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2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season
| Alex | Bonnie | Colin | Danielle | Earl | Fiona | Gaston | Hermine | Ian | Julia | Karl | Lisa | Matthew | Nicole | Otto | Paula | Richard | Shary | Tobias | Virginie | Walter |

Active Tropical Systems: None!
Atlantic Hurricane Season is from June 1 - November 30

GOES Satellite - Zoomed in on the Caribbean (21:45 UTC, 50 minutes ago)
Vertical gridlines 10° or about 650 miles (~1050 km) apart. [more satellite imagery].

Sunday, October 23, 2016 18:09PM EDT - 5 weeks to go

Good evening!

With only about 5 weeks left in the official Atlantic 2016 season, there is not much to talk about for the moment. A wave that seems to be taking it's sweet time getting to the eastern Caribbean is getting munched by wind shear streaming off South America while some of the low level moisture dots have escaped and have been giving the islands sporadic rain, clouds and high humidity enhancing the hungry mosquito hordes.

The Gulf of Mexico and the western Caribbean are a bit inhospitable as well while the Pacific might see a storm named Seymour who might "see" his way, as he falls apart in a few days, northeastward and contribute to some wet Pacific storm systems approaching a very droughtified California. It looks like those storms will be good news for central and northern California and a wait and see for SoCal.

I still see one more named system in the Atlantic this year before all is put to rest and hope it is a fish storm as well! There still might be an Otto yet!


Thursday, October 13, 2016 20:50PM PDT - Bermuda
Bermuda got the eye of Nicole. As was forecasted Nicole weakened to a Category 3 hurricane just before making landfall. First reports indicate extensive damage, with 85% of people at one point of time without power. However, it doesn't seem too bad, consdering getting a direct hit by a major hurricane... I am awaiting some reports from Bermuda by our local hurricane correspondents, but I can imagine they are prioritizing the cleanup! The Royal Gazette has some reports, esp. the 'live' section has lots of pictures. Below an impressive image of the eye of Nicole, which is bigger than the island! I have collected more high resolution satellite images at

Meanwhile the situation in Haiti is still dire. Right now the death toll stands at over 1300 and cholera is spreading in the hard hit southwest region. And with crops destroyed the future looks pretty bleak. More news on Google News. USA Today has a How you can help webpage... -Gert

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Current Tropical Weather Outlook (NHC/TPC):
Accompanying satellite image (pop-up, source: NHC)
200 PM EDT TUE OCT 25 2016

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days.

Forecaster Avila
More detail in the Tropical Weather Discussion or view the Graphicast Image

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Latest local updates from the special
hurricane correspondents on the islands:
- Trinidad & Tobago [Oct 25 3:50]
- Dominican Republic [Oct 24 9:27]
- St.Croix [Oct 23 21:28]
- Haiti [Oct 22 15:57]
- Nevis [Oct 19 14:09]
- Curaçao [Oct 19 0:14]
- Barbados [Oct 18 17:19]
- St.Maarten/St.Martin [Oct 17 0:59]
- Bermuda [Oct 15 18:49]
- Dominica [Oct 13 9:13]
- Anguilla [Oct 13 8:08]
- St.Thomas [Oct 11 8:04]
- St.John [Oct 10 18:19]
- Cayman Islands [Oct 10 9:21]
- St.Lucia [Oct 10 8:18]
- Bahamas [Oct 9 0:19]
- Jamaica [Oct 6 16:33]
- Cuba [Oct 6 10:03]
- Grenada [Oct 6 7:40]
- St.Kitts [Oct 5 15:51]
- Florida Keys [Oct 5 8:12]
- Turks & Caicos [Oct 5 7:27]
- St.Vincent & Grenadines [Oct 4 19:51]
- Bonaire [Oct 4 11:33]
- Tortola & Virgin Gorda [Oct 4 8:24]
- Aruba [Oct 2 19:54]
- Belize [Oct 2 8:15]
- Culebra (PR) [Oct 1 6:24]
- Vieques (PR) [Sep 30 22:39]
- Martinique [Sep 28 19:35]
- Montserrat [Sep 28 18:21]
- Antigua [Sep 28 16:53]
- Puerto Rico [Sep 5 20:58]
- Guadeloupe [Sep 5 11:55]
- Saba [Sep 1 7:56]

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
- Radar Composite - E-Carib.
- 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