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- At Last Sunshine!!!
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:10:40 -0500
At last it seems the worst of the trough is over and the rain has stopped, now to start drying everything out, I would say that was one of the worst sets of rain we have had in a long time, with landslides - I know there was a big one at Bouton and flooding - I had to wait for over an hour at cul de sac for the waters that were streaming across the road to abate so I could cross to get home on Monday.
I think the worst thing for me is being in Castries when it rains as I found myself paddling through at least 4 inches of dirty water just to go to the market - bad decision by your truly.

Anyway lets hope it continues on this sunny vein I really dont think I could put up with more paddling!

Take Care

Sue Beckwith - Roots Bar, Marigot Bay.

- RAIN!!
  • By Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:17:22 +0000
Well my friends - it's been a wet, cold, dreary week so far.
Started Sunday night with heavy rains off and on but tapered off a bit through Monday afternoon - mainly lighter showers and drizzles.
Monday night gave us a spectacular lightning show for a few hours with some intermittent heavy showers.
Tuesday was dreary and cold - like I had to put on works cold! Showers day all fay long, wet and dreary. Interestingly enough, our news had little to report on our island and any damages, rivers overflowing, etc - but had a long segment in St Vincent - and wow, I feel for my southern neighbors. They have been hammered. Lots of destruction, landslides, flooding. Our thoughts go out to them.
Today (Wednesday), another gray and dreary day. Showers off and on so far, not expecting anything else the rest of the day except more showers.
Hopefully this clears out by the weekend. These stationary systems bring much needed rain and cooker temps - but then tend to stick around longer than they are welcome and begin to cause damages....this one needs to move on!
Stay safe out there! And warm and dry!!

Sent from my Sony Xperia™ smartphone

- High Winds from the North West
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:54:38 -0500
Experencing heavy unexpected winds from the North West here in Marigot, very strong No warnings so concerned, power out in Jacmel and environs still OK in Marigot but not good at all!

Sue

Sue Beckwith - Roots Bar Marigot Bay.

- Rain and more rain!!
  • By Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 19:58:02 +0000
Good afternoon!!

Well, it's been 36+ hours of rain here in the south! Praise the rain gods as we're filling out reservoirs and getting some solid soaking. Fortunately it hasn't been really heavy rains or such h, mostly just steady light to moderate rains, really soaking the earth and filling those rivers and streams.
Gloomy for our visitors, I'm sure. For us locals, it's wondeful - gives us the promise of plenty of water supply for the dry season.. Fingers crossed. No signs of stopping tonight. Maybe by tomorrow we'll be drying out..
Unfortunately, this small lingering system is wreaking some havoc to our souther neighbors in St Vincent and the Grenadines... They've had heavier and longer rainfall than us, and are reporting some missing and some dead, washed out roads, and flooded homes. Our thoughts go out to them..

As always - stay safe out there folks....and as dry.

Sent from my Sony Xperia™ smartphone

- Tropical Wave
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:18:09 -0400
Wow, woke up to cold temperatures and torrential rain which has continued on for over  hours now, the wind is fairly strong and is finishing off my bananas ( those that Matthew did not get). They are laying almost horizontal! The thunder is intermittant and visibility down to the Bay is very limited.

Not a day to be going out, certainly not without a full waterproof suit!


Sue Beckwith - Roots Bar, Marigot Bay.

- Swells generated by Matthew currently impacting Soufriere
  • By nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 23:37:46 -0400
I got a call this afternoon from a friend asking what was happening in Soufriere.  I didn't know because I was down in VFort at the time.  Apparently sea swells had been flooding one street along the waterfront.  The swells got worse tonight and sent me on meteofrance to find out there was a bulletin out for Martinique warning about Westerly swells.  Unfortunately their forecast calls for the swells to amplify (worsen) overnight and at high tide tomorrow.  The swells is expected to affect us until Friday night.  (I will post pics tomorrow)

We are also expecting heavy rainfall from the approaching tropical wave.  The rivers are heavily silted following the passage of Matthew as a Tropical Storm at the time.  We hope for the best.

Our prayers go out to all those in Matthew's sights tonight.  Be safe everyone and to those in the US, be prepared.

- Matthew Cat 5?
  • By nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:07:12 -0400
I was shocked to see Matthew with a clear eye this evening and then get upgraded to a Cat 4.  Just sat following Dr. Masters' blog on wunderground and then started following recon live - talk about Rapid Intensification with Cat 5 winds.

Matthew is a MONSTER as Hurricanes go and Jamaicans, Haitians and Cubans need to get ready!!!

My prayers go out.

Stay safe everyone, PLEASE.

- Video of damage to the banana industry.
  • By Christopher Kessell <kessellc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:12:36 -0400
I went down to the Roseau valley and flew my drone over some of the banana 
fields to get a view of what the damage to the bananas looks like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEwc-EUgnQ0

Regards,

Christopher Kessell
kessellc at gmail.com
Cell: 758 720 0100
Hm: 758 450 0651
Fax: 758 450 0241


- Aftermath
  • By Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:17:09 +0000
1pm here in St Lucia and Matthew is all but gone...still grey and cloudy, but calm breezy winds here in the south and no rain for the last two hours....
Power has only been back for a few hours down here, and we're still trying to get a handle on the damages done to Fair Helen... Reports of roads impassable, some landslides, rivers overflowing, etc..... No reports of loss of life thank goodness! Most business remain closed and schools are definitely closed. All clear was issued by the Met Office at 8am this morning.....
Now the cleanup begins!
Stay safe out there folks....

Sent from my Sony Xperia™ smartphone

- 10 am update the day after...
  • By Christopher Kessell <kessellc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:57:59 -0400
Had a pretty good undisturbed night and got up this morning to much calmer 
conditions but its still blustery with occasional squalls. The wind has not let 
up as it has been pretty sustained being probably 20 mph with higher gusts but 
after last night it feels calm! Some patches of rain as well...
Lots of branches broken and most of my banana trees are down… :-(

I will venture out shortly to see if I can get some photos and hopefully fly my 
drone for some overhead video if the winds let up.

Christopher Kessell
kessellc at gmail.com
Cell: 758 720 0100
Hm: 758 450 0651
Fax: 758 450 0241


- Matthew
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:18:23 -0400
The storm hit us late yesterday afternoon with strengthening winds, to me they seemed stronger than Tomas which was a Cat 2, but I am told that the winds were 65mph which is strong enough believe me when you are in it.
 
It went on for most of the evening with the wind seeming to calm down slightly around midnight, however it still continued. 

This morning there is hardly any wind but torrential rain and its very dark, lots of debris everywhere with trees down and broken branches etc.

I have seen that there have been landslides, power poles down ( we lost power in the night), no water in the taps ( not unusual), and (open) boats that have sunk just through the volume of rain, in the Bay.

Fortunately there are no reported deaths. Businesses and Schools remain closed.


I will report later when I know more.

Sue  - Roots Bar, Marigot Bay,

- Still feeling effects of system
  • By Matthew Watters <sentlici at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:54:40 +0000
Lightning, gusty winds and rain still affecting parts of the island.
No school open here. 
Road to Vieux Fort blocked.
Road between Canaries & Soufriere blocked.
PM speaking on Radio 100 Helen FM.
All clear has not been lifted.

Sent from my iPhone


- Quieter now
  • By Matthew Watters <sentlici at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:24:08 +0000
Update from Monier. Still no power. Rain basically stopped. Winds
Calm. Radio Helen FM back on air - taking reports of situation (can listen 
online - if you have Internet) 100.1 FM.

Sent from my iPhone

- Still raining...
  • By Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:41:19 +0000
Well, 1:35am and still raining here in the south. We've had a few lightning flashes over the last two or so hours and some light thunder rumbles...
Power went out about 8pm down here, and it's not back up. I don't expect to see it again till morning at the earliest. I can see a glow looking east towards Laborie and Vieux Fort, not sure who has power that direction, but someone does - just not us over in the Piaye/Choisel region.... No worries, lots of candles and torchlights.
The rain is still falling, although not as heavy at all. Very light winds right now too, which is great for the structures and trees - not so much for us trying to sleep!!
Have seen multiple reports of flooding in Laborie, Vieux Fort, Micoud, Dennery and points north through Bexon and Castries proper - hopefully it's not too bad and will go down over the night and we can start the day on better footing.

Will update in the morning.... Stay safe out there!

Sent from my Sony Xperia™ smartphone

- TS Matthew 11 pm update
  • By Christopher Kessell <kessellc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:00:50 -0400
Its stopped raining!!! First time since about 2:30 pm!! I checked the radar and 
it looks like a hole in the clouds so I expect it will start raining again 
fairly soon.

Christopher Kessell
kessellc at gmail.com
Cell: 758 720 0100
Hm: 758 450 0651
Fax: 758 450 0241


- TS Matthew update
  • By nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:27:18 -0400
Currently raining heavily in Soufriere town with occasional very very strong wind gusts.  About 8-9 river started overflowing its banks but rains somewhat ceased and the river went down just a bit.  Thankfully it did not overflow enough to flood the street in front of the hospital.
So far we've not lost power, water, electricity or internet service.  Cell phone service has gone off and on a few times.
One shelter opened up in town as nearby residents sought refuge from the rising river and another opened up in Fond St Jacques.
Reports have been coming over the air (TV and radio stations) of flooding in mainly the eastern and southern parts of the island.

Please everyone stay indoors and be safe. God Bless

- 9:10 pm update.
  • By Christopher Kessell <kessellc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:20:24 -0400
The wind has gone down considerably as has the rain. This is is reflected in the amount of rain being shown in the Martinique radar which I have been following here:


Apparently the forward speed of the storm has slowed to 15 mph and this is making the bulk of the storm take a longer time to pass over us. As it is we seem to be right in the middle of the heaviest region of convection.

What is strange is that we have had no lightning at all!

There are reports of heavy flooding in Bexon which is in the Cul de sac valley, this is not unexpected. This means the main Vieux Fort highway is impassable for the time being.

Christopher Kessell
Cell: 758 720 0100
Hm: 758 450 0651
Fax: 758 450 0241


- TS "Matthew"
  • By Christopher Kessell <kessellc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:13:40 -0400
Short video taken on both sides of the causeway going to Pigeon Island and atop 
Mount Hardy looking south along the East Coast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z002VeOT3sc

Christopher Kessell
kessellc at gmail.com
Cell: 758 720 0100
Hm: 758 450 0651
Fax: 758 450 0241


- Power outage down south now
  • By Matthew Watters <sentlici at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:13:11 +0000
Just heard from my friend in Lamaze on south coast that power went out there 
now. Still no power in Monier. Also mobile phone signal coming and going - so 
not sure how many more updates I can contribute.

Sent from my iPhone

- Wow!!
  • By Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:57:07 +0000
Well, the winds have picked up significantly here in the south... Some constant strong winds with frequent stringers gusts...have heard some branches go down in next door empty lot, etc.
Rainfall has picked way up too. It was mostly light and steady all day, until about 5/5:30, then it shifted to heavy and hasn't let up since. Towel brigade is on full patrol around doors and windows all around the house.
So far, still have electricity and Internet here where we are, but we're definitely having surges periodically... We've read reports of some power outages around the island - I figure it's just a matter of time for us!!
Will keep you updated as I can!
Stay safe out there....

Sent from my Sony Xperia™ smartphone

- 7:30 update of Tropical Storm "Mathew"
  • By Christopher Kessell <kessellc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:37:27 -0400
We have had a pretty wild evening so far up North at Cap Estate! For about an 
hour the winds have been blowing very steadily and for a good 15 minutes we 
must have had a steady 50 mph wind speed with a bit higher gusts. This was 
about 45 minutes ago.
Once the wind eased up the rain started really coming down! The winds are now 
probably down to 35 mph steady and the rain is quite a bit lighter.

We have been very lucky with the electricity so far, not even a flicker!! I 
will probably blight myself by saying that…

Just in case I made sure to get an extra 10 gallons of diesel for the 
generator, hopefully it won’t be needed.

I took a drive around 2 pm this afternoon just before it really got nasty. The 
seas coming into the north side of the causeway at Pigeon Island were 
impressive! Probably 10’ I would guess. I went up to Mount Hardy and looked out 
over the East Coast and Cas en Bas and the water was just white with big swells 
breaking offshore. Definitely TS conditions!

Apart from very wet balcony’s and having a house full of dogs (5) and 3 cats 
all wanting to keep out of the rain we are snug as a bug...

Christopher Kessell
kessellc at gmail.com
Cell: 758 720 0100
Hm: 758 450 0651
Fax: 758 450 0241


- Power outage North St Lucia
  • By Matthew Watters <sentlici at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:17:32 +0000
Power went out about 30 mins ago. Still raining hard and gusty winds. Radio 
stations off air too.

Sent from my iPhone

- 100mm and counting
  • By Matthew Watters <sentlici at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:24:38 +0000

Heavy rains and gusty winds now in Monier. Have recorded over 100mm rain since midnight (4 inches). This is an extensive system so expecting a lot more before this is over.

https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=IGROSISL2#history


- Wind has picked up
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:48:58 -0400
The wind has picked up and the electricity is going up and down, getting worried now as my roof is not strong. 

Not a lot of rain but my banana trees are almost horizontal!

Praying that this will pass soon.

Sue Beckwith

- //WL2K more wind and rain
  • By J69DS at Winlink.org
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:23:00 -0000
Now the winds have picked up somewhat here but still nothing to serous at my 
location.
However the Marin bay in South Martinique I have first hand report of winds in 
excess of 50 knots. (as reported by fm4qh via vhf)
Portsmouth reported 51 mph wind gusts earlier.

Here right now raining steadily with occasional heavy showers. Wind is in 
gusts. Somewheres in the region of 40 mph I think. ( not measured)

Just keeping dry and waiting it out.

Keep dry and make cacao tea ok!

73 de j69ds sent via HF radio.



- TS Matthew.
  • By nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:49:58 -0400

Our disaster committee met on Monday evening and prepared throughout the day yesterday.
The first outer band brought some gusts and light wind about 11:30 last night. We didn't have much rain till about 12:15 this afternoon. In Soufriere we've been monitoring the river (which is still low) and its overcast, grey with intermittent showers. At present rain picked up with a bit of wind gusting (not strong though).
Everyone please be safe.


- So far so good....
  • By Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:18:35 +0000
TS Matthew has stuck, finally, after a long time of watching him.... Rain showers started last midnight with just occasional bursts then lots of dry periods... Then around noon, rain. Rain. Rain. It's been essentially non-stop since then, with it mostly being steady light rain but interspersed with periods of heavier rain... We're in a pretty flat area, so no worries where we are for landslides or flooding or such. Definitely keeping my fingers crossed for my neighbors in the hills, or near the rivers - this much water on a relatively dry landscape can do some damage....hoping for the best!
Stay safe out there!!

Sent from my Sony Xperia™ smartphone

- Centre about to enter St Vincent channel
  • By George Smiley <zoukwe at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:45:15 -0400

- so far....
  • By Frans van Santbrink <j69ds at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:56:47 +0000
Hi all,

So far so good..
So it has become TS Matthew.. right at us with it passing a tad North of Saint Lucia. Or at least that is the prediction.
So far from this morning it has been relatively dry with a few light showers and overcast with hardly any wind so far

Currently it is heavily overcast no actual rainfall at this time at 342m altitude.

From this morning the CEWN (Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net) has been active on 3.815 Mhz and from 8 Am on 7.162 Mhz

We are all just waiting and hoping it will move along nice a quick... 

Here monitoring 145.530 Mhz 7.162 Mhz, 2.815 Mhz and scan on all close by repeaters on vhf inclusive of the marine channels

In the Bay of Marin a mere stone throw away 30 to 35 knots of wind reported.
J73WA Wayne in Portsmouth Dominica reported 51Mph wind gusts

keep safe and dry!
73

Regards,
Have Fun, Work the DX!
Frans van Santbrink,

Mobile: (758) 715-3129
IM: j69ds at hotmail.com

Amateur Radio Operator:J69DS – J62DX– J62YOTA – J64SLI – PJ7PK
Radio: 145.780 (-0.6) Mhz
EchoLink: J69DS-L

http://j69ds.dageekz.com//http://dageekz.com

Member of:
American Radio Relay League (ARRL), J6 Portable Group, Saint Lucia Buddipole Dxpeditions,
FM Ham Radio Club (FMHAMRA), Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club, Youngsters On The Air (YOTA)


When all else fail Amateur Radio is there!



- BA flight 2159 diverted?
  • By George Smiley <zoukwe at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:35:12 -0400
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/BAW2159/history/20160928/0900Z/EGKK/TGPY

Looks like BA not stopping in St Lucia, but diverting straight to Grenada.


- St Lucia under TS Matthew warning
  • By George Smiley <zoukwe at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:14:29 -0400
https://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3448

Have to watch this one. Still overcast and light rain here in Monier at present. But pressure starting to drop slightly - Now at 1006.7 hPa.

- Update
  • By Marcus Day <marcus.p.day at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:03:13 -0400
the Guadeloupe radar feed shows weather / squall lime moving toward Montserrat and SKN, skim past ANU it seems

http://www.meteo.fr/temps/domtom/antilles/pack-public/animation/anim_radar_guad_mf_com.html

Dr Marcus Day DSc, Director
Caribbean Drug & Alcohol Research Institute
1-758-721-7278 Director's Cell
Box 1419
Castries
SAINT LUCIA
Email:marcuspday at gmail.com
Skype: marcus_day
Twitter: at DrMarcusDay
 
 


- Overcast, just a few showers
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:37:25 -0400
Its very still and dark here this morning, completely overcast. We had a few showers in the night but nothing much to speak of. Its a really eery feeling, no one is around at all and all schools are closed.
I see that the centre of the storm is still east of Barbados and we are to expect bad weather today so I will update as the day progresses.


Sue  - Roots Bar, Marigot Bay.

- Saint Lucia Calm
  • By Marcus Day <marcus.p.day at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:35:40 -0400
At 6.30 am its calm in Castries. I f the storm centre passes north we should be ok . anyone who gets the NW Quadrant will have some weather to deal with. so far we good here. Its quiet , no school today

Dr Marcus Day DSc, Director
Caribbean Drug & Alcohol Research Institute
1-758-721-7278 Director's Cell
Box 1419
Castries
SAINT LUCIA
Email:marcuspday at gmail.com
Skype: marcus_day
Twitter: at DrMarcusDay
 
 


- prepared just in case
  • By Frans van Santbrink <j69ds at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:54:31 +0000
Hmm Wondering will it or will it not develop.
Today was just hot and dry.
Got home after dark, got on the roof and took down the big antennae, juuuust in case...
Prefer to do the work and be wrong than the other way around.

It certainly looks like a bunch of water will be dumped on fair Helen.
Wind wise will depend on development of the system. I hope it does not!

All vhf and hf radios are on so we are as ready as it gets.
Generator fueled up and backup is full.
Water tanks are full. got food stuffs ready... flour and split peas we can do dahl puri eh!

Right now we get a good gust of wind every so often. (was fun removing the big yagi)

Good night y'all, let's see what tomorrow brings

Regards,
Have Fun, Work the DX!
Frans van Santbrink,

IM: j69ds at hotmail.com

Amateur Radio Operator:J69DS – J62DX– J62YOTA – J64SLI – PJ7PK
Radio: 145.780 (-0.6) Mhz
EchoLink: J69DS-L

http://j69ds.dageekz.com//http://dageekz.com

Member of:
American Radio Relay League (ARRL), J6 Portable Group, Saint Lucia Buddipole Dxpeditions,
FM Ham Radio Club (FMHAMRA), Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club, Youngsters On The Air (YOTA)


When all else fail Amateur Radio is there!



- Still quiet
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:38:42 -0400
Its 9.35pm still quiet, occasional gust of wind but nothing unusual, the bay has been filled with boats. they are all tied to the mangroves as it is a known hurricane hole, as my colleague in Barbados said earlier, its just a waiting game now to see what the night will bring.

Keep safe everyone, as internet and power allows I will update during the night/tomorow morning.


Sue  -  Roots Bar - Marigot Bay.

- More rain less wind for St Lucia?
  • By George Smiley <zoukwe at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:57:03 -0400
Currently seeing signs that 97L is tracking more north. Both Stormsurf & 
Passage Weather showing St Lucia south of strongest winds (which are now 
showing to be at about 35 - 40kts, and north of Martinique). Weather 
Underground forecasting between 5 to 8 inches of rainfall for St Lucia for the 
24 hour period midnight tonight through midnight Wednesday. To put that in 
context, Hurricane Tomas rainfall figures were over 20 inches in 24 hrs. Expect 
the possibility of heavy rains and some blustery winds. But do continue to 
monitor this system in case something odd happens.

- Possibly Matthew Approaching?
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:18:43 -0400
Lots of Lightening and Thunder last night, seems a depression was passing over, woke up to bright sunshine and no wind, just lately it has been that way, no breeze at all.

Looking at the forecasts it seems that we have a storm that is about 1000 miles away that is developing and the tracking forecast shows it passing very close to St Lucia It looks set to hit us tomorrow evening ( Tuesday) into Wednesday. So today its clean the gutters, check everything and make sure we are prepared, just in case.

Take care everyone!

Sue  - Roots Bar, Marigot Bay.



- Unreal sunshine
  • By nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:32:56 -0400

Wow, WOW
The sun is unreal! Unbelievably hot. Scorching. I stepped out and felt like an open flame was licking my skin. Changed my mind about going out real quick.
So in case you did not get the message, it is hot and I'm actually looking forward to a bit of rain but just a bit, not too much. Forecasts and models and wx bloggers call for a system to develop in a few days. Please everyone, be prepared.
Stay safe and cool.


- Weird
  • By nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2016 06:08:15 -0400

Good morning
Right now in Soufriere we are getting more wind and rain (from a puff of clouds on radar) than we did from any shower yesterday.
Breezy not strong winds though.

How did Dominica and Martinique fare last night?


- Invest 92L
  • By nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2016 15:41:30 -0400

This weather system has been kind to Saint Lucia. Yesterday evening brought torrential rains mainly to the north. Good watering of the soil for farmers.
At 4am this morning it was very breezy, no rain and very cool. I dove under the covers which is rare for me for the past few months because it has been so hot.
Apart from a few showers today we've had bright sunshine and long periods of blue skies.  From the Martinique radar, it seems like there was a rain shield around Lucia today.  Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and Saint Vincent have been covered with rain every time I look at the radar and St. Lucia is clear.
Its not over though so stay safe and dry everyone.


- Its started
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2016 15:53:22 -0400
The rains have started a little over 30 minutes ago and are going strong, I cannot see down into the bay or likewise over the Roseau Valley, the wind is fairly strong and the rain is very heavy, causing flooding at the front of my house. Pretty amazing as its only been 30 minutes, thunder and lightening, luckily I am safe and sound indoors with my family.Inline images 1

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Susan Beckwith

- The calm before the storm?
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2016 11:59:50 -0400
Looking at the weather satellites and in fact just looking at the sky right now in Marigot looks like we are in for some rain and possibly thunderstorms, its gone very still - the calm before the storm perhaps? We are seeing sea horses on the crests of the waves which is unusual for here, I guess the wind is getting up out there.

Take care
Sue


Susan Beckwith - Roots Bar - Marigot Bay.

- Wave, Tropical Wave.
  • By nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2016 19:05:42 -0400

Goodnight,
While Hurricane Hermine is bearing down on the Florida panhandle and west coast, we are getting some welcome showers from a tropical wave. It also comes with a spectacular electric light show and rumbles.
Prayers for those under Hermine's sight.
Stay safe and dry everyone.


- Pre-Hermine
  • By nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:12:19 -0400

Thank God for small mercies!

The impact to Saint Lucia could have been torrential rain and we would have had flooding. Thank God for the hot sun today.
Tuesday afternoon brought dark grey clouds and warning showers then absolute stillness. No wind, total calm and it was humid.
Wednesday there was no rain and it was HOT.
Just woke because a peal of thunder was so loud it set off car alarms. Radar shows some patches of rain. Now a cold breeze is blowing gently. I like it like that - cool breeze and gentle rain.

99L looks impressive right now. Stay safe and dry all in its path.
Goodnight!


- Hot and still
  • By Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:30:07 +0000
Well, Invest 99 has materialized nothing so far down here in the south of the island. Some dark threatening clouds this afternoon, with barely a shower dropping on us. It's very still, hot and humid around here. We could really use some rain and breezes to cool things down! Nothing destructive of course!
Keeping an eye on 99, but likely we'll see little rain or anything from it.
And TS Gaston is a good far long ways our, with forecasts having it going north - no threat to us, or the Caribbean at large. We'll be keeping an eye on it, and as always, we'll be prepared - it's that time of year!
Stay safe out there!

Sent from my Sony Xperia™ smartphone

- Not sure
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:51:12 -0400
Not sure whether we should go into full on mode or just do some mild preparations.
With the two tropical waves out there! I think a clearing of the gutters, a couple of candles, some matches and the all important bottles of water would be in order, especially as whenever we have heavy rain in St Lucia the water company turns off the water.

Today ( Tuesday) its hot and sticky with no wind at all, in fact a wonderful day.

Lets hope its a storm in a teacup!


Sue 

Susan Beckwith

- //WL2K loads of water
  • By J69DS at Winlink.org
  • Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:22:00 -0000
Hi All, 

All during last night we had rains. Woke up this morning to a nice thunder and 
lightening show here...
All ok on top of the mountain. Went out and from Pigeon Point down to the Red 
Cross at Vigie all was ok, just rain rain rain..
Got word that town was flooded so did not go there since had no cause to be 
there today.

Got home and it is still drizzling with occasiobn heavier showers...

This morning Hewanorra reported 35mm of rain.
currently official wx info from GFL Charles airport at Vigie is
25 Degrees Celcius, RH is 94% Wind Calm, Visibility 10Km and light rain.

Current at Hewanorra in Vieux Fort is:
26 Degrees Celcius, RH 94%, Wind ENE (70Gegrees0, Visibility 10Km, Light Rain

Met office forecast from 12 noon today:

FORECAST FOR SAINT LUCIA VALID FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS
WINDS WILL BE BLOWING FROM THE EAST NEAR 16 MPH OR 26 KM/H
WITH GUSTS NEAR SHOWERS.
WEATHER: CLOUDY TO OVERCAST SKIES WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED 
THUNDERSTORMS.
 
RESIDENTS AND MOTORISTS IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING AND
LANDSLIDES ARE ADVISED TO CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT AND EXERCISE CAUTION.


73 de J69DS,
Email sent via Winlink on High Frequency Radio
Amateur Radio rocks!


- Thunder and Lightening
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 07:49:45 -0400
Woke up during the night to sounds of thunder and heavy rain, this has continued for the past 4-5 hours its very dark and cold - having to wear a sweater which is unusual!! Looking at the forecast this weather is here for the day. Cant even see across the valley at Roseau, its just white with rain!


Keep Warm

Sue

- //WL2K still raining-ish
  • By J69DS at Winlink.org
  • Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:55:00 -0000
I was hoping by now to see some sun but that has not materialised

Looking at the doppler it ought to clear overnight....
The image from NOAA on HF is showing still covered at 4pm which is real indeed

But it is nice and cool this way though...

Saw a couple of FLOW poles down earlier today, one in trois piton eare and and 
one in Monier area.
The Trois Piton area was hanging accross the road. But no serious danger in the 
sense that it had no power lines attached to it, only the flow cables...
I have not been in town but am sure there was the regualr flooding in the usual 
places.

In my area have not noticed any issues other than we are soaked :) no beach eh..

73 de J69DS J62DX 


- More rain
  • By Frans van Santbrink <j69ds at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:05:49 -0400
And it did not clear up.  More more More rain!!!!
Wx for the snails

- //WL2K thunderstorm
  • By J69DS at Winlink.org
  • Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:33:00 -0000
Yesterday I woke up to a nice rain storm here.
This morning it is a good thunderstorm, it even tripped the rcd.
turn it all back on, and counting the distance.. ok antennae stay connected for 
now...

Pouring rain on and off  with rolling thunder every so often. but that is all 
ok.
And by time I finish typing this has all blown over...

The WX according to our Met office:

FORECAST FOR SAINT LUCIA VALID FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS
WINDS WILL BE BLOWING FROM THE EAST NEAR 18 MPH OR 30 KM/H.
WEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY TO CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS,SOME OF WHICH MAY BE 
HEAVY AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.
 
RESIDENTS AND MOTORISTS IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING AND LANDSLIDES ARE
ADVISED TO BE VIGILANT AND EXERCISE CAUTION.


73 J69DS
BBS J62DX-3 on 144.390 
HF 3.815 / 7.188 Mhz

Email sent via HF Radio using Winlink/RMS


- Oops!
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2016 15:14:02 -0400
I realised that I posted the wrong sunset picture - so here is another one! I think you will agree they are both beautiful.

Sue


--
Susan Beckwith

- Great sunset but plenty of showers
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:58:32 -0400
Its been a funny week, hot and humid, unbearably so, a few showers and now a tropical wave passing over, dull and overcast with the odd heavy shower. 
Great for the plants, I have made a small herb garden at the side of the house and have planted some cuttings, I hope they take.

Great sunsets this week, here is one from the house looking over Marigot Bay.


--
Susan Beckwith

- Raining for election.
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2016 15:18:10 -0400
Well it rained all through the election yesterday after starting with a large storm - thunder, lightening and heavy rain at 4am, today it has been continuing but looking at the satellite, it seems we are soon to get some clear weather, it does seem to be brightening up a little outside.



Susan Beckwith

- //WL2K J^ Forecast
  • By J69DS at Winlink.org
  • Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 13:22:00 -0000
FORECAST FOR SAINT LUCIA VALID FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS 
 WINDS WILL BE BLOWING FROM THE EAST NEAR 20 MPH OR 31 KM/H WITH GUSTS 
 NEAR SHOWERS. 
 WEATHER: MOSTLY CLOUDY SKIES WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. 
 RESIDENTS IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING AND LANDSLIDES SHOULD 
 EXERCISE CAUTION, ALSO PERSONS GOING OUT TO VOTE TODAY SHOULD 
 BE VIGILANT FOR FLOODED AREAS AND SOME MODERATE TO HEAVY 
 SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS. 



Right now still raining with some thunder and lightening...

Staying inside! Time for Cacao tea and bake!

Be good
73 J69DS Frans

// Email sent via radio on 7.105Mhz \\


- Update
  • By Marcus Day <marcus.p.day at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016 09:05:59 -0400
Been raining hard for about 6 hours now, I just voted and the lines are there so it does not seem to be hampering voting - Be careful of flooding and land slides


Dr Marcus Day DSc, Director
Caribbean Drug & Alcohol Research Institute
 


- //WL2K plenty rain
  • By J69DS at Winlink.org
  • Date: Mon, 06 Jun 2016 11:08:00 -0000
Enough rain, thunder and lightening overnight.... this morning wet wet and 
still raining...
It has been a continious thunderstorm over the north of Saint Lucia overnight.

But is nice and cool that way though... 

Today is elections day here in J6 land. Keep safe my people and be good to each 
other.

73 de J69DS Frans

// Email sent via radio on 7.105Mhz \\


- //WL2K soon season
  • By J69DS at Winlink.org
  • Date: Tue, 31 May 2016 22:44:00 -0000
Just sending this one to make sure this works, so when and if something comes 
along we have it covered.

So far all is calm here. WX hot and a few showers...

just making sure all season preps are in place. 
Left to check the shutters.. ham radio in place, portable setups in place, 
generator in place, battery and solar yup!
Make sure you all have canned food in the cupboards, rotate it as time goes 
along

Let's hope for a quiet season....

Regards,

Frans j69ds j62dx


- Update on St Lucia before the season commences
  • By Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 13:04:11 -0400
Its been an interesting time, we have had a severe lack of rain, resulting in the ground and in some cases buildings cracking! The local water company are trying their best but we all seem to be on some kind of enforced rationing. Which you wouldnt mind if only they would tell you first. Still I guess that is the fun of island living!

Rain showers seem to have started in the past few days so my garden and the general scenery around is looking a lot better, we have also had some wonderful sunsets!




--
Susan Beckwith

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