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Key West, USA (KEYW)

Location: 24.60N 81.70W

Tropical systems passing within 60nm (= 69mi.) of the island. Used latitude/longitude coordinates (24.60N,81.70W) might not be the center of the island. Often the location of the island weather station was used, which is normally at the airport.
Please note that not only hurricanes (h1-h5) are included but also tropical storms (ts). Wind/category reported is maximum measured while the system moved through region (box). Each category storm has its own color (see color bar below; ts=tropical storm; h1=category 1 hurricane; etc., see the guide for definitions). Different projections can be selected, the island projections are most zoomed in (select if you want to see how close the systems passed by the island [not available for regions]), while the world projection most zoomed out (select when you want to see the complete path of the storm). Winds are in miles per hour. It is also calculated how close the center of the storm came to the island, the so-called closest point of approach (cpoa, in miles).

Below you can see all stormtracks for each decade since 1851 for Key West. Note that the most recent 'decade' (2010) only consists of 1 year. All storms since 1851 in one image [colored spaghetti] can be found elsewhere. In the climatology section there is also a weekly analysis of the data which shows when the real peak of hurricane season is for Key West and a five-year analysis to find out if more storms have passed close by Key West recently.

Projection: Island | Caribbean | Atlantic | World |
[ts=tropical storm; h1=category 1 hurricane; etc.]

2010 - 2010
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
  NO STORMS PASSED BY THIS DECADE

2000 - 2009
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
26 Aug 2005    98   h2   39   KATRINA
21 Sep 2005   109   h2   46   RITA
19 Aug 2008    63   ts    5   FAY

1990 - 1999
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
10 Oct 1990    52   ts   36   MARCO
15 Nov 1994    52   ts    1   GORDON
25 Sep 1998   104   h2   25   GEORGES
15 Oct 1999    75   h1    2   IRENE

1980 - 1989
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
16 Aug 1981    40   ts   25   DENNIS
12 Oct 1987    75   h1    0   FLOYD

1970 - 1979
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
19 Aug 1976    40   ts   22   DOTTIE

1960 - 1969
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
10 Sep 1960   138   h4   51   DONNA
14 Oct 1964   127   h3   36   ISBELL
 8 Sep 1965   127   h3   43   BETSY
 8 Jun 1966   127   h3   47   ALMA
 5 Oct 1966    92   h1    4   INEZ
 2 Oct 1969    46   ts   34   JENNY

1950 - 1959
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
 3 Sep 1950    86   h1   36   EASY
 3 Feb 1952    40   ts   14   NOTNAMED

1940 - 1949
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
17 Oct 1941    46   ts   43   NOTNAMED
19 Oct 1944   121   h3   69   NOTNAMED
 4 Sep 1945    40   ts   26   NOTNAMED
19 Aug 1947    46   ts   34   NOTNAMED
12 Oct 1947    81   h1    7   NOTNAMED
21 Sep 1948   121   h3    5   NOTNAMED
 5 Oct 1948   127   h3   23   NOTNAMED

1930 - 1939
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
 1 Sep 1933   104   h2   56   NOTNAMED
 5 Oct 1933   121   h3   43   NOTNAMED
27 May 1934    46   ts   32   NOTNAMED
 3 Sep 1935   150   h4   48   NOTNAMED
 5 Nov 1935    75   h1   35   NOTNAMED
29 Jul 1936    63   ts   62   NOTNAMED

1920 - 1929
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
21 Oct 1926   127   h3   37   NOTNAMED
13 Aug 1928    69   ts   23   NOTNAMED
28 Sep 1929   109   h2   50   NOTNAMED

1910 - 1919
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
18 Oct 1910   121   h3   56   NOTNAMED
14 May 1916    40   ts   50   NOTNAMED
16 Nov 1916    58   ts   16   NOTNAMED
10 Sep 1919   150   h4   27   NOTNAMED

1900 - 1909
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
 6 Sep 1900    69   ts   51   NOTNAMED
20 Oct 1904    40   ts   55   NOTNAMED
17 Jun 1906    86   h1   26   NOTNAMED
18 Oct 1906   121   h3   30   NOTNAMED
11 Oct 1909   115   h3   15   NOTNAMED

1890 - 1899
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
 7 Oct 1891    52   ts    6   NOTNAMED
10 Jun 1892    46   ts   51   NOTNAMED
25 Sep 1894    92   h1   19   NOTNAMED
 1 Oct 1895    58   ts   30   NOTNAMED
16 Oct 1895    40   ts   65   NOTNAMED
10 Sep 1897    69   ts   18   NOTNAMED
23 Oct 1898    46   ts   67   NOTNAMED
30 Jul 1899    40   ts   63   NOTNAMED

1880 - 1889
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
17 Aug 1881    46   ts   36   NOTNAMED
18 Aug 1886    75   h1   51   NOTNAMED
23 Sep 1888    40   ts   49   NOTNAMED
 6 Oct 1889    46   ts   35   NOTNAMED

1870 - 1879
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
 8 Oct 1870   104   h2   33   NOTNAMED
20 Oct 1870    92   h1   64   NOTNAMED
 1 Jun 1871    46   ts   34   NOTNAMED
19 Oct 1876   104   h2   14   NOTNAMED
 8 Sep 1878    69   ts   47   NOTNAMED
21 Oct 1878    81   h1   45   NOTNAMED

1860 - 1869
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
15 Aug 1861    92   h1   33   NOTNAMED
 1 Nov 1861    69   ts   67   NOTNAMED
23 Oct 1865   104   h2    4   NOTNAMED

1851 - 1859
    date     wind  cat. cpoa  name
22 Aug 1852   104   h2   35   NOTNAMED

Key West, USA: all dec peak 5yr rank

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