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Old 02-08-2015, 08:12   #1
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Hello sailing friends Although tradewinds in the Carabeans are predominatly blowing from East, are there seasons when they are more likely backing North East, or veering South East ?
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Old 02-08-2015, 08:25   #2
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Yes, in the winter they tend to be more NE (and stronger) and in the summer more SE (and not as strong), at least in the E Carib. But this is a tendency, not a "rule".

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Old 02-08-2015, 18:45   #3
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Similar seasonal shift in the NW Carib.

Panama is unusual in that E Panama has a definate tradewinds season from about Dec-Jan thru May-June. Strong trades normally blow during this time and then winds go light and variable for the remaining months. W Panama winds tend to be light and variable all year.

Also see Pilot Charts for trends by month.
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