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- Another fantastic day.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:57:27 -0400
We had a great day travelling round the island. Bathway was really nice. For any of you that haven't been there for some time because of the rocks in the water (caused by Ivan), they seem to have disappeared. The water was fantastic and the bottom is nearly all sand again.

It does look as if we could have a slight change coming. I see some showers approaching Barbados and heading in our direction. Whether they keep coming is another question. Slightly further out is a tropical wave which seems to have some rain associated with it. Maybe we will get some rain (hope) over the next few days?

Hogan of Grenada




- Another fine day.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:02:36 -0400
Hi all,

Quick one today. We are off to do a trip round the island, including Bathway to see if we can see what rain looks like (also, for one day, to get away from dealing with having to pay excess tax due to cargo airwaybill having the wrong value on it!*) But looking at the satellite and radar, it doesn't look much like rain again today, even in Bathway. But I have been known to be wrong! Have a nice day. Looking forward to a bathe at Bathway, rain or not.

*Anyone interested  please contact me, but not through stormcarib.

Hope you have a nice day, I intend to.

Hogan of Grenada


- Morning after..
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:19:40 -0400
I have that "morning after" feeling for Bermuda.  I recall falling into a 
troubled sleep when the fury abated, water lapping around the foot of the bed, 
the night watchman on one side and his daughter in the middle.   The dog was 
lying on the floor in a puddle, too tired to care.  I used to joke that it was 
the first time I slept with the gardener!   We finally dragged ourselves off 
the damp bed to assess the damage.  Kelly had come to shelter in the house with 
me as Himself was off island.  The daughter spent the whole storm playing games 
on her phone...cool kid!

Well Bermuda, now the sorry task of of putting it all back together again 
begins.  You are blessed in being a wealthy protected island, we were just a 
penniless little dot in the sea but we had  generous neighbours.

The wind is coming over the mountains from the west and it is cool.  We have 
just had a brisk shower and there's all that cloud on the horizon.  I expect we 
will get some air back once Gonzalo heads further into the Atlantic.

Deep breath and head on to end of November.




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- Gonzalo clobbers Bermuda.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:08:26 -0400
I was watching the webcam (Thanks Sally). An eerie lull in the eye, with treefrogs chirping. Then all of a sudden between 9:53 and 9:55 PM it came back and the worst half started. The Webcam at the moment shows calm sea, but that is because it is sheltered, on the north side by reefs. It would be interesting to see what the South Coast is getting. The winds are now down to less than 30mph. Time there to clean up -AGAIN. All the best to you in Bermuda.

Now Gonzalo is aiming for the UK. I have already received a Met Office warning for Tuesday - high winds expected.

Here, there is still no wind. The radar shows a few small showers heading our way. One I was watching approach just disappeared before arriving. A last look out and there is a small shower a mile or so offshore and heading slowly in this direction. It would be nice to have just a few small showers and a bit more breeze.

I am mixing mortar today, so could do with a little breeze and some clouds. No rain while the cement is setting - please.

Hogan of Grenada.


- How're you doin' Bermuda?
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:00:23 -0400
We are still very hot but the breeze is stronger today and oop north we had a 
great shower in the night which meant he who does outside could slope off, rake 
in hand and collapse up against a palm tree while she who pays his wages slept 
on.  Not a bad life for either really...

There are rain clouds all around approaching quite fast 'though the day 
continues fair.  Carriacou is very clear and the little islands nearby are 
green and jewel like in the azure sea!  Man, that's poetic.

To day is the big day for Bermuda even tho' the storm has weakened somewhat, it 
is all comparative isn't it.  So Europe next.  Phew!

Good luck everyone in Bermuda and wherever there is danger.

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- Honestly...
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:39:20 -0400
I don't know if Chris will believe me but we had a big thunderstorm and sheets 
of rain oop north in the wee hours.   I wasn't there but when I heard the 
grumble I knew where it was happening!  And it was!  Mr T peed on my lovely 
white chair covers but I can't blame him, he's truly terrified of the storms 
and demoralizes us all except the dratted poodle who couldn't a give a monkey's.

Another very hot almost airless day.....boy those storms harassing Bermuda have 
really sucked the air out of the Caribbean..well, our bit of the Caribbean.

Can't stop shivering when I think what is roaring down on Burmuda.  I know 
their homes are better built, but is that everyone or just the better off.  
It's the ferocious noise that terrifies me.
Phew, how quickly on's world can be turned upside down!  

Somehow I don't feel like being lighthearted anymore.

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- Did I say it was cloudier?
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:08:32 -0400
Hopefully by now, you have realized that if I say one thing then it will do the opposite! We have a slight breeze. There are hardly any clouds in the sky, even over the mountains. The showers that were on the radar have disappeared. There are a few approaching Barbados, but they are hours away away from us, if at all.

Hogan


- Not much breeze but -
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:05:35 -0400
Hi all,

We had some rain overnight, and I can see showers in the area. Outside there is that lovely fresh feel to the air. There is still no breeze and looking on the radar tthere are only a few showers in the area. But the weather does seem to have returned to the normal direction. So hopefully today could be a bit more cloudy, with some rain, not much breeze still.

No immediate threats to us, but Bermuda looks as if it is in for a battering. The path Gonzalo is taking is still heading their direction, after that it skims south of Newfoundland and then across the Atlantic. If it stays on track then it looks like northern UK is in it's sights (what is left of it) about Tuesday.

Have a great day.

Hogan of Grenada


- Thoughts are with Bermuda
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:16:10 -0400

You said it perfectly Sally, the knot in your stomach when even a bad storm comes over, just remembering what can happen.  I’m sure those in Bermuda are now doing their best to make safe their homes and property....  I’m also sure that all the Islands are willing you all good fortune and safety.  We have already seen damage and harm to some of the other Islands and our thoughts are also with them.  During this season I would imagine all Islanders show concern for each other, we all want everyone to stay safe during the season and this year we almost made it..... 

 

Take care all in Bermuda, stay safe.

 

 

Jacquie xx


- Memories..
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:00:54 -0400
Thinking about Bermuda and what the people have to face with first Fay and now 
Gonzalo, I recall the apprehension and sick feeling in my stomach when Grenada 
suffered  Ivan an Emily and those Typhoons and hurricanes I survived over the 
years. 

As the storm approaches you become painfully aware of your own fragility in the 
face of nature and as you prepare to protect your home and all therein you know 
that the die is cast and the rest is up to whatever God you believe in and pray 
to for help.

The fear never really leaves your system so that years later your breathing 
becomes faster and the adrenalin pumps through your body when threatened.

Antigua and other islands have been left with a lot of clearing up.   After 
Ivan in 2004 our island took many many months to heal. Gonzalo is now forecast 
to become a category 4 hurricane and to reach Bermuda on Friday.

We hope for you Bermuda...good luck!
Keep safe.


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- Another sunny day?
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:26:28 -0400
With Gonzalo moving further away, now a Cat 3 hurricane and heading for Bermuda, I was hoping we would get some breeze back. But all signs are we are in for more days with very light breeze. There is still a Low out to our East in mid Atlantic. It is thought it will travel north, so doesn't appear to be a threat. There are very few small dods on the Martinique radar. So it looks like another dry day. But we can always expect the odd shower, I guess.

Please think pray for Bermuda as it looks as if they may get the One/Two first Fay, now Gonzalo. They are still sorting themselves out from Fay.

Have a great day.

Hogan of Grenada



- Gonzalo now Cat 2. hurricane.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:21:00 -0400
Good morning all. Gonzalo, now a cat 2 hurricane. It is now moving in a NW'ly direction away from the islands, but Bermuda looks as if it is in it's path. I hope not.

We have our breeze back, although the Windguru site says it is only temporary. Barbados weather radar not working again. But the Martinique radar says we don't have any rain nearby - strange as the airport reported thunder in it's 5am report, we didn't hear it.

It appears that the weather has turned to normal in the northern Windward islands. Not sure about Antigua, there is still no weather report from Antigua airport.

Out in mid Atlantic there is another low, but NHC are only giving this a 10% chance of developing, and it looks as if it will travel harmlessly north.

So, although it may be brief, enjoy the slight breeze we have. Have a good day.

Hogan


- Give us some air!
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:43:29 -0400
Hi all,

Roasting here with still no breeze. I see the airport has a heat index of nearly 100F.

No news from Antigua. Last we heard there was a power outage. Completely disrupted flights in the area.

Hope we will get our breeze back tomorrow!

Hogan


- Good luck and keep safe!
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:30:41 -0400
Keep safe those of you being battered by two tropical storms.  We are thinking 
of you!

Sally Stalker


- Going , going gone!
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:13:35 -0400
Yesterday took the cake for strange weather!  I felt like a candle melting away 
into a saucer!  There was not one tiny frisson of air let alone breeze but when 
I wiped the river of water from my eyes I could appreciate the beauty of the 
day.   The sea was so calm and the sky was a perfect blue.  
Friends came for lunch and the preparation was agonizing, like working under a 
wet blanket, well as I imagine it would be like.   Fortunately it wasn't a 
roast and three veg affair so there was a limit to the damage!   They got lost 
inevitably as I live in a dry forest so I went to guide them in and was stunned 
to see huge black clouds over the mountains to the west..I looked back to the 
North east and it was clear and sparkly.   I received a call from a friend 
asking me if I was ok and I was a bit taken aback..have I been whingeing a lot 
recently, why the concern? Apparently they had had a mother of a storm on the 
west coast...a mere twelve miles away and he knew I was paranoid about 
storms....among a long list of paranoia!   The day continued sparkly and calm 
and my candle got nearer the end of the wick with not a hint of cool to stop 
the decline.
This morning it was cool and pleasant and he who does in the garden said there 
was no need to water the pots as there was a heavy dew!  After five minutes 
jumping up and down and banging my head on the wall and rattling his cage,  he 
watered the pots!
It is hot again but the palm fronds are gently swishing up and down and if you 
don't move too much, it is quite pleasant.  I ain't movin'!

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- Gonzalo near Antigua.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:38:17 -0400
Hi all,

I have just looked at the weather in Antigua and they are getting 45mph winds from the NE. It looks as if the centre is just about to go over them.

There are a few showers to the South of Gonzalo, but plenty of rain to the North.

Down here it is a calm day, with a weak SSE breeze (although my wind chimes just made a rattle). The sea is calm and in the calm I can see huge clumps of the Sargasso seaweed drifting. Is there any left in the Sargasso Sea, I wonder? Anyone flying out of Grenada today should look out of the window to look for the seaweed (a yellow colour).

There no showers in the triangle - Barbados- Tobago- Grenada, the direction they would normally come from. But with Gonzalo sucking the air from us, from the South, that could be the direction to look. If the breeze doesn't pick up and the temperature rises, then I guess we could get another build-up of clouds over the mountains like yesterday.

Have a nice day.

Hogan of Grenada




- update on my weather post.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:33:12 -0400
Hi all, it looks like Gonzalo will pass near Antigua tonight as a tropical storm. The latest position is 120 miles east of Antigua and travelling at 12 mph. We should have no problems here in Grenada.


Hogan




- 90L has turned into TS Gonzalo
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:05:55 -0400
Hi all,

Just to bring you up to date. The low pressure that is East of Antigua area has now been classified Tropical STorm Gonzalo. This looks like it will pass close to Antigua. The Barbados and Martinique radar are showing a large area of rain centred about 150 miles East of Antigua. As well as it sucking the air from us (well stopping our trade winds), I see it is already affecting as St Lucia with gentle breeze coming from the West and Thunder clouds in the vicinity of Castries. It looks like it will pass through Antigua overnight. I guess this could disrupt local flights starting from Antigua tomorrow morning. It doesn't look as if we will be affected this far south, other than having our breeze taken away. Still it was nice to get in the pool, although even the water in the pool feels too hot. Still that will be nice for an evening dip.

Have a good afternoon everyone. Just a little rain would be nice here. Although I do believe they had some heavy showers, with several claps of thunder, up over the mountains and St George earlier today.

Hogan of Grenada


- 90L could become a TS
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:30:16 -0400
Good morning. Looks like another airless hot day in Grenada. Unfortunately the Barbados radar seems to be out of date. The Trinidad radar doesn't show anything in our area. So now it is the turn of 90L (maybe Gonzalo) to suck the air out of Grenada.

Have a great Sunday.

Hogan of Grenada


- Answer for Sally.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:24:29 -0400
The tropical wave I mentioned this morning is passing through as we speak. But don't expect much from it, it is very weak. But just off to the ENE of Barbados is a low pressure (90L) which now has a 30%/60% chance of developing over the next 2 days/5 days. But it will pass to the north (hope). The isobars on the NHC synopsis chart are far apart and this means very weak winds. The low pressure to the ENE is probably not helping! I can't see the breeze picking up much over the next few days (nor can Windguru website).

Anyway we now have our new sailcloth fitted to pickup what little breeze there is and aim it across our veranda - that helps.

There are a few (very few) showers around( Barbados radar). So the chance of rain is low (except of course for Bathway area (eh Sally?). There is another tropical wave further out in the ATlantic, but that only has a 10% chance of developing.

Have a lovely (warm) evening and keep away from the mosquitoes!

Hogan of Grenada




- And another thing...
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:51:12 -0400
Went into the Big Nutmeg for a couple of days to sort out those little things 
that build up into a mountain if left.  It seemed to be very hot and and still. 
I wondered if there was something going on besides the Chickun thingy.  Chris' 
update told me there were murky things going on north of Grenada sucking the 
air out and that a tropical wave was due to pass through.
 
Kelly, him wot looks after the dogs and house when I head south, was called in 
to do his bit.  Now Kelly has found God...a god peculiar to his Church, not a 
god I'm familiar with.  For instance, watching Cricket is evil....hello? As far 
as I can see the only thing evil about Cricket is Kevin Pietersen and also the 
way it blocks oxygen to the brain.  Anyway, every now and again I have to boot 
Kelly hard to stop the preaching....never tell an Irishman he should give up 
drink.  

I digress, Friday is bible reading day and preparation for Kelly's Sabbath so I 
am very nervy about asking him to babysit.  This was an emergency so he 
graciously agreed but he will leave at 5 am to get dressed for Church.  Boy!  
You should see him when he's dressed up for God!!  Sorry, I'll stick to the 
point.  

At 4. 30 am I was woken by a crack of thunder and shot up in bed!  Shit!  
Chris' tropical wave must be coming through and my four little dogs are 
terrified by a storm...well one is and he panics the rest.  So I threw on my 
clothes and took off like a bat out of hell for the north.  My oh my, isn't 
driving a piece of cake at that time of day!  
There were specs of rain all the way up until I reached St Patrick and home 
when I saw that it had rained really heavily.  The air was fresh and cool, my 
garden looked beautiful and the sea sparkled.  The dogs were more than usually 
glad to see me which made me think we had had a bit of noisy goings on.  Is 
that it Chris?
So this is going to be a long day and although it is very still it is tolerable 
and even ever so slightly cool...naw, that's imagination.

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- Another hot day ending with photo sunset
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:02:04 -0400
Another hot day yesterday with little breeze.  I thought the cloud was worth a photo.

Interesting weather today. Apparently we have a tropical wave passing through, yet there is little sign of it. The NHC says:-
 THE WAVE IS ASSOCIATED WITH MODERATE SHALLOW MOISTURE. WITH NO LIFTING 
MECHANISM IN PLACE AND DRY AIR ALOFT...THE WAVE IS DEVOID OF 
CONVECTION.

- well there was sufficient convection to cause lightning at 05:00 this morning which woke me up.  But, looking on the various web sites, there are very few showers dotted around. But don't rule rain out. Not much sign of the breeze picking up either.

The Low that has been north of the Lesser Antilles for several days, rapidly (yesterday) went through Tropical Depression Seven status to now Sub Tropical Storm Fay - this is now heading in the rough direction of Bermuda, then east across the Atlantic?

Nearer to us is an Invest 90L which is about 500 miles NE of Grenada and has a chance of developing. The models are showing a path which could scrape through the more northerly of the island chain (near Antigua).

I have just looked out to see another similar cloud formation to the one at Sunset yesterday. It doesn't look like a tropical wave going through to me!

The weekend is here, have a pleasant day.

Hogan


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- Yesterday was hot!
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 06:17:16 -0400
Good morning,

All the air is being sucked out of Grenada! Well it feels like it. The tropical wave from several days ago has formed into a Low just north of the Lesser Antilles. It now has a 70% chance of developing in the next couple of days as it moves away in a NW'ly direction. even so it has created this lack of wind in our neck of the woods.

We have a tropical wave approaching, still several hundred miles away to our East, it has a large amount of heavy showers to the east of the wave and some smaller showers just preceding the wave. These are visible on the Barbados radar just east of a line from Barbados to Tobago. I would expect to see an increased chance of rain as the day goes on (hopefully, some plants need it). It would be nice if we could get a bit more of the trade winds back, but I am not sure we will see that yet.

Looking outside, the Sun has risen and it is a lovely day. The mountains have little hats on.

Have a nice day.

Hogan of Grenada


- More Sargasso seaweed!
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 09:07:24 -0400
Good morning. Well the rain never came yesterday, well not down here. I saw some in the hills.

I have just taken this photo, see attached. Yet another batch of Sargasso seaweed drifting past the South of Grenada. I guess it is being spotted elsewhere in the Caribbean, I am interested to hear from anyone that has spotted it. Talking to people, apart from the large amount a couple of years ago, they don't remember ever seeing it before. Is this a sign of currents changing, or has this always happened. Any experts that read this I would be interested to hear what you have to say? How long does it take from breaking off from the Sargasso Sea before reaching our shores?

Today looks hot and dry, well for the morning. The radar shows not one shower in the triangle :- Grenada - Barbados - Trinidad. There are a couple of clumps showing beyond the triangle, but these seem to be diminishing.

The tropical wave that I think I mentioned yesterday has all but disappeared. There is another about 1200 miles East of us, but it is very slow moving and the NHC are not seeing it as a threat, yet.

Hogan of Grenada




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- Very little breeze - tropical wave.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2014 06:34:33 -0400
Good morning,

There is a gentle breeze here today. The sky is clear apart from a few wisps of high cloud.

There is a slow moving tropical wave approaching. It looks as if it will bring some rain to the more northerly of the Lesser Antilles. The Barbados radar shows an area of rain to the north of Barbados, very little to the south. I think we could have another nice day, well at least the first half. There seems to be an area of rain developing well to the SE of Barbados which could reach us much later in the day. Although as usual this time of year showers could come through at any time.

Hogan


- Looks like a better day today.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2014 05:41:51 -0400
Yesterday was a bit grim. It did brighten up for a while, but then got worse later in the afternoon. Anthony - how did it affect the golf?

At the moment, it does look as if today will be a much better than recently (especially for Ann). There could be some high hazy clouds coming from the SW. But the radar and satellite images are showing a fairly stable condition with no showers coming in from the East at this time. Although there is a clump of showers out beyond Barbados. Maybe we will have the odd seasonal shower later in the day, with an easterly breeze.

There aren't any areas of concern in the Atlantic as I write.

I just had a peek outside. There are some lovely Crepuscular rays (from the pre dawn Sun). Also as mentioned, quite a bit of high cloud, especially to the South.

Have a good Sunday.

Hogan



- Not only but also.....
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 09:26:01 -0400
The surf is so high I am unsure if the roaring I hear is approaching thunder or 
the battering of the waves.  Don't worry, lass you'll soon find out!  
Why oh why do I live on a hill top?  Everything Them-Upstairs throw out hits 
me-downstairs so with grumbling all around, wind lashing my coconut laden trees 
and rain at a 45 degree angle what can one do but go back to bed!  
After three days of doing this one becomes introspective and slightly morose.  
Did I not donate enough money to the Rose Hill Cultural and Athletic 
Club....can't be that, they are grateful for the smallest dot;  should I not 
have indulged in the six bottles of up- market sparkling wine.....well that was 
justified really, I think, I needed cheering up while battling the Chickun 
thingy.  I've been kind to the animals and pleasant to those of my 
tribe.....well, perhaps Chris is getting a lickin' too and I know Phil had his 
furniture thrown around so maybe it's not me!
So another stormy day oop north, no sign of Carriacou..they can't complain of 
lack of water these days and we look fair set for a wet weekend.   But who 
knows, hey the birds are singing again and there is a cold bottle of wine in 
the fridge!   Well,two!

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- Miserable day - by the looks of it.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 04 Oct 2014 06:56:24 -0400
Quote from NHC -

A TROPICAL WAVE IS OVER THE E CARIBBEAN WITH AXIS EXTENDING FROM
17N62W TO 7N63W...MOVING W 20-25 KT. THIS WAVE IS EMBEDDED IN A
BROAD AREA OF DEEP MOISTURE S OF 15N AS DEPICTED ON TOTAL
PRECIPITABLE WATER IMAGERY. ISOLATED MODERATE CONVECTION IS
OVER THE WINDWARD ISLANDS FROM 10N-15N BETWEEN 58W-66W.

I think this means we are in an area of cloud and rain. The radar shows this drizzly rain near us, but further west there is heavier rain blobs mixed in with more of this drizzle stuff. This cloudy area seems to be affecting most of the Windward Islands. It stretches out for some distance into the Atlantic. So it does appear tat we could continue with the dull, and possibly wet, weather for a few hours.

Hope you all have a nice weekend.

Hogan of Grenada


- Sky very dark to the SE.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 17:13:47 -0400
Noisy night last night. Strong winds which set alarm off in a neighbours house.

Now it is as dark at 5pm as it normally is abot 6:30. The sky is dark to the SE and the radar shows an area of heavy rain which looks as if it could scrape by the south of Grenada, and knowing Bathway, there as well.

There has been a clap of thunder.  Here comes the rain.

Hogan


- Dare I?...
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 14:29:55 -0400
After yesterday's mess up with the pictures I wasn't sure if I should lie low!  
Chris has told me what to do in future but I might just leave the photo thingy 
alone and let others do their brilliant bit.  It seems a shame not to add the 
odd picture because we have had some spectacular pictures of Grenada's beauty.

To day is very wet, very windy and the surf is pounding down on Bathway beach.  
The sea blast  is heavy and when I step out on to my balcony I feel as if I am 
on the deck of a ship with the salt spray on my lips...but I am not throwing up 
in the scuppers thankfully!   Someone up above is moving furniture around and I 
hope completes the job before night falls because the dogs will be spooked yet 
again.  It is deliciously cool and far from galvanizing me into activity I am 
curled up with a great read.."I am Pilgrim".  You should try it!  

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- Oops I've crashed the website......velly solly! Won't do it again!
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:03:35 -0400

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- The day before the Tropical wave!
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 20:59:58 -0400

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- This is what it looked like on Tuesday!
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 20:32:11 -0400

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- I missed it....yippee!
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 20:29:01 -0400
Into the Big Nutmeg for a couple of days because it is so exhaustingly 
beautiful and peaceful oop north one needs to get away to appreciate it 
all....also I needed a fix of Uli's out of this world lambie ceviche !  
So....I missed the massive storm that swept across the north!  Hurrah or 
hurray, someone else had to turn off the electricity, someone else had to 
comfort the dogs and put Tupperware under the leaks. I cocked an ear at the 
distant rumble in the north, pulled up the covers and went back to sleep.  I am 
not totally callus I did ring in the morning to enquire if all was intact and 
if any of the dogs had had a heart attack but all was well.   

The storm passed quickly if fiercely, paid a brief visit to St George's and 
left behind a grey, drizzly sort of day.   As I write there is a strong wind 
blowing, it is humid but not intolerably hot.  Needless to say I am back oop 
north, tucked up with four dogs and a bowl of mushroom Alfredo!
He -who -used -to -be -here would NOT approve!

Sent from my iPad

- Tropical wave just passing through.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:33:33 -0400
Good morning,

I was woken this morning by some distant lightning, to our east. It appears that the tropical wave I mentioned is passing through our area. There is an area of rain with isolated thunder storms about to pass through, according to the radar. The worst of the weather is to our south, It is moving fairly fast, so shouldn't be with us for too long. But I think it will leave us with some high, maybe drizzly cloud for a while.

The wind has picked up since I woke up. Roof rattling! And here comes the rain.

Hogan of Grenada



- Small showers over night ---
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:25:02 -0400
With our east facing bedroom, it is my job to jump up and close the window whenever there is a shower. Two or Three times over night I jumped up to the sound of rain on the roof to close the window, only to open it again minutes later. The radar shows many small showers heading our way from the East. The NHC say that the next tropical wave is to enter the Caribbean this evening. As far as I can see this is a weak system, but could bring showers. So it looks like sunshine with an increasing risk of showers. Well that is my guess for the day.

Looking outside, I can see a few very weak showers to the East. The tops of the mountains have their hats on.

Have a good day.

Hogan



- A few small showers coming from the East.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:11:59 -0400
Apart from that the Atlantic is still quiet.

For interest, Nautilus is back exploring Kick-em-Jenny. The next dive can be seen live at http://www.nautiluslive.org/ they are hoping to start their next dive at about midday, reaching the bottom about 1hour 40mins later. They will be exploring the Western flank of Kick-em-Jenny at a depth of 2200 metres, near 7000 ft. Anyone in the North of Grenada should be able to see Nautilus over K-em-J.

Hogan


- Plenty Showers
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:41:43 -0400

After a roaring hot morning and early afternoon the showers began; from around 4.00 pm ish we have had showers, not long lasting each time but quite heavy.  Just had a longer lasting one at 8.35pm – had to turn up the Voice on TV  lol.  The rain is always needed but it was nice to not have a muddy floor for a few days.

 

Hope people have donated to the site, we must keep it going.

 

 

Stay safe

 

Jacquie.


- Looks like numerous showers from the East.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:01:59 -0400
Looking out to te East I can see many showers. The radar currently shows them all the way from us east to past Barbados. How many we will get is anybodies guess.

Still, a little rain is welcome.

Hogan


- Morning cloud
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:42:36 -0400
Good Monday to you.

Up before sunrise and had this as a view.

There are very small showers showing on the radar today. The biggest of which is just passing between (or maybe on) Bathway and Carriacou as I type. We just had a sprinkle. NHC has nothing to report in our area.

Hope you all have a great day.

Hogan of Grenada


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- Breezy and sunny
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 06:37:11 -0400
There is nothing to report in the ATlantic. The small low pressure is still in about the same place as two days ago, halfway across the ATlantic. NHC does not see any areas of concern for the next two day at least. We seem to be in an area of breezy but dry air. All I can see from here are small fluffy clouds. There is a stiff breeze from the East. There are no showers, worth talking about, on the Barbados radar within 200 miles of Barbados. So it looks like another dry day.

Have a nice Sunday.

Hogan


- Hot and still ...
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:09:47 -0400
The worst aspect of this Chickun thingy is that it has destroyed conversation. 
In the Supermarket, in the Physiotherapy clinic everywhere I am regaled with 
stories about Chickungunya....I even add my own bit, not that anyone wants to 
really listen to my pathetic little tale.   I didn't have it bad enough!

And the weather?  It is bloomin'hot...I did want to say bloody, here but am not 
sure if it is allowed, probably not. Fans are on full because there is no 
breeze on the east coast...it must be cooler on the west. The dogs are panting 
more than usual.   My air con died two days ago and although I use it only to 
cool down my bedroom at the end of the day it was the last straw wot broke the 
camels back.  Three flat tyres. Sabotage? Naw, carelessness!  Huge dental 
bill...carelessness? Naw, old age! Leaking roof, tough!  Well it is not leaking 
today!

Carriacou is braced for the Annual Hash and the weather is set fair they will 
have a great weekend!  On-On!

Sent from my iPad

- Hot sunny day today.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:21:44 -0400
Well after the awful weather Sunday and Tuesday we seem to be back in a period of fine weather.

On Tuesday I gave a local maid a lift. She said the bad weather would be in all day. Having just seen the satellite and radar info, added to that the bright sky coming in from the East, I told her that it would brighten up shortly. How wrong I was and how right she was. Two days of heavy rain was just too much for a couple of our garden walls. I had my own landslide and many hours of work building a dry stone wall all gone to waste. Oh well it will have to be built again.

There has been a tropical wave/low pressure stuck about 1200 miles east of us, in the Atlantic, for some time. Well the NHC have now said that it has a 10% chance of devveloping in the next 5 days. The (hopefully) good news is that most of the models have it wandering in an almost northerly direction. I hope they are correct. There is a middle to high level low north of the lesser Antilles, which could just drag in some high cloud from South America, tomorrow. And as always at this time of year we can't rule out showers.

The reduced posts from me was partly due to me losing faith in anything I say. Then I think of Michael Fish in the UK, October 1987, who dismissed fears of a hurricane in the UK. In fact he was correct, there wasn't a hurricane, but there was a huge amount of damage from hurricane force winds. So if the professionals can't get it right, what chance for me a mere amateur.

Have a good evening. And hope Sally is over her chicken thingy.

Hogan of Grenada


- Help , help....I think I am growing webb feet...
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:17:46 -0400
Well no one can complain about the lack of water!  My garden looks like the 
stuff that grew around Rumplestilskin 's tower.  He wot does the garden has 
given up the ghost and ambles around rake in hand looking for a leaf.  And as 
every leaf is brilliant green he doesn't get too fatigued!  
I am amazed at the number of electric storms we have had and this morning as I 
lifted my weary head to see if the sun was shining, there was a great rumble 
down south.  It is raining but it is really cool which is great if you are 
combating the chicken thingy!  
Weather is moving in from the East and it is going to be a thundery, rain 
filled day.  
And don t offer me chicken soup for lunch...I have quite gone off chicken.

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

- Rain again.....
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:46:19 -0400

Seems that is the norm these mornings..... If anyone is interested we have rain in Mt. Moritz area this morning and more murky grey clouds coming from the East.... (NE).  Sheep are still hiding under the house so I assume we will keep getting rain for a while, although we have a break at the moment.


- Looks like heavy rain in the north of Grenada
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:28:17 -0400
We just had a slight shower down south. Looked at the radar and it looks like an island of two halves again, with a line of heavy rain showers heading towards Bathway area? Hopefully if Sally is feeling up to it we will get a report from her.

Halfway across the Atlantic and heading towards the Caribbean is another tropical wave, but no mention of it developing.

From here: there is some blue sky to the South but it looks pretty dark and solid overcast to the N. I can see some more rain coming in from the East.

Hogan


- Well I underestimated the rain for yesterday!
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:45:36 -0400
Thanks for the emails, Phil & Sally reminding me, if I needed it, that my suggestion about the weather was somewhat under estimated. I did say we could get some heavy showers later. Well we did get heavy rain, but they were not showers. Also they came a bit earlier than I had expected. Our beach do ended up with lunch at Umbrellas!

Anyway, let's try again for today. We are still being influenced by the tropical wave. Looking out it is a bright morning, plenty of cloud, some towering clouds to the SE. It doesn't look as if they will hit us, but there are new rain clouds forming just east of these, so it is possible that we could get showers. The radar does show another larger area of heavy rain to the SE of Barbados. This is moving in our general direction.

Oh and Phil, our pool went up by 3 inches. A good time to do a backwash of the filter to use the surplus water, me thinks? Both of the sea inlets below us were brown by the evening.

NHC are saying that there are no area's of concern in the Atlantic at the moment, let us hope that continues.

Hogan


- Flood pics
  • From: storm tracker <grenadatracker at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:41:26 -0400
We saw a lot flooding around the south of the island. There was not much sunlight left by the time the rain was light enough to take a picture but I got what I could. What I saw was - a.) road washout by Grace Lutheran school in Woburn. Some houses at risk as seen in pic. B) rock fall by Sendall tunnel c) several small slides and drains clogged by debris.  I bet tomorrow should yield more reports of slides and floods.

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- No need to be grumpy...
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:09:34 -0400
Mr Cowan from Martinique seems a grumpy sort of fellow!  If he stopped to think 
for one moment he might see that the blogs from the islands which include a 
little local colour and chat fill in the days we are fortunate enough to be 
storm free and I mean serious storm here.  If we didn't fill in then would Gert 
have to close his site down?  I believe we are all sensible enough to keep the 
lines clear when need be.  No need to smack down the blogger from Dominica 
either, how do you imagine we discover things if not by amassing information 
and theories.  Be kind sir, and enjoy the friendly chit chat.....and by the way 
have you sent your donation to the website yet?!

Sent from my iPad

- A beautiful day descending into the usual thunderstorm and rain....
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:20:48 -0400
Unbelievable!  Chris-down there, has anyone ever suggested, very sweetly that 
your ability with weather predictions might just have a spooky side?

We started off so beautifully to day, sunny and with a pleasant wee breeze ( 
sorry, the Scots have been on my mind...welcome back incidentally!). I digress, 
creeping in from the North West comes this massive black cloud with grumbling 
interior, to the East all has gone white again and Carriacou is getting rain.  
To be truthful I have been taken by surprise by the dramatic change.  Chris no 
doubt is languishing on the beach, beer in one hand chicken leg in t'other.  
Eat up lad, the whole shbanks is moving your way.

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

- Rain already.....
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:14:42 -0400

Here in Mt. Moritz we have heavy, heavy rain already, a white out in fact.  I can’t see the sea let alone the horizon.  Oh lordy the sheep won’t be happy......


- Another tropical wave is approaching.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:40:51 -0300
There is a tropical wave approaching the area. As always, a tropical wave could bring the chance of heavy or even thundery showers. From the satellite images, the largest showers are to the east of Barbados and Tobabgo, but in this weather pattern showers can pop up at any time. My guess is that it should be a mostly dry day but with the chance of showers, probably increasing later this evening. I hope this is the case as we have our monthly beach do today. Looking outside, it is a lovely morning, hardly any breeze and there are just a few fluffy clouds around.

Further afield the low pressure in Eastern Atlantic seems to be almost stationary near the Cape Verdes.

Have a good Sunday

Hogan


- After the storms - overcast
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:44:12 -0300
Good morning,

One observation I have made is that often after a storm we seem to be left with high cloud and gentle rain. Can anyone explain the mechanism involved that creates this? Yesterday was such a day. I see from Stalker that The North of the island had it much worse than the South. It seemed they had rain most of the night, where we only had it from about 7am. Here in Westerhall the storm approached from the East, then jumped past us. Although we had thunder, the lightning didn't strike near us. Unlike on the ridge at Woburn. I sat on the veranda and watched several strikes near there and beyond, towards Lance-aux-Epines. It did appear to hit one of the radio masts at one point.

The radar from Barbados still seems to be erratic, and am unable to see what is going on as far as rain is concerned. Te satellite images show that we appear to be in a area of better weather, but there is another tropical wave, out well beyond Barbados, if it continues then that should pass through tomorrow. It currently seems to have some large showers associated with it.

95L is just South of the Cape Verdes and very slow moving. Most models show it moving north with a 20% chance of developing in the next 5 days.

Sally, Hope you have dried out and that you can sort out your leaks. Does the remote still work?

Have a great weekend.

Hogan



- Wrong morning.....
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:49:08 -0400

Just reading through my last post and realised of course it is no longer Friday.... It was of course Friday morning that I woke to Thunder..... this not sleeping lark messes up the senses.....

 

Jacquie


- Plenty rain here....
  • From: Jacqueline Dowden <jacquiedowden at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:40:02 -0400

The thunder woke me up this morning and continued along with lightning for a few hours but the rain stayed into the afternoon.....  The sheep complained bitterly about being tied outside the garden (on a neighbour’s land who no longer spends a fortune keeping it cut...).  After 4 had been tied out the remaining 8 made a run for it and hid under the front of the house in an effort to avoid him-in-doors and to shelter from the rain.  A truce was declared and him-in-doors gave up and came in for a dry off and cup of coffee.......  He later felt guilty about the first 4 tied out in the rain and set them free to make a bolt for under the front of the house before he could change his mind (he came back in to dry off yet again).  

 

Each time it stopped raining they ventured out for a quick nibble on the grass and retreated back at the first rain drop.....  even the sheep are spoiled, they have a perfectly nice house in the back garden but much prefer to keep an eye on whatever may be happening in the front, as long as they can keep dry (and of course there are much nicer tasting flowers and shrubs to nibble on in the front).

 

My husband thought I may have the bent over virus (love Sally’s ‘chicken ganja’) yesterday as my back ache was excruciating..... I declared I was not getting it and squashed yet another mossy with great delight!!!!!  Back still hurts but pretty sure it’s nothing more than an aching back.

 

No rain as I type but as you can see from the time also no sleep!!!!!

 

Stay safe

 

Jacquie.


- One of those days...
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:52:04 -0400
Well after one of those nights it has been one of those days!    The rain 
finally stopped and the leaks stopped but the day has been overcast and 
extremely humid.  I abandoned a trip to the Big Nutmeg for dinner, the prospect 
of returning home in a downpour with possible thunder and lightening swung the 
lead.  Strangely Carriacou is the clearest I have seen it for a long time.  I 
can practically see people going about their daily chores! I wanted to say 
something else but I don't think Gert would approve!
All credit to Lime, the phone works and the internet connection is good.  I 
don't mention Grenlec, they are completely sorted!
The dogs are behaving badly as they usually do in wet weather....they poke 
their heads out the door, look at me in disgust and return to the carpets, much 
more convenient!  The more I rant the worse they get....perfectly 
understandably but I need the outlet and it's not all about them!
Off now for a glass of bubbly and a movie...life does have its little pleasures.

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

- Did someone say " I hear some rumblings in the North"...
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:47:21 -0400
It is yet another disturbed night under the pillows with the dogs!  The rain is 
massive and my roof is leaking.  I know this in spite of being curled up in bed 
because the first leak is on my leg!  The next leak is in the loo where I crept 
to get padding for the box under the leak....don't bother following that line 
of thought ...and there's another leak directly on to the remote controls which 
might cause problems later!  It is beginning to sound like last night at the 
Proms around here!
It was a nasty electric storm. On the scale of 1-10 about a 5.  I'm good at 
this now having been through quite a few in the last couple of months!
I have a massive headache which is either Chicken ganja start or the result of 
worrying about the referendum....who cares about the leaks!  The kids can fix 
those when I'm gone!
Oops, another leak, on the desk this time! 
Sally Stalker
P O Box 26
St. George's
Grenada.   West Indies
Stalker at spiceisle.com
Tel + 1 473 4429243
mobile + 473 407 3366

- I hear some rumbling from the NE.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:11:55 -0300
Good morning.

I am early this morning, Off to my NE I could hear some rumbling. And sure enough there were flashes in the direction of Grenville. The thunder seemed to last a few minutes. I haven't heard any for a while. The radar from Barbados is showing times around midnight, so although it is showing heavy areas of rain in that area, I don't know that I can believe the radar. The sky is very dark to the East, and almost black in the direction of Grenville. To the South-west it is brighter. There is no breeze, the palms are absolutely still. So, logic would suggest that we should have some rain (dark skies to our east), but I am not sure. Ahh, I just heard another rumble.

Further afield, 95L, the tropical wave that came off Africa two days ago, now has a 30% chance of developing in the next 5 days. Most of the models predict a North-westerly path. It is currently SE of the Cape Verdes.

More rumbling from the NE! It will be interested to hear from Sally up in that direction, are you getting rain and thunder?

All the best

Hogan of Grenada


- Many small showers showing on the radar.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:43:57 -0300
The Barbados radar is showing numerous small showers, including the small one I can see passing a mile or so south of Ft Jeudy right now. There is a chance that we could pick up one of these showers during the day.

Further afield, across the Atlantic the tropical wave has just left the African coast and is SE of Cape Verdes. NHC are showing that should move towards the NW.

Have a good day.

Hogan


- One to keep an eye on.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:48:08 -0300
There is a low pressure coming off of West Africa. It is showing a low chance of developing over the next 5 days, but it is at about 11N and I am waiting to see what the predictions are for it later in the week.

There is a weak tropical wave passing through the region in a few hours time, but any rain seems to be further north. Just the chance that we could get the odd shower down here. A little further out and a couple of days away is another tropical wave. Nothing to worry about, but hopefully it could bring the garden a bit of rain.

Now back to the garden.


Hogan of Grenada


- With absolutely nothing to add.....
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:37:07 -0400
With absolutely nothing to add to anyone's assessment of the present weather 
situation, I am writing about the weather!  Well, I feel like saying something! 
 
The past few days have been lovely ( I warned you!).   Very hot, perhaps too 
hot but the nights have been lovely and going to sleep, delicious!  One of the 
loveliest sensations is lying down to sleep, no covers, a cool waft of air 
around you, cicadas and tree frogs playing Beethoven in the bush and honestly, 
does HMQ have it better?!  
When I was obliged to spend some months in UK recently, no, not at her 
Majesty's pleasure, I would ring home and say "stand in the garden with the 
phone and say nothing".  I would then listen longingly to Beethoven's fifth and 
dream of .... 
She -what -does -inside came to tell me today that we have six baby tortoises 
hatched...I have now got a colony of tortoises but sadly the chicken hawks know 
that too and those little ones will be picked off.  I tried to save the last 
batch, made a lovely nursery around the dwarf golden apple tree which they 
shared with Tiny Tim the crippled tortoise but the little sods buggered off!  
Oops, sorry bad language!  They actually climbed out.  Now we have to put up a 
sign that not only says "drive carefully small dogs ahead" but also reads " and 
baby tortoises feeding" because they all come back to get fed!  I think we are 
getting more hatchlings because the ground is very damp and they can break out 
of their eggs.
So that's my bit about the weather..I notice Hong Kong is getting a few lashes 
from typhoons.

Sent from my iPad

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

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

Hope you all have a good day.

Hogan



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

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

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

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

All the best.

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

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

Have a good day.

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

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

Hogan of Grenada




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a good day - once the thunder has gone!

Hogan


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

Sent from my iPad

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

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

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

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

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

Have a good evening.

Hogan of Grenada




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




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

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

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

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

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

Now down to early morning gardening.

All the best to all of you.

Hogan


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

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

 

 

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

 

 

Stay safe all.

 

Jacquie.


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

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

Have a great day.

Hogan of Grenada


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

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

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

Hogan of Grenada





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

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

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

Hope you all have a great day.

Hogan of Grenada


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

Hogan of Grenada


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

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

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

Hogan of Grenada











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

Sent from my iPad

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

Sent from my iPad

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

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

Hogan of Grenada







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

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

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

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

Hope you have all had a good weekend.

Hogan of Grenada



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

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

 

 

Stay safe all.

 

Jacquie.


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jacquie


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

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

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

All the best

Hogan of Grenada.


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

Good evening all

 

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

 

 

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

 

Stay safe

Jacquie.


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

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

 

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

 

Take care all.

 

Jacquie xx

 


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

Sent from my iPad

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

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

 

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

 

Stay safe.

 

Jacquie xx


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

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

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

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

All the best for the next 24 hours.

Hogan of Grenada


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

All the best

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

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

Hogan of Grenada



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

Hogan of Grenada



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

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

I will monitor 93L over the next few days.

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

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

Hogan of Grenada


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

Good morning folks,

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

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

 

Take care all

 

Jacquie xx

 


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

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

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

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

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

 

Take care everyone...

 

Jacquie x


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

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

 

Take care all

 

Jacquie x

 


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

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

 

Stay safe all...

 

 

Jacquie x


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

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

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

Be back with you soon.

Hogan of Grenada.


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

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

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

All the best

Hogan of Grenada


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

Good morning all

 

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

 

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

 

Stay safe people

 

Jacquie x


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

Hi Chris....... good to ‘see’ you.

 

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

 

Stay safe everyone

 

Jacquie x


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

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

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

Be back there with you soon.

All the best.

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jacquie x


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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Take care

 

Jacquie x

 

 


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

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

 

Take care all..

 

Jacquie


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

Good Evening

 

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

 

Jacquie

x

 


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

Hi Everyone,

 

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

 

Take care all.....

 

Jacquie x


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

Hi Everyone...

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Jacquie x


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

From an overcast but not too bad UK.

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

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

Thanks for all those that emailed me yesterday.

All the best

Hogan of Grenada


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

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

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

Have a good day,

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

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

Hope you all have a nice Sunday.

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

The garden is really suffering now.

Have a nice day.

Hogan of Grenada


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

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

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

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

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

Hogan of Grenada


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