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- Fwd: A Brief Hurricane?
  • By Reuben Spitz <reuben at haitianhealthfoundation.org>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2019 13:30:41 -0400

Last Friday night, around 8:30, the area of Jeremie, Haiti, in the Grand Anse region, experienced a sudden storm of actual or near hurricane intensity. While a gale can blow up quickly from the ocean waters, this was reminiscent of Hurricane Matthew and nowhere on any forecasts for the Caribbean. It lasted about 90 minutes and caused some degree of destruction and local chaos. We have been here about 6 years but never experienced such a sudden event. While we hope not to have such return, it may be that increased destabilization of global weather patterns makes these unpredictable storms more likely.

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- Another season coming
  • By Reuben Spitz <reuben at haitianhealthfoundation.org>
  • Date: Wed, 22 May 2019 10:57:37 -0400
Jeremie, Haiti

Overall the weather has been significantly different the past couple of years. Prior to that we had regular thunderstorms/lightning, at least a lot over the ocean, but weather like that has been noticeably absent. I would say that the majority of the changes have occurred since after Hurricane Matthew.

What seems a bit ominous, however, is the very hot weather which began suddenly about 3 weeks ago. Despite the non-alarmist forecasts for the Caribbean, my opinion is that there will be some serious hurricanes somewhere in this region. Certainly not what Haiti needs, as things have not recovered from the previous storms (let alone the 2010 earthquake) and the population is as vulnerable as ever.

We can only wait.

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