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- The north of Grenada today
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:34:03 -0400
And here's our weak tropical wave! 

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- Looks like we are about to get a good bit of rain.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 07:16:36 -0400
A weak tropical wave is just passing through and the radar has a large blob of rain about to hit us. Nothing serious, could do with some rain.

Nothing else reported so far about Kick-em-Jenny. News from up north is all is quiet.

Hogan of Grenada


- Cool St Patrick..
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:14:49 -0400
A beautiful day to day but warm.  There is a little breeze if you stand in the 
right place and the sea is calm.  Yesterday in spite of the anxiety about 
Jenny, the fishermen went out so there will be plenty of fish in the markets.
It is strange living 5 kms away from a grumbling undersea volcano.  Most of the 
time one doesn't think about it but yesterday's blip made me stop and consider. 
 It is not the fear of a tsunami but the fear of an earthquake that makes me 
shiver.  It would be monumentally destructive if the auld biddy blew her top!  
But hey, think of Californians.  Now that's living coolly.  So are we living 
coolly up here in St Pat's?  I carried out a mini survey yesterday in Sauteurs. 
 "Too much pressure, it's too much pressure" I overheard a young woman say.  
"You mean living near Jenny?" I said sympathetically.  " No, man, that guy 
keeps asking me to go to a bar with him".  Right.  Get your priorities right!!  
In the MNIB our veggie shop, the topic of conversation was about Carnival 
coming up soon.  My questions were met with shrugs....take it as it comes.  In 
the meantime I am told the supermarkets in St George were doing a roaring 
trade.  When my phone came back into use I began to get calls from friends in 
the big nutmeg.  "What's it like up there.  Can you see ash?"  Hello?!!  There 
were numerous pleas to decamp....can't do that!  I would be like that Italian 
Captain who left his ship first!  Not to mention my lovely castle.  So here I 
am alive, ready to fight another day!  Along with cool St Patrick.

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- My neighbour K 'em Jenny...
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:52:59 -0400
Well here I sit on the edge of a ridge trying to feel cool and relaxed and not 
doing too bad a job!

I never felt the tremor or quake which wobbled the houses and the hearts at 1 
am this morning.  I was surprised on reaching for my electronics as I woke that 
there was nothing...cell out, phone out, no internet....just the sound of 
silence!  Now that was unusual but one learns to expect the unexpected with 
Lime!   But no cell...that was weird.  The landline returned quite quickly and 
the calls came in!  Leave now; there' s a bed here; get out now.  Hard not to 
be panic' but as I looked out the window people were swimming, cars were 
ambling along, himself wot does in the garden was chewing his breakfast....oh 
and the birds were singing.   My memory of approaching disaster  was of a 
terrible quiet in the natural world.

So now it is evening.  It is still but cool. I have the keys to the doors in 
place, a bag to put the littlest dog in while I heft the other two.  There's 
water and a small dish in the bag.  My clothes are ready to grab or throw on 
and I have a torch!  I think no alcohol tonight or should I?  It will feel like 
a cleansing diet and I might go into shock, so maybe just one..

Strange how we feel disasters only happen to other people!

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- Most interestingly..
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:29:50 -0400
It has been a truly lovely weekend with that mixture of sun and rain so 
essential to the garden. I put in a new rose called Peace and pruned the 
orchids.  The Mango tree is now producing enough for the house, the Morrocoys 
and passing kids.  
Looking out to Carriacou and with Bathway beach below I am so saddened to see 
the red menace drifting on the shores.  The East coast has been badly affected 
and the smell as you drive through the villages of Soubise and Maquis is quite 
overpowering.  It smells like the stink bombs my brothers favored in their 
youth!

There are volunteer teams out trying to clear the main turtle beach for the 
hatchlings.  I am fascinated by this weed invasion.  I cannot recall it being 
so bad in days of yore, in fact I cannot recall ever seeing it in my misspent 
youth but then I was probably too busy to notice.

The first time I came across the Sargasso Sea, never having paid much attention 
in Geography class, was when I read Jean Rhys' book, The wide Sargasso Sea. The 
sea is a vast patch of ocean named for the free floating seaweed called 
Sargassum.  It is located entirely within the Atlantic Ocean. It is  unique in 
that it harbors a huge variety of marine species.  The sea is defined only by 
ocean currents, has no land boundaries.  Ok, ok no more lecture but isn't it 
fascinating!   I assume, like everything else in our extraordinary world, the 
Sea is subject to changing patterns.  Do yachts sail through this Sea? Surely 
not...or would they?

I do worry a bit about the recent quakes off the coast of Barbados.  I don't 
think we felt anything up here but I recall the massive shaking we received 
when there was a quake off Venezuela last year. Do I now have to add quakes to 
my ever increasing list of scary things!  Sigh! 


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- Tropical wave passing through
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 06:40:16 -0400
There is a tropical wave passing through the Eastern Caribbean, but you wouldn't know it. The Martinique radar shows a few small showers from just East of Barbados up to Guadeloupe. So it is possible that there could be the odd shower later today. Just beyond Barbados is a string of, what looks like, heavier showers stretching out for about 300 miles in an ESE direction . If these continue then it is possible that they could bring some heavy showers later today and over night? It is a shame that the Barbados weather radar is still out of action as they would be appearing on that by now.

Still hoping for the odd shower or two.

Can anyone tell me what the state of the seaweed is on the East and North coast now?

Hogan of Grenada


- Remnants of 93L
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:23:57 -0400
Hi all,
Off to a beach do today. So far it looks like it should be a fine day. I don't know about you, but we could do with some rain which, maybe in two days time, we could get a shower or two from what is left of the blob I mentioned a couple of days ago. It is about 600 mile off to our east. It is no longer showing on NHC storm warnings but is on the synopsis chart as a tropical wave. It is visible on satellite images as a few lumpy bits of cloud.

So now off to the beach.

Hogan of Grenada


- First Atlantic blob worth looking at.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 22:12:54 -0400
I have been watching a tropical wave half way across the Atlantic. It has been held back by Sahara dust to it's north and wind shear. But NHC have just given it a 10% chance of developing in the next 48 hours. It is about 4 days away and the consensus of the models have it going in the direction of the north of the island chain but not developing much.

Worth keeping an eye on.

Hogan of Grenada


- Hmm looks like lots of rain between us and Barbados.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:12:04 -0400
Looking at both the radar and the satellite rain seems to be spreading in our direction. I hesitate as it does seem to be heading more on a NWesterly direction. The sky to our East looks a bit cloudy. This all seems part of the tail end of a weak Tropical Wave that has just passed through. So maybe we will have some reasonable rain this afternoon. Just in time for a BBQ at a friend's house.

No Sargasso seaweed down south, but hear and see from photos that it is pretty grim up north. Someone should be gathering it for compost?

Hogan of Grenada


- On the sister isle..
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:22:58 -0400
As we bumped our way through the rain and mountainous clouds over Grenada, my 
heart sank!  More bad weather, not a good month to holiday in the Caribbean, 
well in my part of the Caribbean!  But it wasn't always like this, I remember 
long sunny calm days in June.
We landed in Carriacou in blustery but rain free conditions but the kids had 
enjoyed the small plane ride.  Hope surfaced, maybe my luck will change!
Carriacou is in low season and low season means very, very quiet!  The kids 
were stunned, "wow this makes Grenada look like a rave up".  Who foisted two 
teenagers on me!   Things got worse! No Electricty , no water and heaven 
forbid! No wifi and hell on wheels, no food!  The Island was shut down for the 
day!  Strangely the kids were unfazed and the only one with palpitations was me!
To day they are going to the Cays, the highlight of their holiday.  The sea is 
choppy but the sun is shining weakly and it is not raining.   Please, please 
demons, let them swim with turtles, see iguanas and get a tan, have a hearty 
BBQ on some distant shore and come home thrilled.
I of course will be refuelling my tanks for our next leg of the holiday.  Flat 
out, cold compress on brow and eyes closed.
I hear it is raining in Grenada.  Sigh!

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- I hesitate to add my two bits ...
  • From: Sally Stalker <stalker at spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:05:02 -0400
Today is a total washout, the first this Hurricane season!  There is always a 
thunder storm before the arrival of intense rain and sure enough there was a 
cough and a rumble and the heavens opened and remained open.  Sounds rather 
biblical, don't you think.  
Himself -what -does -the -garden turned up bright and early to collect his pay 
cheque ( it's his day off ).  He was anxious to buy his melon seeds to plant so 
I suspect the farmers knew the rains were coming.  
The two Grans staying with me from UK post exams are a bit glum.  There is a 
heat wave in the UK and everyone's tanning beautifully.  One of the Grans is 
still milky white and the other has a built in tan but is usually very dark by 
the end of week one.  I am a bit reluctant to send them back like this, their 
embarrassment will be intense!
This must be a tropical wave passing through, it is very stormy up here.
I hope all your boats are shipshape and safe for the season and that you had a 
super sailing season....there you go!

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- Can I stick my head out?
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:10:00 +0100
It just looks like there be some rain tomorrow. Hope.

Hogan of Grenada


- Could we see some rain in next couple of days?
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 28 May 2015 17:19:40 +0100
Looking at the Synopsis chart, radar and satellite images it does seem that there is a weak tropical wave out to the East of Grenada. The radar is showing what, to me , looks like some rain between Grenada and Barbados and a larger area of cloud further down to the SE. Unfortunately it seems to be moving from the SE towards the NW, currently missing Grenada. But hopefully the wave will continue to move westward? Maybe, and with a bit of luck, Grenada could have some well needed rain over the next couple of days - well the garden needs it.

Sent from afar. Therefore no eye witness report but I am happy to hear first-hand reports, especially if there is some decent rain.

Hogan of Grenada


- Congratulations to both Grenada and Barbados at Chelsea.
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 15:40:36 +0100
Both received GOLD at Chelsea Flower Show, well done. Just caught a (too small) glimpse of the Grenada display, on the TV.

Well done - I am sure the climate of the SE Caribbean helps, despite the dry patch we are going through!

I am currently in the UK watching Grenada weather from a distance. I can't see any real rain on the horizon, unfortunately for our garden. Some high cloud drifting off of South America.

Here in the UK it is quite chilly, with some heavy showers between some sunshine. Rather breezy, but warming as the week goes on. Good for Chelsea.

Hogan of Grenada


- A couple of blips on radar?
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 06:13:43 -0400
Don't hold your breath, but I see a couple of small blips on radar, which could bring a small shower soon. The Martinique radar shows tham approaching, but Trinidad radar shows them just passing South. I have always suspected Martinque radar is slightly adrift.

But we do seem to be in an area of slightly more cloud streaming across the Atlantic. But it may not have much, if any, rain for us.

Hogan of Grenada


- DRY
  • From: Christopher Bolt <gommier at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 08 May 2015 11:25:15 -0400
But is that a small shower half way between here and Barbados, and heading our way?

Don't hold your breath. It is tweeny weeny, but is it possible there are some more showers possible tomorrow?

The garden and the water tank needs it.

Believe it or not, I typed this 5 hours ago but forgot to send it! The rain did come. Not enough yet though.

Hogan of Grenada


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