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#278097 - 04/24/08 10:49 PM Hurricanes
ericallenjo Offline
We are planning a trip in Sept., I know that nobody can predict the weather but historically how often do hurricanes hit? When they do how long does it last? We are planning on being there around a week and is there a possibility that our whole trip could be ruined? Thanks for the help!

#278108 - 04/25/08 09:10 AM Re: Hurricanes [Re: ericallenjo]
shuffles Offline
Change your Latitude

#278110 - 04/25/08 09:39 AM Re: Hurricanes [Re: shuffles]
elbert Offline
Wow Shuffles, thats a bookmarkable site , most pertinate, honest info I've seen.
I've always felt the weatherman lived someplace else.
The Dive Shops Daily Blog

#278112 - 04/25/08 09:54 AM Re: Hurricanes [Re: elbert]
ScubaLdy Offline
Very interesting but I have a couple of questions. 1998 we had Mitch - Where is this?
No Dean or Felix?
I did bookmark it.
Suffles - thanks
Take only pictures leave only bubbles

#278116 - 04/25/08 10:19 AM Re: Hurricanes [Re: ScubaLdy]
shuffles Offline
That is odd....don't know why it's not on there....?
Change your Latitude

#278118 - 04/25/08 10:51 AM Re: Hurricanes [Re: shuffles]
Amanda Syme Offline
Technically Mitch didn't hit Belize - in reality we were severely impacted by that storm.

#278119 - 04/25/08 10:51 AM Re: Hurricanes [Re: shuffles]
natalie p Offline
Maybe because Mitch never came in that close to us? All we got was the surge, no strong wind.
Looks like it reports only up to 2001,so perhaps Dean and Felix aren't on it yet.

#278125 - 04/25/08 11:35 AM Re: Hurricanes [Re: natalie p]
Barbara K Offline
Purchase travel insurance!

#278132 - 04/25/08 12:29 PM Re: Hurricanes [Re: Barbara K]
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Some info on Belize storms from my website.

--Lan Sluder


Number of storms making landfall in Belize since 1889
In the past 119 years since weather records in Belize were first formally maintained, Belize has seen the following storms make landfall:
• 21 hurricanes -- average of about 1 hurricane every 5.7 years
• 31 tropical storms – average of 1 tropical storm every 3.8 years
• 52 total hurricanes and tropical storms – average of 1 hurricane or tropical storm every 2.3 years

Of the 21 hurricanes:
• 9 or 43% were in September
• 8 or 38% were in October
• 2 or 10% were in July
• 1 or 5% was in November
• 1 or 5% in August
• 0 or 0% in June

Of the 52 total hurricanes and tropical storms:
• 19 or 37% were in September
• 14 or 27% were in October
• 7 or 13% were in June
• 6 or 12% were in August
• 4 or 8% were in July
• 3 or 6% were in November

(Figures rounded)

Most powerful hurricanes 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
• Hurricane Dean, August 21, 2007, Northern Belize, 165 mph at landfall in Mexico, lower in Belize
Source: Belize National Meteorological Service, NOAA and other weather records

Odds of a hurricane:
Odds of a hurricane in Belize in a given year: 18%
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 about 1860 miles in length, so it offers a much greater area for storms to strike

Lan Sluder/Belize First

#278222 - 04/25/08 11:23 PM Re: Hurricanes [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First]
ericallenjo Offline
Thanks for all of the help, I still think that we are going no matter what, so we should get trip insurance! If a hurricane or tropical storm doesn't hit us what is the average day during September?

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