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#207398 - 08/25/05 04:26 PM Belize Hurricanes ... By the Numbers
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Here are some figures I put together on hurricanes in Belize.

--Lan Sluder
www.belizefirst.com

Hurricanes in Belize … By the Numbers

In the past 115 years since weather records in Belize were formally maintained, Belize has seen the following storms make landfall:

20 hurricanes -- average of 1 hurricane every 5.75 years
(by contrast an average of about 1.6 hurricanes a year hit the U.S. during roughly the same period, but the U.S. coast line is many times larger than that of Belize)
31 tropical storms - average of 1 tropical storm every 3.75 years
51 total hurricanes and tropical storms - average of 1 hurricane/storm every 2.25 years

Of the 20 hurricanes:
9 or 45% were in September (1 every 12.75 Septembers)
8 or 40% were in October (1 every 14.4 Octobers)
2 or 10% were in July
1 or 5% was in November
0 or 0% in June and August

Of the 51 total hurricanes and tropical storms:
7 or 14% were in June
4 or 8% were in July
4 or 8% were in August
19 or 37% were in September
14 or 27% were in October
3 or 6% were in November

Odds of hurricane:
Odds of a hurricane in Belize in a given year: 17%
Odds of a hurricane in Florida in a given year: 68%
Odds of a hurricane on the U.S. Gulf Coast in a given year: 67%
Odds of a hurricane on the U.S. East Coast in a given year: 47%
Note, however, that the length of the coast in Belize (less than 200 miles) is much smaller than the length of the coasts of Florida, the Gulf Coast and the East Coast - for example the East Coast of the U.S. is 1860 miles in length, so it offers a much greater area for storms to strike

Most powerful storms to hit Belize:
Unnamed hurricane, September 9, 1931, Belize City and Northern Cayes, 110 mph, estimated 2,500-3,000 deaths
Hurricane Janet, September 28, 1955, Northern Belize, 165 mph, 16 deaths in Belize
Hurricane Hattie, October 31, 1961, Belize City, 140 mph, estimated 225-310 deaths in Belize
Hurricane Carmen, September 2, 1974, skirted Northern Belize, 120 mph
Hurricane Mitch, October 27, 1998, skirted Belize to the south, 155 mph
Hurricane Keith, October 1, 2000, Ambergris Caye 120 mph, 2 deaths in Belize
Hurricane Iris, October 9, 2001, Placencia & Southern Belize, 145 mph, 21 deaths in Belize

Source: Belize National Meteorological Service, NOAA and other weather records
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Lan Sluder/Belize First
http://www.belizefirst.com

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#207399 - 08/29/05 11:58 PM Re: Belize Hurricanes ... By the Numbers
cloudbusterb Offline
well hell lan im going to be in sanpedro on sat the 3rd maybe we can have a beer on sunday and watch the next weather front go through and ruin my 2 week trip down there

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#207400 - 08/30/05 02:08 AM Re: Belize Hurricanes ... By the Numbers
SP Daily Offline
Lan Sluder is in North Carolina

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#207401 - 08/30/05 02:11 AM Re: Belize Hurricanes ... By the Numbers
Anonymous
Hey Cloud - We're gonna be there on the 3rd - we'll have a beer w/ ya n celebrate that there will be no hurricanes in Belize this year - positive thinkin, ya know! wink
In the meantime, I though Lan's info was pretty informative! Thanks, Lan!

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#207402 - 08/30/05 05:33 PM Re: Belize Hurricanes ... By the Numbers
cloudbusterb Offline
sounds good never been there we arrive sat. at 1430 and fly to the island at 3:30 in the afternoon. staying at belizian shores so sunday we can have a few . e mail me ill give ya some info

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#207403 - 08/31/05 02:13 AM Re: Belize Hurricanes ... By the Numbers
sev32665 Offline
please while you are sitting back enjoying your sunsets and drinking your rum punches and cold belkins, please keep in your thoughts and prayers all the people affected by hurricane katrina.....could some day be belize! and please donate --they will need all the help the world can give!

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