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  • From: "Keith Ferreira" <keithferreira AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 05:38:46 PDT
Hi, we in Trinidad were not to worried, because early on we found out it
was not coming our way, .we did and still do, receive some bad weather,
but that is about all, hope things are not to bad with the rest of the
island chain..

keith ferreira
keithf AT geocities.com
keith AT medsci.uwi.tt

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- Nothing.
  • From: Robert & Colleen <krucia AT tstt.net.tt>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999 07:27:14 -0400
                   It's 7.20 am and it is yet to rain here in Port of
Spain. It is dry dry dry and warm. Today we should see some rain if only
to cool it down a bit. I am still seeing that circulating pattern
between Venezuela and Jamaica now over a very wide area and praying it
turns to nothing.
                   I am praying Jose continues more north than west, and
the islands up north will be spared. May God have mercy on us all.

Robert Krucia,
Port of Spain.

  • From: "eldon ramnathsingh" <eldon6 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 19:33:32 PDT

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- Update dry.
  • From: Robert & Colleen <krucia AT tstt.net.tt>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 20:55:04 -0400
                    It's 8.45 pm and it is dry in Port of Spain.
Overcast remains to the east and south, but no rain yet. Barometric
pressure is normal, 1019mb, I am beginning to think the thing is broken
cause it has not moved at all for quite a while. It is still warm, 82 F.
and only gentle breezes from the south east. I am beginning to almost
beg for some rain to ease the temp. a little. Thing is I know when we do
get some, it might be more than we need. During the day, reports from
San Fernando were also saying sunshine. So far Jose has been a non
event.  Thank God it has turned away, sorry you guys up north but if
there was a competition for least prepared, we'd win by a million miles.
At the same time, God be with all of you up north. So long for now.

Robert Krucia
Port of Spain.

- Jose'
  • From: "Graham A Bell" <gbell AT cablenett.net>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 20:43:49 -0400
Well we here have been officially advised that the Storm Watch has been lifted in Trinidad and Tobago as Jose' is taking a more north westerly track that will put it just south of Barbados. However the local Met office has predicted a lot of heavy rains/thunder storms associated with the feeder bands from the storm.
Its now 7.30pm on Tuesday 18th October and its very overcast and still. There was no panic buying today as most Trinidadians I guess are now taking our extreme good fortune, with respect to not having a hit from a storm for many years, somewhat for granted.
Lets continue to pray for all those in the other islands who year in, year out have to bear the brunt of these Storms
Regards to all
Graham A Bell

- RE: Jose..from Trinidad (fwd)
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 17:21:21 -0400 (EDT)
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 17:13:18 +0100
From: Rhona Seward
Subject: RE: Jose..from Trinidad

Hello Gert

Pleased to announce that the Jose has been officially taken off storm alert
for Trinidad and it is moving Northwards.  I hope the rest of the Islands in
the Chain have a lucky escape like we have.


- RE: Jose..from Trinidad (fwd)
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 16:22:36 -0400 (EDT)
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 15:42:42 +0100
From: Rona Seward
Subject: RE: Jose..from Trinidad

Hi Gert

Monday 3.40pm

Well my last Mail was less than two hours ago and I've seen a dramatic
change in the last thirty minutes In the region of Valsayn.  Although no
winds and the air is still warm.  The sky has darkened and cloud cover is
thick, not a break in it, but the air still has a calmness.  Hardly any
breeze at all.   I'm hearing deep thunder rumblings, it's not broke yet and
we have no rain here, perhaps this is the lull before the storm? Who knows?

I expect a good downpour within minutes.



- Update 2.00 pm
  • From: Robert & Colleen Krucia <kings AT tstt.net.tt>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 14:09:47 -0400
                   Well it seems that we will be spared the brunt of
Jose. It's 2.00 pm and although overcast to the north and east of Port
of Spain , we've got sunshine and light breezes. It seems over the
weekend there was some severe weather in the southern part of the
island. Several roofs were blown off and a home for the aged suffered
serious damage. No reports of lives lost though. For now though everyone
is playing it safe and stocking up on vital suppiles a la hurricane,
like canned foods, water, flashlights batteries lanterns and tape for
windows.The major concern I think will be the flooding from the rain we
will get.
                   I also thought last night I saw something on a
satelite loop trying to get started between Venezuela and Haiti, there
was some circulation there although very broad, let's pray it's a
non-entity. So for now it's "NO WAY  JOSE " and I'll be back later, it's
time to get back to work.

Robert Krucia
Port of Spain.

- Jose
  • From: "Janet & Paul London" <peajay AT tstt.net.tt>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 12:23:31 -0400
Rain last night and this morning.  Folks are aware.  No preparations are
being made.


- TD # 14.
  • From: "Irvine Niffikeer" <i9y4ibn AT carib-link.net>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 06:05:57 -0400
Hello Gert,
I am writing this message at 1000z. We were expecting heavy rain last night
but this did not come. It is dawn and there is some scattered cumulus clouds
around. At about 0700z there was some lightning in the distance. These were
so far away we did not hear the thunder.
The meteorological Office has issued a sever weather warning for Trinidad
and Tobago, Grenada and its dependencies.
At 1000z the temp is 24c, relative humidity 85%, Barometric pressure 1012MB
and the wind is calm.
The severe weather warnings are broadcast over the electronic media to
inform citizens.
If there are any further developments in Trinidad and Tobago, I will let you
Keep up the good work.

Irvine B. Niffikeer (9Y4IBN)

- Still.
  • From: Robert & Colleen <krucia AT tstt.net.tt>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 06:33:53 -0400
Monday morning.
                        This morning is pretty still and a bit warm
already. TD14 is now Jose and the projectors are warning Barbados. There
has been a northerly shift in the track. We are not out of the woods yet
but we'll see. There is still the north to south cloud movement and that
cloud level is now higher. The storm has much to draw off the South
American continent and as it does so we can begin to feel the effects of
that as soon as today. The Northern Range runs about a mile to the north
of me here. So any winds from the north will be pushed up and over our
heads. Winds from the south  south east and southwest are another
                       Whatever happens we are going to suffer one major
problem, flooding. We get floods here with regular showers because of
clogged drains and unprepared  waterways. Too many people dump garbage
indiscriminately and there is a price to be paid for that. Everyone will
be watching today, waiting, listening and preparing for the worst "just
in case". More to follow.

Bye for now.
Robert Krucia.
Port of Spain.

- Oh no you don't.
  • From: Robert & Colleen <krucia AT tstt.net.tt>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 00:32:49 -0400
Hi again friends,
                       I know it's been a while since my last post. Thing is, our troubles here have been so minor compared to everyone else's. My sympathy to those of you who suffered losses from Floyd and Irene.
                    Earlier this year I felt that if we got past the first part of the season we would have been spared the threat of any real activity down this way. Well, it shows how much I know. We have a potential monster breathing in our face here wanting to be recognised as Jose and we're half way through October. So far most of our activity has been  pretty normal rainwise.
                  However last week we did have an occurrence of hail in the St. Augustine area. Also in Woodbrook one eyewitness described a swirling wind starting under the inspection shed of the motor licensing department and growing as it moved out unto Wrightson Road. It eventually became a tornado powerful enough to take the roofs off two houses in the vicinity and pile all the galvanize on top of the nearby power plant building forty feet high.
                  Since my last post when we had a couple of really heavy shower spells, everything seems to have changed. Emily Floyd and Gert followed in quick succession and the general pattern has been so much more volatile regionally, so much so looking at online satellite pictures I had to wonder what happened to the prevailing winds, usually the North East Trades.
                   At the moment we are experiencing southwesterly breezes strong enough to slam heavy panel doors ( windows are open ) which is unusual for this time of night here. I also noticed low clouds  moving in a north to south direction rather quickly since earlier this evening before I heard about TD14.
                  Well for the time being the only thing to do is pray and wait. Tomorrow will bring a more definite picture of what we're dealing with and what's to be done. Trinidad is not an "experienced" hurricane island and this does not give us a lot of time to plan and do very much. Even the Emergency Management people are going to be behind on this one. Personally I'll look the thing in the "eye" and tell it "Oh no you don't, you're not welcome here. This is God's own country."

Bye for now,
Robert Krucia.
Port of Spain.

- Update 16th Aug 1999.
  • From: Robert & Colleen <krucia AT tstt.net.tt>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 22:54:07 -0400
Hi again,
            Well after a relatively quiet to average spell of moderate
precipitation, the rains are here again in earnest. Today's showers were
heavy steady and long. Too much of this causes flooding very easily here
especially in Port of Spain. Main transit routes can become submerged in
anything like one to four feet of water after periods of rain like
today. I have the impression that the season has "shifted gears" so to
speak, or maybe entered another phase.
            I live and work in the north of this island and the rain
seemed to blow from the north east, but cloud movement continues from
east to west.
            Over the next few days more showers like the ones we had
today could spell trouble for low lying areas. Satellite pictures are
showing an increase in activity, things seem to happening much more
rapidly between yesterday and today.
            Tobago was suffering for water, until yesterday there was
talk of water rationing. They are going to be glad for every drop they
get into storage. I hope they get all they need.
             I will know more tomorrow about what today's rains did as I
missed the local news on TV tonight. If this keeps up, more regular
posts will follow. Hi to fellow correspondents across the Caribbean..

Bye for now, God bless you all.
Robert Krucia.

- Update
  • From: Robert & Colleen <krucia AT tstt.net.tt>
  • Date: Thu, 08 Jul 1999 05:14:03 -0400
Hi again everyone,
                          Our rainy season can be counted as being up to
speed for sure. The island is a lush green and some of the central and
southern areas have already had to contend with one bout of flooding
last week. Many farmers were crying out for lost or damaged crops.That
was due to a visit from the inter-tropical convergence zone which has
since returned home, usually south of here, over Georgetown Guyana :-).
The rainfall is steadily increasing in intensity and regularity. One
shower yesterday  blowing out of the north had my windows properly
"washed" at home on that side of the house, an irregular occurance.
                           While on a fishing trip last week, the water
turned nasty again with swells in excess of eight feet, I understand
from one of my local fishing buddies last Saturday  saw the North
"smoking"as well. He also shared that the kingfish in the forty pound
plus "agegroup" were biting again after a bit of a lull.
                           Best wishes to the Bermuda correspondents,I
hope your water situation improves soon.
                           Humidity right now is seventy-three percent ,
temperatures in the daytime are tempered by the showers and cloudcover,
averaging between 32-33 degrees C. Bye for now and may God watch over us

Robert Krucia.
Port of Spain.

- Hi again.
  • From: Robert & Colleen <krucia AT tstt.net.tt>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Jun 1999 22:28:30 -0400
Hello again.
                  I hope all is well with everyone. Since my last post I
have had two striking thoughts. One, as far as I can determine Trinidad
has not really had a major hurricane for a long time. Not even Alma in
the 70's, or Bret more recently. I forgot the name of the one which hit
in the middle of the July 1990 political crisis, it was also minor. My
feeling is, if we were ever to be hit by a category 3-5 hurricane,
because of the situation with many of the older homes and buildings
never being "culled" so to speak, we could be in for destruction of
major proportions.
                  Two, a rather provocative "wondering" about what a
significant low pressure system (hurricane) passing over Kick 'em Jenny
would yield. Seismologist are warning that Jenny is near eruption
(again) and this time above the surface. Just food for thought.
                  Today Saturday has been the wettest day since the
start of out rainy season last week. Showers in Port of Spain started
around 10.00 am and have continued intermittently, with heavy drizzles
in between. The forcast is for more rain, so much so that the Caribbean
Comedy Festival billed for tonight has been postponed.
                  It is now somewhat cooler than last week. The rain is
helping with the heat some. That's all for now, God bless you all.

Robert Krucia.
Port of Spain.

- Hi again.
  • From: Robert & Colleen <krucia AT tstt.net.tt>
  • Date: Mon, 07 Jun 1999 22:24:04 -0400
Hello again,
                 Well I found this site and did this too late last year.
I guess I need to do it again. Hello to you Gert and all the
correspondents throughout the Caribbean. I like that this brings us
closer together in a way. My heart goes out to the people up north,
since for the most part we ( Trinidad & Tobago ) are south of everything
and much of the worst misses us, but with the prognosis being what it
is, we will have to watch out this year.
                 Last Friday our wet season announced itself and we had
a few welcome showers. It immidiately got the attention of the greenery
as by the following day they all seemed to be rejoicing with improved
postures and new life manifested in their colour, it is amazing what a
little rain does for plants and trees. Robinson of Martnique, yes it is
here too :-) It also reduces the risk of bush fires which can be quite a
problem in dryer years. This year was not as dry.
                A few intermittent heavy drizzles, to what I would
describe as light rain followed on Saturday. Yesterday (Sunday) was
dryer and today was like dry season again. But I do believe we will see
more rain before the week is out. We are experiencing intermittent
breezes which help to take away the heat the rain raises from the hot
earth. At times those breezes are quite "stiff"  but only for short
                So long for now and all the best to everyone who comes
here. Compliments on the good work Gert.

God's blessings,
Robert Krucia.
Port of Spain,

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