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- Gaston's progress
  • By Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:32:03 +0100
Just a brief update to say Gaston is moving safely north through the central Atlantic.

We have to look all the way back to the West African coast to see more tropical waves.


- Gaston and 99L
  • By Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:31:29 +0100
The centre of the 99L disturbance is over the top of Guadalupe as I write this. Gaston continues on it's course WNW. Hopefully it will continue following the predictions.

Here in the UK we hit 31C similar to Grenada temps. Another hot day today.

Looking forward to getting back to Grenada later this week.


- 90L now Gaston
  • By Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:59:31 +0100
Predictions for Gaston are for it to pass safely north of the Lesser Antilles (at the moment), well out in the Atlantic. 99L is still close to the northern islands just East of Antigua. It did a little turn to the west for a while. Predictions are for it to pass just north of Antigua. Looks like they could get a bit of weather, but hope not much.


- 90L and now 99L
  • By Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:44:27 +0100
With 90L looking a bit weak and with it's predicted path moving a bit further north. We now have 90L which has just come off of Africa. Although it looks as if it could develop quite soon, it is predicted to move north earlier.

Watch this space.


- 99L progress.
  • By Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:38:37 +0100
Good morning Grenada.

The latest I can find regarding 99L is it is approximately 11N and 35W. Still not very organised. But having looked at some of the websites the current predictions are for it to possibly develop by Tuesday/Wednesday in the coming week. By this time it will be approaching the Lesser Antilles. The majority of the predictions currently seem to have it passing somewhere between St Lucia and Antigua, about next Thursday-Friday. But really it is much too early to say. Remember hurricanes seem to have a mind of their own.

Just in case 99L decides to take a more southerly course it is a good time to start looking around the gardens for anything that could be picked up by strong winds. Also time to ensure you have your hurricane supplies stocked up.

I will try to update you tomorrow.


- Watching 99L closely
  • By Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:47:31 +0100
Hi all,

Having watched Fiona move up safely (for us) towards the North. My eyes are now firmly fixed on a tropical wave (99L) 350 miles SW of the Cape Verdes. Currently at 10.7N 28.4W. The predictions for this one are not looking too good, with a westerly motion predicted. There is a 50% chance of it developing into a cyclone in the next 5 days.

Having been quiet for some time, things are spinning up.


- Hotting up
  • By Sally Stalker <stalkergrenada at googlemail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:52:39 -0400
We have had three almost clear carefree months and now we are going into our 
most dangerous time!
Here in Grenada we have had the expected hot weather with intermittent heavy 
rain showers which cooled things down and saved the gardens.  
Carnival was a huge and happy success and top that with our tiny island gaining 
silver in the Olympics and fielding great athletes.  I believe we may have 
become a teensy bit complacent!  You think?
Time to come out of our euphoria and prepare ourselves.  Fiona is a wake up 
call, we need to look around our homes and assess our preparedness!
I am totally unprepared!  No candles, no tinned stuff except cat food, no 
batteries.  So practice what you preach ...once a teacher always a teacher, 
what a cliche!
Well as they say in fencing circles..en gard!

Sent from my iPad

- Oh what a night..
  • By Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:15:53 -0400
What a beautiful Caribbean night!  Soft breezes , a clear sky with an almost 
full moon way up and surrounded by stars.   Pity there's a smell of decaying  
rat wafting through the house.  Yes, the poor young rat who didn't know better 
than to eat the blue corn is decomposing somewhere below stairs.  It affects me 
twofold.  I hate killing anything and the smell is more than unpleasant. Oh and 
I haven't the nerve to go looking for it!  
We are getting lovely showers in the early morning and the whole of my area is 
looking a beautiful shade of green...I know we are getting showers early in the 
morning because some of them are in the bucket downstairs!   I have dug up 
tiles to no avail so now have reluctantly called in the big guns.   If we get 
more tropical waves I will be awash!
I am enjoying peace and keeping my fingers crossed.
I am sure it is a lovely night for you all!

Sent from my iPad

- The sun is shining....sort of.
  • By Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 10:41:00 -0400
Left home at 6.30 am to get to the bank before the rest of the population.  Our 
branch in Grenville has been closed down and we lost not only the facility but 
our lovely, lovely bank manager.  She always greeted you with an open door and 
a beaming smile!  Sigh!
It was gloomy and grey but the rain had moved on leaving me with a bucket of 
rainwater..in the living room downstairs.  I suppose I could wash my hair with 
I was third in line at the bank...yay!  And guess what, the sun was beaming and 
the sea is looking blue again.  
Rang home to ask if our sun had come out also and it has.  How easy it is to be 
cheerful when the sun shines....
Hopefully we will have a few rain free days so Kendrick can tear up the tiles 
on the veranda and stop that leak...I'll be watching Chris' forecasts and 
anyone else' for that matter!  Fingers crossed.

Sent from my iPad

- Much better today.
  • By Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2016 08:06:54 -0400
There is some high cloud, but still the Sun is trying to shine. Much brighter than yesterday. Most of the rain appears to have gone up near Antigua. The are a few showers SW of Barbados, but they seem to be fizzling out.

"Colin" is scraping up the East Coast of the USA as a tropical storm, It is expected to move out into the Atlantic, on a NE course,after scraping the extreme SE of Virginia.

Hope you are drying out Sally!


- Really heavy rain falling now!
  • By Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:14:44 -0400
I said I thought there was more rain on the way, but for a while I thought I would be proved wrong (who said 'again'?). For once I have been proved correct, we did have a break from the rain(it even brightened up for a while) then more rain. Sorry Sally, but I think there is more to come, get the buckets out!

The next para can be ignored as it is just me rambling.

I have looked at Jeff Masters Blog where he says Colin is the earliest third named storm on record. If he reads this, please compare Apples with Apples. Alex, this year's first named storm was an anomaly and should not be included (in my opinion, for what it is worth), but there again I am one of those dinosaurs who thinks Pluto should still be a planet, even more so since we have seen it close up. As for Alex, I feel storms out of hurricane season, especially that far out should have another naming sequence, maybe animals, so in my book Alex becomes Aardvark, leaving Bill to be Alex, Colin to be Bill, etc. Or Alex should have been Larry as it was nearer to the end of the 2015 season than the beginning of the 2016 season. Whatever, Jeff, I know it is not your decision, but please take one off the counter for the rest of this year. Colin should be the 2nd named storm of the hurricane season.

Whatever, even if "Colin" should be "Bill" , it is early. Also Alex and Bonnie were the two first named storms of 2004, and we all know the "I" who came later! 2010 which also had Alex & Bonnie had Igor (which replaced he whose name must not be mentioned) wandered around the Atlantic for two weeks, starting in the Cape Verdes area and ending up near Greenland.

For more useless facts - watch this space.

And still the rain falls. AND I JUST HEARD THUNDER! I think from just off St George.


- Very wet, inside and out!
  • By Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016 08:14:05 -0400
A very heavy rainstorm passed across the north of Grenada and from what Hogan 
says across the south as well.....our planets meet at last!   It was the 
heaviest rain this year, washing down the house thoroughly and doing its best 
to wash out the inside as well.  I think the tiles on the veranda above have 
given up the ghost at last after years of abuse.  A tricky one this as there is 
now no telling when repairs could be carried out.  
The garden looks terrible,  like an old man needing a shave and hair cut....but 
it is lovely and cool!   Look for the silver lining !
It is now drizzling away and the world is very white and grey.

- Extremely wet this morning the inlets are brown.
  • By Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016 06:53:22 -0400
The tropical wave is passing through. The radar shows plenty more wet and cloudy weather still to come. If there is any hope for improvement it will come from the South as the tropical wave breaks free and moves further towards the NW. Currently we are getting that higher cloud heavy drizzle which seems to often follow the heavier rain. Completely overcast but slightly brighter to the South.

"Colin" has developed in the Gulf of Mexico and is heading for Northern Florida landfall this afternoon as a Tropical storm, then scraping the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas. This has developed 10 days before "Bill" last year. I will continue to compare with the preceding letter as "Alex" was a January Storm and I don't feel should be included for this storm year


- Plenty of showers this morning.
  • By Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 08:03:00 -0400
Hi all,

Sorry if I have been quiet recently. Most of the time I have had mixed feelings about the weather. I have enjoyed the overcast sent up from Venezuela, giving us cooler working conditions in the garden, but the same conditions have caused a big drop in my solar(PV) production, not to mention cooler showers.

All I can say about the rain today is it is coming from the East (where it should come from), but cannot find any real reason for it (there isn't a tropical wave marked on the charts), I will leave that to the experts to explain. But there is a tropical wave out in the Atlantic, about 700 miles away, causing a distinct northerly bulge in the ITCZ. This is clearly seen on satellite imagery. The bulge is showing heavy convection upto about our latitude and it is moving westward (towards us). So i will keep an eye on this and see where it is tomorrow.

I see that TS Bonnie briefly hit the Carolinas, then bounced back into the Atlantic. Despite being a B, it really should have been the first named storm of the year, but for Alex who popped up unexpectedly in January, near the Azores, reached Hurricane force 1, then fizzled out.

Last year Ana was earlier in May, so in my book earlier than what I feel is the first of 2016. The second one (Bill) in 2015 was 16th-20th June, but NHC is looking to the Western Caribbean where the next one is looking like developing over the next couple of days.

All the best to everyone, if you haven't done so already, get those supplies in, just in case.


- Day one of official opening of hurricane season..
  • By Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2016 19:08:31 -0400
And what a day we have had here in Grenada.  Leaving a rather overcast north of 
the island I drove into what foreigners might call "a cloudburst" over St 
George's.   It made driving even more hazardous.  Our kamikaze drivers saw it 
as a challenge, intimidating the meek among us.....one of which I was soon 
identified!  That sentence doesn't seem right, but it sounds good.  Nose close 
to the windscreen, clutching the wheel with white knuckled hands and screaming 
invective at all and sundry....and that was  just me!
I rang home, "any rain up there?" None.   Chris will no doubt tell us where the 
rain came from and where it was going.  I know where it was going...up north.  
By the time I reached home in the late afternoon it was bucketing down, 
straight through the veranda tiles and into the room below!   Major problem 
So tonight it is bordering on stormy, very wet and remarkably cool.  After 
weeks of enervating heat and humidity it is a blessed relief and there's a 
bucket under the leak. Easy solution!

Sent from my iPad

- Rain over next 24 hours - maybe!
  • By Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 07:35:20 -0400
Hi, below is a snippet from the NHC. The high overcast cloud we have had for the last few days is still with us, and is the source of the heavy rain we have just had. Still coming from the SW (Not the East as normal).




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