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- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at megatropic.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 11:44:24 -0400
It's  a beautiful Caribbean day. Blue skies, a gentle breeze, and the temperature is around 86 in the shade.
We do need rain but it is difficult to wish for it on such a great day.
 I went over the hill to the other side of the island and the sea looks like a lake and the visibility is fabulous. I can easily see St. Kitts on the horizon and it is about 65 miles away.
I also took a stroll in my garden.
My dogs joined me.
and look what I found under the tree.
she is laying on 2 eggs
and then I looked over the wall and what did I see hanging out on the telephone wires.
Yes, it is  a beautiful Caribbean day!
Have  a nice weekend, Caribbean neighbors!

- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Apr 2007 19:29:23 -0400
Here we go again!

- Bad 2007 hurricane season expected
  • From: "Roddy Heyliger" <roddyheyliger at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2007 01:48:52 -0400

Bad 2007 hurricane season expected


Governments within the region are moving along already in preparing for the upcoming 2007 hurricane season.  St. Lucia has announced the installation of early warning systems designed to warn of life threatening floods in eight communities protecting 16,000 St. Lucians.


The Island Government of St. Maarten has been working proactively as well with the installation of a number of early warning sirens in several district communities in 2006.   Government also recently announced that funds have been approved for the cleaning of drains and waterways in preparation for the season.  The Fire Department has also started its annual hurricane passes application process which should be completed by the end of April.


All of the aforementioned comes at a time when Tropical Storm Risk of London (TSR) has predicted a bad 2007 hurricane season.   Based on current and projected climate signals, TSR's March forecast predicts Atlantic Basin and US land falling hurricane activity to be 75 per cent above the 1950-2006 norm in 2007, rising from 60 per cent above the norm.


According to TSR, whose long-range outlooks for the exceptionally active 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons and active 2003 season proved accurate, it is 86 per cent likely that US land falling hurricane activity in 2007 will be in the top one-third of years historically.


The two main climate factors influencing the TSR hurricane forecast for 2007 are the expected values in August and September for the speed of trade winds, which blow westward across the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean Sea and the temperature of the sea waters between West Africa and the Caribbean where many hurricanes develop.


The El Nino conditions present since September dissipated rapidly during February.  This has increased expectation since last month that weak La Nina conditions will occur during the summer.   As a result, the July to September Caribbean trade wind anomalies are expected to be weaker than previously thought.  This factor will increase storm formation activity.


TSR forecast at this point in time 17 tropical storms of which nine will become hurricanes and four of those will become intense hurricanes with wind speeds of more than 111 miles per hour.


We are still a little over two months away from the beginning of the 2007 hurricane season.  The month of May will allow us adequate time to review hurricane preparations and make sure that your ready for June 1 st, the beginning of the season.

Roddy Heyliger
P.O.Box 945, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Cell: 5816323, 5204217
Public Relations & Communications
Email: roddyheyliger at yahoo.com

- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at megatropic.com>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2007 11:54:03 -0400
On another BB, someone posted this as the 5 day St. Maarten forecast.
It is April Fools' day after all!   LOL
Have a great day everyone!

- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 07:33:01 -0400
Sure we need rain but does it all have to come at once??
Last night the heavens opened up.
The heavy rain pounding on my roof woke me up out of an oh so sweet sleep.
At first the sound of rain on my roof was music to my ears..before long it sounded like a drum corps was on my roof.
I decided to get up and check on the animals.... brought the small birds inside, brought the dogs inside, and then found towels to stop the many leaks in my house.
It rained and rained and rained..for almost 2 hours.
My little rain gauge said 3 1/2 inches..
The plants will be happy this morning if they are not floating away in the flood waters..

- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 21:37:05 -0400
Watch out Miss Mermaid, the boys from St. Maarten are coming your way.
My hubby and the crew of L'Esperance left tonight for Nanny Cay.
Looks like there will be lots of fun and lots of sailing this week in the BVI and the weather looks good.
Happy Sailing everyone!

- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 17:19:29 -0400
The weather continues to be yucky!
How's that for a professional weather forecast?? 
It is raining now, but it is a light rain.. Mostly it has been drizzle all day.
I would call that yucky, wouldn't you?
My poor dogs have been penned up all day..
But my plants are happy.
Here is a current picture I just took off a web cam in Great Bay Harbour.

- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 15:25:50 -0400
Rain, rain, glorious rain!
We are finally getting rain today...after months of no rain.
The entire Northern Caribbean has been dry.
Our hills were brown, but by  tomorrow we will start to see green again on those hills.
I hope it rains all night!

- Update
  • From: "Barbara Cannegieter" <barcann at sintmaarten.net>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2007 13:15:05 -0400
Oh, what glorious weather these past two days.. After a few weeks  of blustery, cloudy weather with squalls, the weather has changed.
 Everything is bright and clear and the wind seems to have settled own. Yesterday I could see St. Kitts, 65 miles away, clear as a bell.
This morning I was up early, and took this picture of the sun rising.

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