Peak of the season (since 1851):
Most storms: weeks of 8/18-8/24, 9/8-9/14 (8 since 1851 or 1 every 20.0 years)
Most hurricanes: week of 9/8-9/14 (3 since 1851 or 1 every 53.3 years)
Most severe hurricanes: weeks of 8/4-8/10, 8/18-8/24, 9/22-9/28 (1 since 1851 or 1 every 160.0 years)

Period: 1944 - 2010
category 3-5 hurricanes: purple; category 1-2: red; tropical storms: blue
Peak of the season (since 1944):
Most storms: weeks of 9/8-9/14, 9/22-9/28, 9/29-10/5 (3 since 1944 or 1 every 22.3 years)
Most hurricanes: week of 9/22-9/28 (2 since 1944 or 1 every 33.5 years)
Most severe hurricanes: weeks of 8/4-8/10, 9/22-9/28 (1 since 1944 or 1 every 67.0 years)

Barbados: all dec peak 5yr rank

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