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Caribbean & Atlantic Tropical Storms & Hurricanes 2016

Name Start End Tropical Storm Hurricane
Hurricane Alex 1/13/2015 1/15/2016
Tropical Storm Bonnie 5/27/206 6/4/2016
Tropical Storm Colin 6/5/2016 6/7/2016
Tropical Storm Danielle 6/19/2016 6/21/2016
Hurricane Earl 8/2/2016 8/6/2016
Tropical Storm Fiona 8/17/2016 8/23/2016
Hurricane Gaston 8/23/2016 9/3/2016
Hurricane Hermine 8/31/2016 9/6/2016
Tropical Storm Ian 9/12/2016 9/16/2016
Tropical Storm Julia 9/13/2016 9/19/2016
Tropical Storm Karl 9/14/2016 9/25/2016
Tropical Storm Lisa 9/19/2016 9/25/2016
Hurricane Matthew 9/28/2016 10/9/2016
Hurricane Nicole 10/4/2016
Otto
Paula
Richard
Shary
Tobias
Virginie
Walter

Caribbean & Atlantic Tropical Storms & Hurricanes 2015

Name Start End Tropical Storm Hurricane
Ana 5/8/2015 5/11/2015
Bill 6/16/2015 6/18/2015
Claudette 7/13/2015 7/14/2015
Danny 8/18/2015 8/24/2015
Erika 8/24/2015 8/28/2015
Fred 8/30/2015 9/6/2015
Grace 9/5/2015 9/9/2015
Henri 9/8/2015 9/11/2015
Ida 9/18/2015 9/27/2015
Joaquin 9/27/2015 10/7/2015
Kate 11/8/2015 11/11/2015

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Bermuda Webcams

Published on October 12, 2016 11:27 AM | Comments

Couple of very good working cams on our webcam page: Bermuda Webcams. Nicole is a day away and things are already looking pretty bleak - Nicole may be at major hurricane strength when she arrives on Wednesday, and right now she is tracking straight at Bermuda.

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Tropical Storm Nicole

Published on October 10, 2016 9:24 PM | Comments

Tropical Storm Nicole is forecast to become a hurricane (again) and is tracking straight toward Bermuda - the NCH says "Hurricane conditions are possible on Bermuda by Wednesday night."

Tropical Storm Nicole




Death toll in Haiti estimated to reach 800

Published on October 9, 2016 10:01 AM | Comments

This is the terrible, tragic side of nature - the odds are always very heavily against direct hits on any individual island, but yet it happens, and when it happens to certain specific places that are short on resources and infrastructure the tragedy can be compounded.



Hurricane Matthew Video from Haiti

Published on October 6, 2016 8:04 PM | Comments



Hurricane Nicole

Published on October 6, 2016 7:13 PM | Comments

Well Hurricane Nicole is going to go down as the Rodney Dangerfield of hurricanes. Pretty hard to pay attention to Nicole when Matthew is out there tearing up the Caribbean and possible about to inflict major damage on Florida and beyond.

But Nicole is a hurricane, and is expected to waver on and off between hurricane and tropical storm for some time as she meanders about south/southwest of Bermuda.

HURRICANE NICOLE DISCUSSION NUMBER 11 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL152016 500 PM AST THU OCT 06 2016

Nicole's cloud pattern has continued to increase in organization
this afternoon. A small central dense overcast has become even more
symmetric during the last few hours, with an eye intermittently
visible. Dvorak classifications of T4.5 from TAFB and UW-CIMSS ADT
values support increasing the intensity to 75 kt.

Nicole is being affected by northerly shear associated with outflow
of Hurricane Matthew, but it is suspected that this shear is
confined to a narrow layer at upper levels since the cyclone has
been unexpectedly strengthening. Given the current trends,
additional intensification seems possible, at least during the short
term. However, a mid- to upper-level trough digging over the central
Atlantic should cause the shear over Nicole to greatly increase in 1
to 2 days and result in some weakening. There could also be some
interaction of Nicole with a piece of the trough that breaks off in
2 to 3 days, as shown in the global models, but it is unclear how
this could affect its intensity. The large-scale environment
is forecast to potentially become more conducive for re-
intensification by days 4 or 5, and some restrengthening is shown
around that time. The new intensity forecast is above the
multi-model consensus and higher than the previous one at the end
of the forecast period.

The initial motion estimate is 330/06. Steering currents are likely
to collapse very soon as Nicole finds itself in a col area, making
an erratic northward motion likely for the next 12 hours or so. A
blocking ridge in the wake of the aforementioned trough should then
impart a slow southerly motion for a couple of days. By 72 hours, a
turn back toward the northwest or north-northwest is forecast as a
mid-level high builds to the east of Nicole. Although there is
considerable spread in the model guidance, this general scenario is
shown except for the ECMWF, which is well to the right of the other
model solutions through the next 3 days. The new track forecast is
of low confidence, is faster than the previous one, and is between
the previous forecast and an average of the ECMWF/GFS output.

Swells associated with this slow-moving storm are affecting Bermuda,
and these conditions are likely to continue for the next several
days.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT 06/2100Z 27.5N 65.1W 75 KT 85 MPH
12H 07/0600Z 27.9N 65.3W 85 KT 100 MPH
24H 07/1800Z 27.6N 65.2W 80 KT 90 MPH
36H 08/0600Z 27.0N 64.9W 75 KT 85 MPH
48H 08/1800Z 26.5N 64.6W 70 KT 80 MPH
72H 09/1800Z 26.4N 65.3W 60 KT 70 MPH
96H 10/1800Z 27.4N 66.7W 60 KT 70 MPH
120H 11/1800Z 29.4N 67.7W 65 KT 75 MPH



Matthew Ravages The Bahamas

Published on October 6, 2016 6:39 PM | Comments

Been difficult to find any recent photos or videos from Haiti and The Bahamas - most webcams seem out, and spammers are flooding social media with mis-tagged images...

This is one crazy hurricane and now the forecast has it doing a 360 and perhaps hitting the southern Florida coast a second time - bizarre. Here is the latest from the NHC:

BULLETIN HURRICANE MATTHEW ADVISORY NUMBER 35 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL142016 500 PM EDT THU OCT 06 2016

...EYE OF EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE MATTHEW ABOUT TO HIT
FREEPORT IN THE BAHAMAS...
...POTENTIALLY DISASTROUS IMPACTS FOR FLORIDA...


SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...26.2N 78.6W
ABOUT 25 MI...40 KM SSE OF FREEPORT GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND
ABOUT 100 MI...160 KM ESE OF WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...140 MPH...220 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 325 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...938 MB...27.70 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

The Hurricane Warning has been extended northward to South Santee
River, South Carolina.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from north of South Santee
River to Surf City, North Carolina.

The Government of the Bahamas has discontinued the Hurricane Warning
for the Central Bahamas.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...
* Northwestern Bahamas, including the Abacos, Andros Island, Berry
Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence
* North of Golden Beach to South Santee River
* Lake Okeechobee

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Chokoloskee to Golden Beach
* Florida Keys from Seven Mile Bridge eastward
* Florida Bay
* Anclote River to Suwannee River
* North of South Santee River to Surf City

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* North of Chokoloskee to Anclote River

Interests elsewhere in the Florida Peninsula, the Florida Keys, and
in the Carolinas should monitor the progress of Matthew.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected
somewhere within the warning area. A warning is typically issued
36 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-
force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or
dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be
rushed to completion.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

For storm information specific to your area in the United States,
including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor
products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast
office. For storm information specific to your area outside the
United States, please monitor products issued by your national
meteorological service.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located
near latitude 26.2 North, longitude 78.6 West. The hurricane
is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h), and this
general motion is expected to continue tonight with a turn toward
the north-northwest early Friday. On the forecast track, the
eye of Matthew should move near or over Freeport in the Bahamas
in the next hour or so, and move close to or over the east coast
of the Florida peninsula through Friday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 140 mph (220 km/h) with higher
gusts. Matthew is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely
while the hurricane moves toward the coast of Florida.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 185 miles
(295 km). Settlement Point in the Bahamas, recently reported a
sustained wind of 54 mph (87 km/h) with a gust of 62 mph (100
km/hr).

The minimum central pressure reported by a NOAA Hurricane Hunter
plane was 938 mb (27.70 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND: Hurricane conditions will continue over portions of the
northwestern Bahamas this evening.

Hurricane conditions are expected to first reach the hurricane
warning area in Florida this evening and will spread northward
within the warning area through Friday. Tropical storm conditions
will continue to spread northward in the warning area along the
Florida east coast tonight and Friday.

Hurricane conditions are expected to spread northward in the warning
area in Georgia and South Carolina Friday night and Saturday with
tropical storm conditions expected on Friday.

Winds increase rapidly in elevation in a tropical cyclone.
Residents in high-rise buildings should be aware that the winds at
the top of a 30-story building will be, on average, about one
Saffir-Simpson category higher than the winds near the surface.

Tropical storm conditions are expected in the tropical storm warning
area in the Carolinas on Friday night and Saturday.

STORM SURGE: The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large
and destructive waves could raise water levels by as much as the
following amounts above normal tide levels...

Northwestern Bahamas...10 to 15 feet

The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak
surge occurs at the time of high tide...

Sebastian Inlet, Florida, to Edisto Beach, South Carolina, including
portions of the St. Johns River...7 to 11 ft
Edisto Beach to South Santee River, South Carolina...4 to 6 ft
Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet, Florida...4 to 6 ft
South Santee River, South Carolina, to Cape Fear, North Carolina...2
to 4 ft
Virginia Key to Deerfield Beach, Florida...1 to 3 ft

Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge
and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances.
Large waves generated by Matthew will cause water rises to occur
well in advance of and well away from the track of the center.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause
normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters
moving inland from the shoreline. There is a danger of life-
threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along the Florida
east coast, the Georgia coast, and the South Carolina coast from
Deerfield Beach, Florida, to South Santee River, South Carolina.
There is the possibility of life-threatening inundation during the
next 48 hours from north of South Santee River, South Carolina, to
Cape Fear, North Carolina. For a depiction of areas at risk, please
see the Prototype National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning
Graphic. For information specific to your area, please see products
issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.

The Prototype Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic is a depiction of
areas that would qualify for inclusion under a storm surge watch or
warning currently under development by the National Weather Service
and planned for operational use in 2017. The Prototype Graphic is
available at hurricanes.gov.

RAINFALL: Matthew is expected to produce total rainfall amounts in
the following areas:

The central and northern Bahamas...8 to 12 inches, isolated 15
inches
Coastal eastern Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and southeast
North Carolina....5 to 10 inches, isolated 12 inches

Rainfall should diminish across central and eastern Cuba with
isolated additional amounts of 1 to 2 inches possible through this
evening.

TORNADOES: An isolated tornado or two is possible along the
east-central Florida coast tonight.

SURF: Swells generated by Matthew will continue to affect portions
of the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas during the next few days,
and will spread northward along the east coast of Florida and the
southeast U.S. coast through the weekend. These swells will likely
cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please
consult products from your local weather office.



Video from Cuba after Matthew passed through

Published on October 5, 2016 9:24 PM | Comments

Baracoa, Cuba:



Hurricane Matthew Video

Published on October 4, 2016 6:24 PM | Comments

Here is another clip:

A video posted by CNN (@cnn) on



Hurricane Matthew update

Published on October 4, 2016 6:07 PM | Comments

Matthew is a major hurricane and moving slowly over the far eastern tip of Cuba. It looks like Hispaniola was hit hard today - maybe less wind and rain in the DR than it Haiti but still plenty of it.

There are so few new images on the internet that you would have to think most communications systems are out in Haiti - this seems to be authentic from an Instagram poster:

A video posted by Oniel (@onielcaste) on



Tropical Storm Nicole

Published on October 4, 2016 6:02 PM | Comments

Well just to make matters worse Tropical Storm Nicole has kicked up. This is not a Caribbean threat, but the fact that it is out there flanking Matthew means he will probably end up taking a more destructive path closer to the U.S. coast line. Even the ECMWF has moved their track further west now - and it was the major model that had previously shown Matthew heading out to east further and faster than most.

TROPICAL STORM NICOLE DISCUSSION NUMBER 2 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL152016 500 PM AST TUE OCT 04 2016

Nicole's cloud pattern hasn't changed much since earlier today.
All of the deep convection is occurring over the eastern semicircle
of the circulation as the storm continues to experience fairly
strong northwesterly shear. The advisory intensity is held at 45
kt based on continuity from the earlier scatterometer data. Nicole
is likely to continue to experience strong shear over the next
several days, which should eventually result in weakening. The
official intensity forecast is close to the latest LGEM guidance.

The tropical cyclone continues moving northwestward, or 305/8 kt.
Nicole should continue moving northwestward for the next couple of
days, to the southwest of a mid-level high. Later in the forecast
period, another high builds to the northwest of the cyclone and
this would block the forward progress of Nicole in 4-5 days. The
official track forecast leans toward the latest ECMWF prediction.
This is a little faster than the previous forecast for the next few
days, and a little east of it in the latter part of the forecast
period.




Video from Haiti

Published on October 3, 2016 10:36 PM | Comments

Short clip of the surf kicking up near Roche-a-Bateau, Haiti:



Video from Jamaica of Hurricane Matthew

Published on October 3, 2016 9:54 PM | Comments



Matthew approaches Haiti and Cuba

Published on October 3, 2016 9:20 AM | Comments

Strangely enough it is still probably partially sunny on the east coast of Cuba this morning. Haiti already appears to cloud covered and no doubt rain soaked. Matthew is a little weaker and looking a bit disorganized again this morning, but it is still a serious and major storm:

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Local news from the Jamaica Observer

Published on October 1, 2016 6:47 PM | Comments

For local news and updates from Jamaica: Jamaica Observer



Hurricane Matthew weakens from category 5 on path toward Jamaica

Published on October 1, 2016 6:09 PM | Comments

Well things are not looking good for several islands - Matthew is waffling between a category 4 and 5 hurricane and it is looking at the moment to rip a path straight up the Windward passage between Haiti and Jamaica before making landfall on Cuba and continuing on to the Bahamas and beyond.

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It has done damage already Colombia and Haiti:

One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened slightly on Saturday as it drenched coastal Colombia and roared across the Caribbean on a course that threatened Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba.

Matthew briefly reached the top hurricane classification, Category 5, and was the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007.

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Matthew's winds had slipped from a peak of 160mph to a still-potentially devastating 140 mph and it was expected to near Jamaica and southwestern Haiti early Monday.

The forecast track would carry it across Cuba and into the Bahamas, with an outside chance of a brush with Florida, though that would be several days away.

"It's too early to rule out what impacts, if any, would occur in the United States and Florida," said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman at the Hurricane Center.

As Matthew skimmed past the northern tip of South America there were reports of heavy flooding and at least one death the second attributed to the storm. Authorities said at least 18 houses were damaged along the La Guajira peninsula of Colombia, which has been suffering from a multi-year drought. They said a 67-year-old man was swept to his death by a flash flood in an area where it hadn't rained for four years.