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- Jose is lost and Maria is creeping
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:48:37 -0400
Jose is still wandering not know which way to go and hardly moving, about 150 miles off Cape Cod. Maria is creeping past Turks and Caicos at about 6mph (about 50 miles West). It does look as if they are getting a lot of rain.

Lee or Son of Lee, has gone.

The rest of the Atlantic looks fairly quiet. There is a tropical wave half way across, but doesn't seem very active. There is another wave just leaving the African coast. Both waves have dry air in the area, this will slow any development.

Here and now: There is a stronger Easterly breeze than recently. The Satellite and radar show very little rain or cloud in our vicinity. The sky is clear apart from some high hazy wispy clouds (Cirrus), The visible satellite images show this to be the outer reaches of the out-spill of Maria.

Have a nice day and look forward to a pleasant weekend.

Hogan of Grenada



- News about Shadowfax
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:41:57 -0400
Good Morning Grenada,

I have just received some good news about Shadowfax. It was taken out of the water in St Kitts and has survived the storm, but apparently the harbour didn't, the Harbour wall scattered everywhere! So they can't get the boat back in the water. SO for the time it is stuck there. The crew are OK.

Maria has just crossed the path of Irma, near the Turks & Caicos. Hopefully they will not get the full force of it this time. Maria is now predicted to turn to the North, well to the East of the Bahamas.

Dominica has been left in a real mess. Still difficult to get much information. There seems to plenty of aid being loaded onto boats here to be sent up north. We will be out today getting more to send.

Lee (or is it son of Lee?), still hangs on in there, drifting up in the Atlantic and very poorly organised. No threat to us.

Jose is wandering around in the Atlantic off the coast of Massachusetts, as a tropical storm.

The weather here is very pleasant. The Sun is shining, very few clouds around, a nice Easterly breeze. A rain shower that seemed to be coming our way just disappeared. The radar shows a few blips (showers) to our east. The satellite images also show an area of clear weather, with the chance of some high cloud spilling  out of Maria.

A friend has given me a book on Meteorology, with a comment 'And please get it right next time', The book is dated 1941, so don't be surprised to see a few technical, and maybe rather out of date*, terms pop up in my posts, from time to time. Thanks for the book John!

* Quote from the book:  '...humidity is kept by the hair-hygrometer, a device in which a pen is made to trace on a chart by the alteration in length of a strand of human hair, resulting from the changes of the humidity of the atmosphere'. Do they still exist? I must get one and connect it to my PC!

Hogan of Grenada




- Maria hitting PR
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:33:34 -0400
With Maria now hitting Puerto Rico. We are still getting very little news from Dominica. Also there is no news about Shadowfax in St Kitts, I phoned Pierre Jean about 20 mins ago.

There is a link to an amateur ham radio page - https://www.facebook.com/HurricaneMariaDARCI/?hc_ref=ARTraVOmsTVCGhTqe7H0Vj_iyv_utpEr8ZXwo8vPRLds--VV2qyJOSK40jBO0JP06K8

Which is trying to communicate with Dominica  (I don't understand much of what is being said).

If anyone gets news of Shadowfax, please email me and I will send out a post.

Here today, the wind is back to normal. Some low cloud and lots of broken high cloud being dragged off of Venezuela. There are no rain showers showing on the radar and the satellite images appear to give us improved weather  for a day or so.

Out in the Atlantic Lee is regenerating (not sure if it will keep that name), but it does not look as if it will cause any problem to the islands. There is a tropical wave just West of the Capo Verdes, but no sign of developing, yet.

Have a nice day.

Any news I get re Dominica or Shadowfax I will pass on as soon as I get it.

Hogan of Grenada



- Dominica received the eye of Maria (cat 5)
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:44:20 -0400
Maria went right through the middle of Dominica. We can only imagine the devastation. Now we wait for the reports. This must easily be the worst hurricane season on record, for the Caribbean?

Maria, dropped to a Cat 4 after hitting Dominica, but is expected to go back up to Cat 5 as it crosses the NE Caribbean Sea. It has just passed Guadeloupe, on it's starboard (right) side and is right now at it's closes to Montserrat (about 45 miles), again on it's starboard side. After that is the turn of Nevis & St Kitts, which it will pass at about 60 miles distance (remember - Shadowfax is tucked in there, I believe). Let's hope it survives unscathed.

A friend has just told me his cruise for January, which included calling in at Grenada, has been cancelled, due to the hurricanes!

Here we have a very stiff SSW breeze. The sky is completely overcast (mostly high cloud). The radar shows we are between two 'outer arms' of Maria, one to the NW and the other to the SE. It is going to be difficult to say what weather we could get today, but my guess is some rain, possibly heavy, later. The wind will probably stay as a Southerly breeze most of the day.

Lastly, and a little good news, Lee has disappeared! But another tropical wave is coming off of Africa.

Have a good day

Hogan of Grenada





- Maria now a Cat 4 as it approaches Dominica.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:52:21 -0400
Hi all,

We have had a westerly breeze all day, with some brief showers. It has been overcast, with just glimpses of the Sun. The breeze has died down a bit, but still from the West.

Just a thought for our friends further up the chain of islands as Maria is about to hit Dominica as a Cat 4! Then passing about 60 miles South of St Kitts). Many of you will know of the Shadowfax which does various 'Booze Cruise' around our shores. Well, it went up to the northern islands last week to take well needed aid to those affected by Irma. I hear that it has now got caught in ST Kitts, I believe secure. I would like to pass my best on to Roger and the crew who are up there.  Hope you come through this unscathed so you can carry on the good work.

Here in Grenada, expect the wind to move round to a more southerly direction soon. We may pickup some more showers from the outer bands of Maria.

Have a good evening.

Hogan of Grenada




- Thinking of our island chain.
  • By Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:38:49 -0400
The weather in the north of the island has deteriorated and is sufficiently 
alarming...still, dark strange atmosphere and rain,  to keep me thinking of our 
sister isles.  Just imagine what they are beginning to go through if this scary 
weather is the tiniest tip!  
Blow after blow!  I can hardly concentrate on anything but the passage of 
Maria.  The whore has strengthened to a cat 2 hurricane....when you have 
nothing left to lose but your life, a horrible thought.  Sorry I am so 
miserable.
We hope you are safely tucked away in strong places.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sent from my iPad


- Maria is passing about 200 miles North of Grenada.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:54:08 -0400
This is good news for us, but bad news for islands at the North end of the chain. The last prediction, I found, takes the eye through Dominica. Hopefully Barbuda and Anguilla will be far enough North to avoid the worst of this storm. This time Montserrat and Guadeloupe don't look as if they will come off as lightly (being on the Starboard side of the storm). The track has moved very slightly South since yesterday.

Lee has been downgraded to Tropical Depression. It is mid Atlantic and all models have it travelling North into the Atlantic.

Jose is still travelling towards the North a couple of hundred miles off the East coast of the US. Do I spot another potential loop in it's predicted path?

Here we are receiving a pleasant westerly breeze. The sky is mostly overcast. I can see rain to the East and a small shower over Morne Jaloux. It looks like a cloudy day, with the outer arms of Maria passing over us. (Just started raining here in Westerhall).

Have a nice day, and think of our neighbours up north.

Hogan of Grenada



- Maria nw a Cat 1 Hurricane
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:00:12 -0400
Sorry to be so late, but had a pleasant evening at The Aquarium. After the meal we sat by the sea and enjoyed the lovely northerly breeze coming off the sea. Not normal for the Aquarium! All thanks to Maria. Now a Cat 1 hurricane just NE of Barbados and heading towards Guadalupe. We were watching some lightning to the North, this seems to be from one of the outer spiral arms of the storm. Maybe some rain and lightning tonight?

Tomorrow (Monday) we should pick up a slight Westerly breeze. But for tonight a warm night.

All the best to the islands up north.

Have a good night

Hogan of Grenada


- More trouble in the Caribbean.
  • By Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2017 12:08:38 -0400
T and T and Grenada are too scared to breathe in case someone over in Africa 
notices us.  We are watching with horror the beasts stalking our island chain...

I left St Paul at 10 am to return to the North and glancing at my car outside 
temperature gauge I saw it registered 31 degrees.  As I drove north the 
temperature slowly crept up until it hit 34 degrees in and around Grenville.  
In areas away from the sea the gauge was registering 36.  I began to doubt my 
eyes not to mention the gauge!  But a strange thing....there was no one on the 
streets, no people liming, no dogs scratching...no one and very few cars.  It 
is cooler indoors and under the bushes I opine.

Bathway has a slight breeze ruffling the trees and moving the air but the 
temperature is 34 degrees, the hurricanes are sucking the air out but how can 
we even grumble.  Our thoughts are with our friends and we are hoping you are 
being cared for and protected from Maria.




Sent from my iPad


- Maria still on predicted (yesterday) course.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:06:54 -0400
The 06:00 (GMT) track has the centre of Maria passing through the southern tip of Guadalupe over night Monday/Tuesday, as a Cat 2 hurricane. Passing 100 miles north of Barbados tomorrow morning. If it stays on course it will pass about 230 miles North of Grenada Monday afternoon. It seems all of the Lesser Antilles, except Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago (Are T&T  part of the Lesser Antilles?), are on either TS or Hurricane watch:

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat
* Guadeloupe
* Dominica
* Saba and St. Eustatius
* St. Maarten
* Anguilla

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* St. Lucia
* Martinique
* Barbados
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines

I will check later today to see if it remains on course.

Currently there is no breeze to speak of, I don't expect it to pick up like it did yesterday as we come under the influence of Maria. If anything we may pick up a slight northerly airflow as the day wears on. The sky is mostly clear, although slightly hazy. Only a small cloud clipping the top of a mountain north of me. The satellite image shows a clear area this side of Maria, and there are no showers shown on the radar, this side of Barbados. It looks like we could have another nice day, with some high cloud/haze drifting off of Venezuela.

Have a great day. I will post again this evening.

Hogan of Grenada


- Just a quick one.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:19:33 -0400
96L has become TS Maria. So we now have three named storms in the ATlantic.

Maria's predicted paths have dropped South a little. Most of the models have it passing through north of Martinique, probably as a Cat 1/2 afternoon/evening Monday? Currently it is at 12N 52W, wit about 600 miles to run, and currently is heading West. We need to keep our eye on this. Although I don't wish any storm on any of the islands, I just hope it doesn't hit the really badly hit northern islands. Remember the course can change, so let's keep an eye on this. I will update in the morning.

Hogan.


- What a season!
  • By Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:58:27 -0400
And so they come...two at a time ! Now we have Castor and Pollux deciding where 
to cause confusion!
The north of Grenada is degrees hotter than the south so we have fled to St. 
Paul for the weekend. Cool breezes and the odd shower of rain.  The dogs are 
unsettled by the noise of the city and grumble and bark at mini busses, reggae 
cars and multitudes of barking dogs but it is deliciously cool.
We are doing our best down here on our little island to lend our support to our 
sister islands devastated by that monster hurricane.  Boats have taken off with 
food and water and those that can have gone to help..  it will take time to 
heal, you will tho' .  We always have through the many storms.  It's a bad 
season and we are being very wary.  Thanks to  the bloggers who keep us well 
informed in advance of trouble.
Good luck to all for the remainder of our scary season!


Sent from my iPad


- Two blobs and Jose
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2017 07:17:55 -0400
Welcome to the weekend,

Invest 96L is still that and as yet has not made it to tropical depression or tropical storm, but does look like it will sometime today! It is heading slightly North of West and the models are now showing hitting the northern islands, as if they haven't had enough. It is expected to arrive in the Lesser Antilles on Monday/Tuesday.

The other blob - TD14, is predicted to go north into the Atlantic. It looks as if it may make Tropical Storm status briefly, before dropping back to Tropical Depression.

Jose has completed it's turn , in the Atlantic. It didn't quite do 360 degrees, but not far off. Now heading almost North and threatening the NE coasts of US.

The sea temperature around here is about 30C!  Plenty of fuel for hurricanes!

A lovely day here in Grenada, Blue sky (no high cloud), a few fluffy bits. Very little breeze, but hopefully that will pick up as the day progresses. There is (hesitated as I had another check outside) no sign of showers in any direction. The radar is clear of blips. The satellite shows clear skies to the East until it reaches the western edge of the 96L area (about 300 miles). Hopefully giving us good weekend weather?   But don't rule out showers.

Have a nice weekend.

Hogan of Grenada.


- The two blobs in the Atlantic
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:34:53 -0400
Good morning, and a beautiful one it is here.

The Sun is shining, not much breeze, and a few clouds in an otherwise deep blue sky.

There are no showers showing on the radar to our East, the satellite images images show some convection way to the NE of Barbados. The same images show plenty of convection (big scattered clouds) about 700 miles to our east, this is 96L the westerly of the two blobs I mentioned yesterday. The few models, so far, indicate that it will travel towards the Leeward islands ( The NE of the Caribbean). Currently Grenada is outside of the cone of expected travel. It has an 80% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone by the time it reaches the Lesser Antilles. This is definitely one to watch.

The other blob I mentioned yesterday, became Invest 97L yesterday afternoon and is now a tropical depression (14). It is several hundred miles East of 96L. All models have this as a 'Fish Storm', meaning it should stay in the Atlantic. We hope.

I hope you all have a great day, the weekend is nearly here.

Hogan of Grenada



- Two blobs and Jose
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:36:21 -0400
Jose is half way round it's loop, in the Atlantic, it is expected to continue going round and then head north.

There are two tropical waves that are of concern to us. The first is about 700 miles SW of the Capo Verdes. It has a 40% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 5 day, which the NHC puts it just approaching our area,   The second wave has just left Africa and is given a 30% chance of developing in the next 5 days and is also showing a westward movement in our general direction. So we need to keep an eye on these, the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes is still with us.

We have a slight SE breeze, some high cloud and some of low cloud. There are no showers showing on the radar in this area. The satellite images do show the first of the two blobs in the Atlantic.

Have a nice day

Hogan of Grenada


- Storm over night.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:52:48 -0400
I was woken up, just before dawn, to the sound of thunder and flashes of lightning.

The storm seems to have passed now, but plenty of dark clouds around. There is a glimpse of brighter skies to the North, but dark and grim looking to the South.

The radar shows one band of rain not far to our east and a further area of rain near Tobago and possibly moving in our direction? It does look like we are in for some more rain over the next 24 hours.

Hurricane Jose is half way though it;s 360 degree clockwise turn, which gives the impression that it is heading back towards the northern islands. But if the models are correct, it will complete it's turn by tomorrow and the head north.

There are no significant weather systems in the Atlantic at the moment.

Hope you have a nice day.

Hogan of Grenada


- Overcast after rain overnight.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:14:47 -0400
Irma moves North and reduces in power. For those that know Syd & Shirley, I have heard through the grapevine that Syd was up at 4am having cereal and going back to bed. It sounds as if they have survived reasonably OK.

Jose is a Cat 2 and about to do it's almost 360 degree clockwise turn in the Atlantic. If the models are correct. Worrying for the islands up there, but hopefully it will complete it's turn then fizzle out, or go into the Atlantic.

The blob over the other side of the Atlantic is still expected to travel North in the Atlantic, with a 40% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in 5 days.

Here we had rain over night and have been left with high overcast sky. There are still some showers showing on the radar. The Synoptic chart shows the ITCZ stretching out across the Atlantic at about our latitude, with plenty of convection forming large areas of cloud (probably storms). Potentially we could have some heavy showers today.

Very little breeze this morning, mostly overcast (high cloud) and plenty of bubbly low clouds. Hazy sun. I can see what looks like a shower of to our South.

Have a nice day.

Hogan of Grenada



- Irma just starting to hit Florida.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2017 08:30:49 -0400
Hi all,

A beautiful morning here, a few small clouds, our lovely Easterly breeze has returned. Looking at the radar and satellite images, we should be in for a nice day. Please take note of the word 'should'. There is a tropical wave approaching, but the rain embedded in it is about 250 miles to our East.

Jose is now up in the Atlantic. The only worry is that the models show it going round in a circle then heading towards the Bahamas!

The other weather system (before I talk about Irma) is just SW of the Capo Verdes. It now has a 60% chance of developing in 5 days. But the good news is the NHC has it turning North as a fish storm, staying in the Atlantic.

Now - Hurricane Irma is back to a Cat 4 and is just going through the Florida Keys. The best I can see, the eye went just East of Key West. The two airport weather systems on the Keys (Key West and Marathon) stopped working a while ago, well the wind part of it. At about 07:15 local time the wind went from 82 knts to zero and has stayed there since, at Key West. Many of you who read my posts will know of Sydney and Shirley Wells. They are currently in Ft Myres (Eating a hearty cooked breakfast) and waiting for the arrival of Irma. I am sure you all wish them well over the next few hours.

Back to here, a lovely day to go out on the Shadowfax, looking forward to it.

All the best (especially to those in Florida).

Hogan of Grenada


- Jose just about to scrape past Barbuda
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 07:09:19 -0400
Sorry about last post, I accidentally hit enter!

Looking at the satellite images, Jose is about to pass just off to the NEof Barbuda. The eye seems to be about 40 miles away. SO although they will get some strong winds, it will be nothing like Irma. Also there appears to be less rain on the SW part of the storm, so hopefully Barbuda shouldn't get too much rain. All the best to you up there.

Irma is skirting the North Coast of Cuba, waiting for the signal to turn North. With Key West directly in the line of fire, followed by Florida, with it passing up the West Coast. My thoughts are with our friends in Ft Myres, look after yourselves.

Another system has just departed Africa. The initial predicted course seems to take it South of the Capo Verdes, then to turn up through the Atlantic. Let us hope that is the case.

Here and now, No breeze to speak of. The few clouds are coming from the SE, but the boats at anchor below are pointing to the WNW.  I am hoping that the breeze will pick up as the morning passes.  Oh to be back with the trade winds. There aren't any rain showers visible or on the radar at the moment. It looks as if we should have a mostly dry and sunny day.

Have a nice Saturday

Hogan of Grenada


- Jose just about to scrape past Barbuda
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 06:54:25 -0400
Looking at the satellite images, Jose is about to pass just off to the NEof Barbuda. There


- Rain showers.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 06:50:40 -0400
We have had several rain showers during the night. There is only the slightest of Easterly breeze.  There are showers visible to the East and south The sky is brighter to the West, but a lovely rainbow arching right over the almost full moon. It is nice to have the rain after about a week with very little.

Hurricane Jose is passing well to the NE of Barbados, even so they are having a slight breeze from the North. The calm weather here in Grenada is probably being caused .Jose. But, as it is a weaker storm than Irma, I don't expect to get as much of the Westerly breeze this time.

Irma is following it's path of destruction, having gone through the Turks and Caicos, it is now heading for the Southern Bahamas, then The Florida Keys and then up the length of Florida. This must be the worst route any hurricane has ever taken?

With a few more showers showing to the East, I hope you all have a nice Friday, the weekend is nearly here. Back to a mixture of tiling and child minding.

Thanks for the many emails I have received during Irma's passage through the Caribbean. Grenada is safe and was never a threat from Irma, nor by the looks of it Jose. Some people have asked where Grenada is, well, look at any map of the Caribbean, we are the small dot at the bottom of the chain of islands, then there is a gap before reaching Trinidad and Tobago (80 miles to our South). Irma is ploughing along through the northern islands.

Hogan of Grenada


- And then Jose.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 08:44:34 -0400
With Irma following the predicted path and doing enormous damage, we now have Jose predicted to scrape the North-eastern islands. This includes Barbuda (again)? Let's hope it goes further East than predicted.

Down here in Grenada, we are still picking up a slight South-Easterly breeze, my guess is we will soon be under the influence of Jose, with reduced breeze. But rather that than the alternative.

The radar shows some scattered showers off to the East. Mostly clear sky to the West, but some larger bubbly clouds to the East.

Sorry to be late, but I forgot to hit enter!

Hogan of Grenada



- Irma
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 07:48:31 -0400
Good morning Grenada,

It looks like Barbuda received the eye of the hurricane. I haven.t heard what the damage is there yet, but it is a very low island. The weather station went offline during the worst of the storm. Anguilla is getting Irma now, I believe, then on to the Virgin Islands. And then the Bahamas and Florida. Apparently they are evacuating the Florida Keys.

Down here another morning with no wind. The airport weather is saying a 9 know breeze from the South. By now I would have expected to feel a Southerly breeze.

The sky is almost covered by high hazy cloud, which seems to be out-spill, not from Irma, but from storms over Venezuela/T&T area. I was out watching them last night, a nice light display. There are a few low clouds scattered around, and they are drifting from the South.

I expect to see the wind pick up from the SE as the day goes on. The rain and storms near T&T do seem to be moving slightly north, I wonder if we could get some showers later?

I am sure all our thoughts are more on what is happening in the North of the Caribbean. Our best wishes to all of those affected.

Hogan of Grenada


- Irma has started it's turn north, But Barbuda seems to be in it's sights.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 13:29:16 -0400
Also 94L has become TS Jose. Still looks as if it will go North and to the East of Antigua.

Lovely Westerly breeze here. Lovely day. Just feel for those further north.

All the best up there

Hogan of Grenada


- Irma please turn north.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2017 07:05:32 -0400
Good morning Grenada,

Irma is still following a westward path and as yet shows no sign of adding a northerly component to it's course. A slight turn is expected soon, but it doesn't have much time. It does look as if we should be thinking of our friends in the Northern Leewards who will be having a rather nasty night ahead of them.

No wind down here, just a slight movement of air from the West. If you look up, you will notice that the few low clouds we have are moving from West to East, the 'wrong' direction. This is the only indication we have of Irma. I would expect the wind to stay in this general direction for the rest of today (only being modified by local sea breezes as the land warms). By tomorrow morning we should be getting our winds back, first from the South, then back to normal.

The 'Blob' further out in the Atlantic has now been given an identity of Invest 94L, one in the Gulf of Mexico is 95L. I wonder which will become Jose? All models are showing 94L a route North, actually going further East of Antigua than Irma. How they work these out amazes me!

So it looks as if we are going to be OK, as far as storms go, for the next week?

I have just felt a slight westerly breeze come in through our kitchen window, very unusual, but nice.

Have a nice day. Again our thoughts and prayers should be on the islands up North.

Hogan of Grenada


- Irma - we are all waiting to see it start it's journey North
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2017 07:13:17 -0400
Irma, overnight has still crept further South. Today it is expected to stop it's movement South, if it is to obey the predictions. The last latitude I have for it puts it in line with Antigua. The latest tracks have it passing very close to Antigua and even closer to Barbuda. As I have said before, the Southern half of hurricanes is traditionally better than the Northern half. Let's hope that it passes to the North of these islands.

Behind that is 'the other blob', still no models that I have found, just a prediction from NHC for it to move North, towards the northern islands again.

As for here and now, Irma does seem to be having it's affect here. The trade winds are being sucked out of us. There is no wind at all, as I write. The sea is calm, hardly a ripple. The boats in the harbour are swinging in all directions. Complete clear Blue sky above, there aren't even any clouds over the mountains. Only a very few clouds in the distance. Checking the weather stations in the Lesser Antilles, we all seem to be suffering similar conditions, no breeze to speak of.

The radar and satellite images show hardly any rain in the whole of the Lesser Antilles area.

My guess , and that is what it is, for today is that the lack of wind and possibly an almost cloudless sky, could heat up the land which could draw in moist rising air which may generate some big clouds over the island. Possibly leading to rain?

All the best to the northern islands in the chain. I hope Irma starts to turn earlier, rather than later.

Hogan of Grenada


- Irma plus that other blob
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2017 08:18:07 -0400
Good morning,

Irma continues to follow the predicted path, on it's westward journey it has (for the last 24 hours) been moving slightly South. We must now hope it follows the rules! The models all show it turning on a more northerly route. So by tomorrow morning Irma should have stopped it's southerly progress and turn to the West. By Tuesday it should go back to a more northerly component. This, hopefully, should take it just North of Antigua/ Barbuda. Tuesday morning should tell.

The other blob, SW of the Capo Verdes, is gathering together a clump of heavy showers and thunder storms. The NHC are now giving it a 70% chance of developing into a cyclone within 5 days. The only path prediction I can find at the moment shows that it should turn slightly to the North as it crosses the Atlantic. Could this become Jose before the end of the week?

As for now, there are some showers building out to our East, as seen on the radar, so it is possible to have some rain later in the day. We have a slight Easterly breeze*, mostly a clear sky with a few clouds. I can see a rain shower from a larger cloud, way out to the East.

* Although Irma is predicted to pass to the North of the island chain, I do expect that we will have reduced trade breeze down here, even possibly a slight westerly breeze mid week, as Irma sucks in the surrounding air.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend

Hogan of Grenada


- Irma following predictive path
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 07:25:33 -0400
The latest position for Irma shows it is following  the model predictions. It has reached a latitude of 19N and has now started to turn towards the West and then probably a WSW direction. This will be a worrying time, especially for those in the Northern Lesser Antilles as it will appear to be heading their way. If the latest models are correct then it will turn back to a more WNW direction and skirt past the island chain.

Behind and below Irma is a weather system which has a 60% chance of developing in the next 5 days. It is currently heading due West. The NHC has it continuing West for the next 5 days. By that time it will be well past half way across the Atlantic. This one is the one, for us in Grenada, to watch.

It is a lovely morning here in Grenada. Hardly any breeze (I hope that picks up). Blue sky with a few clouds. The horizon is clear, very little haze.

Believe it or not, but the synoptic chart shows a weak tropical wave passing through. The radar and satellite images show hardly any rain attached to it. It does look as if we MAY have a good weekend?

Now back to re-tiling my lounge (yes the tiles 'popped')!

Hogan of Grenada



- Irma now a Cat 3 Hurricane.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2017 06:48:19 -0400
Irma, for now is following the predicted paths. On it's westward march across the ATlantic it is moving slowly North (It is currently at 15.2N, roughly in line with Dominica). It is still expected to go a bit further North before starting to move a little South. Then, after 3 days, it will hopefully turn North again before reaching the Caribbean.

There is another worry, a new system came off of Africa yesterday. It is much further South than where Irma started. The NHC early prediction is for it to follow a Westerly direction. It is too early to predict where it will be in a week's time. This need watching carefully. Currently it has a 50% chance of developing into a cyclone within 5 dats.

There are a very few small showers showing on the radar to our East. The satellite images show what looks like a clear patch of weather. My guess is that we should have a fine couple of days, maybe an odd shower as a very weak tropical wave passes through.

Looks lovely outside, a bit hazy, a few clouds and a very slight breeze.

All the best.

Hogan of Grenada




- 93L is now TS Irma
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:07:00 -0400
Good morning,

93L is now Tropical Storm Irma. The worrying thing about Irma is it begins with an 'I'. Ivan did not follow it's early predicted course. Now Irma has models predicting a somewhat different course to most Atlantic storm. Nearly all tend to turn towards a northerly direction as they cross the Atlantic, especially those that start further north. Irma has started life at higher than 16N. But the models are predicting an slight move further north for the next day, then a Westward move, followed by a slight WSW direction. By this time the model predictions fizzle out, a few hundred miles East of the Lesser Antilles. But the general direction is towards the Leeward Islands. This could be a nasty storm, if it hits land.  Tomorrow will give us a better idea of where it may go, as the 5 day prediction cone extends further west.

As for today, We just had one of those funny showers with pulses of heavy rain with gaps.

The radar does show a few small showers in a band running from west to east just north of Grenada and they seem to be moving towards us. So we may pick up some showers later.

Looking out it is mostly a clear blue sky with a few fluffy bits.

Have a nice day.

Hogan of Grenada


- I just realised why we are getting so much rain.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:31:29 -0400
It was staring me in the face on the latest synoptic chart. The Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is very far north. While that is nearby we can expect plenty of showers, probably thundery. It can be seen clearly stretching from here out into mid Atlantic.

Hogan of Grenada



- Rain over night.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2017 07:54:19 -0400
Yesterday I said there was a band of rain heading our direction. Well that arrived on cue in the afternoon. But all the rain and lightning we had overnight did not show on any charts. As far as I can tell we do not have a tropical wave passing through. The radar does show the rain diminishing a bit, but there does seem to be some heavier convection south of Barbados heading in our direction. But before that arrives there does seem to be an area of brighter weather, although probably lots of high cloud.

Looking out it is overcast, the rain has almost stopped, just that drizzle we often get after heavy rain. The Sky south, west and north is darkish. To the east it is much brighter. There is no breeze at all, as I write.

93L is NE of the Capo Verdes. Most models predict it will travel a bit further towards the WNW, then slowly turn slightly WSW. Most models stop their predictions before it reaches the Northern Lesser Antilles. Many have it being a Hurricane after 5 days. The NHC are giving it a 90% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.

Have a good day.

Hogan of Grenada


- 93L (Blob in the Atlantic) - plus
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 06:47:52 -0400
Good morning,

The system designated 93L has moved a little to the NNW over night. The models show it could then turn on a more westerly course. There is no real consensus on where it will be in 5 days time, but most models have it further north in the Atlantic.

A pleasant morning, a slight breeze, a few fluffy clouds plus a few towering ones. I can't see any showers, although the radar is picking up a few in the area. Further out the radar, and clearly visible on satellite images, is showing a band of rain approaching Barbados and heading in our direction. If they continue then there is the chance of rain later today.

Have a nice day

I had to add this bit - having said I can't see any showers, in the post above, within 5 mins we had two showers, the first indication was the rain on the roof!

Hogan


- 93L (blob near Capo Verdes)
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 06:36:40 -0400
Good morning,

The system designated 93L has moved a little to the NNW over night. The models show it could then turn on a more westerly course. There is no real consensus on where it will be in 5 days time, but most models have it further north in the Atlantic.

A pleasant morning, a slight breeze, a few fluffy clouds plus a few towering ones. I can't see any showers, although the radar is picking up a few in the area. Further out the radar, and clearly visible on satellite images, is showing a band of rain approaching Barbados and heading in our direction. If they continue then there is the chance of rain later today.

Have a nice day

Hogan


- Blob is now 80% chance of developing next 5 days.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:59:38 -0400
Hi,

Just to say that the blob I mentioned this morning is now being given an 80% chance of developing in next 5 days. It is currently just South of the Capo Verdes, or 12N 21.5W. It's identity, for now is Invest 93L. It is heading WNW at between 15-20mph. The models currently have it going North of the Lesser Antilles. let us hope that is the case. Many models have it as a TS in the next 48 hours.

I will keep you posted.

Hogan


- Blob just left Africa.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2017 06:50:49 -0400
Much too early to give any predictions to it's direction, but a low pressure which has just left the coast of East Africa has been given a 50% chance of developing over the next 5 days.

Here it is a very pleasant early morning. A nice Easterly breeze, scattered clouds. And a mocking bird singing it's heart out just outside.

There is an area of cloud visible on the satellite images, about 600 miles out in the Atlantic. It coincides with a dashed line on the synoptic chart. A tropical wave axis is marked with a solid line, on the charts, so until someone can tell me otherwise, I will assume this is a tropical ripple.

Have a nice day.

Hogan


- Still the Atlantic is clear!!
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2017 07:37:31 -0400
No sign of any problems from the Atlantic, as yet.

There is a weak weather system passing through - it is not marked as a tropical wave on the synopsis chart, just a row of dashes. But the radar does show a few more showers around compared to the last few days.

To the East and SE I can see a shower approaching. There is far more cloud around. Hardly any breeze. The boats in the harbour are pointing in all directions!

The rain has just arrived.


Have a nice weekend.

Hogan


- Still looks quiet on the Eastern Front (for now)
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 06:36:25 -0400
Harvey, which went through here over a week ago, almost unnoticed in Grenada, is now about to hit Texas as a Cat 3, or higher.

Here there is only a slight breeze. The temperature at the airport did not drop below 28C last night, a very warm night.

There are only a very few blips on the radar, between us and Barbados. There are a few fluffy clouds passing, with a few wisps of high cloud.

Looking out into the Atlantic, at the moment, there are no worrying blobs heading our way.

Hope you all have a nice day.

Hogan


- No breeze tonight - uuuurggh
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:34:54 -0400
Warm, which is normally fine, But No Breeze - wish we had some rain and wind (but not too much)!

All OK in the Atlantic, for the time.

Hogan


- Solar eclipse day
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:22:15 -0400
Well we have had plenty of rain overnight to clear any dust out of the sky!  The inlets are brown again with run off.

The eclipse starts at 14:32 (2.32pm). It will be at maximum at 15:49 (3.49pm)  (66%of the Sun will be covered). It will all be over by 16:55 (4.55pm). It is very important not to look at the Sun directly, without correct Solar Glasses. But all is not lost, you can make a viewing box as follows in less than 5 minutes:

Take a cardboard box (The bigger the better). Cut a hole in one side, about an inch or so roundish, near what would be the bottom. Taped some cooking foil over the hole and put a pin hole in foil. On the side opposite the pin hole (again near what would be the bottom) tape a sheet of white paper. Turn box upside down, Place over head making sure not to block light from pin hole to paper. Face the paper and aim pinhole side towards Sun. You have pinhole camera. You may look an idiot with a box on your head, but if you have made it correctly then you will be able to watch the eclipse without damaging your eyes.  The longer the distance from the pin hole to the paper the bigger the image. You may have to block and light spillage from under the box or gaps in the joins. I just used mine and could see clouds passing the Sun - so it does work.

Currently there is a lot of cloud to our east. But plenty of time for it to clear up. To view the eclipse we only need some breaks in this cloud.

There are no blobs on the way, as yet. So all looks OK for the week ahead.

Happy viewing. I will be pleased to receive photos of anyone using the above.

Hogan


- Having plenty of showers here in the South.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:25:42 -0400
The radar and satellite images show an area of rain stretching down to the SE beyond Trinidad & Tobago. The composite radar images show numerous showers, so I guess we could get more through the afternoon?

No other systems to worry about at the moment.

Hogan


- Harvey went past Grenada almost unnoticed.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:00:25 -0400
Good morning,

Harvey has gone. Apparently it dumped loads of rain on nearby islands, yet never had sustained winds above 35 knts (the lower limit of a named tropical storm)! Barbados registered top sustained speed of 21knts and St Lucia of 22knts. Don't know about ST Vincent as I can't find the data. I have seen photos of the flooding on both St Vincent and Barbados. Here (in the South of Grenada) we only had periods of not very heavy rain, a slight breeze from the West (causing planes to land from the East).

Now with Harvey out of the way, we look out across the Atlantic again. there is 92L which looks as if it will miss the Caribbean, but is heading for the Bahamas. There is another disturbance west of the Capo Verdes which looks as if it will go safely into the North Atlantic. So it does look good for the week ahead.

Now we have a nice stiff breeze back from an Easterly direction. A few clouds around. There are just a few very small blips on the radar, to our east, indicating possible small showers. I hear the steel pan bands that couldn't play last Saturday are playing this evening. I hope the weather stays good for them.

Have a good day.

Hogan


- Nice breeze picking up from NW
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:55:37 -0400
As expected we have just started to pick up a breeze starting from the NW. The rain has stopped, for the time. The sky is brightening up from the East. The 08:00 (local) weather from Barbados shows a southerly wind of 21 knts. This indicates the centre of Harvey is now to the West of BGI and heading towards St Vincent. It does appear the worst of the rain is in front (West) of the centre. My weather vane is a few boats anchored in Calivigny Harbour, swinging on their anchors.

Hogan


- Where is Harvey?
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:49:35 -0400
Starting to rain here, that persistent type. It is not heavy, It is coming from high overcast sky.

I am finding it difficult pin pointing where the centre of Harvey is. The weather report from Grantley Adams airport (Barbados) has not had wind speed of greater than 19knts all night and the latest wind speed is only 7knts from NE that was at 06:00(local). The info from NHC says it should pass by Barbados in the next hour or so. So I expect to see the wind pick up there soon. The satellite image shows a big blob of cloud stretching from just east of Barbados through St Vincent and St Lucia. It does look as if there is plenty of rain in that area. Reports from St Lucia talk of heavy rain.

The predicted path takes Harvey through ST Vincent in a few hours time. We should be able to notice the passing as a wind picks up, initially from the NW and moving through West to SW. I don't expect very strong winds except gusty if we have any heavy showers. The radar is showing most heavy rain passing to the north of us.

Have a good day.

Hogan


- As I thought, it has been named 'TS Harvey' just before landfall!
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:20:52 -0400
So we now have TS Harvey on our doorstep. The satellite images and radar show Harvey heading towards, but hopefully just north of Barbados. Next waypoint seems to be in the St Vincent area. I believe there is a tropical Storm watch in place for islands from Carriacou northwards, also Barbados. Hopefully the mainland of Grenada should be OK. So until tomorrow morning we wait and see.

Hogan


- 91L - and beyond.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:36:06 -0400
Just over 24 hours away, 91L is heading towards St Vincent/St Lucia, and just scraping Barbados, although it looks as if it will only be in the Tropical Depression stage, but don't be surprised if it is named just before landfall! It is beginning to spawn thunder storms. Even with it's path predicted to go near St Vincent/St Lucia, we could be affected by heavy rain and possibly thunder showers and gusty winds. If it continues on it's present path I would expect to see any breeze we have drop off tomorrow morning. Then as the storm passes north of us we can expect a slight breeze from the West to South-West*. Returning to it's normal SE to East later tomorrow. Apart from local gusts from possible heavy showers it doesn't look as if we will have strong winds.

* To those just to the east of the airport, don't be surprised to see aircraft landing in the 'wrong' direction, that is if the wind picks up from the West.

Behind 91L is 92L which is expected to go north of the Lesser Antilles. And, waiting in the wings (SSE of Capo Verdes) is another one.

As for today, it has started with hardly any breeze, mostly a clear blue sky. No rain showers visible. The horizon is clearer than the last few days. There are no showers showing on the Martinique radar in our area. That doesn't rule out the odd shower.

Enjoy today.

Hogan


- 91L next in the islands?
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:33:06 -0400
Wednesday morning we see the weak tropical wave, that brought us a couple of showers yesterday, is still passing through but seems to be bringing showers further up the chain of islands. Our next area of concern is 91L, although the predictions about strength have dropped. NHC are only giving it 20% in 48 hours (the time it needs to reach us), it looks like the maximum it could be is a Tropical Storm. But the predicted paths are nearly all between St Vincent and St Lucia, showing a slight move down south since yesterday.

East of 91L is 92L, but it's predicted path is currently North of the Lesser Antilles. But will need keeping an eye on.

Looking out, it is a mostly hazy blue sky with a few clouds scattered about. Hardly any breeze. No rain in sight.

The radar and satellite images don't show any significant rain showers in our area at the moment.

Hogan


- 91L has 60% chance of developing as it crosses the ATlantic.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:27:30 -0400
There is a large area of disturbed area in the mid Atlantic. NHC are now giving it about 60% chance of developing in the next 5 days. Unfortunately, since yesterday, the model predictions have moved the path further south. Now the majority show it near the St Vincent/St Lucia area in 3-4 days time as a tropical storm.

Looking at today, There is a weak tropical wave approaching, my guess is that there is a possibility of some showers later in the day as the leading edge of the wave passes. Hopefully it will remain dry for the carnival parade.

Currently it is very hazy (horizon not clear), a few clouds and a lovely breeze.

Enjoy the day. But keep an eye on the weather for later in the week.

Hogan


- 91L new blob in the Atlantic
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:10:04 -0400
Good morning,

Way out in the Atlantic ,south of the Capo Verdes is a new blob - Invest 91L. It currently has a 50% chance of developing in the next 5 days, early predictions are for it to go towards the northern part of the Lesser Antilles.

There is a weak tropical wave approaching, which has limited convection, so we might expect the odd shower. Radar shows a few small showers scattered around, but mostly north-east of us.

Looking outside, there is a slight easterly breeze, a clear horizon. Currently there are no showers in sight. Very few clouds except over the mountains. The decking is wet from overnight rain showers.

Have a good Carnival Monday.

Hogan


- All looks quiet for now
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:11:36 -0400
The last of the overnight rain seems to have gone through. There is a weak tropical wave SW of the Capo Verdes. Apart from that all is quiet.

Looking out there is a pleasant easterly breeze. The Sun is shining, with just a small amount of high cloud scattered around. A few bubbly clouds to the south and, of course, some clouds over the mountains.

Have a good Friday.

Hogan


- Very little to report.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:57:45 -0400
Good morning,

Thought I would share a photo I took at Sunset yesterday, from 'The Edge'. Most of the day was overcast, but it did leave us with sufficient high cloud to give a lovely sunset.

Today has started off with plenty of sunshine and a pleasant easterly breeze. Cloud is just touching the tops of the mountains, a hazy horizon. I can't see any showers.

The radar shows a few small possible showers between us and Tobago, so the potential for some rain later. We are still in the influence of the weak tropical wave, the axis of which is just passing through. The trailing edge of this wave is still to the East of Tobago and satellite images do show an area of cloud. If it persists then this could bring some rain over night and into tomorrow.

Have a nice day and enjoy the rest of carnival.

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- 99L Passing East of the Leeward Islands
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 07:51:36 -0400
Good morning, Sorry I missed doing a post yesterday. But there was not much to comment about.

Today 99L, the slow moving blob is well to the East of the Leewards. But the tropical wave that spawned it is still approaching us. The leading edge appears to have some showers associated with it, especially near Tobago. I think it is possible we could have some showers later today, followed possibly by that high cloud, maybe with drizzle, over the next couple of days, which, if my observations are correct, often occurs as tropical waves pass through.

There are no significant weather systems in the rest of the Atlantic, at the moment. So it does look promising for the rest of Carnival.

The current weather is : Sunny, some clouds around, plenty over the mountains. The horizon is very hazy. There is a small shower passing a few miles south of here. A slight Easterly breeze.

Solar eclipse - Advance notice: On 21st August, just 12 days away, the Eclipse of the Solar eclipse occurs. Here in Grenada we will lose about 66% of the Sun. It starts at about 14:30 (2:30pm), by 15:50 (3:50pm) it is at it's maximum for Grenada. Other islands further north and East, the times will be earlier and more of the Sun will be hidden. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT NOT TO LOOK AT IT THE ECLIPSE DIRECTLY. If you know anyone who can get hold of solar glasses, try to get them now. If you know someone coming from the USA then they should be able to get them.

Hogan



- Well I got yesterday wrong! (correction)
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 08:19:34 -0400

Good morning. (correcting Subject from previous post)! Plus the weather
has improved. Sun is shining, few small showers around. The radar is
showing it clear to our east. Below is a repeat of earlier post.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Yesterday I said the first of two tropical waves was going through. Well
that is what happened, but the rain that was between us and Barbados
suddenly decided to go north and missed the islands and is still going
north. I have never seen anything quite like is. It was as if there was
a repelling magnet pushing it away.

The tropical wave is still passing through this area, and does appear to
be bringing some rain.

99L has weakened still further, with only 20% chance of developing over
the next 5 days. It's predicted path now takes it north of the Lesser
Antilles in 3 to 4 days.

The very rainy, overcast weather we had 3 to 4 days ago has now
developed into Tropical Storm Franklin and is approaching the Yucatan
peninsular in Mexico.

So back to here and now. It is raining, a shower, hardly any breeze.
There is a heavy shower just to the East and (I think) heading this way.
Through the rain I can see a brighter sky, so hopefully the rain is
short lived. It is almost entirely overcast (as far as I can see) but
for once I can report that the tops of the mountains are visible. Here
comes the heavy shower.

Have a nice Monday.

Hogan



- Well I git yesterday wrong!
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 06:59:56 -0400
Good morning.

Yesterday I said the first of two tropical waves was going through. Well that is what happened, but the rain that was between us and Barbados suddenly decided to go north and missed the islands and is still going north. I have never seen anything quite like is. It was as if there was a repelling magnet pushing it away.

The tropical wave is still passing through this area, and does appear to be bringing some rain.

99L has weakened still further, with only 20% chance of developing over the next 5 days. It's predicted path now takes it north of the Lesser Antilles in 3 to 4 days.

The very rainy, overcast weather we had 3 to 4 days ago has now developed into Tropical Storm Franklin and is approaching the Yucatan peninsular in Mexico.

So back to here and now. It is raining, a shower, hardly any breeze. There is a heavy shower just to the East and (I think) heading this way. Through the rain I can see a brighter sky, so hopefully the rain is short lived. It is almost entirely overcast (as far as I can see) but for once I can report that the tops of the mountains are visible. Here comes the heavy shower.

Have a nice Monday.

Hogan



- The first of two tropical waves about to pass through.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2017 08:17:22 -0400
The first tropical wave is starting to move through the area. The satellite and radar images show a large area of potential rain between us and Barbados and stretching further East. It looks as if we are on the southerly edge of the rain, at the moment, with the majority heading between St Vincent and Grenada. It does look as potentially we could have a wet day.

Further out in the Atlantic, about 4 days away, is 99L. This does not appear to be very well organised, NHC have lowered the possibility of it becoming a cyclone in 5 day to 50%. Most of the predictions are for it to scrape the north of the Lesser Antilles and as a tropical storm.

The current weather here is: we have just had a small shower. There is a nice Easterly breeze. The sky is almost completely overcast with just the hint of blue to the West. No sign of the mountains - they have disappeared.

Doesn't look like a good Sunday for weather, but hope I am wrong, which often happens!

Have a nice Sunday.

Hogan


- 99L update and nearer tropical wave.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2017 07:57:05 -0400
A beautiful sunny morning.

There is a tropical wave approaching. Ahead of this wave there appears to be quite a few showers. But today looks mostly dry, but Sunday looks as if there could be more chance of rain.

The Invest 99L is still about 5-6 days away, but the model predicted paths have moved further south. The majority of models now have it coming through the northern part of the Lesser Antilles near Guadalupe. I will be keeping an eye on this.

Have a nice weekend.

Hogan


- Slow moving weak tropical wave and 99L
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2017 07:32:33 -0400
Good morning,

Well today has started with a much brighter sky and no rain over night. The tropical wave and associated trough ,which gave us that horrible weather for the last two days is drifting away to the West.Leaving us with lots of wispy high cloud and some lower cloud capping the mountains, and only the gentlest of breeze just moving the palm fronds.

The next wave is moving slowly towards us, but it is currently much weaker than the one that has just passed. It does look as if we could have a couple of nice days before it arrives.

Further afield we have Invest 99L brewing just South of the Capo Verdes. This 'low' system has a 40% chance of cyclone development in the next 48 hours and about 80% in the next 5 days. In that same time frame the majority of models show it as a Tropical Storm. This would be well before it reaches the Lesser Antilles. Currently all of the models show it passing to the north of the Antigua area. Let us hope it goes even further north and that it meets up with the Sahara dust on it's way.

Have a nice day and hope it is drier than yesterday.

Hogan


- Miserable 'British drizzle' but warmer.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2017 07:15:52 -0400
I woke up to the sound of rain on the roof, not heavy, just drizzle. Looking outside it is dull and miserable looking. Completely overcast. If anything it seems to be getting darker, not lighter. I cannot see the mountains at all.

This all seems to be due to the tropical wave which went through yesterday and an associated trough (must try to find what that is). Looking at the satellite and radar images it looks like we could have more showers today, although I expect this solid overcast to clear.

Further to our east there are two tropical waves. One mid Atlantic which is about 4 days away, it does not hve much rain associated with it, at the moment. The other tropical wave which has just left the African coast is more worrying. NHC have given it a 50% chance of developing in 5 days and at it's current speed will reach this area in about 7-8 days. The current rough direction forecast from NHC has it heading for this general area. This will need watching. Come on Sahara dust, please don't give up now.

Hogan



- Heavy rain at the moment.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2017 06:20:26 -0400
We were woken up at 5:30 by lightning and thunder. That storm passed about 5 miles south of us. But now we have heavy rain, but no lightning (yet). This is all courtesy of the tropical wave which is now approaching. I think we can expect more showers as the day progresses.

The other tropical wave is still 5-6 days away and has been reduced to about 10% chance of developing.

Pouring with rain can't see a thing - no breeze, just heard some more thunder in the distance, not sure which direction, but it does look like (satellite image) that there are heavy showers coming from the east. The radar is showing showers all over the area.

Hogan


- Two tropical waves.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2017 18:40:22 -0400
One should pass us tomorrow, but as it seems to have rain well in front of it then it looks like rain showers from early morning onwards.

The second wave is almost 1 week away, but has already been given 20% chance of developing just before it arrives on our doorstep. This will have to be watched. Thankfully we still have the dry air slowing the development of these waves.

We had a good bit of rain this morning, but a pleasant evening with a slight breeze.

Hogan


- Heavy rain during the night
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2017 07:22:44 -0400
We had about three quarter of an inch in the space of about 1 hour. I am not sure what caused it (weather-wise) unless it was from the tropical wave which disappeared from the NHC discussion.

There are two tropical waves in the Atlantic, both being affected by Sahara dust (keep that dust coming). One is about 2 to 3 days away, the other about 7 days.

It was a hot windless night, except for the period when the heavy rain was falling. The fans didn't help much. One of those rare occasions when I wish I had A/C!

It is still very calm with no breeze. The Sun is out, and so are the 'Mybones', their nest must have been washed away by the rain or does the rain bring them out! Very few clouds around except over the mountains. I notice that the boats at anchor in the bay are all facing NW, guess there is a slight breeze from that direction, at least down there. The radar is still showing a few showers to our East through North-east, so there is a chance of more rain showers.

Have a nice day.

Hogan


- Tropical waves
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:58:23 -0400
The tropical wave went through the islands yesterday afternoon, apart from some cloud and a small amount of rain it went almost unnoticed.

We are left with two waves in the Atlantic (yes we seem to have lost one). The nearest has dropped to about 10% risk of a cyclone within 5 days. With it due to arrive in our area in about 2-3 days as it being affected by dry Sahara air, then it doesn't look like (at the moment) anything to worry about. Although a bit of rain is always welcome.

The other wave is right over the other side of the Atlantic near the Capo Verdes.

A lovely day today with a nice stiff Easterly breeze, few clouds except over the mountains. No rain showing on the radar in our vicinity.

Oh, nearly forgot - there is a tropical storm Emily (an old acquaintance of ours) just about to pass from West to East over Florida. I have just spoken to someone in Ft Myres who says it is raining but no wind. It looks like it's path will take it near Tampa then out towards Cape Canaveral.

Have a nice day

Hogan


- Now you see it, now you don't, then you do again?
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2017 07:48:53 -0400
Our tropical wave which spawned 97L a couple of days ago, which then disappeared from the threat of a 30% chance of a cyclone. Has reappeared as a 20% chance in the next 5 days. Is it our friend 97L or not? It is at about 37W or about 5 to 6 days away, at it;s current speed.

We currently have 4 tropical waves in the Atlantic.

One has just come off of Africa. Two in mid Atlantic (one being the one that NHC have marked a as 20%). Also one that is only about 200 miles from us, and could bring more cloud and showers later this afternoon/evening.

Currently, there is a slight Easterly breeze. Mostly a blue sky with very few white fluffy bits in it, except to the North over the mountains where there are a few more clouds, as you would expect. No sign of rain on the radar. The possible rain I mentioned earlier has not yet reached the outer edge of the Martinique radar, but clouds can be seen approaching, from the East, on the latest satellite image.

Have a nice day.

Hogan



- Thank you Sahara dry air and dust
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2017 06:59:53 -0400
There are 3 tropical waves in the Atlantic and all are being affected by dry Sahara air, Currently the NHC are not expecting any cyclone development in at least the next 48 hours.

The radar is not showing any showers south of a line between Barbados to St Vincent. Apart from over the mountains, there are only a few clouds in an otherwise blue but slightly hazy sky. There is no breeze at all as I write this.

Have a great weekend.

Hogan


- Just to let you know that 97L has dropped off the radar '.....
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2017 22:13:43 -0400
It looks like 97L is no more - for the moment. The NHC says there is no tropical cyclone activity expected for the next 48 hours'. Sleep tight.

Hogan


- 97L 5 day forecast update.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:33:39 -0400
NHC have lowered possibility of 97L developing into a tropical cyclone from 30% to 20% over next 5 days.

Also, 5 minutes after sending the last post, the heavens opened for 5 minutes. Had a nice rainbow.

That is all.

Hogan


- Tropical Wave worth watching now.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:42:55 -0400
The Tropical wave I mentioned yesterday has now been designated as Invest 97L. As yet there are only a few models which have no consistency with the predicted paths scattered everywhere from Trinidad to well North of the island chain. NHC still have it as a 30% chance of developing in 5 days. It's approx position is 37W 11N and travelling at 10mph due West. At this speed it potentially is 1 week away, but potentially could be less. I will pass on more info as soon as I see any change.

The current weather here is: A slight breeze from the East. Plenty of blue sky scattered with low cloud. We still have some higher hazy cloud. No sign of rain on the radar, although there is one dark cloud to our East. All in all a pleasant morning.

Update - The wind chimes just rattled a bit as the dark cloud (mentioned above) approaches, I think I can see just a slight bit of rain coming out of it.

Have a good day

Hogan


- Tropical waves and Sargasso seaweed
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:00:39 -0400
The tropical wave I mentioned yesterday is now SW of the Capo Verdes. The NHC are now giving it 30% chance of developing in the next 5 days.

There are two other tropical waves nearer to us with one weak one due to pass through the Lesser Antilles later today. This one has isolated showers, most of which appear to be north of Grenada, these are already visible on the Martinique radar to the east of the islands. The other wave is mid Atlantic and NHC currently do not show it developing.

The current weather is: A few low clouds, but a high hazy layer allowing the Sun to penetrate. Only a slight Easterly breeze.

The bay this side of Ft Jeudy has a lot of Sargasso seaweed trap in the inlet, and is turning from that nice bright yellow of a couple of days ago to s brown colour as it dies. Expect to smell it especially at the Entrance to Ft Jeudy and near the small beaches near New Westerhall Point. There is another area trapped in the NW corner of Westerhall Bay.

Have a nice day.

Hogan


- One of those rare days
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:46:01 -0400
This morning I awoke to a (anti-)Crepuscular ray - sunbeam opposite the rising Sun. Also a little later, noticing a very clear horizon, I managed a very bad photo of the mountain tops of Venezuela. To see the rays is not uncommon, but to see Venezuela. this only happens a couple of times a year. The mountains are over 100 miles away.

The NHC have classified a tropical wave, 200 miles south of Capo Verdes as a potential 20% chance of developing in the next 5 days. It is over the other side of the Atlantic and moving West at about 10 mph. This is worth watching over the coming week.

It is a very clear and fresh morning, a few fluffy bits in the sky. Very little breeze. Another lovely day in paradise. There are currently no rain showers on the radar in our area.

Hogan

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- Tropical wave approaching
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:58:20 -0400
The tropical Wave I mentioned for the last couple of days is creeping, at about 10 miles per hour, towards the Lesser Antilles. The showers we had yesterday were only loosely connected to it. The majority of which went north of us. Looking at the satellite images I notice that as I speak there is a large blob of cloud not far (about 40 miles) off the ESE of Barbados. The NHC are saying:

'Moisture associated with this wave is
forecast to bring increasing chances for scattered showers and
thunderstorms to the the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday, however,
before the wave arrives there scattered showers and thunderstorms
ahead of it will move across portions of mainly the Leeward
Islands today. Some of this activity may be attendant by gusty
winds'.

I am going to keep an eye on the blob and see how it develops later today, and also to see what happens in Barbados.

Currently: The mountains have clouds shrouding the tops. There are quite a few scattered clouds around. There is a bright segment of a rainbow in a cloud to the SW. There is very little breeze.

Hogan


- A weak tropical wave is approaching
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:21:12 -0400
Looking at the radar and satellite images, the tropical wave is generating a band of showers spreading out from a line starting between Grenada and St Lucia past the south of Barbados and then out into the Atlantic for a couple of hundred miles. To me it does look as if some of these showers could hit us over the next 24 hours, if the showers move slightly south.

The tropical wave is still well out west of Barbados but does have this band of rain ahead of it, apparently caused by a upper trough (whatever that is!). The Wave and associated showers are being affected by the dry Sahara dust to the north, so it is not expected to develop.

A few minutes ago the mountains were covered in clouds and there was definitely rain falling up there. Down here in the South, the Sun is shining, there is a pleasant Easterly breeze and there are very few clouds.

My guess is Carriacou and the Grenadines are getting showers, maybe even Sally in the North of Grenada?

The National Hurricane Centre is not expecting any Cyclone development in the Atlantic area within the next 48 hours.

Have a nice day

Hogan




- All quiet on the Eastern Front.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:31:29 -0400
A weak tropical wave is approx 600 miles east of us with very few showers associated with it. It is moving in our general direction, but being attacked by that dry Sahara dust from the north. Currently it is not expected build. The NHC are not predicting anything developing at least for the next 48 hour.

Apparently the experts are predicting 15 named storms this season. With 8 hurricanes of which 3 will be Cat 3 or greater. Including very short lived Don this leaves (if they are correct) 11 more to go.



- About my previous post re Don
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:20:35 -0400
Hi all,

Can I just stress that although Don fizzled out before it reached Grenada, and before the experts had predicted. The powers that be, send out Warnings (Hurricane and Tropical Storm) for a good reason. If they lower the risk and it turns out stronger than they say, then they are damned. If, as with Don, they say it is going to be stronger than it turns out, they are also damned. All the official reports err on the high side for a good reason. I hear people saying 'they always get it wrong'! I must back the experts, they more often than not - get it right. In the case of Don, the track was spot on several days ahead. They also said that as it entered the Caribbean conditions were against it and that it would fade. This was correct it just faded a bit earlier than they expected. I seem to remember that the NHC 2pm report said that it had lowered to a 20% chance of Tropical Storm winds. Put this another way - 80% chance of us not having TS winds. So they were correct.

In the case of Don, I had prepared for it's arrival. And I must stress warnings must be taken seriously. Better to be prepared and it doesn't happen, than to not be prepared and it does.

The good news today is that there are no Tropical Cyclones likely to develop in the next 48 hours in the Atlantic area (per NHC).

It is a lovely morning, the Sun has just risen. A few clouds dotted about and a slight easterly breeze.

Another lovely day in Paradise!

Hogan



- Don has gone - not sure it ever arrived!
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:41:51 -0400
The problem with weather systems like Don (a tropical Storm that maybe wasn't), is that the more times we are told to expect the worse and it doesn't happen, then when a big one comes people will ignore the warnings. I was very surprised when it became a named storm. From yesterday morning it really never looked like being much, although it did disintegrate very fast as it neared the islands. The only evidence we had of Don passing, was the calm before the storm, followed by the anticipated picking up of wind as it passed. The rain was no worse than any other tropical wave passing through.

There is a lot of money poured into weather forecasting, and although they did get Don's track spot on, the intensity risks was a bit on the high side, but that is better than being on the low side.

Now - the only other threat is 96L which is mid Atlantic and predicted to go north of the Lesser Antilles.

Just before Sunrise and the sky is completely overcast, we are back to our normal trade breeze. Tree frogs are still chirping ant the early birds are joining in the chorus. Hope you all have a nice day.

Hogan


- 10.10pm and its quiet
  • By "Richard and Jenita" <richardandjenita at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:17:50 -0400

Here in Hope after a few showers earlier not much now. Rain has eased up and as Chris mentioned the tree frogs are making a racket. Little wind so far. Keeping  fingers crossed.


- 21:15 all of a sudden the wind is picking up
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:33:31 -0400
Initially from the South East. Wind chimes are rattling and the tree frogs are chirping loud, they are happy because of the rain. We are getting a few stronger gusts, but not too much. The rain seems to have stopped.


Hogan


- Calm here with just a slight breeze from wrong direction.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:54:35 -0400
A slight breeze coming in from the NW. Raining, but not particularly hard. I have heard that it is windy up at Bathway.

It looks like this blob of rain passing over is the remnants of Don. Guess the wind will pick up a bit from the East once it is through. Maybe just a little stronger than our normal Easterlies, for a while?

Hogan


- Don is disintegrating - it appears.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:33:04 -0400
I don't want to speak too soon, but looking at satellite images and radar, it looks as if Don has not been able to fight the Sahara dry air to the north of it. It seems to have almost disintegrated. There are very few showers showing on the radar.

So my guess is that as the remnant of Don passes us, we will get some wind, but hopefully nothing like we were expecting.

The NHC are still predicting the possibility of large amounts of rain, but that was at the 2.05pm statement. Until we hear more from them we should be prepared for anything.

Currently it is overcast with no wind or rain.

Hogan


- First rains have hit us.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:25:41 -0400
According to NHC, the storm has weakened a bit. Max wind speed was last reported at 40mph, just barely Tropical Storm. The area of cloud has expanded to the NW of the centre and that seems to be what is giving us the rain at the moment. The movement of the storm to the West has also speeded up to 20mph. So the centre of the storm now looks like arriving about 8-9pm. NHC have reduced the chance of Tropical Storm Force winds to about 20%.

Currently it is completely overcast. The heavy rain has given way to light rain. A slight breeze from the NE.

Hogan



- Don wants to visit Grenada!!
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:48:23 -0400
The latest info I can find is that Don is about 350 miles to the East of Grenada. We are right in Don's sights, with a 50% chance of getting Tropical Storm force winds and we can expect a lot of rain. Currently the 'blob' of could surrounding the centre of the storm is about 131 miles across. From the last known position and speed, and if it maintains that speed, the outer edge (western edge of the cloud blob) should reach us late this evening (about 10pm?), with the centre passing near us at about 2am. If I am correct, and as you know I am often not, it is looking like a noisy, roof rattling night.

Another useless bit of information - Don is currently tracking about 25 miles north of the Ivan track! And 20 miles north of Emily.

I will update you if and when I find out more.

Hogan


- Don is on our doorstep
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:59:41 -0400
Hi all,

Well the system has jumped to Tropical Storm Don, rapidly passing Tropical Depression. This is not the first time this has happened just before landfall. I wonder why?

So we are on Tropical Storm Warning with it expected tomorrow night. Time to move any loose bits in the garden. Expect gusty winds and some heavy rain.

I must say the satellite images don't show it as a very active storm. But I feel we should take precautions!

Let us see what it looks like tomorrow morning.

Hogan



- A tropical wave is about 900 miles East of Windwards
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2017 19:17:26 -0400
It looks possible that we could have some weather in the next 3 day, as a tropical wave approaches. I will keep an eye on it.

By the way, We are back in Grenada now sharing whatever comes our way.

Hogan


- Sargasso weed
  • By "Richard and Jenita" <richardandjenita at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2017 14:25:03 -0400

Noticed today a lot of Sargasso weed floating in along the east side at Hope Beach. Anyone else got it coming. We have been lucky the last year or so and not seen much but there are large clumps floating off the beach. Nice warm day with a gentle breeze.


- There is a low pressure developing
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2017 09:46:56 +0100
There is a good chance that we will have another Atlantic depression/tropical storm formed in the Atlantic in the next 48 hours. The system is currently about 1900 miles East of Grenada. Most current predictions are for it to pass to the north of the Caribbean islands.

I hear you have had plenty of rain, in Grenada, over the last week? We will be back there soon.

Hogan


- A narrow escape
  • By Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:11:24 -0400
I now totally understand the meaning of that phrase!   Bret literally scraped 
past Grenada, we were lucky.  I now have a much greater respect for Tropical 
Storms and will never be dismissive of their power, will never think "it's only 
a storm!".    Mind you, in the past I have boarded up the windows then sat for 
two days waiting for the boards to be removed, sun beaming down after a non 
event. But it could have been different!
We had lots of rain, some heavy gusts but I believe the South of the Island 
felt Brett's passing more than the North.  To day it is very wet and misty with 
thunder grumbling somewhere but no wind.   A good day for comfort food and a 
bit of tv.  I believe we are cooler here than in the UK ....


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- Bret
  • By "Richard and Jenita" <richardandjenita at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:25:44 -0400

Well, woken up to wall to wall drizzle/rain. Gusty winds during the night but nothing bad here in Hope City as far I know. Will check around later to make sure. Refuse collection cart has been round with the guys in oilskins so they are moving about normally if not a bit soggy. Utilities are all ok so just got to wait out until this rubbish weather passes.


- Looks like the worst is over!
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:49:46 +0100
Bret went through Trinidad and is now scraping along the coast of Venezuela. The highest sustained winds at Maurice Bishop were about 42knts (48mph) with gusts to 48knts (55 mph). These were higher than those reported at Trinidad or Tobago (airport data). The wind speed at Maurice Bishop had dropped to 20knts at 5am your time. The satellite images show the rain connected to Bret are almost through Grenada. I hope there wasn't much damage. Maybe people could send me their comments, how much rain did you get in Grenada. My guess, yesterday, was out by several hours. Hope you didn't have too noisy a night.

Another hot day expected here in UK today.

Hogan


- The link on Richard and Jenita's post
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:51:17 +0100
A great link. It shows my point about higher wind speed to the North of a storm.

Hogan



- Grenada Tropical Storm
  • By "Richard and Jenita" <richardandjenita at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:08:56 -0400

Well as we wait in Grenada I found this which is interesting to monitor [ CODE]https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-62.52,13.24,3000/loc=-58.262,9.344 [/CODE]  


- Storm
  • By Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:39:30 -0400
We are getting heavy squalls and gusts at half hour intervals.  Wax apples, 
five fingers and mangos flying everywhere.  Such a shame, our fruit is just 
coming into its own...and there go my little avocados!   
Well so it begins.
Keep safe Grenada and Trinidad


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- Something to muse over while you await TD2
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:26:59 +0100

Temperature here in Ely, near Cambridge in te UK is currently 33C that
is 2 degrees warmer than Grenada, as I write.

Meanwhile it looks like TD2 remains on course for T&T and then scraping
many miles (let's say about 50) South of Grenada. This does not mean
Grenada will miss out on Tropical Force winds. Be prepared. One good
thing is the storm is travelling fairly fast, so it should pass through
relatively quickly. My guess is the wind will pick up from the east
during the night, peaking at around 10am, from the SE. By 1pm things
should be returning to normal. I must stress these are my guesses and
based on it following it's predicted path.

Now I am going to try to cool off! No Breeze!

All the best for over night and tomorrow.

Hogan


- Depression.....me and it!
  • By Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:51:49 -0400
After many years of hurricanes, cyclones, Typhoons tropical storms and 
depressions...not to mention waves, I am naturally a bit antsy when that first 
warning comes.   So first light I'm up, adrenaline in spate "making 
preparations",  as one says.
Kelly my handyman for 25 years trots in at 6 and shakes his head pityingly. 
"Well I live on a hill I say defensively, "which is the equivalent of here I am 
come and get me". 
So the sun is shining but there is a slightly weird atmosphere white and 
grey....and the birds have stopped flying around....how do they know?  The sea 
is not friendly, it looks relentless, moving restlessly....I'll be quoting WB 
Yates next!
Safe next 48 hours, everybody.


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- Tropical depression TWO
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:31:32 +0100
The Low pressure I mentioned yesterday is now TD2. The prediction is for it to strengthen to Tropical storm as it approaches the Trinidad and Tobago area. The experts are saying that it will not develop any further (hope they are right). Regardless, if predictions are correct, it looks as if it will pass South of Grenada, but this does mean that winds will be higher than if it went North of us. It does look as if the storm will pass due South Tuesday morning, as a tropical storm. There could be strong winds. Suggest anything that could be blown around is moved to somewhere safe by this evening.

Let us hope this does not get stronger than a TS.

I am currently in the UK, and watching from afar. All the best to all of you in Grenada. I will be following TD2.

Hogan


- We are under Tropical Storm warning
  • By Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2017 21:06:58 -0400
This is not good.  Am I being pessimistic but there seems no escape from this 
baby. I drove from Bathway to St Paul very early this morning and when I 
reached Grenville I nearly turned back the rain was so heavy, it continued 
raining heavily with some thunder. On my return the sun was shining in St 
Patrick!  Strange weather patterns in this Island.   Will start putting things 
away tomorrow morning.when I should have some help!
Hope all stay safe.


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- Tropical storm warning
  • By Richie P <realwedda at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:34:23 -0700
Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and St. Vincent have been placed under tropical storm warnings.

- Low pressure is to SE not SW
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:19:50 +0100
See previous post. Thanks to those who corrected me. The Tropical Wave and associated Low are to the SE about 900 miles.

Hogan



- I am keeping an eye on a LOW in the Atlantic.
  • By Chris Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:14:06 +0100
Hi all,

June 18th and there is a Low pressure out to the SW of Grenada. NHC give it a medium chance of developing as it moves West/North West. I will monitor this for the next couple of days.

Hogan


- Hi from Hope
  • By "Richard and Jenita" <richardandjenita at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:24:30 -0400

Enjoying a nice warm day with a gentle sea breeze here in Hope City on the East side of the island. It would appear that there is a disturbance worth watching just south of the Cape Verdi Islands. The associated cloudiness and showers have become better organized since yesterday, and additional slow development is possible during the next few days while the wave moves westward at 15-20 mph over the tropical Atlantic towards us. A medium chance(50%) of it developing. Let’s hope it fizzles out.


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