A Few Facts
• Since records were kept by the US weather services in the 1860’s, there have been 22 hurricanes to make landfall in Belize, and a few others that caused damage from intense rainfall without making landfall.
• In the same time period, approximately 405 hurricanes struck Florida, 31 striking for Miami and 28 for Hollywood, FL, for example, (affected by hurricanes 72 and 71 times respectively).
• Half of the Belize hurricanes (11 total) made landfall in Southern Belize, from roughly the Dangriga area south. Most of these hurricanes have been Category 1 storms with winds between 74 and 95 mph.
• Since 1969, however, the wind speed of all hurricanes making landfall in Southern Belize have all exceeded 95 mph. Two were classified as Major Hurricanes (Greta 1978 Category 3, and Iris 2001 Category 4).
How to Anticipate Hurricane Damage
Saffir-Simpson Scale, Category & Windspeed
Seasonal Distribution of Hurricanes in the Atlantic
In the early months of hurricane season, i.e., June - August, hurricanes tend to make landfall farther north than in the later months.
Summary of Hurricanes to Make Landfall with 50 Miles of South Englishtown
- A hurricane does not have to make landfall in Southern Belize (Stann Creek and Toldeo Districts) to have a significant impact.
- Hurricane Mitch skirted around Belize in 1998, but dumped considerable rainfall causing flooding of rivers and agricultural losses in the south and west of Belize.
- Similarly, Hurricane Hattie made landfall south of Belize City in 1961, but caused damage to the south as well due to the gale force winds that extended a significant distance form the eye wall.
Paths of Previous Hurricanes That Impacted Southern Belize
- Belize History with Tropical Storms - http://www.hurricanecity.com/city/belize.htm
- Saffir-Simpson Scale and Hurricane Categories – http://http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutsshws.php
- Weather Underground Hurricane Archives - http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/hurrarchive.asp
- Wikipedia for information on specific hurricanes and tracking maps - http://www.wikipedia.org/
- 150 Years of Hurricanes - http://www.livescience.com/22643-hurricane-map.html