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- Atlantic still calm.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:31:46 -0300
Apart from Edouard,  the Atlantic has no potential issues.

This morning we are receiving a couple of small showers coming from Barbados direction. But it looks as if they will end soon. I can still see a couple of them to our East. There is hardly ant wind, could be a warm day unless that breeze picks up.

Hope you all have a good day.

Hogan



- Looks like a period of showers today -
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:03:50 -0300
Good morning,

The radar is showing a large area of showers between us and Barbados. They are moving in our general direction.

The NHC are not showing the disturbance in the Atlantic as a threat to us at the moment, but the satellite images and the synopsis chart do show an area of heavy showers / low pressure mid way across the 'pond'. Edouard (TS) seems to have moved harmlessly up into the Atlantic, well NE of the Lesser Antilles.

So maybe a day of showers today. Good for the garden, but shame it is on a Sunday.

All the best.

Hogan of Grenada


- 91L - TD SSix now TS Edouard
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:58:02 -0300
Yes we have a tropical storm out in mid Atlantic, but it does appear to be following the rules and travelling in a direction which should take it safely north into the Atlantic.

There is another wave that is just south of The Cape Verdes which is given just a 10% chance of developing.

We had a dry night, I didn't have to get up to close the windows! The radar shows a small thin band of showers halfway between Grenada and Barbados, which are heading in our general direction.

Have a good day.

Hogan of Grenada


- 91L now TD Six
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:10:40 -0300

We now have tropical depression Six (was 91L) out in the Atlantic (this
has not caused this morning's weather). TD Six should move harmlessly up
through the Atlantic.

Our weather today has been caused by a tropical wave passing through the
area. Although I think the worst has moved off to the West, there does
seem to be a lot of high cloud around. We could still have more heavy
showers, the radar shows a few between us and Barbados.

Hogan of Grenada




- What a change in the weather!
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 08:18:33 -0300
Hi all,

Well I don't have to water the new trees today.

I am getting calls asking what is going on. I wish I knew. It looks like a weak tropical wave which is passing through has churned up some stormy weather. We had one near miss (lightning) here in Westerhall. Hope everyone is OK. It was within a few yards of us. I had already unplugged vital equipment when I heard distant rumbles.

The satellite images showed this suddenly building in the last 2-3 hours. The main heavy rain seems to have moved slightly north now (yes Sally, towards you). But it is wobbling and there seems to be a bit more to come. Then it looks as if it will improve.

At least (for the time) the strong wind has eased off. Our cat can stand the thunder, but hates the heavy rain on the roof! Oh hear comes the wind again and getting darker. Still hearing rumbling - unplugging laptop, will run on battery for a while.

Further afield :- 91L is very close to becoming a cyclone 90% over next 5 days. But the good news is that it is following a NW course which should take it up harmlessly into the Atlantic.

Sorry for the delay, I am trying to set up something on the computer and as always things are never as easy as stated!

Have a good day - once the thunder has gone!

Hogan


- Very threatening weather
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:54:50 -0400
Well that auld fella in the sky is grumbling away somewhere in Chis' direction 
...I wonder if the storm is moving up towards the North of the island.  It is 
really spooky up here, heavily overcast with  that peculiar light which 
precedes a nasty outbreak of thunder and lightning....oh, oh here it comes!  It 
rained heavily early this morning and now it is winding up for more.  
Batten down the hatches Thor's chariot is approaching fast.  I will have to 
tell the farmers to stop the rain dances now..we are getting plenty of water.
Yikes!  Under the pillows with the dogs.....

Sent from my iPad

- So where did the rain come from...
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 20:31:54 -0400
Overcast with light showers to day.  
Went into the Big Nutmeg and on the way down St Andrew's had some good showers. 
 Oop north we are very green and the farmers are pleased with the water supply 
from above.  I was presented with a large watermelon which will be shared with 
Tysonne ( the tortoise) and her retinue and progeny.  It is a very sweet melon 
which means it has had the right amount of sun and rain. The gardener has the 
day off on Friday to prepare to take his melons to sell in the Big Nutmeg on 
Saturday.  I must get a next one ( as we say around here ) from him but this 
time I will have to pay...fair do's!
The wind is whistling through the rigging and it is cool and very 
pleasant....the moon is shining through my window; not a bad old place, my 
little island.

Sally Stalker
P O Box 26
St. George's
Grenada.   West Indies
Stalker at spiceisle.com
Tel + 1 473 4429243
mobile + 473 407 3366

- 91L now 70% chance of developing n next 5 days.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:56:49 -0300
It is following the WNW path which hopefully will take it clear of the island chain. It is already at 13.5N, about 200 miles north of where Ivan started.

Very little rain on the radar. We had a few showers in our vicinity earlier in the day. The garden could do with some rain. Please send us some of yours Sally!

Throwing some branches down our garden, this afternoon, I disturbed a very annoyed humming bird. The racket she set up stopped me from throwing any more. But it caused me to see the teeny-weeny nest just 18 inches off the ground on the flimsiest of plants. She eventually went back to the nest and settled down, giving me a very disgusted look. Camera out in the morning to follow her progress with nest/eggs/babies etc.

Have a good evening.

Hogan of Grenada




- Now doesn't the weather keep us on our toes!
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:02:29 -0400
One of the advantages of being "older".....I'm avoiding the word "old", is that 
nothing really, really surprises you!  You have seen it or eaten it or heard it 
before.  Because I am an optimist I call that an "advantage".  And believe me, 
you have to grab your "advantages" when they present themselves!  So after a 
very wet, hot and miserable day I woke yesterday to a glorious Caribbean Day.  
Cool breezes, calm waters clear blue skies and cheering sunshine.  Lubberly 
chubberly!   To day is somewhat similar but it is hazy and the sand flies have 
come up to enjoy the day with me ...now what is it I can catch from sand flies? 
  It's not Ebola is it? "Chicken Ganja "? Dengue?
The outlook is cheery....thanks for that Chris! I'll make the best of the day.  
Notice I said "day".  What will tomorrow bring I wonder!




Sally Stalker
P O Box 26
St. George's
Grenada.   West Indies
Stalker at spiceisle.com
Tel + 1 473 4429243
mobile + 473 407 3366

- Very dry - little rain (well in the South of Grenada).
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 06:17:32 -0300
Good morning all,

The news from Atlantic is that 90L has all but disappeared. But 91L is still there and heading in what appears to be a WNW direction. It is still given 60% chance of developing in the next 5 days, but hopefully this will be in a direction taking it north of our Caribbean islands.

Nearer to home, it is dry, for this time of year. There are no rain showers anywhere in the Barbados radar range of 400km (well the odd little dot). The ITCZ does not show much in the way of cloud either, except for 91L breaking out of it in the Eastern Atlantic. The cloud base is just scraping the tops of the 2000ft mountains. The Sun has risen (I am seeing black dots as I type, having just looked at the it!).

I think it is time to pay the water bill and be put back on the mains (we got cut off while we were away, whoops!).

Now down to early morning gardening.

All the best to all of you.

Hogan


- Flooding in St. Vincent
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:10:44 -0400

Sorry to hear that St.Vincent has undergone bad flooding, I’m sure we all hope that those affected will be able to recover and bounce back quickly.  Let’s hope the rain gives you a bypass for a while.

 

 

We on the SW coast had plenty of rain Friday night with thunder and lightning and still had rain Saturday on and off.  Today was a lot dryer but we still had a couple of showers, some fairly heavy.

 

 

Stay safe all.

 

Jacquie.


- 90L and 91L
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 07:07:13 -0300
We now have two area's of interest. 90L the wave that has been mentioned for about a week now. It is almost half way across the Atlantic, very weak and does not have a large chance of developing, also it does looks as if it will go north of the Lesser Antilles. Following on and just leaving the West Coast of Africa at about 9degs N is a much larger system, 91L. NHC are giving this a 60% chance of developing in the next 5 days. Initially it is showing a similar track to 90L. More over the next few days.

Nearer to home: There are very few small showers in the area. There is a larger area of showers showing up to the South East of Barbados, these are several hours away and too early to see if they will bring rain to Grenada or not. But at this time of year we can expect the occasional shower at any time. Especially in the North of the island, do you agree Sally?

Have a great day.

Hogan of Grenada


- Island of two halves!
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:27:58 -0400
We hear from Sally that it is pouring in the North, hear in the South it is wall to wall sunshine. But did hear the thunder in the distance!


- Yikes...
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 09:24:41 -0400
You were right Chris, there is rain to the North of Grenada...lashing down here 
and there's an auld fella grumbling away up there in the stormy clouds and he's 
flashing his eyes around a bit.

 Please tell me you are not basking in warm sunshine down by you!

Yesterday was a bad day for Liat travellers....one poor lass left Dominica at 7 
am to catch a connection to Trinidad to pick up a visa for India which was 
being held for her there.  She was to board a BA flight at 5. 30 en route to 
spend two months study in India.  At 2.pm the flight to Trinidad arrived in 
Grenada.....no one came to meet the plane...we waited, waited, waited.  Finally 
the Liat Manager arrived in a state of of panic and we disembarked! 
As I was driving out of the car park heading home the plane was still on the 
ground!
 
The silver lining in this sorry tale is that the Liat hostess ( or whatever one 
calls them these days) did everything possible to facilitate the speedy 
disembarkation of the Dominican girl and A Trini man who said he would take her 
with his driver to the  Indian Embassy.  Human nature can be as inspiring as 
depressing!  I got off the plane a little less grumpy thanks to those two kind 
people. I wonder if the lass made her flight to India!  The odds were against 
it.

A Liat plane has just gone over....9.15 am.  Was that the 6.15 am to Barbados!! 
 Or yesterday's cancelled flight!!
It is good to be back in our calm, sweet island.....


Sally Stalker
P O Box 26
St. George's
Grenada.   West Indies
Stalker at spiceisle.com
Tel + 1 473 4429243
mobile + 473 407 3366

- A good bit of rain North of Grenada
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2014 07:40:13 -0400
The rain is in the St Vincent and St Lucia area. East of Grenada there are few showers. So it looks as if we could have a good day.

The low pressure mentioned SW of the Cape Verdes is now only given a 10% chance of developing. It appears conditions are against it. But we should keep an eye on it.

To Sally, You mentioned Barbados, don't forget you have (at home) one of the best views in Grenada! You won't find that view in Barbados! Hope you are back here soon.

Hope you all have a nice weekend, wherever you are.

Hogan of Grenada


- Low near the Cape Verdes
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:37:48 -0400
This is the low pressure system that left Africa a few days ago. It is flagged as 20% in two days and only 30% in 5 days, of becoming a cyclone.

There are a few small showers in the triangle Grenada/Barbados/Tobago, moving in our general direction. Apart from that the Atlantic seems fairly quiet, at the moment.

Hogan of Grenada


- From Barbados
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:48:20 -0400
Leaving the Emerald Isle of Grenada in a Liat plane which cruised between 
rolling dark clouds and the odd grumble, I wondered what the weather would be 
like in Barbados.  I suppose I knew already!    It seems to be sunny all the 
time over there.  And it was but with the odd refreshing shower!  No wonder the 
tourists flock to the island.  It is such a relief from the daily torrents and 
not infrequent electric storms of my chosen homeland.  Nature never fails to 
thrill and surprise us.  Here is an island pushed out into the Atlantic but 40 
minutes flying time away ( don't add the twenty minutes it takes to board the " 
new " Liat planes nor the twenty minutes to disembark or deplane as our 
American cousins would have it ) and the weather is totally different!  Much as 
I love Barbados,  I am quite saddened to see the mess they have made in the 
rush to idolise Mammon.  But the beaches are gorgeous!
I have sent off a photo of sun, sea and sand.....forgot to attach it!

Sally Stalker
P O Box 26
St. George's
Grenada.   West Indies
Stalker at spiceisle.com
Tel + 1 473 4429243
mobile + 473 407 3366

- Ahaaa! Lovely!
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:47:32 -0400

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Sally Stalker
P O Box 26
St. George's
Grenada.   West Indies
Stalker at spiceisle.com
Tel + 1 473 4429243
mobile + 473 407 3366

- Large storm passing South of us.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:22:41 -0400
There is a large clump of storms (or is it one big storm) passing between Grenada /Trinidad & Tobago. The thunder is still audible. Looking at the radar this is a large storm cell (my term and probably technically incorrect). The radar from Barbados shows it moving slowly from East to West. It looks as if it could take another couple of hours to pass and we could quite easily pick up some rain and thunder if it wobbles slightly north of it's present course.

A few hours behind this clump is another potentially thundery area. It seems to be following the same path as the one mentioned above.

Both of these areas are part of a northerly bulge in the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) as can be seen on the NHC synopsis chart. The chart also shows 3 tropical waves wandering across the Atlantic.

As Jeff Masters has commented, there are (unusually) no named storms active in the Northern tropics (Atlantic or Pacific) at this present time, which is approaching the peak of the season. Let us hope it stays that way.

Hogan of Grenada


- British weather!
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:15:30 -0400
That is what is feels like, in Grenada, this morning.

The radar shows many showers in the vicinity. As far as I can tell this is part of a tropical wave passing through. Beyond that, in the Atlantic, are more tropical waves. None significant, at the moment. But they need to be watched.

Still, a bit of rain at the moment should do us no harm.

Anyway, the 'British' weather here is warmer than in the UK. And it does appear that the weather could improve later today.

Hogan of Grenada





- 97L - the next on the conveyor belt?
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:03:38 -0400
Cristobal is now a cat 1 hurricane which is now heading North/North East into the Atlantic. 97L is more than half way across the Atlantic with predictions that it will develop slowly and should pass near the northern part of the Lesser Antilles. There is another weak tropical wave following on, near the Cape Verdes.

Nearer to us is a very weak tropical wave which is showing on the Barbados radar as a band of thundery showers stretching South from just east of Barbados. They are heading in our general direction and, if they persist, could reach us mid afternoon.

We have a bright morning, but hazy. The water vapour satellite images shows high level moisture coming off of South America, I guess this is causing the hazy sky.

Hope you all have a great day.

Hogan of Grenada


- 96L becomes TS Cristobal....
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:16:11 -0400
... as it passes just East of the Bahamas. Meanwhile 97L has appeared SW of the Cape Verdes. It should take a while to develop and the prediction is for it to head for the North of the Lesser Antilles. We shall see.

Hogan of Grenada


- A little respite...
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:37:55 -0400
I am now in a "for goodness sake woman get a grip mode"!  This is partly due to 
the non- event recently and partly due to the flash and crack this morning 
which had me rising like Lazarus to unplug my various devices closely followed 
I might add,  by four barking fur balls.
There is actually a story behind my tendency to get, shall we call it "twitchy" 
.  Having lived in various parts of Empire over the years I was caught by a 
natural disaster in each part.  This was bad luck rather than carelessness!  I 
even managed to be in UK for the hurricane of '84
So we arrived in Hong Kong to live and it was no surprise soon after to find a 
Typhoon bearing down on the then colony.  We were ensconced on the 10 th floor 
of an apartment block which to my horror swayed gently in the wind.  Himself 
and his children pottered calmly off to bed while I pored over the weather 
bulletins.  It didn't look good!  I looked at the large sheets of glass 
surrounding the apartment and decided I had to save my precious belongings.  So 
I stripped the apartment to the bones tucking pictures and ornaments into 
relatively safe places.  Eventually I fell into the guest bedroom too shattered 
to care about anything anymore.   I awoke with a hand shaking me desperately, " 
Mum, Mum, come quickly". It was my daughter, " the police are here, Dad called 
the police, we've been robbed, everything is gone except the furniture".   
It took a while to live that one down, it even got into The South China Morning 
Post!  My fifteen minutes of fame!! Or would that be infamy!


- Sting in the Tail
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 03:21:37 -0400

96L is certainly shaking its tail feathers all the way down to us in Grenada, just had some serious rain for about 15 or so minutes and accompanying thunder giving us a wakeup call.  (Well probably the dog woke me up but the thunder would have.... J  ).   Here comes the rain again.....


- 96L appears to be following yesterdays predictions
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:58:42 -0400
Good morning,

The disturbance 96L has moved further to the north since yesterday. The centre is now ENE of Barbados and, if it continues on it's predicted path, looks like it will pass near Antigua. We could still get some showers associated with this area of disturbance. With luck our trade winds should pick up again after this system has passed.

06:30 - we have just had some rain and the Sun is shining. The radar sows a few small showers in the area.

The other tropical wave which was following 96L seems to have disappeared.

Hogan of Grenada


- 96L - progress
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:21:08 -0400
Good morning Grenada,

96L is still there and making it's way in our general direction. The latest satellite imagery shows a large area of heavy showers and thunder storms in the vicinity of the disturbance. It has, as yet, not become a cyclone, but NHC are giving it a 30% chance of developing in the next 2 days. The centre of the disturbance is about 600 miles ESE of Grenada, and looks as if we should be in it's path, but most of the models are predicting it to travel north of us. Whatever happens, the next few days could bring some heavy rain and gusty winds. The nearest areas of heavy rain showers are about 300 miles from us.

Here in Grenada it is very calm, and has been all night, although we did have some rain. The sun is out, but very hazy.

I will have another look at what is happening later this evening.

Hogan of Grenada











- That strange white atmosphere
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:01:14 -0400
It is with us again, that strange white atmosphere which seems to be the 
precursor to nasty weather.  There's a technical term which Gert or Hogan will 
no doubt supply as they blind us with science.  For an ignorant Irishman on a 
hill it means "oh, oh"!
Yesterday Kelly sealed the leaking windows...forget the leaks in the roof, my 
heirs can sort those out, I've lost the battle.  Ah, clear the desk...it takes 
a storm to galvanize me into filing stuff! Finally download some films, aka 
movies as Lime will undoubtedly fall at the first hurdle.
The generator is ready....oh for goodness sake woman, stop panicking !

Sent from my iPad

- Really, more thunderstorms!
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:56:30 -0400
I have a leery eye on Invest 96 or whatever it is called.  It seems to be on 
the warpath, 35 mph winds seem quite brisk for a start.  We have had two really 
'orrible storms with lightning flashing through the windows and thunder 
rattling  the nuts and bolts.  In fact I am exhausted with the effort of 
appearing brave and calm for the sake of the dogs when all I want to do is 
climb into the wardrobe and cover myself with clothes.  Apparently we can 
expect more of the same on Thursday into Friday.  What I badly need up here on 
my exposed hill is a Priest Hole, somewhere tucked away, not forever mind you 
but while the furies rage...a bottle or two of spine stiffener would help!
Oh well, one can but watch and hope that the dry Saharan air doesn't dissipate 
too quickly and that Invest- what's -it's -name does not cause us problems!
All the same, I think I'll get the spine stiffener on stand by!

Sent from my iPad

- There is a tropical wave approaching us - 96L
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:23:36 -0400
Good afternoon all,

It looks as if there is a 30% chance of a depression forming just about the time 96L reaches the Lesser Antilles. There are very few predictions at the moment, and they vary from it passing South of us to well north of us. So taking the average, Grenada does look as if we could get some stormy weather in a couple of days time. Also the Sahara air which has helped to protect us is breaking up. Tomorrow morning should give us more idea of where it will go and for us to see if it is developing. There is another tropical wave following on it's heels.

Hogan of Grenada







- Yes I am still here.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:06:23 -0400
Just to say that I am not saying much as, at the moment, thankfully there isn't much to say! Let's hope it stays that way.

There is a small blob half way across the Atlantic, but low chance of it developing - at the moment, thanks to a large amount of dry Sahara air which seems to be slowing development.

It was a bit noisy Friday night. A few lightning strikes very near to us. For those that are interested. The distance of the lightning from you can be measured by counting seconds from the flash to the thunder. Divide this by 5 and you will get the distance in miles. It is not 1 second per mile as some people think!

A great welcome back on island to our Italian friends, sorry we missed you at the Aquarium. Look forward to meeting up tomorrow.

Hope you have all had a good weekend.

Hogan of Grenada



- Is Thunder getting louder??
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:27:49 -0400

So that was a Tropical Wave was it?  Wow, what a night that was...  The first thunder and lightning was early evening, somewhere around 8-8.30 pm and then it stopped.... until about 10.30 pm or so and the thunder came back with gusto, it was surely the loudest ever and the lightning, well, that lit the sky for the next few hours.  Sally in the North of the Island will not be the only one who flew around the house unplugging everything, I know I did.  I also think this was probably the first time I can remember a storm like that and NO wind.... absolutely no breeze whatsoever.  It was the heat woke my husband not the noise, everywhere it was still, the only slight movement was the tops of my coconut palm but even that was barely moving..... at 2.30 am I was sitting on the veranda watching the lightning show moving away from us and hearing the distant thunder roll trying to catch some little bit of fresh air before trying to get some sleep for the night.   Now at 4.25 am we have a slight breeze and the thunder and lightning have moved on and apparently that was just a Tropical Wave......

 

 

Stay safe all.

 

Jacquie.


- Not Nice....
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:19:31 -0400

Yes Sally, dogs were cowering down here too....  really loud thunder and a real lightshow with the lightning, the super moon was barely noticeable with the cloud cover and rain but you tell it would have been very bright last night had we not been experiencing a really bad storm.... 

 

Had a loud clap of thunder a couple of hours ago and nothing more since so hopefully the weather will brighten up a bit for the revellers, it certainly didn’t seem to rain on anyone’s parade this morning for J’ouvert.

 

Take care and keep looking East.... 94L is still out there and coming our way....

 

Jacquie


- Wow ee!
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:05:59 -0400
Now that was the mother of a storm last night!  I can't believe I was the only 
one cowering with the dogs!  This morning, Carnival Monday,  it is pretty 
horrible up here.  Sounds like a very grumpy god rolling around the sky!  It 
won't daunt the revellers but it will certainly take the edge off the 
enjoyment.  There is a bit of blue way down south so perhaps that grumpy old 
god will see fit to lighten up!
Ah well, being too long in the tooth ( lovely expression, that) I will return 
to bed with the exhausted dogs, toast and marmalade a good book and keep my 
fingers crossed for the two days ahead.
Keep chippin' Grenada!

Sally Stalker
P O Box 26
St. George's
Grenada.   West Indies
Stalker at spiceisle.com
Tel + 1 473 4429243
mobile + 473 407 3366

- Small disturbance just South of Cape Verdes
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:03:46 +0100
I will be out of touch until Wednesday afternoon. But I have just noticed a disturbance (94L) just SW of the Cape Verdes. 30% chance of it developing in the next 5 days. Too early to get any idea of where it might go. I will update Wednesday afternoon, if I have a internet connection, when I will be back in Grenada.

All the best

Hogan of Grenada.


- Super Moon...... or Cloud?
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:52:58 -0400

Good evening all

 

We have thunder and lightning at the moment, heavy rain on and off and a very cloudy sky so will we get to see the Super moon tonight?  It’s looking doubtful.  The other important question is.....  will it be dry for J’ouvert morning?  Will the Jab stay dry?  Here’s hoping we have a dry Carnival..... so no rain Monday and Tuesday would be good.

 

 

Keep eyes on Africa, 94L looks like something we should be watching....

 

Stay safe

Jacquie.


- Well it was a lovely morning....
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:18:15 -0400

The sun was shining, a nice gentle breeze blowing, a lovely morning....... now, we have black/dark skies, pouring rain on and off, not much breeze and thunder.  Only to be expected really with the Tropical Wave knocking on the door.

 

At this very moment there is no rain just dark sky and no breeze...... totally still and quiet.....

 

Take care all.

 

Jacquie xx

 


- Bertha brings us rain
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 13:03:40 -0400
We woke to a lovely sunny day which surprised me as I am a pessimist when it 
comes to weather...due to my few English genes I suspect.  By 11.30 the sky had 
darkened and rain came lashing in from the East ..I could hear the farmers 
shouting with joy!   All the little melon buds were jumping up and down so 
someone is pleased!   I cancelled plans to do outdoorish type of activities and 
rescheduled for tomorrow when Bertha has moved on.  Hopefully she only deposits 
enough rain to gladden the hearts of the farmers in the Caribbean chain with no 
ott stuff, she certainly seems to be galloping along!  I wonder if she will 
develop into a Hurricane when she meets the warm Gulf....hope not!  But good 
luck everyone!
In the meantime we can breathe a little easier here in Grenada.

Sent from my iPad

- The sky is grumbling
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 12:19:48 -0400

Here on the SW Coast in Mt. Moritz we have darkening skies (almost but not quite total – can still see enough blue to patch a sailors pants...) and grumbling noises.  Thunder has started to roll not too much and not too loud at the moment but the rain is starting in the wind now and by the look of the sky it will be heavy soon.  The sheep were laying down in the front garden but have now disappeared and hidden themselves away under cover in the back....  and here comes the rain.  That patch of blue is getting smaller and my sea view has disappeared into the blackness..... not much in the way of wind though at the moment, just the odd gust and a slight breeze.

 

Hope those up north are getting the rain they need and nothing too nasty.....

 

Stay safe.

 

Jacquie xx


- Tropical Storm Bertha
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:37:53 +0100
Good morning GND. We wake up to he news that 93L has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Bertha. Later is morning, if it follows the predicted course, it will scrape pass just north of Barbados. and early this evening pass in a corridor between St Vincent and Martiniqe.

Currently the worst weather appears to be to the north of the centre of the storm. So unless it changes course, or strengthens further, Grenada should not get much severe weather, but still be prepared for gusty and possibly heavy showers. May I suggest, at least, check for anything that could be picked up by strong winds. Grenada may also notice winds coming from the west for a while a few hours after the storm passes into the Caribbean. This will be more noticeable the further north you are (Carriacou). The NHC are not predicting Bertha to become a Hurricane, at the moment.

I would like to just say that I am no weather expert. I only make suggestions based on what I have learnt since being in Grenada and using information I gather from other websites.

I will try to have another look at the progress this afternoon.

All the best for the next 24 hours.

Hogan of Grenada


- Keep on your toes.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:40:11 +0100
The latest on 93L is that despite the predictions it is still following the Ivan route, it also does appear that it is getting better organised. NHC are saying that it could become a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm later today. The latest models have moved the predicted path further south. This puts the average path in the ST Lucia/ Martinique area, passing just north of Barbados. But I still think it is worth planning for a route further south.

All the best

Hogan of Grenada


- 93L is still there!
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:53:26 +0100
Good  morning,

Disturbance 93L has not changed much since yesterday. It is now about 850 miles East of Grenada and has moved slightly further north since yesterday. Most of the models predict the path to take it in the general direction of Antigua. It currently has a 60% chance of developing into a cyclone in the next 48 hours. I will have another look at it tomorrow.

On a good note: Well done Kirani James for winning Gold at the Commonwealth Games for Grenada.

Hogan of Grenada



- 93L---------
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:30:55 +0100
Briefly - 93L seems to have broken up quite a lot. Still shown as 70% chance of developing. More later. Sorry to be brief.

Hogan of Grenada



- 93L - slight development
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:26:14 +0100
Good morning,

93L has organised slightly overnight. It now has a 70% chance of becoming a cyclone in the next two days. It is slightly further north and nowhere near as developed as Ivan was at the same distance from us.

I will monitor 93L over the next few days.

I am looking forward to seeing Kirani in the Semi-finals today.

Hogan of Grenada


- Invest 93L heading across the Atlantic.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:14:49 +0100
Hi there. Sorry, I blinked and suddenly, there is 93L at 10N 32W (about 1800 miles East of us). It has been given about 30% chance of developing in the next 48 hours and 70% over the next 5 days (about the time it takes to cross the Atlantic). What few models I have seen show it turning further north before it reaches us. I will keep an eye on this one. Thanks Andrea for informing me.

On a better note, Kirani James drifted across the line in the first heat of the Commonwealth Games 400m.

Hogan of Grenada


- All OK in Mt. Moritz area
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:17:42 -0400

Good morning folks,

It seems some areas of Grenada suffered a bit with the storm last night, we have no damage by us and did not lose power at all, not sure about the rest of the Western side.

I think it caught people by surprise because there was no real mention of bad weather coming our way.  I only know there must be problems elsewhere from reading reports on here.  It really shows that we must be prepared for anything at this time of year and Grenada knows about surprise visits of storms from Ivan. 

 

Take care all

 

Jacquie xx

 


- Storm Damage
  • From: storm tracker <grenadatracker at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:22:44 -0400
Reports coming in from the tourism sector: Hotels in True Blue area without power since 2 am, several trees down. Properties on the Atlantic side have lost trees too. 

- Well that was a rough night!
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:47:29 -0400
Returning from an incredible summer in the UK to a humid very hot and stormy 
Grenada did not take the blush from homecoming....but it takes time to adjust 
to the rhythm of life.
Staggering around in a muck sweat and wondering where the said rhythm has gone 
and if it will return, has been the hard bit.  This morning as I gaze at the 
chaotic mess on the veranda and in the garden I think the time has arrived for 
less poetic license and a bit of elbow grease!
I refuse to comment further about the weather...something to do with being an 
Irish witch
(I said witch!)  and not wanting to put the kiss of death on the Atlantic.  I 
leave the analysis to Chris who should be putting his two bits in by now.

Sally Stalker
P O Box 26
St. George's
Grenada.   West Indies
Stalker at spiceisle.com
Tel + 1 473 4429243
mobile + 473 407 3366

- That woke me up.....
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:43:09 -0400

Just the sound of the rain (and wind) beating down on the roof was enough to wake me up and now we have thunder and lightning added to the mix just to make it interesting.  I was being soooo good and having an early night (well early for me) and of course now I shall be wide awake for the rest of the night.  The gusty wind is blowing the rain through the windows soaking my kitchen worktops and part of the floor, various crashes have me searching to find the cause...... what got blown on the floor or was it outside, did something get blown over......  by the sounds of it there will be debris of some sort or another in the garden at daybreak.  Hope the sheep are all tucked up in their house keeping warm......

 

Take care everyone...

 

Jacquie x


- Very Wet Morning
  • From: "Jacqueline Dowden" <jacquie at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:29:58 -0400

During the night (last night) and early Wednesday morning we had plenty rain, heavy and quite prolonged but by around 10 am it had eased and then stopped and no more for the rest of the day.  It doesn’t appear we will get any effects from TD 2 which seems to have fizzled out according to Barbados so there may still be Islands desperate for rain.  We will see what tomorrow may bring for some of the northern Islands.

 

Take care all

 

Jacquie x

 


- Tropical Depression Two
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:50:50 +0100
The depression has disintegrated a little East of Barbados.

Hogan of Grenada


- Tropical Depression Two
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:24:29 +0100
Good morning,

Tropical Depression Two is about 600 miles East of Grenada. It's predicted path now shows it will pass near Martinique & Dominica as a Tropical Depression Thursday morning.

Hogan of Grenada


- TD Two
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:58:08 -0400

Hogan beat me to it......  hopefully this Tropical Depression will follow the path of most models and ignore our shores but that said it will pass over or close to our Caribbean Islands so be ready people and be forewarned and prepare.

 

Stay safe all...

 

 

Jacquie x


- The first TD is in the Atlantic.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:44:42 +0100
Hi all,

I have just seen that the first mid ATlantic Tropical depression. It is at about 1000 miles out in the ATlantic and at our (Grenada) latitude. It's current path is predicted to pass in the Guadeloupe area early Thursday.

Now maybe a good time to start stocking up on those hurricane supplies if you haven't already!

Be back with you soon.

Hogan of Grenada.


- 32C (89F) in UK and 26C(78F) in GND yesterday!
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:01:23 +0100
Really hot day here in the UK yesterday with some places reaching 32C , 6 degs C warmer than Grenada!. I hear Grenada had lots of rain and dull weather.

The Atlantic is still looking fairly quiet (at the moment). The ITCZ is very close to Trinidad. This could bring you frequent showers.

We will be back with you soon. Hope you are all enjoying yourselves.

All the best

Hogan of Grenada


- Wave on its way.....
  • From: "Jacqueline Dowden" <jacquie at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:14:09 -0400

Good morning all

 

We have that solid light grey sky this morning, no blue patches anywhere I can see and rain, rain.....  The thunder rolled about 5 minutes ago but we do have some consolation, it is slightly cooler and the earth still needs rain as does the lake in Gran Etang and all those people who rely on rain water for their homes....  today is the day!!!!!

 

Would you believe, someone has a bonfire across the valley from me by the cemetery ...... J

 

Stay safe people

 

Jacquie x


- The day the rains came down
  • From: "Jacqueline Dowden" <jacquie at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:01:48 -0400

Hi Chris....... good to ‘see’ you.

 

Yes, we had plenty rain yesterday, on and off all day and pretty heavy with strong gusty wind.  We also had quite a bit of very loud long thunder so not very pleasant all round but on the plus side everywhere is looking sooooo much better, greener and more alive.  The wave has passed us now but the sky is still very cloudy and we have had rain this morning....... hoping it will clear in a few hours because I have to venture to town.

 

Stay safe everyone

 

Jacquie x


- View from afar
  • From: Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:16:51 +0100
Hi all,

I see that you had quite a bit of rain yesterday. Still I hear that everything has greened up now. Everything looks OK in the Atlantic, at the moment. Let's hope it stays that way.

Here in the UK it is overcast and miserable (South London), more rain expected today before hopefully it will brighten up. We are off to Hampton Court flower show, if weather improves.

Be back there with you soon.

All the best.

Hogan of Grenada


- First named Storm
  • From: "Jacqueline Dowden" <jacquie at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:26:46 -0400

So we have the first named storm of the season, Tropical Storm Arthur.  He is up by Florida..... phew!  Hope it just gives some rain to Florida and nothing more  - take care all.

 

Here in Grenada we have been having quite a bit of rain over the last few days and the farmers are grateful as will NAWASA (water company)be, I expect.  Today is cloudy but not raining, a pleasant breeze blowing and some blue sky..... should get out in the garden but need to find my welly boots first.  It’s surprising how quickly the green comes back with just a little rain, it is all looking so much more alive than it was, it’s even showing signs of life where we had a big bush fire not that many weeks ago.

 

Here’s hoping for a mild season to come but always expecting the surprise which may come .... take care all.

 

Jacquie x


- Was that it then??
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:04:37 -0400

Well I see the wave has passed us...... that bit of rain I talked about earlier, it stopped!  Very soon after I reported it as a drizzle so sorry St. Thomas there is none to spare.....

 

I doubt there is an Island that is not suffering from a water shortage, Gran Etang Lake is very, very low, we still have large cracks in the ground and I think this has been the driest I have seen it in 13 years.  Our lovely green Island has been (still mostly is) very brown but just the odd drizzle of rain seems to be helping....... blades of grass peaking through now.  Our local farmers seem to be delaying planting this year which is very sensible with the lack of water.

 

Hoping for another shower tonight and if possible I will send some your way St. Thomas (if lasts more than a few minutes...lol)

 

Take care

 

Jacquie x

 

 


- Wave on it's way....
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:18:16 -0400

Well, certainly feeling the approaching Tropical Wave, the wind has been picking up all morning and is now more constant up here in Mt. Moritz.  We have had steady rain for a while and looks quite set in.... this is of course good news as our water reserves are very low on the Island and the gardens in desperate need of the water.   The heavy rain has eased now to a drizzle but the sky is almost total cloud cover except for a bit of blue towards the north.

 

Take care all..

 

Jacquie


- A Storm?
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:21:55 -0400

Good Evening

 

Woo Hoo...... thunder and lightning.... it’s 10.18 pm and suddenly we had thunder and lightning and heavy rain..... think the rain has stopped now or maybe just very light, anyway I can’t hear it on the roof.... hope Sally didn’t bother chasing round the house unplugging.....

 

Jacquie

x

 


- Bit more rain.....
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:53:45 -0400

Hi Everyone,

 

We had some rain on and off this morning, sometimes quite hard..... yay!!!  The rain is much needed as Gran Etang Lake is in desperate need of water!!  Still have loads of big cracks in the garden and although there are some signs of green coming back it is still mostly brown...... Ooo  in fact it has just started raining again, not a lot but rain nonetheless.

 

Take care all.....

 

Jacquie x


- Had a few showers
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 18:05:01 -0400

Hi Everyone...

 

Yes Chris we did have a few showers over the weekend.... everywhere still very brown and dry....  oh, and burnt.  Yes, we have had fire up in Mt. Moritz.... just for a change and as if people never learn we have had bonfires (they were watched) all day today, which has meant I have been shut up in the house most of the day trying to keep out of the smoke.

 

Had a rough February, spent just over a week in hospital, gave up smoking......  feeling better but left with lasting problems with breathing.  At least Grenada is mostly nice and clean and fresh air....

 

Stay safe this season and be prepared..... hope for the best expect the worst.

 

 

Jacquie x


- Showers running along 12 degrees
  • From: Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 30 May 2014 14:18:09 +0100
Good morning Grenada,

From an overcast but not too bad UK.

I have been watching the radar from Barbados and have been watching an area of showers heading towards Grenada, straggling the 12 degs Latitude. If they continue on the present path and don't fizzle out, then you may get some showers later this afternoon.

Hogan of Grenada


- maybe another bunch of showers heading your way.
  • From: Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 26 May 2014 11:02:36 +0100
Good morning,

Well there was a small bit of rain yesterday. As at 5am your time today I see another batch of showers heading towards Grenada. They are currently due South of Barbados and Due East of Grenada. They are making a beeline for Grenada, but a few hours away. No guarantee, but it does look promising for some rain about lunch time or this afternoon. The batch of showers looks like a weak wave, but the synopsis chart is not showing it as one.

Thanks for all those that emailed me yesterday.

All the best

Hogan of Grenada


- Rain moving slower than I thought.
  • From: Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 25 May 2014 14:08:18 +0100
There is a large area of rain between Grenada and Tobago. It keeps pulsating, but looks as if the majority will pass South of Grenada. I would appreciate reports from people in Grenada. I believe there have been some minor showers (according to the airport).

Hogan of Grenada


- Weak tropical wave about to go through.
  • From: Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 25 May 2014 08:59:43 +0100
Hi all,

I am currently sitting in a cool but sunny UK. But doing my best to keep an eye on the weather in Grenada.

Time 07:44 GMT 03:44 in Grenada. The weather chart shows a weak tropical wave passing Tobago area and the Barbados and Martinique radars are showing a clump of showers, some heavy moving west from just north of Tobago. How much rain, if any, will this bring to Grenada is still in question as the biggest clump appears to be heading just south of you. But my guess is that there could be some rain about the time Grenada wakes up, currently it looks as if the South is more likely to get it. Maybe some will be a bit heavier than we have had for some time. We need it!

Have a good day,

Hogan of Grenada


- Still under this overcast high cloud
  • From: Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 11 May 2014 06:09:24 -0400
Good morning.

We had some reasonable rain over night. Courtesy of a high level low pressure system near Puerto Rico. This is dragging in the moist air at mid to high altitude from Venezuela, thus giving us this virtually Sunless sky, and last night the first reasonable rain (3.6mm or 0.14in) for some time.

So my guess for today is more high cloud, maybe some more rain, I can currently see a shower, out at sea, to the SE.

Hope you all have a nice Sunday.

Hogan of Grenada


- Blame South America for the high cloud - overcast
  • From: Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 May 2014 06:32:12 -0400
As at 06:30 this morning we have complete overcast sky. Caused by high moist air streaming over us from Venezuela.
See:
http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/tatl/flash-wv.html

No sign of rain on the radar. Maybe we may get a few drips?

Hogan of Grenada


- Hey, it is raining!
  • From: Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 08 May 2014 07:05:13 -0400
Well looks like just a small shower!

Not enough to do any good. Nothing showing on Martinique radar. Barbados radar 24 hours out of date.

The garden is really suffering now.

Have a nice day.

Hogan of Grenada


- Hi all, yes I am still alive and kicking!
  • From: Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:16:42 -0400
Hi all,

Sorry if I have been very quiet recently. Two reasons - one there has been very little weather to talk about and two we have been working hard re-tiling our swimming pool. Just finished!

Still not much to report weather-wise. It has been very dry and many plants are beginning to look a bit sorry for themselves. We are noticing more fire engines rushing along the road below us. The 2 new tank traps (speed humps) must be really slowing them down. But for us, hopefully, no more accidents at that gap. We all wish we hadn't had the need to get them installed, but there were just too many accidents caused by speeding vehicles commng round the bend.

This afternoon a high band of hazy cloud is moving over us, coming up from S. America. Very little sign of any much needed rain.

I will try to do more posts from now on. And thanks to all the people that got in touch saying they had noticed a lack of posts from me. All the best to all of you who read my posts.

Hogan of Grenada


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