Belize history with tropical
(br)=brush (ts)=Tropical Storm
(bd)=Back Door,meaning coming from over land from opposite coast.Not all names
are noted,also storms before 1950 were not named.Not every stat on every storm
description is given(since 1871).
within or near core
times in 146yrs end of 2017
Names from list
|Tropical Storm to Hurricane ratio |
TS=28, 52.83% H=25, 47.17%
Longest gap between storms
9 years 1907-1915
How often this area gets
brushed or hit every 2.75 years
Average years between direct hurricane hits.(hurricane force winds for a few hours)
(22h)once every 6.64 years
Average years between major hurricane hits.(7)
once every 20.86 years
Average MPH of hurricane hits. (based on advisories sustained winds, not gusts)
Statistically when this area should be affected
affected this year
Last affected by
2017 August 8th Tropical Storm franklin 60mph brushes north areas while moving west.
This areas hurricane past
1892 Oct 12th 95mph from the ESE
1893 July 6th 90mph from the S.E north part of country
1906 Oct 13th, 80mph from the SSE
1918 Aug 26th 80mph from the east
1931 Sept 10th a hurricane with 130mph (Hurdat) just north of Belize city 132mph for 10 min 1,500
1933 Sept 12th, 80mph very north tip of country from the SSE
1934 June 8th, 80mph mainly offshore islands affected from the south
1941 Sept 28th,85mph from the ESE south part of country
1942 Nov 8th, 95mph north part of country from the east
1945 Oct 14th,85mph from the east
1955 major hurricane Janet levels the area sept 27th ,corozal town destroyed with 160mph winds (914mb). Belize damage shot Hurricane hunter aircraft Snowcloud Five lost & never found.
1960 July 15th ,75mph winds Hurricane Abby from the east south part of country
1961 July 24th Hurricane Anna 80mph moving west
1961 Oct 31st,hurricane Hattie
hits just south with 27.17 press 150mph winds with gusts to 200mph an 13ft storm
surge kills 275 as 75% of area is destroyed Newspaper article | Monument
1969 Hurricane Francelia hits southern Belize with 90mph winds on sept 4th from the east.
1974 Sept 2nd Hurricane Carmen hits the north part of country with 125mph winds from the east
1974 Sept 19th,hurricane Fifi 105mph ,85 to 100kt winds reported here,tides 10 to 12 ft.
1978 Sept 19th Hurricane Greta a cat borderline cat 3 115mph from the ESE.
Oct 1st,2000 Hurricane Keith hit the areas of Belize city & North.Sat just offshore as a cat 4 135mph winds,then slowly moved S.W nearing Belize city with 75mph winds. Heavy damage on offshore islands & heavy flooding as 2 ft of water was standing in belize city.Chetumal Bay emptied out due to strong north winds. Keith dumped nearly 33 inches of rain in Belize city or half of the yearly total for the area.
Oct 8th 2001, Hurricane Iris hits southern Belize with 145mph winds causing major damage as nearly 95% of buildings were heavily damaged. A 14 ft storm surge was reported & 31 killed as 20 of those were people on a dive boat.This was a very small hurricane with hurricane force winds extending out around 20 miles from the center. Total damage estimated at 66 million.
2010 Oct 24th Hurricane Richard comes ashore just south of Belize City as a cat 1 with 90mph winds. Flooding in many homes in Belize City but no deaths. radar animation | Model history | Recorded ham radio and calls to radio stations(12m).
2016 Aug 4th Hurricane Earl hits with 75mph winds from the east causing moderate coastal damage.
Stat sources: NHC Track maps/hurdat2/cyclone reports | Unisys hurricane database | Hurricane research division
Text Sources:(alp)....Divine Wind Kerry Emanuel.....Florida Hurricanes & Tropical Storms John M. Williams & Iver W.Duedall.....Florida's Hurricane History Jay Barnes.....Hurricane Almanac Bryan Norcross.....hurricanecity.com (calculations) Jim Williams.....Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States Rick Schwartz.....Hurricane Watch Dr. Bob Sheets & Jack Williams.....Inside the Hurricane Pete Davies..... Isaac's Storm Erik Larson..... Killer Cane Robert Mykle.....Lunatic Wind William Price Fox...Miami Herald newspaper(microfilm).....Path of destruction John McQuaid & Mark Schleifstein.....Sun sentinel newspaper(microfilm).....The Major Hurricanes to affect the Bahamas Wayne Neely.....The Ship & the Storm Jim Carrier.....plus many more.............
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