The Tropical Weather Outlook

For The Atlantic Ocean, The Gulf of Mexico and The Caribbean Sea, including Belize

Information provided by the USA's National Hurricane Center and the Belize National Meteorological Service

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2018 Atlantic Basin Storms

Name

Formed

Cur.

Max.

Dis.

Name

Formed

Cur.

Max.

Dis.

Name

Formed

Cur.

Max.

Dis.

Alberto

5/25

5/29

Helene

9/7

9/16

Oscar

10/26

10/31

Beryl *

07/05

7/15

Isaac

9/9

9/15

Patty

 

 

Chris

7/8

7/15

Joyce

9/13

9/19

Rafael

 

 

Debby

8/7

8/9

Kirk **

9/22

9/28

Sara

 

 

Ernesto

8/15

8/18

Leslie ***

9/23

10/13

Tony

 

 

Florence

9/1

9/17

Michael

10/7;

10/12

Valerie

 

 

Gordon

9/3

9/6

Nadine

10/9

10/12

William

 

 

* Beryl dissipated on July 9th then re-formed into a Sub Tropical Storm on July 14th, dissipated for good July 15th.

** Kirk dissipated on Sept. 25th then re-formed into a Tropical Storm on Sept. 26th. Kirk dissipated on Sept. 28th

*** Leslie dissipated on Sept. 25th then re-formed into a Sub Tropical Storm on Sept. 28th, organized into a Tropical Storm later that day, then intensified into a Hurricane a couple of days later. Leslie finally became Extra-Tropical on October 13th.

Icon

Designation

Wind/MPH

Wind/KTS

Pressure
Range*

Storm
Surge**

Description

Tropical Depression

Tropical Depression

< 38

< 33

NA

Minimal

Closed surface wind circulation about a well-defined center with winds less than 38 mph (33 kt).

Tropical Storm

Tropical Storm

39 - 73

34 - 63

> 980

< 4

Heavy rain can cause life threatening flooding.

Tropical Storm

Sub-Tropical Storm

39 - 73

34 - 63

> 980

< 4

low-pressure system that has characteristics of both tropical and extratropical cyclones.

Catagory 1

Category 1

74 - 95

64 - 82

994 - 980

4 - 5

Dangerous winds will produce some damage.

Catagory 2

Category 2

96 - 110

83 - 95

979 - 965

6 - 8

Very dangerous winds will cause serious damage

Catagory 3

Category 3

111 - 130

96 - 113

964 - 945

9 - 12

Major Hurricane...Extensive damage will occur

Catagory 4

Category 4

131 - 155

114-135

944 - 920

13 - 18

Devastating Hurricane...Extremely dangerous winds and storm surge will cause devastating damage

Catagory 5

Category 5

>155

>135

< 920

> 18

Catastrophic Hurricane...Catastrophic damage is expected from extremely devastating winds and large storm surge

Remnant Low

Post Tropical

< 39+

< 34+

NA

NA

A vigorous post-tropical cyclone that no longer possesses the convective organization required of a tropical cyclone

Remnant Low

Remnant Low

< 38

< 33

NA

NA

A post-tropical cyclone that no longer possesses the convective organization required of a tropical cyclone

Dissipated

Dissipated

NA

NA

NA

NA

No longer of interest, gone, finished.

*This is the normally expected Minimum Central Pressure for each category. Actual MCP can very greatly.

**This is the normally expected Storm Surge for each category. Like MCP, actual storm surge can very greatly.


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