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2014 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 (15:45 UTC, 52 minutes ago)
Vertical gridlines 10° or about 650 miles (~1050 km) apart. [more satellite imagery].

Thursday, April 9, 2015 14:41PM PDT - Quiet season ahead!?
It is that time of the year again for the traditional forecast of the upcoming hurricane season by Klotzbach&Gray at Colorado State University. Some good news, it is supposed to be a quiet season. They predict only 7 named storms (normal is 12) of which 3 will become a hurricane (6.5 is normal), one of those will grow into a major hurricane (Category 3 and up). The main reason for it is that it should be an El Niño year again and the relatively cold sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic.

We were supposed to have an El Niño during last hurricane season as well, but it formed later and was weaker than expected, but we had still a relatively quiet season. This year most dynamical models are calling for a moderate to strong El Niño event from August to October, nicely during the traditional peak of hurricane season. Hopefully this all pans out, but as always, remember that even in a slow season, that one big hurricane could make landfall on your beautiful island! -Gert

Monday, March 16, 2015 09:19AM PDT - Cyclone Pam hits Vanuatu
A powerful Category 5 storm, with 165 mph winds hit the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. Apparently this is the second most intense storm in the South Pacific and one of only two Cateogry 5 storms to make landfall on a populated island east of Australia. President Baldwin Lonsdale said the storm had "wiped out" all development of recent years and his country would have to rebuild "everything". The official death toll stands at eight, but is likely to rise, esp. since some of the islands hit are hard to reach. If you want to help, the International Red Cross or Unicef is always a good option. You can donate directly to Cyclone Pam recovery efforts. -Gert

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 17:38PM PDT - End of 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season
Just got back from my Antarctic trip, and I can happily say that the 2014 season is over! Looking at just the number of storms and intensity it has been a very quiet one, only 8 storms, the lowest number in 17 years. However, Bermuda still got hit by two hurricanes (Fay and Gonzalo) and the northeastern islands were in for a late season surprise as well with Gonzalo. But all in all it was not too bad this year. Thanks to all the hurricane correspondents who send in their updates. This website would be nothing without you! Also thanks to all the people who donated, we will be here again next year! -Gert

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 19:11PM EST - Non Tropical Entity

Good evening!

Flooding a real possibility tonight if these cells hold together, especially for St. Croix in next few hours and St. Thomas/St. John and the BVIs closer to midnight. More to come very probable tomorrow and Puerto Rico, while taking the brunt earlier today, will probably take some backlash overnite and tomorrow as well. Stay safe my friends! WAPA may have a rough go with the abundance of lightning which is actually not very prevalent during the course of the year but when it does happen, it happens!


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Latest local updates from the special
hurricane correspondents on the islands:
- St.Maarten/St.Martin [Apr 17 19:07]
- Anguilla [Apr 16 10:08]
- Nevis [Apr 9 16:03]
- Trinidad & Tobago [Apr 4 12:04]
- Culebra (PR) [Apr 1 6:44]
- St.Thomas [Mar 28 9:50]
- Bonaire [Mar 4 6:25]
- Tortola & Virgin Gorda [Feb 18 13:40]
- Barbados [Dec 24 8:21]
- St.Croix [Dec 1 22:47]
- Dominica [Nov 21 11:23]
- Grenada [Nov 21 8:39]
- St.Kitts [Nov 20 8:26]
- Montserrat [Nov 8 17:37]
- St.Lucia [Nov 8 0:00]
- Puerto Rico [Oct 31 9:02]
- Dominican Republic [Oct 27 9:07]
- Bermuda [Oct 23 20:23]
- Belize [Oct 18 17:38]
- Antigua [Oct 16 1:00]
- St.Barts [Oct 14 19:33]
- Saba [Oct 14 15:23]
- Statia [Oct 14 13:43]
- St.John [Oct 14 6:50]
- Curaçao [Oct 10 10:29]
- Cayman Islands [Sep 22 16:00]
- Martinique [Sep 20 18:39]
- Turks & Caicos [Aug 24 9:55]
- Haiti [Aug 22 17:20]
- Vieques (PR) [Aug 22 12:30]
- St.Vincent & Grenadines [Aug 1 16:05]
- Aruba [Jul 30 9:10]
- Jamaica [Jul 21 16:35]
- Florida Keys [Jul 3 8:22]

Only reports received for this season are listed. See the archive for previous years.

Links to excellent websites:
- Navy/NRL Monterey
- WeatherUnderground
- NOAA/NESDIS (floater loops)
- RAMSDIS Imagery
- Caribbean/Atl. buoy data
- RT model guidance (RAL/NCAR)
- STORM2K forum
- Tracking Waves (McNoldy)
- more...

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 111-129mph
- Cat.4 Hurricane 130-156mph
- Cat.5 Hurricane >=157mph
More info in the Practical Guide

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This website is all about the Caribbean. Here you can find information, weather discussions and local reports regarding tropical systems threatening the Caribbean islands. A central part of this website is the volunteer network of special local hurricane correspondents, living on the islands, who will report, when need be, on how it looks and feels like around them. Above also hopefully easy to understand weather discussions by me and Dave. In addition, as an aid in locating family or friends on the islands in an emergency situation you can post your 'plea for help' on the bulletin board. Also featured on this website is the Quick Hurricane Web Resource Navigator, for easy locating to the least overloaded webserver for National Hurricane Center advisories and the latest satellite images. Another part of the Caribbean Hurricane Network is the 'practical guide' to hurricane tracking with unit conversions, definitions, tips, links, etc. You can also find out how close the storm is and how many hours you have left to prepare plus you can map the closest point of approach of a hurricane to your location. New is the climatology of Caribbean hurricanes section. Find out when the real peak of hurricane season is for individual islands, view hurricane tracks passing by the islands over the last 150+ years. An archive with detailed reports of how the Caribbean islands fared during the 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 (incl. Frances and Ivan), 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999 (incl. Floyd and Lenny), 1998 (incl. Georges and Mitch), 1997 and 1996 seasons are still available as well. Plus there is more, like storm-centered satellite images, make your own local satellite loop, etc. Hope you find the information on this website (now counting over thousands pages with original content) helpful. Comments always welcome! RSS web feed available. As a side note I am now accepting donations as well. Thanks for visiting!

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The information on these pages is derived from weather statements provided by the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center, and others, and from hurricane correspondents in the Caribbean. I tried to translate the official weather statements in more layman's terms. Also, I tried to fill the gap in reporting on what is happening in the Caribbean, instead of the US (there are already many other good website which focus on the US). Keep in mind that my statements are my own interpretations from the information available to me. Therefore, use the information at your own risk, and above all, don't use these webpages for making life-or-death decisions, always rely on the official and qualified authorities! Accuracy of eye-witness reports by the special hurricane correspondents have not been checked. They may be highly subjective. The author can not be held responsible for lost property, ruined vacations and the like. Despite all this I hope you found the webpage informative and useful. These pages do not have a commercial intent. GoBeach Vacations provided the means and opportunity to start all this. 'Unfortunately' this website has become too popular, placing too much load on the webservers. Luckily, starting in 2000, my excellent webhost provider, pairNetworks, liked my website so much that they support services whenever they can. Comments are always welcome. Just send a note to Gert