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- Two different advisories/warnings
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Feb 2024 18:37:14 -0400

Good evening to all,

A marine HIGH SURF ADVISORY is in effect for Barbados, but it may also affect other islands of the Lesser Antilles!


Just found this link in the local news about action at Kick ‘em Jenny submarine volcano: https://www.cbc.bb/news/local-news/disaster-management-officials-on-alert/

Everyone who might be affected may take due care and follow the news.

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Sorry, for a late update about the earthquake
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2023 20:42:58 -0400

Updates about the Earthquake:

I am hoping that those links provided below might work. If not, please let me know!

There were no reports about damages around or in Barbados! Good news!

Here are coming a few news reports links from Barbados:

Report by: Barbados.loop news.com, BB, Title: "5.5 Earthquake shakes Barbados".

Report by: NationNews.com, BB, Title: "Parts of Barbados shaken by 5.1 tremor".

Report by barbados.loopnews.com, BB, Title: "BMS says no tsunami threat from earthquake".

Report by NationNews.com, BB, Title: "No reported damage from earthquake".

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Earthquake shook Barbados this morning!
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2023 14:56:08 -0400

Not weather related but still nature related.

https://barbados.loopnews.com/content/55-earthquake-shakes-barbados

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Barbados Radar
  • By Peter Allen <stilettocruises at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2023 10:52:01 +0000 (UTC)
I am of the opinion that the Bajan radar is not working properly in the Northern quadrant as it only shows speckles of cloud and plenty rain clouds to the South.That can't be the case considering the amount of rain we have had.Peter

- Addendum to my latest post
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2023 16:21:51 -0400

I just aware, that some wind gusts near showers hat storm force strengths. Well, I guess that this would explain the aircraft's holding patterns.

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Barbados under Flash-Flood Watch
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2023 15:59:32 -0400

Good evening to all,

Barbados is under Flash-Flood Watch since 2:20 hrs. this morning and remained under this watch until present. It was raining on and off showers all day long until present.

The BWS Weather radar image doesn't look immensely dangerous.

However, these few clouds had considerable impacts on air traffic, particularly incoming flights. A number of arriving flights had to go into holding patterns or divert in order to avoid those bad weather cells. Many more than you can see in the following screenshot, I would guess it were about 10 ore even more. I can't say if it was due to the rain or the winds, may be both. There were some gusty winds near showers. Hence, with bad visibility you don't want to have cross winds as well.

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- The Barbados weather radar
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2023 22:55:30 -0400

The Barbados weather radar can be followed here:

https://www.barbadosweather.org/Radars/LeafScripts/BMSRadarProducts.php

It is just about 10 minutes late of real time. And the reach outwards from Barbados is 400 km.

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Correction!
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2023 21:31:43 -0400

Sorry, of course I meant the Windward not the Leeward Islandsl

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- A trough system is passing through
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2023 21:26:26 -0400

Good evening to all,

A trough system is passing through the Leeward Islands chain. Barbados is already getting light rain since about two hours. Islands affected may reach from St. Lucia to the North down to Trinidad and Tobago in the South. See the Barbados weather radar image below.

May be you should bring the towel brigade into action. LOL.

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- I am getting sort of an empty feeling...
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2023 22:21:46 -0400

The season is not even officially over as yet, and there is nothing to report about.

Even though some institutions are forecasting a prolonged "rainy season", point is "rain", not "storms", for another 3 months. But, I have also read somewhere, that the Hurricane Season may not even keep it's official end to be over by the end of November. It might go into December, for witch I don't have any proof. I am actually confused right now! I have lost my trust for the NHC. But I also understand that they need to learn a lot more, about to understand these "modern storms" as to how they develop, and they do.

I have never seen so many hurricane hunters, stationed in Barbados to examine those freaky storms as PHILIPPE and TAMMY. But to improve their forecast models software may take a longer time as expected. The NHC has a lot more work to do as all of us and they might think.

From my point of view, the two master forecasters on this website, I think we all know, are still doing their best jobs!

Thanks to Gert and Dave! You two are the best!

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Today on NationNews.com
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2023 10:13:18 -0400

https://www.nationnews.com/2023/10/31/flooding-high-temperatures-forecast-january/

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Today we again have aTropical Wave passing through
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 19:15:37 -0400

Good evening everyone,

in the morning we got some harbingers of that wave, quite strong rain for about 1 1/2 hours. The BWS only issued a Flash-Flood Watch, event though flooding was already going on in parts of the island! As to my mind a Flash-Flood Warning should have been the minium to warn for! And that Watch has not even been upgraded to a Warning short before 6:00 pm this evening, but the Watch was just extended to 6.00 tomorrow morning.

The Flash-Flood watch extension.


A friend of mine could not get to work by car this morning, because a bridge in the only road out of the home to get to get the workplace was partially washed away and the water on the road was so high and gushing across the road, that it was impossible to pass it safely in a sedan type car and my friend drove back home, and had to call the employer, not to attend the job today.

Thereafter the day was overcast with no significant rain.

I drove shopping before the "real" wave would hit us. I was more focussing on the size of the radar reflections, rather than on the colours in the radar image. The colours are all of low reflections, saying no more strong rain to be expected. Well, we'll see.

The radar image from the BMS, Barbados.

I am hoping, we are not getting the yellow or red colours above our heads.

All the best, for the  islands down from Trinidad and Tobago up to Guadeloupe. May even to other islands, but this Radar only covers 400 km Radius.

A good night to all!
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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- TAMMY is going to make a sharp turn!?
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2023 23:48:13 -0400

Well, that would be good for Bermuda, if it just would happen.

 

Good luck for Bermuda if that forecast becomes true! They had a few impacts up there already this season, and they don't need more of that. And for sure not an H2 TAMMY hit!

Her in Barbados we just had some rain from a weak Tropical Wave today. The BMS had issued a flood-watch which had been discontinued shortly after and then a flash-warning was issued for the northern districts of Barbados which has been terminate by default at 18:00 hrs. due the warning.

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- All calm here, but another wave is coming
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2023 23:30:52 -0400

Good night to all,

this one wave the NHC has not yet on its advisories at all. But the BMS has. Well, it may not mean much as yet, but BMS just wants to a bit more careful than other forecasters. Good so!

The new wave is to the right of the image, and it looks kinda big.

So, let's all of us in the South-Eastern Caribbean watch out for this one.

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Tammy
  • By Peter Allen <stilettocruises at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2023 11:45:24 +0000 (UTC)
To Barbara in St Martin,pretty much the same here in Bim,when the storm was 70 miles off the NE of Barbados we could clearly see the eye on Radar while we sat in a hole SW with no rain or wind,lots of thunder storms just over the horizon Sat morning was a solid downpour for an hour or two and that was it,also the surf on the East was moderate but not huge as i have seen it with passing storms.I am curious what went on in Barbuda no reports as yet??

- fill me in
  • By Peter Allen <stilettocruises at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2023 16:43:36 +0000 (UTC)
Fill me in,July Stand By-August ???-September To Remember-October All Over. 

- TAMMY's aftermath
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2023 20:52:31 -0400

After the last stronger showers in Barbados had subsided in my area I have made a short shopping run to the nearest Mini Mart down here. WOW! I have never seen this particular road as flooded as it was today. I have to admit, that I have never used this road as shortly after heavy rain as I did today. Have look...


WOW, that is what I call flooding in a place where I have never seen it before, since I am living here since 2009!

However, now it seems that the show which TAMMY provided for us, may be eventually over.

That's it for today.

All my best wishes for the islands up North!

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Barbados this morning
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2023 10:08:03 -0400

Good morning to all,

I woke up to moderate rain of several minutes duration. After a while thunder and lightning began in the distance. I assume over central Barbados, where the mountainous area begins to stretch up to the North of the island. As I am typing another moderate shower began. Accumulated amount of rainfall predicted by the BMS to reach up to 4-5 cm. From my terrace facing due South I can clearly here th sea swells smashing at rocks on the shoreline, which is about 2 km away.

Warnings in effect for Barbados:

Looking due South:

The garden is thankful for the rain, my cats not so much.

I will write more, once things change.


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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- BMS discontinued storm watch for Barbados
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2023 23:10:46 -0400

Read this, in particular the blue underlined part! Also, the rain I wrote about earlier has stopped as well. Not sure if that would the end of it for Barbados.

Great news so far.


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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Typo correction!
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2023 20:59:28 -0400

In my latest post (Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2023 20:51:20), first sentence, "sine" should have been "since". Sorry about that!

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- TAMMY the beast
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2023 20:51:20 -0400

Long lasting and moderate rain is falling down here in the South of Barbados, sine after my latest post before this one. Winds are low, though. Expected rain accumulation 1 - 3 inches for today. In certain areas of Barbados, presumably in the North, it may be more. High seas with swells up to 3.5 meters are forecast and a small craft warning, high seas warning have been issued. Fisherfolks are taking their boats out of the sea, moving them onto land. Locals and tourists have been warned not to go into the sea for bathing and even avoid to go to beaches at all. These warnings have already been published earlier today.

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- TAMMY's Feederbands
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2023 19:40:35 -0400

I just saw the Director of the Barbados Meteorological Service, while explaining the odds of TAMMY for possible impacts on Barbados. This TAMMY is really kind of unpredictable for us and the NHC. It is moving really slow. The feeder bands in the South East quadrant of this system are hard to predict. Just before I started writing this, rain began down here and wind increased. May be that was the opening for a flash-flooding show to come? We'll see. I will keep you posted.

Until then, be vigilant, all of you in the Eastern Caribbean. TAMMY is a beast!

Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Tammy
  • By Peter Allen <stilettocruises at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2023 23:08:26 +0000 (UTC)
It has been amazingly calm all day,no rain or wind to speak of compared to Phillepe a week ago.It's 7.00pm here on the south of the island and the wind has come around to the SW-S at 8 knots,hopefully we'll get rain later tonight if we get some squalls out of the South from feeder bands..

- Barbados is very calm - at least in the South
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2023 15:52:23 -0400

Barbados is very calm, at least in the South. Skies are overcast. We had one brief and short shower in the morning, nothing to speak of. Winds are low. Flight traffic still in "reverse mode".

Airport Weather Station

Impressive BMS weather radar image. Getting some rain would be nice.

Take care everyone!

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Tammy's first HELLO
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2023 21:20:01 -0400

Barbados had northerly winds since the early afternoon and just now the first light rain is coming down, may be moderate later on tonight. Just a guess, though. Due to the north-western incoming winds, flight traffic has gone into "reverse" mode again. Saying, flight directions are now east to west. True signs from outer influence.

Excerpt from the Barbados airport weather station.

Good night to all!

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- TAMMY almost in real time
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2023 11:17:25 -0400

https://zoom.earth/storms/tammy-2023/#overlays=wind

Click on the large green dot, Tammy's current location. You will then see a wind forecast table in right half of the screen.

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- TS TAMMY is coming
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2023 22:23:29 -0400

As to the latest advisory of the NHC #1A Tammy is approaching the lesser Antilles with

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km)
from the centre.

As to the stormcarib.com CPA tool, the CPA would  be 161 km for Barbados! So we are facing a tropical storm as well!

It might be more dangerous for the more northern islands. So you guys up north check our own CPA's with this highly valuable tool on this website here!

Good night to all.

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- TS TAMMY coming in soon!
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2023 17:23:29 -0400

I just wrote about a hurricane hunter was on it's way to Barbados. Well, has landed 1/2 an hour ago. Now, as to the 17:00 hrs. according to the 1st advisory of the NHC for Tropical Storm TAMMY we now have the opportunity to watch out for TS TAMMY, which has skipped the TD stage! At least we are now supposed to receive more recent advisories with a centre of location, which makes the tracking of this storm much easier.

Look out for this one!

I am hoping for all o' we that it might not become to much of serious trouble for either the Eastern or the North-Eastern Caribbean.
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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Hurricane hunter en route to Barbados
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2023 15:19:29 -0400

Good afternoon to all,

this hurricane hunter, nick-named "Kermit" is currently on its way to Barbados. Expected arrival about 16:30.

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)

- Soon to be "Tammy Trouble"
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2023 01:19:55 -0400

Good evening to all!

This system "Tammy Trouble" really gets my neck hair curling up!

I have been observing storms since 2010. The day when Hurricane Tomas (retired name) was approaching Barbados as a TS Tomas. On this day my wife and I where out on the road to facilitate some official and other appointments to get our container with all the household stuff from Germany into Barbados, duty free. Long story short, we eventually entered the house and as soon we have shut the door the rain started. It became stronger and stronger over the night. I wanted to watch it all night long, but I fell asleep around 2:00 am or so. That was the first time when I found this website stormcarib.com and the NHC website! Since than I became a fan of this website but also NHC!

Hence, my experience of watching storms is not that long! But it developed over the years.

So, now we are facing "Tammy Trouble". The models are getting closer to each other. But for me it makes things just more difficult for interpretation! The models are only covering the next five days. And the intensity plots are already suggesting a Major Hurricane by then! What about 6-8 days from now as Dave has predicted in his last post? All o' we know, he is the best forecaster that we could listen to. And yes, he has also posted some chances of possible change, but as far as I have followed the NHC an the Barbados BMS, both of them don't have a real clue as yet.


Hence, everyone should follow the development of INVEST 94L closely!

And as I have stated earlier, I am not a Pro and I don't want to make any more forecasts.

Good night to everyone!

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Best regards. Be prepared and stay safe and dry! Jurgen, from Barbados, South, near airport (BGI)


- The Atlantic looks clear, for a little while
  • By Jurgen Starck <weather at turtle48.de>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2023 21:40:45 -0400

Finally, the NHS has given up on TS PHILIPPE. But another contender seems to be coming, looking like another fish storm. But hey, it is not my forecast!

By NHC at 20:00 hrs. EDT as of today.