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- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 13:11:49 +0000

good morning
reporting in from St Maarten. The remnants of Beryl are passing well south of us but we do have a rainy windy day. Actually we are grateful for the rain. We need it badly. and so far the rain is coming in short bursts, so there is no flooding thankfully.
I do hope people still living under tarps are OK. They probably at the very least are damp and uncomfortable.


- Hurricane Beryl
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2018 15:05:12 +0000

Beryl is now a hurricane, forecast to pass well south of St Maarten. 

Meteo des Cyclones page on Facebook says this:

"Planned trajectory of hurricane Beryl at 05 local hours

The first hurricane of season 2018 should continue to strengthen for the next 36-48 hours before weakening at Tropical Storm Stadium Sunday morning. Beryl would be less than 500 kilometres from martinique and a passage between Dominica and the archipelago of guadeloupe at the low tropical storm stage should occur Sunday night at Monday morning. Once in the Caribbean Sea, where the atmosphere would be more hostile, the cyclone should become a tropical wave during the day."

I am hoping that Dominica stays safe. They certainly don't need another storm this yer.


- Tropical Storm Beryl 5:00 PM update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2018 21:36:29 +0000

Tropical Storm Beryl Discussion Number   2
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL022018
500 PM AST Thu Jul 05 2018

Beryl has been a bit of a surprise today, which is not uncommon for
tiny tropical cyclones such as itself.  A 1724 UTC SSMI microwave
pass and a 1853 UTC SSMI/S pass both revealed that the cyclone had
developed a well-defined 5 nmi-wide mid-level eye, and a dimple has
been apparent in visible satellite imagery.  It's usually difficult
to get a good handle on the intensity of these types of cyclones
given their small size, but data-T numbers from TAFB and SAB are a
consensus T3.0.  The initial intensity is therefore raised to 45 kt,
but there is a lot of uncertainty in this estimate.

If the initial intensity is uncertain, the future intensity is even
more of a quandary.  Despite being surrounded by abundant dry air,
Beryl has apparently been able to isolate itself and possibly
moisten the near-storm environment while located in an area of low
shear.  Since the shear is expected to remain quite low for the next
36 hours or so, and small cyclones like Beryl often have a tendency
to strengthen quickly over a short period of time, continued
intensification appears likely for the next day or so.  The updated
NHC intensity forecast most closely follows the statistical-
dynamical guidance, which lies at the upper end of the guidance
envelope, and brings Beryl to hurricane strength within 36 hours.
After that time, increasing westerly shear, partially due to Beryl
accelerating toward the west, is expected to cause weakening.  In
addition, every global model shows the cyclone opening up into a
tropical wave in 72-96 hours, which is what the NHC forecast
continues to depict.  It cannot be stressed enough, however, that
this is a low confidence forecast.

The one stable part of the forecast is Beryl's future track.  The
new guidance has not changed much from the previous forecast cycle,
and it continues to show Beryl slowing down a bit during the next 24
hours, followed by a west-northwestward acceleration in 48-72 hours
due to a strengthening ridge to the north.  The updated NHC track
forecast is just a bit south of the previous one and is closest to
the HCCA and Florida State Superensemble guidance.

Even though Beryl is expected to dissipate just east of the Lesser
Antilles early next week, the remnant tropical wave will continue
moving quickly westward and will likely bring locally heavy
rains and gusty winds to portions of the Leeward Islands on Sunday
and Monday.

Key Messages:

1. Due to its very small size, there is greater-than-usual
uncertainty in the analysis of Beryl's current intensity.
Confidence in the official intensity forecast is also much lower
than normal.  Rapid changes in intensity, both up and down, that are
difficult to predict are possible during the next couple of days.

2. While Beryl is still expected to dissipate as a tropical cyclone
by Monday before reaching the Lesser Antilles, there will likely
be some rain and wind impacts on those islands early next week.
Residents there should monitor products from their local weather
office for more information.


INIT  05/2100Z 10.3N  42.8W   45 KT  50 MPH
 12H  06/0600Z 10.8N  44.5W   55 KT  65 MPH
 24H  06/1800Z 11.4N  46.3W   60 KT  70 MPH
 36H  07/0600Z 12.1N  48.3W   65 KT  75 MPH
 48H  07/1800Z 13.0N  51.0W   60 KT  70 MPH
 72H  08/1800Z 14.5N  58.4W   50 KT  60 MPH
 96H  09/1800Z...DISSIPATED


- Watching 95L
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2018 21:23:40 +0000

Hoping we get some rain but not anything more serious. 

5:00 PM NHC update says this:

Satellite imagery indicates that shower activity associated with a
small area of low pressure and a tropical wave located several
hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands has become
better organized during the past few hours.  Some additional
development of this system is possible, and a tropical depression
could form during the next day or two while it moves westward to
west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph over the tropical Atlantic
Ocean. By the weekend, upper-level winds are expected to become less
conducive for development when the system approaches the Lesser
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.


- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2018 16:59:51 +0000

Hello everyone

St Maarten had cloudy skies but not much rain from that tropical wave. We still need rain badly. The hills are brown and the cisterns are empty.

But our African Tulip tree, which is barely standing after Hurricane Irma, just produced its first bloom in a long time.


- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:15:11 +0000

Good morning

St Maarten continues to be dry and hot! Thankfully there is a light breeze. We need rain though.

Usually when I look out to the east and see "smoky" skies, I think it is our  dump on fire again. But this morning it is Saharan dust.

Either way, my allergies are acting up. 

Our weather report says in part:
Special Weather 

* Dust/Allergy >> A plume of Saharan Dust is still invading the local region. Thus, allergy sufferers are advised to take the necessary precautions until further notice.


- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2018 13:10:37 +0000

Good morning

I woke up  to hazy skies on St Maarten this morning.  I thought our dump was on fire again, but, no, I don't think that's it, for a change.

I think we are getting  some Saharan dust today, and it looks like more coming across the Atlantic.


- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 27 May 2018 12:51:11 +0000

Good morning

Skies are partially cloudy over St Maarten this morning. Our Met Office says 

"Moisture and instability associated with a tropical wave will account for cloudiness and isolated showers, some of which may be heavy across the local area."

We need some rain so I do hope we get some showers.

Sub Tropical storm Alberto is producing lots of rain over Florida this morning. Reminder to everyone that even a weak tropical wave can produce flooding, especially in the islands.


- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 May 2018 22:08:18 +0000

Hello Caribbean friends

It's been awhile since I have posted. We have been busy with fixing things up since Irma. The island is getting better but we still have a long way to go.

I can't believe  a new hurricane season is almost upon us. I hope that we are all are safe from any storms this year.

Right now the weather is getting hot again, but we  still have a delightful cool breeze.  We are having a few showers but we still need some rain, just not too much.

As a result of Irma, the St Maarten Zoo, where I volunteered for many years, is permanently closed. Many of the animals were rescued and many were sent to the Curacao Zoo.

However, I inherited Anna. She is a fabulous bird, but very noisy. She sure keeps me busy.



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