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- Easy night
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:56:18 -0400
we are very thankful.  We have had some rain in the night quite heavy but not too bad.  Reading reports from St Lucia they seem to be getting heavy rain and little let up.  It is raining here heavily as I write this.  Looking at the weather it looks like we are half way through tropical storm Harvey.  We will keep in touch through the day.  We are thinking of everyone.  We hope we all stay safe.

- Leading bands/ mid-level edge system...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:08:28 +0000 (UTC)
Current infra-red satellite imagery seems to suggest that there is a mesoscale type mid- level low pressure system along with the leading outer bands of tropical storm Harvey that is already affecting Barbados. Some of these features can be typical with developing tropical systems like Harvey.

Hopefully we are all prepared as best as can be- its always better to be safe than sorry, & never under-estimate any developing tropical system as every storm is different...
Let's pray that there are no severe impacts in any of the islands.

Stay safe Everyone!
God Bless!

- *Pro-active Meteorology...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:29:13 +0000 (UTC)
The decision of the Commonwealth of Dominica/ Antigua Meteorological services to effect a Tropical storm Watch for the Nature Isle; Dominica is indeed commendable. 
Given previous precedents (notably -case in Point being T.S. Erika) where this wasn't done -today's national advisory initiative is indeed a welcome change.
Of course, much advocacy and appropriate inquiry & blaming followed the Erika tragedy, which hopefully has led to a sustained, & logical sensibility to always err on the side of precaution. In addition to being less reluctant to readily utilise advanced use of all warning & watch advisories available to fully sensitize the general populace threatened by any named or Potential tropical cyclones.

:-(Potential tropical storm 9) (Pre -T.S. Harvey) poses a real threat for the Central & Southern Windwards...
This is a Necessary proactive measure & something that has been requested by the wider meteorological community for a long time in the interest of safeguarding life & property in the most time-efficient & effective manner possible. 

Under the adopted precautionary warnings -the tropical weather disturbance -formerly known as 91L is now titled as potential Tropical storm 9 -for which advisories are being issued.
Its a bit of technical weather jargon, but a potential tropical cyclone is essentially defined as a disturbance which has not yet become a tropical cyclone, but which poses the threat of bringing tropical storm or hurricane conditions to land areas within 48hrs or less & is generally already at tropical Depression status. 

Keep safe Everyone!
& God Bless!

- Weather alert!
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:37:18 -0400
Well 91 L!  It is the most amazing beautiful day in the valley!  The sun is shinning and I am cooking up a storm!!  My hobby baking!  Very relaxing and extremely tasty!

So it looks like Dominica could be swiped.  It is two years today that Erika presented herself.  It seems only in August, that Dominica gets dumped on. The famous Hurricane David in 1979, not to mention the others leading up to Erika.

We have not got over Erika there are many damaged roads still the same as the day Erika came.  Our road from the Hillsborough Bridge to Ponte Casse was the best road in the island!  It is now probably the worst, not really passable.

We have a landslide that has not been addressed or fortified it is not if it will fall it is when it will fall.  If this happens then a lot of us will be cut off including the really good functioning abattoir!!

I have to say I wonder at some people who post on stormcarib!  It is as if they are really excited about getting hit by a big storm!  God forbid!  Laurie and I went through LUIS in Antigua in 1995.  I can assure all of you it is not fun and it is not exciting it is terrifying and destructive and peoples lives can be lost!

I pray for the safety of everyone and that 91L does not hit us!

- Intensification...PTC 9
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:11:25 +0000 (UTC)
As was feared, yet Anticipated 91L has officially been designated as Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 (PTC # 9). (Pre Harvey)
Let's hope & pray that the Lesser Antilles rule which appears to very much favour & enhance intensification of tropical systems does not lead to any rapid strengthening of PTC 9 as it crosses the islands...

Of course, given the current radius of the storm's convective coverage its unlikely that Dominica will be placed under any watch/ warning. However, given that we are likely to be on the side of the storm's northern quadrant- some squally weather and stormy conditions certainly can't be ruled out into tomorrow. Time will tell...
All the best to the sister islands further south as the Storm's moisture field may expand further.

Let's All remain Prepared & Vigilant- come what May.

God Bless! 

- (LAR) -Vigilance zone...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:36:23 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Everyone!

91L certainly bears watching as it continues to near our Lesser Antilles islands...
Of course, the 'Lesser Antilles Rule' (LAR) will expectedly be coming into effect as 91L may be increasingly continuing to slowly organize & intensify at that point.
(Let's hope Not)

One of those critical meteorological markers for most tropical disturbances nearing the islands including this system will be its potential strength by the 55W longitude line and beyond...
Even the most recent weak tropical wave seems to have been amplified and enhanced a bit by the LAR while affecting the islands. 

However, I'm hoping that this current tropical wave & TUTT is not affecting the B.V.I. area too badly especially in light of the serious flood event they experienced about a week ago.

Again- time will tell with 91L, but as always we'll do well to continue to monitor its progress rather closely, in addition to the other invests.

Keep safe & prepared everyone!
God Bless!

- Weekend threat looming?
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:06:44 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings to one & All,

                    Wishing our dear Gert, a very happy birthday! & asking that the good Lord Jesus would grant him many more Birthdays & hurricane free days to come...

Of course, I'm Continuing to keep an eye on 91L etc. Although it now seems that the system currently exiting the African coast may be the most intense system yet. Time will surely tell... The 'Lesser Antilles (rule)' & associated storm intensification effect appears to have been a bit delayed with Gert, however, we'll have to see what exactly will transpire with this latest system.
Hoping for the best, & a storm free weekend.

Let's All continue to be vigilant & prepared.

- Monitoring...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:59:00 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings everyone!

I quite like Gert's remarks on Sunday about the latest formed storm, which is also his name-sake.
Given the storm's current behaviour & projected path its really proving to be a- Gentlemanly, & gentle storm Gert albeit it has now become a hurricane (#2 of the season).
Indeed, storms staying away from land areas is certainly how we like our systems... although Gert is forecast to probably become a bit stronger as a hurricane.

However, that being said- 91L etc. definitely bears watching & seems like a system to keep our eyes on as the weekend approaches.
Wishing everybody the very best in the days ahead.

Let's All keep vigilant & Prepared!

- 99L -Nearing 'the spot'?...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 07:57:13 +0000 (UTC)
99L appears to be trying its best to organize & intensify slightly as it has entered what I've coined as the "Lesser Antilles Box" which roughly encompasses that region between 52W Longitude and about 62W/ & between 10N- 20N.
This zone (box) favours the Lesser Antilles rule- allowing for slow to possible rapid strengthening of even previously diffuse tropical disturbances as they near or directly cross the Lesser Antilles region. (Time will tell).

Let's hope that 99L does not pull any 'fast ones' directly over the islands like Emily (2011) or Helene of 2012...

Let's keep prepared & Vigilant Everyone!
& All the best to Mexico with Stengthening T.S. Franklin.

God Bless!

- Ghost of 99L?/ 90L-Newest Tropical Storm...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 03:36:02 +0000 (UTC)

Although 99L has seemimgly weakened- Lesser Antilles meteorological history & climatology should serve to remind us to Not let our guard down.

& If the 'pre-designation antics' of post 90L/ former Potential Tropical Cyclone 7-as it neared the islands just a few days ago is anything to go by- then there's a high probability that the "Lesser Antilles rule" will feature once again.
In fact, former 'Potential Tropical Cyclone 7' has just recently been officially upgraded to Tropical Storm Franklin.
Indeed, inevitably most tropical disturbances despite their weakened appearance seem to noticably intensify & organize once crossing the 50-55W Longitude region while approaching the islands.

Of course, there are several cases in Point... Notable ones include tropical storms Cindy & Debby of 1993, 94 respectively, Bertha & Gonzalo (of 2014), & Pre Earl & T.S. Matthew (2016) of more recent memory.

The weather models are truly having a hard time at it so far with 99L, but come what may let's All remain as vigilant and Prepared as possible during this current peak of the storm season. Hopefully, no bad surprises will be lurking on the horizon, & I pray that Franklin will not be destructive to the Yucatan region & beyond as feared.

A Happy & safe week ahead to Everyone, & God Bless!

- Wet weather
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2017 08:14:55 -0400
This latest wave bought three days and nights of damp wet weather, in fact temperatures were pretty chilly especially yesterday!  It rained hard all night and the Layou River is loud roaring down below us as I write.  In the evening the frogs sing their hearts out!  Last night I was on the telephone to a friend and she said that they could hear the frogs singing loudly in the background. We are extremely lucky to live with nature every day here in the valley and never take it for granted!  There has been a report of some flooding in certain areas.

- Well weathered...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2017 08:54:30 +0000 (UTC)
The Nature Island of the Caribbean has come through this latest active tropical wave quite well... This was definitely a wet wave- even by Nature Isle standards with a bit of wind at times, but manageable in my neck of the woods. Of course, Thanking God, & Praising Jesus for small mercies & really hoping that nothing worse may lie ahead for any of the islands as the hurricane season ramps up into its peak months.

Well, true to Climatology the latest wave to come through the islands really seems to have been affected by the "Lesser Antilles rule" as it appeared to definitely strengthen and became much more vigorous while approaching our island chain.
Trusting that not too much impact has occured in the other islands...

Keep safe & Vigilant Everyone!

- 96L -Pre Emily attempts...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:27:03 +0000 (UTC)
Despite the little to no probability of formation given by the NHC for 96L the system has certainly proved its tropical tenacity thus far, & probably should not be written off just yet.

As matter of fact from satellite imagery presentation it definitely seemed to have had its best symmetrical & banding structure during the earlier part of last evening. And it is persisting in struggling to develop even now that it's more east of the islands. Let's see if the "Lesser Antilles rule" may 'kick in' for it as it happened with Bret & Don. It has already had a closed low level center of circulation for quite a while also.

Keep safe & Well Prepared everyone!

- Mild weather
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:02:42 -0300
Luckily, Don disappeareth!  Here in Dominica we are enjoying fairly stable good weather.  We were keeping a keen eye on the weather system Don and are very glad to see that he is not as bad as he could have been.

August in Dominica tends to be the pivotal month of the H season and is rapidly descending on us. Even though TS Erika didn't attain H status, the damage still remains in some communities and it's wise to treat every system that forms as threatening.  We keep fingers and toes crossed that we have a hurricane free August month!!!

- Ironically 'deceitful Don?'
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:03:53 +0000 (UTC)
Although at this point Don accordingly (11p.m. NHC advisory) has been officially downgraded to an open wave similar to the likes of T.S. Bret after T & T impact -Nevertheless, the post Don system seems to be maintaing its banding structure, and from all accounts Re:- Venezuela's radar it appears to have strengthened its closed low level center of circulation somewhat shortly after passing just south of Grenada. 

At this point the former tropical storm- a bit ahead of the forecast timing is headed near the 'ABC' Dutch isles as a weakened yet potent tropical disturbance. I hope not too much guard is let down there. Preparation & vigilance are paramount!

This year has already had some surprises...
Let's hope Don does not decide to regenerate at some point down the road.
& Wishing all the best to the Southern isles in the aftermath -should there be anything of consequence.

Keep safe everyone!
God Bless!

- Southern Isle impacts (TnT)...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:35:50 +0000 (UTC)
Unfortunately, reports of ongoing flash flooding continues to emerge at this time out of Trinidad...
Hopefully, the 'river limers' which I mentioned in my earlier post -at the Caura river in Trinidad have been rescued by now and are safe.

Links giving reliable updates about Tropical storm Don effects in Trinidad can be followed here: at Trinidad & Tobago weather center- https://m.facebook.com/TTweathercenter/posts/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=1

Our thoughts & prayers are with Our southern isle brothers & Sisters at this time.

Keep safe everyone!
God Bless!

- Indispensable preparation...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:38:53 +0000 (UTC)
Hoping for the best overnight for our Southern sister isles!...

So far I have noted the seeming disconnect between the Trinidad & Tobago Meteorological services, & the Trinidad & Tobago weather center, which would be quite humourous if it weren't so tragic & potentially deadly to its citizenry.

 It is indeed quite troubling - given the obvious impacts of Tropical Don in Trinidad & Tobago that the T & T Met office is still denying the rather crystal clear connection between earlier heavy bouts of precipitation & convection mainly over Trinidad -from any direct connection to Tropical Storm Don which is now Clearly still affecting them.

Instead, amazingly a bulletin issued by the met office at 3:45p.m. today (18th July)- attributed the unusually heavy rainfall so far to exclusively "local dynamics due to intense day time heating & light low level winds" (page 1 of 2)
The met office's explanation that the rounds of heavy rainfall was entirely due to local dynamics really seems quite laughable.
I suppose the Met service may be trying to 'save face' at this point -given that they issued no advisories of course. 

Nevertheless, mainly heavy rainfall impacts from Tropical storm Don are continuing at the moment in Trinidad which has been feeling the effects from the outer core/ outer edge & leading bands of the system from earlier today... Unfortunately, Trinidad & Tobago is likely to continue to feel the effects of the feeder bands of Tropical Storm Don into tonight.

For Now Tropical Storm Don given its current position certainly remains a heavy rainfall threat to Trinidad & Tobago & additional heavy tropical showers are at least likely in Trinidad & Tobago as well as some of the adjacent southerly isles.

Keep safe everyone & as advised by the T& T weather service -always do your due diligence with every tropical system threat, which may in fact go quite differently from the 'official forecast' or met office predictions in the end.
(There are reports of some people being rescued at the flooded Caura river site- lets hope that this does not become a 'deadly Don' scenario)
May God Bless us All!

- Way forward...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:45:38 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings everyone!
I trust that the preparations are in swing across the southern islands by now.
Remember the adage- always Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst.

 Unfortunately, having delved into some of the discussions hovering around the respective blogs & weather threads it appears like we are at times heading back to 'square one'...
Whilst there are those with almost every threatening tropical system would prefer to be more reactive in terms of a potential island impact; ultimately justifying the reluctance to issue advanced & precautionary advisories like watches & warnings -I do believe the time has arrived for a marked change in regional approach.

It is this precise debate which has been nearly inescapable (over the last two decades to be fair) -that in order for a watch or warning to be issued the respective location should be directly within the windfield of a system i.e. nearly guaranteed to experience storm forced winds, which has proved so controversial over the years.

However, thankfully, a new sensibility which was nobly pioneered by our regional think tank has been successfully adopted by the NHC- in its latest issuance of potential tropical cyclone advisories in which it recognises the critical need to sensitize the public to the dangers of systems; likely bringing tropical storm conditions not only in terms of wind, but also deadly Rainfall capability.
Indeed, water is the main killer with tropical systems- with scores of tropical storms and hurricanes as cases in point.

As the Facebook site of the Trinidad & Tobago weather center critically noted:
...'the key difference between feeder bands and regular moderate to heavy showers associated with a tropical wave is the Intensity of the rainfall as well as gustier winds in feeder bands compared to scattered showers in a tropical wave.'

I hope & trust that we'll all increasingly err
On the side of prudence & caution, & that our regional meteorological services will stand clear of all lack of will power in truly being proactively precautionary & mitigatory in the best interest of All of our citizens.

Stay safe everyone!
God Bless!

- Deceptive Don?...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:00:14 +0000 (UTC)
As Tropical storm Don continues to near the
Islands it's possible that the phenomena which I've coined over the years known as "the Lesser Antilles rule" may go into effect as it usually does when developing tropical system generally strengthen once they are within about 300 miles of the Lesser antilles islands. That being the case -Don has intensified slightly as of the latest NHC 5a.m. update this morning, and may further intensify as it prepares to cross the Southern Windwards- given Dmax etc. at night (favouring strenthening).

Already this is an historic season in -terms of storm origins & timing of impacts so far- with the only other precedents according to the NHC being the notorious years of 1933, & 2005. Additionally, there appears to be a building trajectory trend viz -a vi the models with some future systems down the road...

More the reason for the region as a whole to remain alert & proactive in readiness. Thus, I'm somewhat intrigued by the lack of a storm watch being issued at least for Tobago in the twin island republic up to this point in time. Time will surely tell though...

Lets all keep prepared & vigilant as this maybe a rather bumpy season ahead. All the best to the Southern sister isles, & Let's hope & pray for the Best in Jesus' Name!

May God continue to Bless us All -come what may!

- Cranking up?...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 01:50:29 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Everyone! 
I hope that the entire Storm Carib family has had a great weekend & a Glorious Sunday...

However, unfortunately it seems like the lovely island weather conditions may change rather soon given the presence of 95L, and another tropical disturbance just to its east.

After a lull in tropical activity it looks like things may be 'cranking up' once again with possible twin tropical Atlantic systems.
Should there be any likely impact- lets hope & pray that these potential systems stay more on the weak side.
As Always Pray & hope for the best, But Be sure to make Your best preparation with every tropical system threat.

Top of the week ahead to everyone!
& May God Richly Bless us All!

- Bret is Officially 'Birthed'...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:14:37 +0000 (UTC)
Potential tropical cyclone 2 (Pre Bret) officially becomes Tropical storm Bret- a historic storm of sorts both in terms of date & latitude. Also, no doubt a sort of deja-vu for Trinidad and Tobago- Re: T.S. Bret back in 1993...

Indeed, as I've suggested in the past like on the Wunderground blog site there seems to be 'something' in the name & seasonal recurrences per specific locations.
However, one must remember that every storm is different.
Landfall may actually take place later tonight on Trinidad itself. Keep safe everyone! Praying for the best, but expecting that everyone has sufficiently prepared!
God Bless!

  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:49:31 -0300
Just letting folks know we could be in for some rough weather tomorrow.  We hope everyone in the path of TD 2 stay safe.  It is very early in the season.  Here are our choir of frogs from last night.

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- Early weather fronts
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:09:14 -0300
We here in our valley had our first thunder and lightning storm last night!  Most of Sunday it was raining hard on and off and it was extremely windy.  We are watching the weather systems and the one below us looks like it could affect us perhaps tomorrow.  We have become very aware over the last year not to travel if the weather looks at all threatening.  In our area we can have landslides.  It would be unthinkable not to be able get to our home with our two dogs here.

It is the first time that our dogs have seen lightning and heard thunder they were very good and content to stay safely on the deck.

We also had two electricity cuts but they were only short lived.  I have to say Domlec our electricity provider is really very much on the case and try to fix the fault ASAP.  We are very grateful.

Last night though the frogs were so happy they were singing their little hearts out and I have to say sitting on our deck listening to them was quite awesome.

- Potential Tropical Storm 2...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:59:58 +0000 (UTC)

Greetings & Blessings to Everyone!

I see that the NHC has posted tropical storm warnings.
(Re:-Potential tropical storm 2) for the Southern Windwards...
This is a welcomed proactive measure & something that we bloggers have been requesting for a long time in the interest of safeguarding life & property in the most time-efficient & effective manner possible. Under the adopted precautionary warnings -the tropical weather disturbance -formerly known as 92L is now titled as potential Tropical storm 2 -for which advisories are being issued.
Its a bit of technical weather jargon, but a potential tropical cyclone is essentially defined as a disturbance which has not yet become a tropical cyclone, but which poses the threat of bringing tropical storm or hurricane conditions to land areas within 48hrs or less.
This tropical system is considered to be at least at, or near tropical depression strength or sometimes even stronger, but lacking for the time being a defined closed low level center of circulation -albeit with conditions being conducive for further strengthening.

Hoping & praying for the best, however, regardless- always prepare!
All the best to the southern islands over the next 24hrs...& St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica should probably still be very wary & vigilant for the northern quadrant 'tail' of the system.
We certainly learnt that lesson the hard way with T.S. Erika in Dca back in 2015.
May God continue to richly bless us All this hurricane season & beyond! Keep safe everyone!!!

- Rain, rain and more rain!
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:52:49 -0300
We are now in the start of the hurricane season and today in Dominica we are experiencing a lot of rain.  I set out to go to Roseau but had to turn back. the roads were full of water.  We hope very much that we do not have a busy hurricane season.  We just need some sunny summer weather.

- Sunny day!
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:18:14 -0300
We are having a beautiful day today,  The birds in the garden are singing away, busily building their nests.  It is totally different from yesterday; as the saying goes "as different as chalk and cheese! " We did not hear any really bad situations happening from the torrential rain that we had over the last 24 hours.  Yes, there was some flooding and a few landslides on the Le Blanc highway that held traffic up for a little while, so Dominica can breathe freely again.  It was just very weird to have that system now at this time of the year!  so hope that we do not have a bad hurricane season.  It is a Bank Holiday weekend, maybe the weather will be good for the rest of the time and so we can all celebrate in the sun.  Our dogs love to swim in the pristine reaches of the Layou River, it is such fun to do it with them.  We are truly lucky.  Happy weekend to everyone!

- Great evening Weather, & God's Providence!...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:45:21 +0000 (UTC)
Thanks be to God- this evening has turned out to be absolutely Pleasant, of course to the delight of several patrons who are on island for the upcoming Weekend Fest & National holiday on Monday God Willing.

Hopefully, the weather will 'behave' sufficiently over the weekend, although as a good measure of precaution the met-office has left the island on a flash flood warning. 
We have rightly become generally quite proactive weather-wise... 
Today did have its fair share of Nature Isle showers, but in true Dominican style- it did very little to deter busy shoppers & the like, in light of the much anticipated Holiday weekend and Stadium Fest coming up from tomorrow.
A special Welcome to All those Visiting on the Nature Island, Dominica especially in the capital!
& Blessings & a safe 'run -up' to the Hurricane season to Everyone!

- Rain, rain and more rain
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:05:53 -0300
Dominica has been under a depression literally; we are having extremely bad weather since yesterday afternoon!  The rain has been torrential and reminiscent of a mini Erika.  We have heard of some areas flooding but do not have specific details as yet. Obviously hoping that Dominica is not being damaged too much and no accidents or fatalities.  We will update as and when news filters through.. 

- Damage
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:17:55 -0400
The weather has settled and we have had some sunny periods.  The torrential rain has caused some major damage in the Macoucherie area:-http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/general/bridge-collapses-at-macoucherie/ and on th Ponte Casse to Marigot road has had two landslides and has been closed temporarily.  The airport was closed for a while but is now re-opened.  I have not heard anything else to report so hopefully there is not too much damage and God willing nobody hurt.  We are not in hurricane season.  Is this a wake up call?.... we need to fix our roads and bridges urgently, this has to be priority.

- Torrential Rain hits Dominica
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 11:05:27 -0400
From 8.30 a.m. this morning we have experienced torrential rain for a hour and it is easing off a bit now.  The river at the airport has flooded:-http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/general/flooding-at-douglas-charles-airport/
We have also been warned about flash flooding at this time I have nothing to report but will post again.  Everyone I hope is staying safely at home.  We are praying that there has not been too much damage done to our fragile infrastructure.

- Very, very wet chilly weather
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:31:08 -0400
We have lived in the Caribbean for 28 years 10 of those have been in Dominica!  Over Christmas - and still today -  is the wettest and coldest we have known the weather ever in the Caribbean!  At night particularly the indoor temperature drops below 70 degrees....so we ask ourselves is this also to do with climate change?  Our home in Dominica was built in 2006 through the winter months as they were the driest months of the year!!!  It is so strange to have so much rain and for it to be so chilly. We have not had snow yet but in years to come could this be a possibility?


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