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- July 2020 hurricanes
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2020 06:02:59 -0400
2020 strikes again !!!!

According to our Met office and Mr Dale Westin.      
July stand by turned out to be a historic month. This July tied with July 2005 for the greatest number of Atlantic named storms – five, for the month, on record dating back to 1851. It was also the first time since 1996 Antigua and Barbuda experienced sustained storm-force winds.  

Now to get thru August and September!!!



Martha Watkins Gilkes



- Continued Weather Watching
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2020 08:54:25 -0400
As we enter the weekend we are sorry to see the hurricane heading thru our 
sister islands 🌴 especially the Bahamas.  And now to Florida.  We are watching 
these 2 other systems out in the Atlantic now.   We have August and September 
to get thru!   I have left most of my hurricane shutters in place !   We 
continue to be vigilant.   This would have been our big Carnival weekend in 
Antigua.  A major cultural event. Cancelled due to Covid !    Monday Tuesday 
holidays !   A very different new norm !    

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Martha Watkins Gilkes
P.O. Box W1924
Antigua, West Indies
268 460 4423
Cell 2687647722
Sent from my  fab iPhone
Marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com


- Waves. Coming in Half moon bay
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 15:08:41 -0400
After the storm.     Waves 🌊 still rolling in. 
Wind still gusty 


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P.O. Box W1924
Antigua, West Indies
268 460 4423
Cell 2687647722
Sent from my  fab iPhone
Marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com


- As the storm is passing
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 12:19:20 -0400

- Potential Tropical Cyclone 9
  • By Daniella Seepaul <daniellaseepaul at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 22:56:37 -0400
Hi Fellow Islanders,

As PTC9 "future TS Isaias" passes our islands the national office of disaster services (Nods) have ordered a national shut down for the islands of Antigua and Barbuda tomorrow, and the Antigua met office just issued a flash flood watch for Antigua, Barbuda, Nevis, and Anguilla.

Be safe everyone!

Regards,
Daniella Seepaul

- Storm ready
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 17:37:11 -0400
Boarding up as better to be safe than sorry!!! A bit of a pain but smart thing 
to do !!    Actually nice to behind my under the sea themed hurricane shutters 
painted by a fab group of girlfriends!!! This  Storm is an odd one.   Not  a 
clear pattern on the course yet   But they say. Antigua will start getting  
this Tonight and all tomorrow...... heavy rain predicted.     Keep safe my 
fellow Antiguans !!!!



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- WATCHING AND WAITING
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 14:11:43 -0400

We continue to watch 92L and as of TODAY the HURRICANE HUNTERS will start to fly the system aslisted below. I always like to see that because that means
we will get much more accurate data than just the sat reading

This i a summary of the activity..so it continues westward to west northwestward ( would like to see a more NORTH TURN but that is not happening yet.

Shower activity associated with a broad area of low pressure located 
about 1000 miles east of the Windward Islands has changed little in 
organization since this morning. Environmental conditions are 
expected to become somewhat more favorable for development during 
the next few days and a tropical depression or tropical storm is 
likely to form during that time frame. The system is forecast to 
move westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph and it could 
bring heavy rain to portions of the Leeward Islands by late 
Wednesday, regardless of development. 

As we have stated to early to tell if we will get something or not and i have seen them coming when we boarded up and NOTHING CAME…and we were all
cursing the major effort made to have a NON EVENT but better SAFE THAN SORRY PEOPLE.. SO be prepared as everyone is saying 


HURRICANE HUNTERS PLAN OF THE  DAY  
NOUS42 KNHC 271452
REPRPD
WEATHER RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS
CARCAH, NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, MIAMI, FL.
1100 AM EDT MON 27 JULY 2020
SUBJECT: TROPICAL CYCLONE PLAN OF THE DAY (TCPOD)
         VALID 28/1100Z TO 29/1100Z JULY 2020
         TCPOD NUMBER.....20-062

I.  ATLANTIC REQUIREMENTS
    1. SUSPECT AREA (CENTRAL ATLANTIC)
       FLIGHT ONE - TEAL 73          FLIGHT TWO - TEAL 72
       A. 28/1800Z                   A. 29/0530Z
       B. AFXXX 01EEA INVEST         B. AFXXX 0209A CYCLONE
       C. 28/1500Z                   C. 29/0345Z
       D. 14.0N 53.0W                D. 15.5N 57.0W
       E. 28/1730Z TO 28/2200Z       E. 29/0500Z TO 29/0830Z
       F. SFC TO 10,000 FT           F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

       FLIGHT THREE - TEAL 71
       A. 29/1130Z,1730Z
       B. AFXXX 0309A CYCLONE
       C. 29/1000Z
       D. 16.0N 59.0W
       E. 29/1100Z TO 29/1730Z
       F. SFC TO 10,000 FT

    2. OUTLOOK FOR SUCCEEDING DAY:
       A. CONTINUE 6-HRLY FIXES IF SYSTEM DEVELOPS.
       B. POSSIBLE NOAA G-IV SYNOPTIC SURVEILLANCE MISSION AROUND
          THE SYSTEM FOR 30/0000Z, DEPARTING TISX AT 29/1730Z.


- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 13:19:10 -0400
As 92L makes its way towards the Basin, there is considerable discussion as to what effect it will have.  

The consensus among long-term residents here in Antigua seems to be that when storms have a potential track directly over the island at 48-72 hours out, that they generally turn to the north of us.  

Still, it is never a bad idea to stock up and be ready.  And of course, any rain that it brings in the outer bands will be welcome locally where the drought persists.  Today we have received a decent amount of rain to go with what we had over the weekend.  We even enjoyed another night of natural fireworks on the horizon overnight.  

Stay safe!

- Antigua Barbuda on storm alert
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 09:38:44 -0400
Antigua & Barbuda on a tropical storm alert.   This one a bit tricky as it is 
only 1200 miles out  and could develop quickly.   Monitoring carefully!   All 
eyes to the East !

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Martha Watkins Gilkes
P.O. Box W1924
Antigua, West Indies
268 460 4423
Cell 2687647722
Sent from my  fab iPhone
Marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com


- SUNDAY MORNING WEATHER WATCHING
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2020 13:42:26 -0400
Good  DAY  and HAPPY SUNDAY  to all checking on  Gerts  informative weather  site!   — thanks  GERT  for your  continued effort in keeping this  STORM CARIB site  going in spite of all the  efforts!  

The system  off  in the  ATLANTIC   (pictured below)  is   pretty certain  to  develop..   Nat Hurricane  center  says   90%   chance so  pretty  high % !!!  but  it is  still  TOO SOON TO  KNOW    WHAT  it will develop  into   as it reaches the islands..    and  WHERE IT WILL GO..  Looking  like   the path will be    “THE NORTHERN LEEWARDS”      -   that   includes   US !!   Antigua  &  Barbuda!!   so  HEADS UP  HERE..   and while it  is  NOT TOO  SOON  TO   “BE  PREPARED”   we  cant know what we  will  get  YET..  ( having said  that   I  ALREADY  JUST   CLOSED  UP MY  GUEST  COTTAGE   with the  Hurricane shutters  as  it is better to  get that  OUT  OF THE WAY in  case….  They are  predicting   around     THURSDAY… so   a  few  days   still to    “get  ready”!      WE  in  Antigua  &  Barbuda are  hurricane  savvy  and  know what to do…so we should all have our  gasoline  stash  our  grocery  stash/   medical  supplies/  drinking water    ETC…        EYES  TO THE EAST !!!     Enjoy your Sunday...

- ANTIGUA STILL WEATHER WATCHING
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2020 20:53:08 -0400



We  STILL  HAVE  ALL  EYES  to the east  with  another  system  that has formed and is expected  to  come our  way  in the next week or so.   Suddenly  things have  become very  active.    Too early  to know  a path but  all  we should pay  attention.   The next  few days will show more  on the path.    

  




- Watching
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2020 08:12:50 -0400
Good morning from Antigua 
We are storm watching here.   Looks  like the system will stay south of the 
Leewards but have  to monitor!   Also one just behind this one !!!  ‘Tis the 
season!    

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- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2020 07:12:16 -0400
We have lived in the tropics for about ten years now.  We have lived through cyclones, hurricanes, and typhoons.  My kids even slept through TC Winston in Fiji, a super cat 5.  But last night, we had one of the biggest electric storms I have ever seen.  It was fantastic, until we also encountered the largest thunder clap we have ever heard.  It shook the house, set off the alarm, scared the dog, and freaked out the adults and kids in the house.  This morning, the rain has passed, and while I am not sure, I think this is the forefront of the Sahara Air Layer they are predicting for next week.  Such a shame.

- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 07:33:23 -0400
The outer bands of TS Gonzalo seem to be pushing some much-needed rain our way this morning.  Since around 0430 we have been having a good amount of rain.  Not as much as we were used to in the Pacific, but still enough I won't have to water the pot plants this morning, and the pool, cistern, and plants will get a good dousing.  I have high hopes this will persist across the day, as we can certainly use the rain, even if the kids are disappointed about not taking a day trip to the beach.  Go well!

- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 10:16:00 -0400
As we are watching the approach of TS Gonzalo, today is rainy and windy on the southeast corner of Antigua.  Much needed water for the plants and the cistern. Plus, a cooler day in which to enjoy a bit of relaxation.  Stay safe out there!

- Antigua is watching
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2020 16:23:05 -0400
First serious system we are watching for development.     Stand by for more 

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P.O. Box W1924
Antigua, West Indies
268 460 4423
Cell 2687647722
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- Tropical
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2020 06:08:48 -0400
Watching a tropical system.   Hoping we will get some badly needed rain!  Still 
have some of the Sahara dust 


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- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2020 05:57:49 -0400
As everyone is noting, the dust from the Sahara seems to be the worst in memory. Recent comments from scientists at the University of Puerto Rico suggest it’s the worst in fifty years. Yesterday, it was dark enough that the street lights were coming on at midday. Plus, we have the continued sargassum smell that seems to be getting worse over the past few days. Stay safe, everyone! 


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"Statistics or graphs are not optimal to 
understand the experience of suffering"
Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical Anthropologist and ID Physician

- SAL Antigua
  • By Daniella Seepaul <daniellaseepaul at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2020 21:09:12 -0400
Hi Fellow Islanders,

It's so weird heading outside to this great amount of dust over Antigua. It's almost apocalyptic. Just wanted to share two photos taken today.
Stay safe!

Regards,
Daniella Seepaul

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- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2020 14:08:42 -0400
Here in Antigua, the Saharan Air Layer is the worst we have seen it thus far.  We cannot even see the headland across the bay, let alone the horizon.  Looking inland, things are quite hazy as well across the entire island.  A dull, grey day.  At the very least, we do have a nice breeze that is keeping things cool here at the house  

- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2020 11:13:10 -0400
Happy Friday from Antigua!  Windy with the Sahara dust layer really reducing visibility off the southeast corner of the island today.  While the breeze is keeping things cool, it is also bringing more of the sargassum odour.  A few clouds, but no rain.  

- Update
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2020 09:43:39 -0400
The weather here in Antigua has become increasingly hot as of the last week with little in the way of rain to cool things off or offer a little nourishment to the plants.  

The hills, especially here in the southwest corner of the island, are a dusky brown with the brush slowly disappearing as we enter into summer.  We continue to capture the shower water runoff to water the pot plants around the yard.  Having spent the past decade in the Pacific, drought is a new (but rapidly recalled from our time in St Kitts and Nevis, as well as Aruba) experience for the family.  

We rely on the trade winds coming in off the Atlantic side to cool our house, and with the slowing of the winds things are getting hotter.  On the bright side, the influx of sargassum has slowed down, and with it the smell of sulfur that makes it feel like living atop an active volcano.

With the house open, and a few strategically placed feeders, we have had increasing numbers of Antillean Crested Hummingbirds and Caribbean Martins around, including inside the house.  This is a real delight to the kids, and our little visitors always seem to find their way out of the French doors on either end.

We have also started to see the return of a limited number of tourists, with at least one of the villas near us having guests this week, including a young family. 

Stay safe, everyone!



- Happy Silver Anniversary
  • By "Brian P. Mangum" <epidemiology.doc at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2020 17:25:59 -0400
Here in Antigua we continue hot and dry, with apparently little relieve in sight.

However, the real reason I am writing is to wish stormCARIB a happy twenty-fifth anniversary!  

We have been living off an on in the Caribbean for the past decade, including St Kitts and Nevis, Aruba, and now Antigua and Barbuda, and stormCARIB has been a constant companion as a reliable source of information on what was happening weather-wise in the region.

A big thank you to stormCARIB and all of the amazing correspondents across the region - thank you for your service!  Here's to 25 more years!

Cheers,
Brian

- TONIGHT MIDNIGHT END OF 2019 HURRICANE SEASON
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2019 20:37:06 -0400
FOR MY WEATHER WATCHING friends ... tonight at MIDNIGHT our 2019 HURRICANE OFFICIALLy ends and we are breathing a BIG SIGH OF RELIEF. This has been a bad season as is so well summarized in this review by Mr. Dale Destin....with great respect. Each season it is a more anxious time for those of us "in harms way" with the changing weather patterns. My thoughts continue to go out to those in Bahamas who struggle to rebuild their lives and some never will. The aftermath of a hurricane is a hard time. For me the 1995 LUIS devastated our life and we were without electricity for FOUR ( YES 4) months after. But we rose again ! Hurricanes are a way of life it seems. So i wanted to share this review. Meanwhile we focus on the HOLIDAY SEASON and I wish a Happy Holiday time to all.




- Frightening super storm in the pacific
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2019 18:23:15 -0400
This is so concerning for all of us  


https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/tropics-storm-hagibis-destined-to-become-a-typhoon

Martha Watkins Gilkes


- ANTIGUA weather last few days
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 07:29:45 -0400
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- Tropical Storm Karen
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 05:53:14 -0400
We have had an unexpected rough 2 days weather wise.     At least on the 
Atlantic side high on the hill (210 feet) above half moon bay.   We did not 
expect this “lashing” from Tropical Storm Karen but we sure got it.    My phone 
and internet still out and. Electricity been off and on for who knows when    
And a few big tree branches been broken!    Not complaining looking at hard hit 
 Bahamas   But we are having some challenges too.

Martha Watkins Gilkes



- Six named storms
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2019 20:54:23 -0400
Evidence of the terrible damage done to our environment... and the price we are 
paying..   what makes my  blood boil is the fact that  the big  "industrial" 
countries are the ones who have  caused the problem.. with the damage to the 
ozone layer and with pollution  ..   we "small island states"  are   "fisher 
folks, agricultural / farmers and  cause little harm in  comparison and yet  WE 
ARE  THE ONES PAYING THE  BIG PRICE due to our location  in  "hurricane ally"  
where these monster  storms come across and form and destroy our way of life  ( 
which is  a simple easy going  lovely way of living with  nature and our  
surrounds)   THE BIG COUNTRIES dont  pay nearly the price  we do  living on an  
isolated island where  there is not help when we are  "blown apart"   case in 
point..  Beautiful little  Barbuda with HURRICANE IRMA and then HURRICANE MARIA 
with "THE NATURE ISLAND  DOMINICA  2 years ago.. and now the  magnificent  
BAHAMAS  just now..  sooo  terribly destroyed!  Because of what  "they "  have 
and  are  doing.  IT MUST BE STOPPED.. People have to change their way of 
living to protect "Mother earth"  before it is too late.

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- Antigua storm update
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2019 09:29:27 -0400
This morning good news with a more north turn of The Storm!  ANTIGUA In more of 
the green which is good news 
Still watching just in case a turn south.  
We are very thankful. 


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P.O. Box W1924
Antigua, West Indies
268 460 4423
Cell 2687647722
Sent from my  fab iPhone
Marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com


- Antigua now
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2019 20:39:39 -0400
Just posted by Dale Westin. Looking better for Antigua as no watch had been put 
out for us.   Thinking of those in harms way. 


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- Tropical Storm Jerry
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2019 14:54:01 -0400
The system is showing slight  south move closer to ANTIGUA . Fear for our 
Sister isle BARBUDA  as it will be nearer there.   

 The Hurricane Hunters will fly the storm at 1500 zuloo. (11 am) tomorrow 
Thursday and this will give us much better info than only satellite data.    
Standing by for how this plays out.  


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- Development in Strength
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2019 06:38:30 -0400
Early morning on Wednesday.   It is now TS Jerry.  To strengthen to a hurricane 
most likely.     Due east of the islands 🌴 with expected effects between 
Thursday night and Friday as shown below. Right now tracking north of us but 
over the next day this could change.   The bottom photo shows Antigua just on 
the edge of the worst weather  so we have to careful monitor this !   Hopefully 
the future track takes it out to sea with no harm to other islands 🌴 


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- HURRICANE to come
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 21:26:45 -0400
TROPICAL DEPRESSION  10 has formed and will most likely  become a hurricane before it reaches  the  Northern leeward  islands.   We  have been looking at  a more northern turn but it now looks like it will come very close to the islands  so we  will all need to be ready to take quick action in  our hurricane shutters and  securing things.   Antigua Is the  tiny red  dot within the  cone below …   located  just  north of  Guadeloupe ( the  “butterfly shaped island)   Some models are  still showing a north turn but  as we know  with  weather it is not predictable.
THE  www.stormcarib.com  site  puts  it  about 129 miles  from  Antigua.  But any shift  south could put it right over us.    We will know more in  24 hours but in the meantime best to be as prepared as possible.   We will all be  closely  watching this one!   and  with the hope it  certainly does not develop into a strong hurricane  and head the way of the  Bahamas… they need to be spared for sure!    Stay tuned folks as  we  “island people” get ready!














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- Weather watching this week
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2019 06:40:14 -0400
System 97 L has developed and should be passing just north of the islands 🌴 on 
the weekend but we need to watch closely in case of any change.  
There are 3 more weather systems off the African coast behind this one.  That 
time of the year !! 



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- Update
  • By John Fuller <fullaw at candw.ag>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2019 17:11:41 -0400

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- Update
  • By John Fuller <fullaw at candw.ag>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2019 17:18:26 -0400

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- Stormy night.
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2019 20:44:45 -0400
Lots of lightning around tonight.    My NOAA site shows 16 miles away.   Seems 
much closer.    Nature !  

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P.O. Box W1924
Antigua, West Indies
268 460 4423
Cell 2687647722
Sent from my  fab iPhone
Marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com


- Weather Watching invest 94
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2019 08:29:25 -0400
Eyes to the east with this system... All models but 2 (CLPS & TCLP) track the 
system to the South of ANTIGUA.  Around 12 to 14 N and ANTIGUA is 17.1 N.  But 
it is early days so we will keep alert as we are in prime time for hurricanes.  
 Today in Antigua there is not a breath of air!   It is going to be a 🥵 hot hot 
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- HURRICANE DORIAN
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2019 16:12:52 -0400

It has been  a   HARD  WATCH  to  witness this  devastating  hurricane  lashing the  poor  Bahamas.  HEARTBREAKING..
I personally  have  a number of friends there and have been so concerned for  them.    We  here in  Antigua  have faced  similar devastation   when our  “little sister island” Barbuda was  so destroyed in Hurricane  Irma 2 seasons ago…...  and in  1995  with  Hurricane Luis hit, although  not to this  magnitude.   OUR  HEARTS  GO OUT  TO  Those in the  Bahamas  and I hope many   countries come together to help in the  recovery.       Meanwhile we are  still  watching  as  Dorian moves   right now  towards  the  US east coast hoping there will not be major  destruction.   


We are  in the  HEIGHT of Hurricane season  with  September  being the  most  active month.    There  are  a number  of  active areas out there  but the area   that  we  in the  Leewards are  keeping  an eye  on is mentioned  by  Dave  on  STORM CARIB that will probably be 94L.   We  watch and  advance preparation is the key as  we all know.   Be prepared people… “The Boy scout motto”!   ( not too early to check your own home/ yard for  any objects that could fly… for  your  hurricane shutters being ready..  for  food and water  supply … 

FROM DAVE :
"The interesting one is behind 91L ready for splashdown off the African coast. An area of interest, soon to be probably designated 94L, this wave could be a business shaker down the road. Way too early to tell at this time."

- Weather watching.
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2019 12:31:54 -0400
We are all absorbed with this monster Dorian.   But we need to keep eyes to the 
east as a system is just off Africa with a 50% chance to develop   Could be 
with us in 8 to 10 days.      Thinking of all In The path of hurricane Dorian.  
 


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- Tropical Storm Dorian
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 13:59:31 -0400
We are breathing a big sigh of relief as it seems the Storm Dorian which could 
become a hurricane today is tracking south and will not effect ANTIGUA!   We 
have certainly had our share of big blows so thankful this go round.   But we 
have September to go — the worst month for hurricanes.  So still.  Eyes to the 
east !  Thinking of those facing the bad weather! 

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- Watching Tropical storm Dorian
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2019 19:43:03 -0400
Watching this.        Closest point right. Now. 
137? Miles
 This is fluid.       

Be  ready. People 

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- Invest 99L
  • By Daniella Seepaul <daniellaseepaul at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:29:18 -0400
Hi Fellow Islanders,
Seems we have an Invest to keep an eye on. 99L?


Be vigilant! Be prepared!


Regards,
Daniella Seepaul

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- CARIBBEAN storms
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2019 07:15:32 -0400
From today’s view things look good that we will not get bad weather or a 
tropical storm ⛈ over the next days.  The system we have been watching seems to 
be breaking up and if any thing will just bring more rain over the next days.  
But as Dave on Stormcarib.com has said   
 
“Will it be a quiet season this year or will the season suddenly explode with 
activity and possible calamity? It will be interesting and problematic at the 
same time. Interesting to see how it all pans out. Problematic if just one 
storm is the calamity. After all, it does, only take one.

Be safe. Be prepared.”

   (I am still remembering Hurricane Irma that destroyed BARBUDA and was 
heading direct to us with that last minute north turn 😱) 

Have a good Sunday ☀️

Mine just got better reading the lastest weather updates here 🙏




- Still weather watching ! COULD BE TROPICAL STORM CHANTAL
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Aug 2019 07:59:29 -0400
IT IS NOT  A CLOSED BOOK..   and this   Weather  watching thing is NOT FOR THE  FAINT OF HEART or 
sissies !      This system could  STILL develop  at  least  into a  TROPICAL STORM ( which can do plenty of  damage too..  of course  NOT  A HURRICANE - hopefully.. but  i  dont  take  anything for granted after  IRMA 2 years ago ….     SO  we need to keep eyes  peeled…   this  would be near us early  next week.   
BE SURE  to note  DAVEs  comments on the  main  STORM CARIB PAGE  ( as posted blow ) 









Martha Watkins Gilkes




- Weather watching
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2019 12:42:07 -0400
From our Met Office.  Seems  96L may not develop which is good news.   still 
watching however.   This is a good “get ready” call 


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- Watching
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2019 05:37:21 -0400
Now classified as invest 96L 

If it comes Over the weekend or early next week    We are watching.  Get ready 
people. 

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- We are watching
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 20:40:45 -0400
First one that really has our attention.  But early days.    Standing by 

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- Hurricane Sector - Satellite Imagery
  • By John Fuller <fullaw at candw.ag>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:26:18 -0400
https://stormcarib.com/goes.htm


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- Update
  • By John Fuller <fullaw at candw.ag>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:25:51 -0400

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- Screenshot 2019-07-31 at 7.08.31 PM
  • By John Fuller <fullaw at candw.ag>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:11:56 -0400

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- Standing by
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2019 22:10:41 -0400
We are standing by to report to you if needed.  Thankful so far all quiet on 
the home front.  


- Rainy Weather
  • By Daniella Seepaul <daniellaseepaul at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2019 08:17:01 -0400

Hi Fellow Islanders,

Could this be the most rain Antigua have seen for the past 5 years? Sure feels like it!

Be Safe! Be Prepared!


Regards,
Daniella

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- Rain. 4.5 inches since 4 am
  • By John Fuller <fullaw at candw.ag>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2019 07:47:37 -0400

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- 2019 HURRICANE SEASON
  • By Martha Watkins Gilkes <marthawatkinsgilkes at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 May 2019 09:38:06 -0400
Hello all  you weather watchers… been since  NOV 11th 2018  that  i Posted..   The months have  literally FLOWN by  as  we  are  warned happenes. 

A VERY  EARLY  start  to  weather disturbance ……
The old  saying   in the islands  is   
JUNE TOO SOON
JULY STAND BY
AUGUST A MUST
SEPTEMBER  REMEMBER 
OCTOBER ALL  OVER 

We are still  a month away from the  JUNE 1  official  hurricane  start and  yet  this  has  developed !  So good warning for us  to  all  be on our  toes.    This of course,  is far too north to effect  the Leeward islands but  a good eye opener for us to take heed.  

On another note  sending  wishes for a full recovery to long time STORM CARIB REPORTER  JOHN ELI FULLER  from Antigua   ( part of  those  “boys in the backroom” )     from a stroke   he had yesterday.  We wish him a full recovery and hope to see him posting  in due course.    






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