H1 Ernesto – Aug 2-12

For the latest storm information, check www.StormPulse.com and the Belize Weather Bureau, including their Doppler Radar images extending 400 Km, 200 Km and 50 Km.  These images show rainfall and you’ll see any rain bands as they approach the coast…

Latest Reports from Caye Caulker Weather…

Aug 8, 2012 – 7:42 AM

All is well here on CC this morning. We’ve had wind and rain through the night but nothing out of the ordinary. The wind direction is unusual though, from the west last night and now from the south and south-east… The storm has passed well to the north…  Our thoughts are with the people of Mahahual, Chetumal and Bacalar Chico where they felt the full effects of the wind and rain from Hurricane Ernesto…

Aug 7, 2012 – 5:50 PM

Hurricane Ernesto is presently about 95 miles north east of Caye Caulker and passing to the north of Banco Chinchorro, an atoll off the southern coast of Mexico.  Here on CC, we have winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 from the NW, with light rain…  We’re still getting some good sized waves coming ashore, waves that have gone over the top of the reef..

Aug 7, 2012 – 12:18 PM

Ok, this just in… Ernesto is now officially Hurricane Ernesto. Air Force Hurricane Hunters have recently recorded winds up to 80 mph. The forecast track has also been updated and anticipated landfall has moved even further north… about 100 miles north of Caye Caulker. http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/TC.html

Aug 7, 2012 – 4:28 AM

Wow, awakened in the wee hours by a BIG crack of thunder!  We’re getting rain, on & off, sometimes quite heavy, 1.11 inches in the last four hours.  Checking sat images and Doppler Radar, it looks like we’re getting the first of the outer rain bands of the storm…  More to come, I know… Forecast track is still the same, projected landfall in southern Yucatan Peninsula, about 70 miles north of here…

Aug 6, 2012 – 6:22 PM

Not much is new with the latest update, same forward speed, same forecast track…  I’ll post again later after the next report…  :)

Aug 6, 2012 – 3:15 PM

Tropical Storm Ernesto is still… well, still a tropical storm. It has not strengthened in the last few hours… And, the predicted path of the storm has shifted quite a bit to the north. At this point, it looks like it will make landfall in the vicinity of Mahahual, Mexico (about 40 miles north of the Mexico-Belize border, about 70 miles north of here).  More later…

Aug 6, 2012 – 10:05 AM

Ok, latest predictions from NOAA indicate TS Ernesto will soon reach hurricane strength.  The current forecast track shows landfall in the northern areas of Ambergris Caye.  So… we’ll continue to make preparations.  The image below shows the forecast track, the Hurricane Watch for Belize and the Tropical Storm Watch for the coast of Mexico…

Aug 6, 2012 – 7:50 AM

Updated predictions indicate the TS Ernesto will remain a tropical storm as it approaches the coast of Belize.  It looks very certain that the storm will be knocking on our door… We had a meeting with a couple of neighbors this morning to discuss getting the boats out of the water. Other preparations today as well…

Aug 5, 2012 – 6:00 AM

We’re keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Ernesto as he makes his way across the Caribbean. At this point, it looks like it will make landfall north of here, early Wednesday morning as a Cat 1 Hurricane. If that’s the case, we’ll be on the preferred south side of the system, where wind and rain are less, compared to the north side.

As mentioned, we’ll keep a close eye on things and post here from time to time…  For the latest info, check the websites listed below.  Stay informed and stay safe…

Aug 5, 2012 – 11:20 AM

Latest news indicates a weaker Ernesto, maintaining TS strength and taking a more southerly route than previously predicted.  So, maybe a TS making landfall in Belize as opposed to a H1 landing further north…  We’ll see… :)


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