5 Key Facts That You Need to Know About Atlantic Hurricanes

5 Key Facts That You Need to Know About Atlantic Hurricanes

With the public outcry, the repeated requests from my readers and the facts that I directly (Hurricane Harvey in Houston) and indirectly (Hurricane Maria in Dominica and Puerto Rico) experienced two atlantic hurricanes during this hurricane season, I felt the need to develop a “hurricane series”.


The purposes of this hurricane series are to 1) raise awareness on the multimodal devastating nature of hurricanes as natural disasters (for those who are still underestimating), 2) to share factual information and pictures of the aftermath of hurricane Maria and to 3) give recommendations on how you can provide hurricane relief in Dominica and why not, other areas affected by hurricanes.

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a Hurricane expert, and I will keep informing myself and share what I learn with you. Feel free to share your knowledge on this topic as well in an informative manner. But to start with, here are 5 key facts that everyone needs to know about Hurricanes.


1. Here is the actual definition of a hurricane: a hurricane is a “specific name” for a severe tropical cyclone. According to Wikipedia, a hurricane is “a rapidly rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure center, a closed low-level atmospheric circulation, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain”. In simpler terms, a hurricane is a group of storms that form along a low-pressure center and moved in a circular fashion, and are characterized by heavy strong winds and heavy rains. Depending on where you are, such tropical cyclones are called by different names. However, once a tropical cyclone moves at the sustained wind speed of 74-76 mph (miles per hour), it is considered a hurricane. If a tropical cyclone develops over the Atlantic ocean or northeastern Pacific ocean, it is called a “hurricane”. If it develops over the northwestern Pacific Ocean, it is called a “typhoon”. If it develops over the South Pacific or Indian Ocean, it is called a “cyclone”. 

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2. Hurricanes are Classified According to the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale: a lot of people have heard of hurricane categories 1-5, but the more I speak with people, the more I realize they don’t actually know what it means. And it’s Ok, because I used to “not know” as well. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale assesses hurricane severity based on the sustained wind speed, and this in turns helps to assess the likelihood of property damage. In other terms, the higher the “sustained wind speed”, the more deadly and damaging the hurricane is.

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3. For each country and region prone to hurricanes, hurricanes develop during a particular season, and there is a reason for that: hurricanes basically develop over large water surfaces, and are fueled by the evaporation of water. That being said, in the Caribbean, hurricane season usually starts in June (start of summer) and continues until November. That is when the waters get heated the most.

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4. Global Warming Potentiates Hurricanes: if you didn’t believe it before, believe it now. Think about it: when the oceans are getting heated up by the sun, three things happen, according to fluid dynamics:

a. Water evaporates, condenses and falls back as rain. And the more water evaporates, the more rain will fall, and the cycle goes on.

b. Water also expands in the ocean and occupies a larger surface, and that just gives more room for more water to evaporate and… the cycle continues.

c. More heat produces more energy to fuel the hurricane: based on the points that were made earlier, this makes sense.


5. Hurricane “Warning” and Hurricane “watch” are issued in islands prone to hurricanes, and these mean different things: do you remember this “74 mph” we spoke about earlier? That is the cut off number that meteorologists use to determine when a cyclone becomes a hurricane. A hurricane watch is issued when you suspect that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) will form in the next 48 hours. So this means “there is a possibility, let’s keep watching but let’s prepare and start taking precautions”.

A hurricane warning is issued when you expect  hurricane conditions develop in the next 36 hours. Therefore, a hurricane warning is issued within 36 hours. This means “it is going to happen, let’s take more aggressive precautions and let’s evacuate”.

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If you learned something in this article, please share. Make sure you subscribe to be notified of my next blog post: “Here is What People Truly die of during Hurricanes”.

Additional resources to keep you informed:

  1. Wikipedia (has almost everything)
  2. https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/cyclone.html
  3. https://www.skepticalscience.com/hurricanes-global-warming.htm

Have you ever experienced a hurricane, a tropical cyclone, a tropical depression or a typhoon? Please let us know in the comments below!





Hot Spot, Night Spot: Fort Young Hotel, Dominica

Have you ever looked forward to Friday so much that everyday starts looking like Friday?


I’ve been looking forward to Friday for last week’s Friday, and even though it’s not Friday yet, this is a Friday mood kind of post… And a good opportunity for me to share one of my favorite spots on the entire island with you! 🤗

Sometimes you feel like going out for a casual drink, nothing more, just to chill. And tonight felt like… just that. I had something to celebrate, a personal achievement. All of us did. And there was no better way to do this than at Fort Young Hotel. Located at the heart of the city center, you literally can’t miss it. If you’re visiting, this is a “must stop”.

For us, it was simply drinks among friends to celebrate a great achievement, but for you, it might be something more!

If you’re looking for day-time delights, I have tried the Fort Young Hotel daily brunch and it is pretty off the hook! Caribbean cuisine to make your “palate” drop and your cup overflow. The daytime views are unique and beautiful, and the drinks at night are pretty cool too🍹The hotel is friendly and affordable for both tourists and locals, so if you can, spend a night or two!

Now, is it Friday yet? Because if it is, drinks on me! 😉

Many the Islands, only one Nature Isle: Dominica 

Living in Dominica has taught me an important lesson: it’s the little things that count, and those little things are what create magic.

There is magic in everything, if only you dare to see it. ❤️

It could be as trivial as revitalizing raindrops on your face on a seemingly unbearable hot day, the refreshing feeling of cookies&cream ice cream during a road trip, or simply, the pleasure of being at the right place at the right time, and enjoying one of Nature’s most beautiful sceneries, with the best of company.

For us, this afternoon, it was just that… And for such magical moments, I am grateful for being in Dominica. 🌴☀️

Many the islands of the Caribbean, but only one Nature Isle.❤

So live the magic wherever you are.

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow”. Anita Desai

Happy Independence Barbados! 

Independence celebrations are important for every nation, but even more so for Caribbean islands. The overwhelming display of cultural pride, alongside with the spirit of unity that floods the streets throughout the independence season are definitely worth seeing!
Here are some of the few pics I was able to take during my recent “short-lived” trip “a la Barbade”. 
Glad I was able to catch the “Big 50 sign”! 

If you are currently in Barbados, I am sure You’ll see this sign everywhere! 

This place has stolen part of of my heart <3

Chefette: a MUST whenever I go to Barbados! 

Clem’s Fun Moments!

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