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- The end of the 2021 Hurricane Season and more...
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 22:29:26 -0400

Good evening, to everyone!

Today was not only the official end of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season which happened to be much less coming out in intensity and amount of storms as the long term forecasts (by Klotzbach et all) have said before it even started, and all of us Caribbeans can just be happy about that! I am thankful that nature has had a mercy even though Barbados got hit by a cat 1 hurricane ELSA which caused some material damage. This is rare, but thankfully no fatalities!


On a national note, Barbados told the Queen of England a "Good by your Majesty" today. From today on Barbados is a republic! I guess you know that already through the news.

It has nothing to with weather, I know. But it is an important and very courageous step for a small country like ours to take and go on!!!

I love Barbados and I love this stormcarib community!

See you all again, whenever something is worth posting.

Good night, may you all stay save and alert. I also heard this Hurricane Season might physically not be over yet! So, look out!

If there is nothing else worth to be posted weather wise I want to wish the entire strormcarib community my best seasons greetings! This is just a precaution in case I might be too busy with whatever other stuff may come up around Xmas. ;-)

I love this website! The makers (Gert and Dave), the contributors (the "special correspondents") and I am proud to be one of the latter, and I am reading almost every report of the other islands, everyone should do that.

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- Again, the dust layer
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 19:13:34 -0400

Just 5 minutes ago Virgin Atlantic came in from Kingstown, St. Vincent. One could even see the dust in the cone of its head lights, unbelievable. Never seen this before unless it was raining heavily. As you know the "birds" are almost flying almost over my house.

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- Dust Layer
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 15:23:16 -0400

This must be the thickest dust layer I have ever seen. A mix of Saharan dust and La Palma volcano smoke. Smoke, NOT Ash.

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The Barbados Weather Service has published a Dust Haze Advisory.

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- Today in a Barbados newspaper
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 09:54:45 -0400

Good morning to all,

This article was published today. I thought it might be of interest for all.

https://www.nationnews.com/2021/10/27/caribbean-warned-flooding-landslides-next-three-months/

Take care

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- Trough system over Barbados
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2021 21:36:24 -0400

Good evening to all,

Since yesterday the Barbados Weather Service (BWS) has released a Flash-Flood-Watch. Today it was upgraded to a Flash-Flood-Warning.

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The cause for this warning is a trough system coming our way, currently visible in the top image of the stormcarib.com front page. And it may hit some of our neighbouring islands as well.

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Here some photos from the ground:

Sunset

Sunset, photo taken at 17:43:38 local time today.


Looking
        South

Looking South, taken 17:44:18.


Looking East

Flights taking off to the West while we had winds coming in from almost straight South! Taken 17:44:45.


Looking South
        again

Looking South again, about 11 min. later than the one above. Taken 17:56:42. (Sorry for the shaken photo, I turned off the flash light)


BMS

The Weather forecast in the evening news. There is more to come later next week, about Tuesday (Red remarks by me).


Current
        conditions

Weather conditions at about 19:30 today.


So much for today. May you all have a good night.

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- A Goodie
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2021 17:46:34 -0400

I just shot this after I posted my previous post.

Isabel from St.Croix would call this "End of day photo".

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Dusted Sunset


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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- Dust Haze Warning
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2021 17:19:31 -0400

Good evening all,

Barbados is under Dust Haze Warning issued by the Barbados Weather Service. In this case visibility is down to 5-10 km. This is important for small vessels going out to sea with no sophisticated navigation tools like GPS or radar equipment on board. It is also important for people with respiratory problems.

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On the ground it looks like that:

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In reality the haze look worse than in the photo. The camera tried remove some of the haze.


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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- Sam he's a funny fellow
  • By Peter Allen <stilettocruises at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2021 08:29:02 +0000 (UTC)
Thank god Sam has turned North and left the Lesser Antilles in one piece.Of 
note when this hurricane was East of Barbados packing 150 mph winds we never 
got any surf on the east coast,the surfers were in dismay,one of them told me 
it got up half decent Wed afternoon but nothing huge as one would expect as it 
was  moving at 7mph.Now it's back to 150 mph and there are high surf warnings. 


- TS PETER what Barbados got of it
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2021 19:28:39 -0400

Good evening all,

TS PETER is past his closet point (CPA) to Barbados. We did not get any rain or wind so far and probably won't get any from it. Quite the opposite was the case. The feeder bands of PETER have taken away our normally refreshing breeze for a while, which we were enjoying during the past weeks.

Current weather data at the airport BGI:

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Even the Barbados Weather Service was warning about it beforehand, that it would become a hot day today. And so it was. That was a new one to me, that the vicinity of a Tropical Storm can put the sun in charge to cause problems! The winds are still very low with a westerly component (see graphic above). The latter had consequences on air traffic with aircraft taking off to the West and landing from the East.

See British Airways regular daily flight # 254 on its flight to London. Usually they turn to the Northeast as soon as they have reached a certain altitude, no matter which way they are taking off. This one today went straight East for quite a while until flightradar24.com could no longer receive any further position information. Comparing this with visible satellite photos showed, that the flight was avoiding one of PETER's large feeder bands, which it would have crossed if took the normal route. Obviously, the pilot didn't want to give his passengers the experience of a Hurricane Hunter mission. LOL!

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- INVEST 95L
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 11:15:11 -0400

Good morning all,

The Barbados Weather Service has sent out notices that Invest 95L will pass well north of Barbados.

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- Weather and how we feel it
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2021 21:46:34 -0400

Good evening to all,

in support of Barbara Cannegieter's report from St. Maarten, I can confirm that we have had a hot day here as well, and not only today. Also the past days. Many friends here, locals of dark complexion, are complaining a lot, believe or not! The term "they are used to it" is no longer valid, and it never has been, because EVERY human being has the same nominal, healthy body temperature. Skin colour doesn't make any difference.

Even the weather presenter in tonight's local evening TV news said that the max. temperature today felt higher than those numbers shown (contrary to the numbers presented in the graphics behind her). I have never heard anything like that before!

Also, Barbados has been supplied with 2 advisories of high surf! Mostly a warning to our West Coast. See attachment.

That's it for tonight.

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Best regards and stay safe, prepared and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance and your masks on, get vaccinated, as well!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

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- TS Grace
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2021 11:47:27 -0400

Good morning all,

Nothing much to write. We are having on and off light to moderate to heavy showers from the outskirts of Grace and thunder in the distance, probably in the North. The Barbados Weather Service has issued a flash-flood warning for Barbados as of 10:15am this morning.

Grace's CPA to Barbados is to come in 3 hours from now.

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

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- In relation to INVEST 94L
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2021 17:05:23 -0400

Good evening to all,

I am hoping this works, because it is a forwarding of a CAP.CAP email, issued by the Barbados Weather Service in HTML-Format, which is an internet language.

Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)


 
 
CAP.CAP
This alert message is from Barbados Warning System
Message BMS_20210808205242 from Barbados_Meteorological_Services sent at 16:52:42 on 2021-08-08
Status / Scope / Type    Actual / Public / Alert
Alert summary
WEATHER INFORMATION STATEMENT FOR BARBADOS #3
Event code
Met
Urgency / Severity / Certainty
Future / Minor / Observed
Affected areas

Description
The Barbados Meteorological Services continues to monitor an area of disturbed weather associated with an elongated area of low pressure located some 335 miles or 540 kilometers to the east of Barbados at 5:00 p.m, 8th August 2021. KEY MESSAGES: ****** THERE ARE NO WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR BARBADOS AT THIS TIME. ****** THIS SYSTEM IS NOT A DEPRESSION OR TROPICAL STORM. During the afternoon, there has been no significant change to the overall structure of the system. Convection continued to fluctuate and the system remained elongated and poorly organized. Some slow development of this system is possible as it moves towards the west-northwest near 10 to 15 mph. Current forecast tracks indicate that the center of the area of low pressure should pass north of Barbados late Monday evening. Recommendations to the public: Monitor the progress of this system over the next 12 to 24 hours. The next update will be at 6:00 a.m Monday 9th August 2021.
Instructions
For more information and authentication of this message kindly use the direct web link provided in this message, or visit our social media pages http://www.barbadosweather.org | Facebook at BarbadosMeteorologicalServices | Instagram at BarbadosMetServices | Twitter at BarbadosMet
Contact
Jonathan Alleyne
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16:52:42 2021-08-08
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06:00:00 2021-08-09
 
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- UPDATE on ELSA damages
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Jul 2021 08:57:59 -0400

Good morning to all!

Yesterday was a busy day for all of us down here in "Beautiful Barbados" (the motto of Barbados). Damage assessment in Barbados by officials was going on intensively throughout the day. For me, researching many of the official and news reports.

I am not on any social media, just some messengers, however, I received some photos and videos from my wife, who is currently overseas. But putting all of that together, and having in mind not to bore anyone of you with all of that, took some time of selecting the right media attachments. After I had posted yesterday, there was a live press conference at 16:30 o'clock, hosted by our Prime Minister The Hon. Mia Mottley, on local TV and internet stream. I have saved a link to the recording and I just checked back, it still works and I want to share this with you, see below.

https://www.nationnews.com/2021/07/03/update-hurricane-elsa-press-conference/

For those of you, who don't want to watch the about 2 hours long recording, there is also a summary of what the various ministries and utility providers have assessed so far! I have not heard of any fatalities.

Yesterday and today one can hear hammering and some pumps running in the neighbourhood and probably all over the island.

May you all have a great Sunday.

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- Demolisher ELSA, Addendum
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2021 16:21:16 -0400

Good afternoon everyone,

In my last post I forgot to mention, that the water supply started to come back ad around 23:00 o'clock and the power kicked back in this morning at 01:00 o'clock.

That's it.

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- Demolisher ELSA
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2021 16:01:00 -0400

A little earlier as expected, the rain began falling, about two hours later the winds started to pick up. We had breezy days before already.

Here is the timeline (using 24hr format):

07:15 Power went off, tap water as well!!! The water outage was a planned exercise by the Barbados Water Authority. The outage of power was not planned. It just happened. Throughout the day a peak of 75% customers of the customers of Barbados Light & Power were out of power and hence also out of internet access. I was one of them as you already know. In a later Media Briefing the spokesperson of BL&P had the guts to brag about the 25% who were left with power.

10:45 Rain and wind subsided for about 1/2 hour before resuming again. I am assuming that either the eye of ELSA was passing South of us or if we have been in the gap between two feeder bands. I am not sure which it was. However, this time I have not had the pleasure to be in the eye of the hurricane. But I had that experience back in 2010 when Hurricane TOMAS visited us with a full hit! TOMAS was forecast to pass about 25 miles South of us, but it made a last minute wobble to the North and came head on to where I live. That was my very first hurricane to be in. Being in the eye of a Hurricane and outside(!) is a very weird experience. It is ABSOLUTE silence, no bird chirping, no leaf rattling, no wind noise, because there is NO wind, no car noise. I actually lost my balance, due to that silence, and almost fell. Sorry, for the diversion, back to ELSA.

10:50 Before the wind and rain resumed, I made a check walk around the house to look for damage. I had to do that, because just this year we have installed Hurricane shutters, with them shut being unable to look outside. No damage to talk about, just leaves in the pool and the one and the other broken garden plant. Nothing unexpected. I guess, the difference in distance of the two centres of TOMAS (2010) and ELSA (2021), and then fact that ELSA wasn't even a Hurricane when it hit us,  made the difference in wind force. We had much more damage with TOMAS.

11:45 ELSA becomes a Hurricane!

11:50-11:57 DEM Media briefing
This briefing via radio didn't say much, just the fact that ELSA was now a Hurricane, which I had missed. Also, people were urged not to venture out just to take photos and videos in order to post them on social media.

12:45 Winds and rain were subsiding. The show was over for Barbados. A very short impact, because ELSA was in a hurry, 44km/h forward speed when it arrived here.

16:45 Barbados calls out the "all clear".

Damages island-wide as known so far:

100% of consumers out of tap water!
75% of consumers out of power!
No mobile service until about 10:45!
177 Homes lost their roofs!
The number of destroyed homes is unknown to me.
Many (not quantified) broken trees and utility poles!
Flash Flooding in some places.


Pictures:

1. A blown roof, 500m South of my home. I only noticed that this morning,
2. Damaged roofing of a plant nursery to the west-south-west of my home,
3. Toppled containers,
4. Toppled containers,
5. Destroyed house,
6. Blown roof (video),
7. Blown roof,
8. Social media video.
9. Social media video (watch the pillar falling and crumbling, shoddy work).


Why did I title this report "Demolisher ELSA", because before I began writing, here is why (click the link).

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/03/us/miami-dade-building-collapse-saturday/index.html

May everyone be prepared!

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

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- H1 ELSA in Barbados
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Jul 2021 02:45:15 -0400

Good night everyone,

I will write a report about yesterday later today. I was out of power, internet and water for the most part of yesterday. The utilities just came back on around past midnight. I am getting tired now. And no worries, "I good" as we say in Barbados. And thanks to all well wishers, it helped indeed.

Write later.

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- TS ELSA closing in
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2021 21:03:16 -0400

Good night everyone,

As to the latest information from NHC at 8pm tonight and the BWS (Barbados Weather Service) at 7:45pm tonight, TS ELSA has changed gears in terms of forward speed to currently 28 MPH (44 KM/H).

As to the BWS TV8 evening news weather forecast rainfall from ELSA is expected to start at 2-3am tomorrow morning and storm force winds are to be expected to begin around 6:00am tomorrow.

The closest point of approach is expected to be around 10:00am tomorrow morning, passing to the South of Barbados, which will give me a first row seat.

The storm force wind field of ELSA is large enough to cover entire Barbados even with the distance of CPA.

Rainfall is expected to accumulate to 8-10 inches in total.

The advice to get prepared now would obviously come too late. It should be common sense anyway.

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

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- Potential Tropical Cyclone Five
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 19:06:39 -0400

Good evening everyone,

This might be important not only to Barbados, but also to other near by islands! As to the latest NHC advisory "Potential Tropical Cyclone Five" has officially been put to "Advisory status" by the NHS (https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/). Every island North and South of Barbados this system's path predictions should watch this system very closely!

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

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- INVEST 95L
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 12:18:27 -0400

Good morning everyone,

A hefty thunderstorm chased me out of bed this morning. INVEST 95L is here. Barbados is again under Flash Flood Warning. More thunderstorms to be expected throughout the day. According to the Barbados Weather Service (BWS), the accumulated rainfall can reach up to 100mm (4").

Of more concern to me is INVEST 97L ! According to the current spaghetti models and intensity graphs it could become a full hit of a cat 1 or 2 hurricane! Not good!

This thing should be followed closely!

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

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- Two Waves at our doorstep
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2021 13:32:45 -0400

Good afternoon to All,

the Barbados Met Office is observing apparently observing two Tropical Waves coming our way.

https://www.nationnews.com/2021/06/22/tropical-wave-bring-rain-thunderstorms/

At 8:00am this morning the first one was located at about 300 miles east-south-east of Barbados and the second one 500 miles away in the same direction. They are moving at 15-20 mph towards us.

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- Just for the record....
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 21:07:07 -0400

Good evening to All!

I have read a report from Lisette on the Dominica page. First of all I want to express my deepest thanks to Lisette for her post and her concerns and well wishes for our people who have lost their homes or other damage that happened to them! Thank you very much Lisette for that on behalf of all those affected Bajans! Good news are, there were no injuries or fatalities reported.

However, it was not a Tropical Storm! Otherwise it would be have been on the NHC and stormcarib.com records as well. Our Met Office called it a "Freak Event" because it came out of nowhere and was very short lived as well. Talking about an hour+ or so, I don't know for sure.

I am assuming this one was a "Mini-Tornado", as of which we had one before in 2017. That one occurred just a few hundred yards north from where I live, two villages above my location. I only learned about it in the news as well. A very small event in terms of it's size but it took roofs off of several buildings, even half of the roof of a large church. Storms are much bigger in diameter. Hence, I am thinking that the event from 17 June this year was a "Mini-Tornado" as well. There is no other reasonable explanation to me.

On my private website I have a report and photos of this 2017 event. What went through here in 2017 were the beginnings of the much later infamous Hurricane Harvey. http://www.turtle48.de/en/country/bb/20170818_TS_Harvey/index.html. Look for the section "Providence, Christ Church" on that page. The damage of a "Mini-Tornado".

May you all have a good night and be prepared, because "anything can happen". Citing the PM of Barbados, the Hon. Mia Amor Mottley.

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- Unbelievable !
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 07:36:14 -0400

Good morning to All!

I just read the following two articles in today's online Newspaper edition. Yesterday night June 17, 12:20 am, all hell was loose in the North and East of Barbados. For those of us who always prepare last minute this should have been a wake-up call!

Down South where I live none of that at all, just some rain.

https://www.nationnews.com/2021/06/18/best-freak-event/

https://www.nationnews.com/2021/06/18/mottley-get-ready-anything/

All of this without a warning!

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- Warnings from Met Office
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2021 08:34:38 -0400

Good morning All,

The Barbados Met Office has published the following warnings:

The tail-end of the tropical wave will be affecting the island.
General Forecast: Mostly cloudy to overcast with the occasional scattered light to moderate showers.

Winds Across Barbados: Strong easterly to south easterly breeze from 45 to 55 km/h (28 to 34 mph) and increasing.

General swell information: Moderate in open water with swells ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 meters ( 5 to 8 ft ) and increasing.

Dust-Haze Forecast Across Barbados: A layer of slight dust haze will be visible across the island.

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Best regards and stay safe and COVID-19 free! Keep your distance!
Jurgen

Barbados South, near airport (BGI)

- EVERYTHING BACK TO FRONT
  • By Peter Allen <stilettocruises at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2021 08:07:31 +0000 (UTC)
It's 3.50am here and quite windy out of the SE 20+k i'd say with some thunder 
showers.At long last some rain and,every door and window is now sprawling open 
to let some fresh air in the house because the volcanic ash is now wet.One 
thing is normal my weather man the dog is hiding in the bathroom so some more 
rain and thunder still to come.I'm actually starting to believe this dog feels 
the pressure drop or i need an examination myself lol.


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