Caribbean Hurricane Network
- Updates from the Islands -
This was a record breaking season. A total of 30 tropical systems, with 27 named storms. For the first time ever we ran out of names and had to borrow six letters from the greek alphabeth.
Katrina made most headlines this season. And indeed who would have thought that especially in the United States a hurricane could cause such a disaster! Surely there must have been a lot of 'wishful' thinking going on! I think that it is really shameful how the New Orleans residents weren't pressured more and/or accomodated better to leave the area before the storm struck. And then the aftermath was dealt with even worse. Also, keep in mind, that New Orleans wasn't the only place hit by Katrina. Many other communities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were affected by Katrina as well, and unfortunately those people are often forgotten.
In any case, despite the continuing headlines about Katrina, at least here in the US, 2005 was a relative quiet season for the Caribbean Islands. It started with some early threats in July, with Dennis which just missed Jamaica but hit Cuba. Then there was Emily which gave Grenada, which is still shaken up from last year, and St.Vincent & Grenadines a big scare. Emily also caused a delay in my visit to Cayman where my family was invited by The Reef Resort as a thank-you from last year's effort. Luckily it was a non-event on Cayman and we had a great time at The Reef. But after that not much happened on the Islands.
However, this year Central America was especially hard hit. A notable 'big' one was the forgotten storm Stan. Many people probably don't realize that this was the deadliest storm of the season, with over 2000 fatalities in Central America (mostly Guatemala). And then of course we have Wilma, who swept through the Yucatan Peninsula and devastated Cancun. Wilma actually broke the Atlantic record for lowest central pressure, and is now ranked number 1 on the list of most intense Atlantic hurricanes.
Last year four storm names were retired by the World Meteorological Organisation. This year there are five: Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma. They will be replace in the 6-year 21-name rotating system by Don, Katia, Rina, Sean and Whitney.
2005 Season: | Arlene | Bret | Cindy | Dennis | Emily | Franklin | Gert | Harvey | Irene | Jose | Katrina | Lee | Maria | Nate | Ophelia | Philippe | Rita | Stan | Tammy | Vince | Wilma | Alpha | Beta | Gamma | Delta | Epsilon | Zeta|
The heart of the Caribbean Hurricane Network are the personal reports send in by the special hurricane correspondents on the islands. Find out what happened on your favority island during the 2005 Hurricane Season by following the links below.
- Dominican Republic (Apr 7 14:15)|
- Tortola (Apr 7 10:09)
- Saba & Statia (Apr 6 7:48)
- St.Maarten/St.Martin (Apr 5 10:45)
- Nevis (Apr 5 8:10)
- Bonaire (Apr 1 15:11)
- Puerto Rico (Apr 1 14:04)
- Culebra (PR) (Apr 1 5:59)
- Cayman Islands (Mar 31 12:18)
- Antigua (Mar 22 20:33)
- St.Croix (Feb 28 15:21)
- Trinidad & Tobago (Feb 26 12:06)
- Jamaica (Feb 15 17:28)
- Barbados (Jan 28 0:00)
- Vieques (PR) (Jan 16 5:24)
- Aruba (Jan 3 1:07)
- St.Thomas (Dec 6 13:58)
- Mexico (incl. Cozumel & Cancun) (Nov 30 21:37)
- Bermuda (Nov 29 10:00)
- Honduras (Nov 20 15:38)
- Belize (Nov 19 20:22)
- St.Vincent & Grenadines (Nov 16 18:37)
- Dominica (Nov 15 14:43)
- St.Lucia (Nov 14 15:01)
- Grenada (Nov 14 11:02)
- Martinique (Nov 13 12:06)
- Bahamas (Oct 26 1:00)
- Turks & Caicos (Oct 25 12:13)
- Haiti (Oct 23 20:06)
- Florida Keys (Oct 23 14:44)
- St.Kitts (Oct 21 15:40)
- Anguilla (Oct 10 15:10)
- Guatemala (Oct 10 11:37)
- St.John (Sep 21 1:00)
- General Update (Sep 12 14:24)
- Guadeloupe (Sep 4 9:52)
- Curaçao (Jul 15 8:15)
- Montserrat (May 24 22:50)
Following is an archive of all weather discussions Dave and I posted. They are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent storm discussion on top. Use the index of storm names above to find your 'favorite' storm. If you want more background information on specific storms, I have found the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season section in the Wikipedia a great resource.
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Friday, December 30, 10:30PM - Zeta
It's not over yet! On one of the last days of the year..., another tropical storm!!! Luckily far out in the Atlantic and already at a more northernly latitude than the islands. Everyone best wishes for the new year! Let it be a boring hurricane season!
Sat, 24 Dec 2005 13:19:00 -0400 - Season's Greetings!
|- - - Epsilon - - -|
Thursday, November 28, 3:55PM - Epsilon!
And another one! The 28th named storm of the season! As with Delta no threat to the Caribbean. It is currently in the Central Atlantic, already too far north to be a threat to the islands. At least we are learning our Greek alphabeth.
|- - - Delta - - -|
Wednesday, November 23, 3:55PM - Delta!
Another one in this record-breaking season! Tropical storm number 25. It formed in the eastern Atlantic, normally the area where the dangerous Cape Verde storms form... Luckily this one seems to be going the wrong way and shouldn't be a threat to the Caribbean at all.
|- - - Gamma - - -|
Fri, 18 Nov 2005 18:37:14 -0400 - Gamma!
Friday, November 18, 5:30PM - Gamma!
And another named storm! For a while it looked like #27 was going to fall apart and it did for some time, but this morning's satellite showed that it had become better organized again. Again, not the wind, but the rain will be the major problem for Honduras, Belize, and Mexico...
Monday, November 13, 0:10AM - 27!?
Who would have thought... the twenty-seventh tropical system of the season!!? It is currently about 100 miles west of St.Lucia, and moving away from the Windward Islands. Only threat could be more westward... Hispanolia, Jamaica, Cayman... Don't panic... it's late in the season, and as far as it looks now it will 'never' become a hurricane.
|- - - Beta - - -|
Wednesday, October 29, 2:40PM - Hurricane Beta
Beta is now a hurricane... currently about 65 miles northwest of Providencia off the Nicaragua coast (see this excellent map from Perry-Castaneda Libray Map Collection at UT). It might become a Category 2 before making landfall. I am more worried about the storm surge flooding and more inland where the torrential rain accompanied with this system which will cause flash floods and mudslides... Hopefully it is not becoming another Stan (or worse, Mitch).
Thu, 27 Oct 2005 09:08:22 -0400 - Gamma???
Wednesday, October 26, 11:40PM - Number 26...
Another tropical depression formed. Now off the coast of central America. No problems windwise expected, but those torrential rains again! Not good... as we saw with Stan. I am sure a lot of people don't realize that Stan killed up to 2,000 people in Central America, most of them Maya Indians in Guatemala whose homes were swallowed in landslides.
Tue, 25 Oct 2005 18:57:16 -0400 - Baby Beta?
|- - - Alpha - - -|
|- - - Wilma - - -|
Monday, October 24, 11:55PM - Getting better...
What a couple of days it has been... Literally millions of hits on this website and over a Terabyte (=1000 Gigabytes!) of data transferred since Friday! And the server(s) just kept humming along! A special thank you to my great webhosting company Pair.com who appreciate my website so much that they waive the overusage costs (which would have been a couple of thousand dollars)!
In any case, Alpha and Wilma are gone. However, the Yucatan is still recovering. There has been a lot of damage, though not as much as I initially feared with a Category-4 hanging around for so long, and as far as I know only three casualties! Also, on the plus side, more and more people are finally able to get in contact with their loved ones stranded in Cancun, Cozumel, etc, of which a lot of them are now being transported to Merida and then flown out. It will take a couple of months for the area to recover I am afraid..., but it could have been a lot worse. The latest reports (including pictures) can be found here. There is also a very active Pleas for Help forum where people are exchange titbits of information, and where you can post a plea for help.
Hopefully this concludes the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season!
Saturday, October 22, 7:45PM - Alpha
And there we have it... for the first time ever we have run out of names! So now we are starting with the Greek alphabeth. Tropical depression 25 became tropical storm Alpha. It is currently about 125 miles south of the Dominican Republic, and is expected to pass over the Dominican Republic in the next day. Hopefully it won't stall since the major problem with this system will be the rainfall not the wind, especially in the mountainous regions of Haite and Dominican Republic. After that it is expected to move over the Turks & Caicos islands, but I don't foresee to many problems for them.
Meanwhile in Mexico... the center of Wilma has finally moved of the Yucatan peninsula. It seems to have been there forever! Wilma is still a Category 2 hurricane and pretty close to Cancun. See above for links to reports straight from Mexico by the local hurricane correspondents and for the Wilma-Pleas for Help forum.
Sat, 22 Oct 2005 09:04:24 -0400 - Alpha?
Friday, October 21, 12:05PM - Cozumel...
Cozumel... hold tight... right now the eyewall is touching the island, will get to Cancun soon... Wilma, a category 4, is moving only at 5 mph, very slow. This is going to be very bad for this part of the Yucatan. If you click above on the 'storm centered image' you will see how impressive this storm looks. If you read this later, I save the images for you: on this page. Link to reports by the special hurricane correspondents in Mexico can be found above.
Thursday, October 20, 12:05PM - Yucatan...
It doesn't look good for the eastern side of the Yucatan peninsula. For the island of Cozumel the closest point of approach (CPA) of the center of Wilma is only 0.9 miles, so a direct hit, and this after they had already Emily back in July. This will be in about 25 hours... For Cancun it doesn't look much better with a CPA of 9 miles in 36 hours... Also, this storm isn't moving as fast as Emily did, so damage will be more extensive. And above this, although Wilma is now a Category-4 Hurricane, it is expected to restrengthen to a Category 5 again before making landfall on Cozumel. Reports from the special hurricane correspondents in the Yucatan region can be found here. Use the tools above to calculate your closest point of approach, make your own satellite images and check the latest advisories. Also, I opened up the pleas for help board esp. for Mexico. There is also a more general please for help board..
Wed, 19 Oct 2005 18:37:55 -0400 - Weebles, Wobbles, and Wilma
Wed, 19 Oct 2005 08:56:57 -0400 - Another WOW!
Mon, 17 Oct 2005 17:59:19 -0400 - Cat 3 Wilma?
Tue, 11 Oct 2005 18:05:27 -0400 - The rain!!
Sat, 08 Oct 2005 10:33:29 -0400 - activity!
|- - - Adrian through Tammy - - -|
For quicker loading and to save bandwidth, the discussions about these storms have been moved to another page.
|- - - Local hurricane correspondents wanted! - - -|
Do you live on one of the islands? We need your help! We are looking for more people who are interested in sending us a few paragraphs about the situation on your island before, during and after a storm hits. You don't need to be a weatherman or expert on the subject, just share with us what you know, feel and see on your island. Your help will be really appreciated by Caribbean people living abroad with family living on the islands, future visitors who have their Caribbean dream-vacation booked, etc.etc. Reliable, not-sensationalized information is just so hard to get in crisis situations. Help keep the rest of the world up-to-date with what is really happening! We really need you, Georges is proof! If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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