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- Bye hurricane season
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2018 13:11:52 -0400
Dominica breathes a sigh of relief!  3 near misses.  To be honest the unnamed rainy weather did more damage to Dominica than named depressions or storms!!

Every year at this time we are very happy to say goodbye to the hurricane season.  This time last year we were suffering terribly from hurricane Maria.  No electricity and for us this went on for 8 months.  It truly was a difficult time.  A good year after Maria we still have no internet or home land line in our home.  We have data on our smartphones, this is very expensive and not really satisfying as we cannot download anything substantial!  In order to download or use the internet on our laptop we have to go to Roseau and sit in a restaurant or be in our office where the internet is painfully slow!

We have no idea how long this ill be ongoing for!

On the plus side.  We live in the most beautiful place the Layou Valley.  The parrots are finally returning and breeding.  We spend our free afternoons lying in the Layou river looking at the trees, sky, sun and listening to the gentle flow of the river!.  We love our home and I love to bake bread and goodies. We have no neighbours, we have our three beautiful dogs, Mindy, Reba and Tango who love us, protect us and make us smile.  We have each other and most of all our health.

The Nature Island Dominica is rising majestically.  As they say we are blessed.

Love to all our readers. XX


- Wednesday
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2018 07:21:29 -0400
This morning there is a marked change in the weather.  It is lighter and there is a lot of blue sky with a very good breeze.x

Yesterday proved to be troublesome.  The Delices bridge over the Sari Sari river was washed away cutting off Delices for the forseen future!  Other roads were compromised with a great deal of water falling off cliffs disturbing rocks and bringing them onto the roads

The Bailey Bridge at Point round is still unable to cope with any heavy trucks and drivers of the trucks have been asked to use the long way round from Portsmouth to Roseau which means going through Calibishie and Marigot to get to Roseau.

The ground is saturated and we hope there is not any more heavy rain for quite a while.

- Clearing up nicely...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:38:43 +0000 (UTC)

This afternoon the rains have thankfully ended altogether. Over 4 inches & counting were received in certain parts of the island since this morning's deluge began... However, thankfully all major roads and bypasses have been cleared in time for this evening's commute for those heading home. Here in the north east the rains from 96L were mostly moderate to light. & This was a welcome change from last weekend's downpours. 

Its still amazing how inspite of the soils being so saturated in the Nature Isle that there was not too much overland flow or flash flood occurences this time around in the North East part of the Island. Praise God for His tender mercies. Notably the winds with 96L have been mostly light to calm with the odd stronger breeze. This was really providential as there was no increased risk of impact to the natural environment. & Of course, Everyone here is Hoping & praying that no more moderate or heavy rains storms are in store for tonight or tomorrow... & Let us be ever mindful of our neighbours at these times especially those who are still living under tarps...
Keep safe everyone & May God Richly Bless us All!



- Tropical Wave
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:53:24 -0400
It does not rain but it pours!  Poor Dominica, what on earth have we done to deserve more rain!!!

Over the weekend we had very, very wet weather and now we have a lot more rain.

We already have reports of roads being compromised, and rivers roaring and one or two Bailey Bridges damaged.

Everyone in Domica is now geared to take the appropriate safety measures.  If you are not going to work or school stay home.

I will keep you up dated throughtout the day.

- Heads Up... 96L approaches
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:55:08 +0000 (UTC)
It seems like 96L (Pre T.S. Patty?) is about to take advantage of the "Lesser Antilles Rule" to some extent as its center tightens and under goes some strengthening as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. Unfortunately, convection is already building to the east of Dominica & Guadeloupe. This is not a welcome sight of course particularly on radar. Nevertheless, its one that we have been on guard for...
Let us all remain vigilant, prepared & on alert; material goods can always be replaced, but lives can't.

Keep safe everyone & take every precaution should any flooding occur in your area to protect life & property in that order.

We are Caribbean Strong! Dominica Strong!
& May God richly Bless us All!


- Weekend
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:42:43 -0400
We have listened to the news this morning and have heard of the damage done by the non named weather front which lasted over 3 days!!

Portsmouth, Marigot, Wesley and Calibishie seemed to be the most affected areas!  Portsmouth had a great deal of flooding and many peoples homes were flooded especially in Portsmouth.  The government is saying that they are going to dredge the rivers in Portsmouth.  The rivers that have been dredged near Roseau proved to be done well and there was no flooding from those rivers!

Here in our valley we were very lucky and the road was not compromised!

People stayed safe and I think are now very aware of what can happen in bad weather and act accordingly.



- What a difference a Day makes... Up Next- 96L?
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 06:21:11 +0000 (UTC)





Thankfully, on Sunday there was a really marked improvement in the quality of the weather compared to just about 24hrs ago in the Nature Isle. In most areas of the north of the island fair & stable conditions prevailed although there were some scattered showers elsewhere across the island. The return of fair skies at least in the north east of the island was refreshing & inviting enough to tempt some locals to head to the rivers which were quickly returning to their pristine emerald hues. A local can be spotted on the river islet in the 2nd pic.

Dominica is truly an amazing and magically luxuriant & resilient island. The pics are from the north east area of our island; namely the invigorating Hodges river, & of course a pic of the captivating white & golden sands of Woodfordhill beach being gently 'kissed' by the tranquil Atlantic ocean. An Isle of beauty indeed...

Our eyes are fixed though to the east however, as the Latest invest 96L is threatening to develop into a sub- tropical storm or tropical storm Patty. As always- time will tell. Hopefully, it will not have any significant impact on the Leeward islands as it moves WnW to NW near the islands. Nonetheless, let's continue to keep vigilant & prepared bearing in mind that the hurricane season officially ends on November 30th & not before. 

& let's continue to hope & pray that there'll be no more named systems, or adverse weather conditions from trough systems or other natural disasters. Our thoughts & prayers go out to those affected in the other islands to our south especially to those who were injured in St. Lucia due to the heavy rains over the weekend.

We are Caribbean Strong!
Keep safe everyone & God Bless!



- DNO
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 11:23:33 -0400
I am just posting again.

We have a newspaper on line www.dominicanewsonline.com  This shows a lot of damage in the Portsmouth area yesterday, Calibishi and other parts of the island.

Please check it out.  It is raining heavily in our valley.


- Sunday
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 11:04:02 -0400
Good morning everyone!  

We had a pretty good night last night it did not rain too much!!

We are now getting some more rain it is 10.50 am and looking at the weather chart, we could have quite a bit more rain.

Our road at the moment is clear, we have had some traffic pass which we are extremely thankful for!

We are extremely impressed with Michaels report this morning we hope the information that he has given is correct!  We have not been able to hear any news about the damage done to the island.  We do know that some roads have been compromised and a couple of bridges damaged there maybe more!  I am not sure we will actually know until tomorrow!!

I know one thing that the Layou river is roaring it's way to the sea.

Looking at the damage done by a huge tree falling yesterday just missing our generator room, we can only say we have been incredibly lucky!!

When we look at it Trinidad and other islands having rain, we are now getting a share of the same treatment so we can commiserate big time.

It is Sunday and definitely for us a day to stay home and chill.  The dogs are all sleeping here on the deck.

I shall post the photo of our huge fallen tree!!  I will post another one later from the other side so you all get an idea of how big the tree is!

We hope that today everyone takes care and stays safe.  I would caution people to drive unless it is necessary today.

JPEG image


- Showers tapering Off...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 01:25:19 +0000 (UTC)
Well today seemed to have been our turn in the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica, to experience some of what St. Thomas & the V.I endured a few days ago. Overall it was not too bad though since flood waters from cresting rivers receeded quickly in most parts. Of course, the usual trouble areas had some rock & land slippage along with the typical river bank spillage.

However, thankfully our road crews have been out since early this evening as the rains had eased off, and they have managed to clear most if not all blocked roadways island-wide. Praise God for His continued Mercies... this will surely facilitate the free flow of traffic as many go to their respective Churches of worship tomorrow which is the Lord's Day (Rev 1:10)
According to the forecast tomorrow God's willing promises to be a much brighter & drier day. I'm certainly Looking forward to a Wonderful Sunday & Liturgy of the Holy Mass after such a dreary Saturday!
Keep safe & dry everyone. And to the rest of the windward islands being affected to our south do continue to exercise vigilance and safety as You go about your usual affairs tonight & tomorrow.
& May God Richly Bless us All!


- Rain and flooding
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2018 16:46:19 -0400
I am listening to the radio.  There is a lot of flooding and landslides all over the island.  The rain is terrible.

I have no idea how much damage will be around the island.  A huge tree has just fallen down by our generator shed.

Very scary. 

I will keep you posted. 

- RAIN
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2018 15:59:50 -0400
We have had rain nearly all day.  I am absolutely sure there are floods, landslides and other damage.  We have been listening to the radio but have not heard anything. 

We so hope everyone is safe.

I will update you when I have any news.

- Really bad rain
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2018 07:47:45 -0400
We have woken up to a really awful morning.  There is pouring rain here and at the moment thunder.  It is a day for staying home and being safe.  There are bound to be floods and landslides!  This weather could go on for a couple of days looking at www.stormcarib.com

Stay safe everyone.

- Rain, rain and more rain
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2018 10:14:29 -0400
I have not written for a while!  Since I have written we have had Creole Festival and Dominica has celebrated her 40th Independence celebration!

The festival was a huge success and Jaco Ladd and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the folks that came from all over to the festival.  It actually made us feel that a bit of normalcy has returned to Dominica!  We visited the beach and had fun swimming in the ocean and mixing with the visitors!!

The following weekend was a Bank holiday and the celebration of our 40th Independence here in the nature island of the Caribbean.  A real lift for Dominica!

Today however we are having a great deal of very heavy rain!  We also had rain in the night.  While I am typing this it is raining heavily and it is very dark.  Domlec was due to turn us for maintenance today but the rain has certainly stopped this from happening!!

The Bailey Bridge at Ponte Round just outside portsmouth was compromised 2 days ago because of the rain!  I have a feeling looking at the weather now there could be more roads compromised and there could be landslides.

Everyone living in any areas that are dangerous from water or landslides should be very careful and stay safe.  No one was warned of this weather and it has no name!!

We have just heard of a landslide under the Canefield Cliff and people are being warned to be very careful.

Unfortunately Dominica has several Bailey Bridges still since Tropical storm Erika.

We will keep you all posted.



- 40th Anniversary Celebrations... Beautiful
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2018 03:58:18 +0000 (UTC)
Absolutely beautiful Nature Island weather has Graced Dominica's 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations & National Re-union 2018! (3rd November)
The Grand World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) went off without a hitch last week-end with absolutely gorgeous weather.

Even better -the weather certainly co-operated at this evening's 40th National Independence parades and allowed the Military display and Drill activities as well as a Grand Fireworks display to be enjoyed under rain- free skies, & a cool evening atmosphere & vibe at the National Stadium in Roseau. Of course a few showers of Blessings have fallen since yesterday and some will continue into the night as we Dominicans Celebrate & give thanks to God for having spared our Land, & for endless Graces & divine Providence given to our island over the last 40 years. 
Praise God for Dominican (Nature Island) National Independence!
May God Richly Bless the Commonwealth of Dominica & May God Abundantly Bless us All!


- Praying for TnT...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2018 16:28:54 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings & Blessings!

                                  Our sincere thoughts, Prayers & most profound sentiments of esteem & solidarity go out to the people of Trinidad & Tobago in the wake of the severe flooding experienced there. For the areas which were worst affected we do hope & pray that the material help & technical expertise necessary will be very soon in coming.

May God's providence continue to cover our entire Caribbean region. Let's all continue to keep safe this season... We are Caribbean Strong!

- All is Well so far, Praise God!
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2018 01:04:13 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings & Blessings to all from the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica. Thanks be to God, after careful assessment & observations across the island everything appears to be okay. We are certainly all breathing a very deep sigh of relief after the passage of Kirk well to our south. We are so thankful that Kirk did not cause any of the major problems which were sadly experienced by our neighbours to the south of us. 

Indeed, some of the sister windward islands had a pretty rough time during the storm with Barbados, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, & Martinique experiencing flooding & landslides- while St. Lucia took the brunt of the beating by Tropical Storm Kirk's winds. It appears that the heavy rainfall which affected Trinidad earlier is still pouring down on Grenada & its dependencies. 

Also, today's earthquake was quite unnerving for a lot of persons in the island chain, but thankfully it was a brief quake and it was not felt as strongly here compared to the Martinique/ St. Lucia area. (5.6 -6 Magnitude)
Let us continue to be prayerful & always vigilant. & May the Good Lord continue to protect us All throughout the Caribbean region. 
God Bless!



- Earthquake
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2018 15:15:55 -0400
We have to report.  We were sitting on our deck eating breakfast when the dogs started barking and the earth began to shake moving us all around a bit it probably lasted 30 seconds and was a 5.6 magnitude quake!!

We have been looking at stormcarib and see we are going to have a wet night.  Kirk has a tale and it looks like Leslie has decided to attach herself to the tail.  We still have to be vigilant.

Just make sure everything is shut down on your home tonight.

- 30 second earthquake!
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2018 08:55:21 -0400
Tropical storm Kirk, luckily decided to go below us and we got some blows but really just rain and strong winds. Everyone is thanking the lord for sparing Dominica this morning on the radio which I am listening to now.

We have just had a earthquake lasting about 30 seconds, it was pretty heavy here in the Layou valley, the table and chairs were shaking and the dogs started barking and carrying on!!

As I write this the sun is coming out and we have a rainbow.  The PM has declared that everyone can go to work today for 10.0 a.m.  That teachers should go to their schools but the children stay home.

We have not heard of any flooding or damage through the rain in the night.

We have to say that we were happily surprised our three dogs stayed in our house last night.  They always sleep on the deck  We wondered how they would behave and they were really well behaved, never made a sound all night!

We hear that St. Lucia and the islands all the way to Barbados got quite a heavy beating from Kirk.  We hope that they will recover quickly and that there were no deaths or accidents.

- Southerly dip...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2018 02:21:31 +0000 (UTC)
There is definitely a more southerly direction with the low level centre of Kirk as clearly seen on radar. Any movement more south would require a change to watches/ warnings for the territories further south.

We're still waiting on the advance of the latter half of the system. At the moment We seem to be having a little bit of a lull here on the North East coast. The occasional wind gust is still being generated but nothing as strong as about an hour ago. And the precipitation now is all but a drizzle. Apparently reports indicate that the rain on the west coast has been continuous this evening and heavy at times. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

In the mean-time keep safe especially to our folks in our sister isle of St. Lucia. And the southern windwards should keep a wary eye on Kirk's movements.

- Gusty squalls...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:11:43 +0000 (UTC)
The expected change in wind direction did occur as anticipated as well as an increase in the wind speed... Winds have been out of the north to NE, to North North East in direction. Soon the more Easterly wind component will kick in once Kirk's centre gets into the Caribbean sea. The strongest of wind gusts have been occuring since about 7p.m. So its been about an hour so far of regular enough storm force wind gusts. Nonetheless, the utilities have been holding up fine thus far with no problems being reported so far in our area. 
Our real concern of course is the rainfall which has been projected. So far rainfall amounts on the coast have been only a little more than an inch. Hopefully, we won't get an overload of precipitation once the 2nd part of the system's convection arrives by late tonight into the early morning hours.

Take good care everyone! Remain vigilant and

- Tropical storm Kirk
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 19:58:41 -0400
We have been in our house with our 3 dogs for 2 hours it is 7.56 pm.  We are not experiencing any bad weather yet.  A couple of showers.

It looks like Kirk is moving at a snails pace.

We will keep everyone updated.

- Sunny afternoon
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 16:56:17 -0400
Kirk cometh but is approaching the island at his own speed, meandaring I think we call it.

We have continued this afternoon to have beautiful sunshine.

It is still bright so I think Kirk will visit us tonight in the dark just like Tropical storm Erika.  We just hope Kirk does not drop so much rain, however, the slowing down of Kirk is not good news for us in Dominica.

Everyone stay safe and stay in your shelters and your homes.  Tonight could be very rough.

Again good luck.

- Slow deterioration in weather...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 20:47:32 +0000 (UTC)
Well Kirk has slowed its forward speed somewhat which is not a really good thing at all as it gives the system a chance to improve its structure & stacking and possibly intensify... i.e (Lesser Antilles Rule). 
This process of slight strengthening can be seen more clearly on the radar imagery. So it Looks like Martinique & ourselves in Dominica are in for a long night- hopefully it won't be too rough.

Conditions continue to deteriorate here on the east coast as I write... My advice to Lisette would be to enjoy that brief lull & treat of sunshine while You can. Nature can be so deceptive & wildly unpredictable. It remains to be seen whether Kirk will continue going more West than north. Its center should be nearing Martinique within the next hour. 
Currently, Winds are definitely gusting more frequently and I expect a change in wind direction soon, perhaps to a more northerly direction as the center of circulation approaches the Martinique area to our South.

Take good care everyone. & Have a safe night.
Blessings! 


- Sunshine
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 15:40:41 -0400
What a very weird day indeed.  right now at 3.38 p.m. we have glorious sunshine and blue skies.  It is seriously gorgeous and there are four parrots in our tree next to the house singing away.

It would be great if Kirk decided not to come.  We wish!

- Impending Storm Conditions...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 17:47:38 +0000 (UTC)

Here we go- Kirk is keeping his 'eye' on the central Lesser Antilles as its low level centre of circulation approaches... The timing for this system -particularly as given on the French sites have been highly accurate. Kirk's centre should be nearing us in the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica within the next hour. The weather conditions should then swiftly deteriorate beginning on the east coast and worsen islandwide. Hopefully this will not be much worse than what T.S Isaac gave which was not too bad weather-wise.

 Like for ourselves we pray & trust that Martinique, our nearest island neighbour to the south & to the centre of Kirk, will also fare okay. Resiliency is definitely the key in this Caribbean Climate changed weather era.
Kirk's outer-most bands and weaker feeder bands have already been with us from early this morning, and now the famed closed centre of circulation is nearing the island chain. This can be seen rather clearly on the Martinique radar imagery or on the Barbados radar as well. Fortunately, much of the convection is still to the north & east of the centre although Kirk seems to be firing new convection which is slowly wrapping more tightly around its centre of circulation. Wind shear has really been a Blessing this year so far. God knows what would have happened If Kirk had ideal conditions for strengthening... it would almost certainly have reached the island chain as a hurricane if not a major.

& Thank God that the feeder band activity so far has been minimal to moderate in intensity- depending on where one is located on the island... Of course the interior parts of the island have had more shower/squall activity than other areas. So far here on the North East coast of the Nature Isle we have had some sharp moderate to heavy showers but none that lasted more than a few minutes. the winds have been picking though as well as the surf out in the Atlantic ocean. All boats seem to be in port now & everyone is hoping & praying for the best.
While schools & most business places have been closed for the day, however, there were others which were open earlier for a 'half day' business operation, though the ODM and NEPO are asking that everyone remain indoors as much as possible.

The storm force wind field of Kirk is certainly much larger than the previous  systems which affected us. The winds were mostly light but that's changing as they build, & there are occasional gusts (25kts) or higher which are variable out of the NNW to NNE -earlier today, & now they are coming from the ENE TO ESE.

Keep safe & vigilant everybody. & God's special Blessings & Protection to our Windward isles as Kirk approaches.


- Change in the weather
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 13:44:04 -0400
It is 1.45 pm and it is getting a lot more windy, grey skies, so we have now shut the shutters.  No one is quite sure what time Kirk will arrive to wet us.  We think the waiting is not the greatest of times.  In a way one wishes for it to be Friday afternoon.  That all is well, we hope.

It is grey and wet right now.

Will keep everyone in the loop so to speak.

- Waiting patiently
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 12:03:12 -0400
It is a very weird feeling waiting for a tropical storm or hurricane.  

This morning I have been painting.  It has been a really lovely morning, ghusty winds and beautiful sunshine, blue skies and fluffy white clouds.

In by gone days nobody would know there was bad weather and be caught with their pants down so to speak, very scary.  Now we have ample warning.  So Jaco Ladd and Jaco Lass are sitting on the deck with the dogs and a gin and tonic waiting on KIrk's coming.  All our shutters are shut and preperationgs done.

We are just hoping for the best for everybody right through the island chain.  As long as we have wifi we will keep everyone updated.

We know everyone is wishing everyone good luck.

- Tropical storm Kirk
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 07:48:09 -0400
We are all here in Dominica on Tropical storm Kirk alert.  There is no work and no school today, everyone has been told to seek shelter.  Stay safe.  Making sure we all have enough to eat, drink batteries for torches oil for lamps!

As far as I know there is no catagory system for Tropical storms, so at this stage we don't know if Kirk could cause more or less damage than TS Erika.  We shall just have to wait and see.

As long as we have wifi we will keep everyone updated.

It is dark and chilly here right now and Kirk is not due here until lunch time!!

Everyone stay safe.

- Unfortunately- Unsurprising Regeneration of Kirk...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:35:35 +0000 (UTC)
Well as aforesaid, unfortunately Kirk has indeed not only been regenerated but has intensified as it appeared to be continually doing over the last day or so. This trend was rather obvious too from Infra red & visual satellite imagery...
Sadly, inspite of the forecast for some weakening upon nearing the islands Kirk may still be able to hold its own with increased intensity & solid structure. In the mean-time warnings & watches are up. The watch words are- Better safe than sorry; prepare for the worst & hope for the best in Jesus' Name.
We are Caribbean strong & of course Dominica strong!

Take good care everyone & be vigilant & safe.
We are each others Keeper in the region & May God Bless us All!


- Unfortunately- Unsurprising Regeneration of Kirk...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:35:35 +0000 (UTC)
Well as aforesaid, unfortunately Kirk has indeed not only been regenerated but has intensified as it appeared to be continually doing over the last day or so. This trend was rather obvious too from Infra red & visual satellite imagery...
Sadly, inspite of the forecast for some weakening upon nearing the islands Kirk may still be able to hold its own with increased intensity & solid structure. In the mean-time warnings & watches are up. The watch words are- Better safe than sorry; prepare for the worst & hope for the best in Jesus' Name.
We are Caribbean strong & of course Dominica strong!

Take good care everyone & be vigilant & safe.
We are each others Keeper in the region & May God Bless us All!


- Tropical Storm Kirk
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2018 07:42:44 -0400
We have been quiet for a while like an ostrich with his head in the sand. Enough is enough!  Dominica seems now to be a very attractive land mark for any weather front.  I know we are still the most beautiful island in the Caribbean but we are not flirting with these weather fronts and will have to decide how we shou,d make ourself un attractive to bad weather in the future.  Having said this it looks pretty certain that Kirk will visit us within the next 36 hours!  The only thing we can hope is that he weakens a bit and does not dump a lot of rain on us!

Dominica is under storm warning from 8.0 a.m. this morning.  Everyone has been advised to make all the necessary arrangements for their safety.

Many Dominicans are still very badly affected mentally and physically since hurricane Maria.  It breaks our hearts to think we still have another 2 months nearly to go before the hurricane season is finished.

This is the third time this year we have been facing a weather front.

We are just sad for everyone.  We hope we all stay safe and are prepared for Kirk.





- Most Impressive looking 'Non Cyclone'...smh
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2018 02:54:01 +0000 (UTC)
The remnants of Kirk, or so we may be led to believe -have contrary to its declassification been absolutely wowing in appearance, & its certainly highly impressive on satellite imagery. A picture tells a thousand words... Let's hope & pray that the recon flight scheduled for tomorrow does not find Kirk to be substantially stronger than originally thought.
I believe the system has also made its point Re: a closed circulation. Kirk appears pretty well organised at the moment, & at present Kirk seems to have maintained a CDO, including what seems to be increased banding features as well with the system. 

Also let's hope & pray that Kirk does not undergo Rapid intensification either, which may nudge it further north. Indeed, all of the windward islands need to be on the alert for possible impacts beginning in at least 24hrs time. 
Kirk is sure to bring a stormy & highly squally impact through the Lesser Antilles given its forward speed & increased organisation. Though it remains to be seen what effect shear/ dust/ dry air may have on Kirk. In addition, the Lesser Antilles rule which favours system intensification near or over the islands may also factor in to Kirk's advantage.

 The NHC 8P.M. public advisory on the system rightly noted:
The associated shower and thunderstorm activity has become a little
better organized during the last several hours... 
Of course, the use of 'little' could be a real understatement... Surely time will tell.

Keep safe everyone.
& God Bless!


- Pre-mature declassification...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2018 03:49:10 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings everyone, I'm not dropping my guard on closely monitoring Kirk given its high potential for re-intensification & regeneration which already seems to be in full swing. Everyone is happy that both TD 11 & Kirk were downgraded. Thank the Good Lord. Yet, it seems like all is not yet said & done with Kirk's development. In fact the satellite appearance of the so called 'remnants' of Kirk at 00:30UTC tonight was one of its most impressive & structured form thus far as a designated system.
In my estimation the downgrading of Tropical storm Kirk was perhaps quite pre-mature & imprudent. Again the NHC wrestles with the intricacies of modern meteorology with a sometimes erroneous over-dependence on machine generated data & model output technology. 

The heart of the issue actually involves 'determining' (which is not a fully exact science) -whether or not a closed low level centre of circulation exists in a system. 
& of course at times the process may be compromised in wrongly adjudging that a system no longer has a closed surface circulation when the reality can be absolutely to the contrary.
Staying true to some kind of meteorological humour Ex- Kirk now appears much better than before being downgraded. There is a much improved storm structure as seen on satellite imagery & infra-red imagery. 
Cape verde storms are not to be trifled with...

Indeed it would not be a surprise to see Kirk regain tropical storm status... let us continue to remain vigilant & keep safe Everyone. Keep an especially 'close eye' for those of You in the Southern Windwards. May God continue to Bless us All!




- Eye on Eleven...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2018 05:39:40 +0000 (UTC)
Tropical depression eleven has formed east of the Lesser Antilles... thankfully it is slow moving & forecast to weaken before hitting any of the islands. The projected path for the system or its remnants seem to take it over or near Guadeloupe so we are certainly going to be vigilant here in Dominica. 
However, time will tell -since we've had endless named systems surprisingly form & intensify, which were never forecast to do so. The dynamics of weather are always in flux. We're eyeing 99L also, which appears to be headed to the Lesser Antilles islands by mid next week. Of course, it remains to be seen what effect the Lesser Antilles rule may have on this system (TD 11)... hopefully not much at all in the area of its intensification.

May God continue to be with us All. & Wishing everyone a safe & Blessed weekend!



- One year since Cat 5 Monster Maria...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:16:54 +0000 (UTC)
The dreaded anniversary of the infamous and catastrophically deadly hurricane Maria is being observed today... Everyone is truly grateful for their lives one year on, & we are extremely thankful that there is nothing close to the likes of hurricane Maria or any tropical system in the MDR of the Atlantic at this time.
We continue to hope & pray that our entire region will be spared the ravages of storms & hurricanes into the latter half of the Atlantic hurricane season. Some Memorial Holy Masses & Masses of Reparation are planned across the island especially for the victims of hurricane Maria.

The Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica has certainly come a long way from the widespread destruction of last September 2017. However, a lot remains to be done in the area of disaster risk & vulnerability reduction & in overall community mitigatory and proactive preparedness planning & contingencies at all levels of the society, and for all stakeholders. With the right collective, united & nation wide intiatives at building resilience into the fabric of the nation of Dominica, we will surely obtain a far more disaster ready & climate smart country for many generations to come.

We celebrate National Day of Prayer this Sunday as A Lead up to our 40th Anniversary Celebration of Nationhood (November 3rd). Come Celebrate with the Nature Isle. & May God continue to Richly Bless Dominica, & May the Good Lord Bless us All!

- Long Tail...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:50:42 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings & Blessings Everyone!


                                     Indeed, Isaac seems to have a very long tail as we are experiencing some lingering showers of varying intensities. Hopefully not much inconvenience will be caused by the rainfall as work resumed today on island. 
& we pray that we won't get any of the 'whip' being experienced further south in the Martinique & St. Lucia area, however, some thunderstorm activity may occur later on as evidenced on radar.
Keep safe & Vigilant fellow Caribbean islanders...
 
May God Richly Bless us All!


- Parrots are singing
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2018 08:29:04 -0400
We have woken up to a sunny day.  A bright moment came when we heard the parrots flying over us singing their little hearts out.

We were so very lucky.  We never got any rain from a tail. 

All Dominicans are so thankful this morning.  Praying to the Lord saying thank you.  We honestly could not have taken another thrashing.

We are now thinking of the people who are experiencing hurricane Florence. 

Let's us hope that we have no more storms visiting us this hurricane season. 

- Isaac's tail...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 22:42:04 +0000 (UTC)

The worst of our encounter with T.S. Isaac has long since ended... indeed, We have definitely dodged another bullet & are breathing a collective sigh of relief... the 'fat Lady must have sung.'

Prior to Isaac T.S. Beryl was the most recent one which was successfully dodged due to its complete weakening, again thank God. God is in control! All's well in the Nature Isle..., as we appear to have been very graciously spared any significant or real impacts so far. In fact, rainfall has mostly remained moderate across the island. & that has been Divine favour. For the Most part, it is clear that Isaac's bark has been worse than his bite, & may God be Praised!
Let us all continue to be vigilant & prepared this hurricane season.

God Bless!


- Isaac Snake
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 18:18:07 -0400
Everyone stay safe in Dominica.   There could be a lot of rain through the night.  The government station is now advising everyone there is rain coming.   Stay safe.

One Love. X

- Isaac
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:45:54 -0400
We have to be vigilant.   It looks like the tail of Isaac has a sting.  We could get a lot of rain now and through the night.  Thunderstorms too.   Be safe everyone. 

- Isaac Gone
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:54:43 -0400
I have been assured that Isaac has gone.  So thankful.  Let us hope there is no rain in Isaacs tail.  So grateful.   God bless us all.

- Isaac cometh
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:53:29 -0400
I want to believe Isaac has gone but I don't think he has been here yet.  I think we have Isaac still to come.  Sad.  Everyone stay safe. 

- Change in the wind...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:19:09 +0000 (UTC)
As the center of Isaac continues to move away from Dominica the winds have changed direction & are now coming out of the South South East... Soon we should be getting a more easterly wind. The higher gusts have mostly died down, & we are getting longer lulls between successive rain bands. Hopefully, by evening the weather may be almost fully settled. 
Again we are truly blessed that Isaac weakened so much. Had it been much stronger it could have been a really devastating storm. God is good to us in so many ways! We trust that the worst is behind us weather- wise.
Wishing everyone a safe & peaceful afternoon  & evening.
God Bless!

- Occasional Heavy bands...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:38:33 +0000 (UTC)
Right now some heavier convection is affecting the East coast of the island... Rounds of showers and gusty conditions are occuring about every 10-15 minutes. However, so far all 
Seems manageable.

I'm happy to hear that You had a great cookout Lisette, hopefully the bad weather won't spoil any of your R & R. Enjoy, as we all need a de-stressor at this time.

French radars show more banding features and precipitation heading our way. Accompanying showers in the recent squalls have been more intense and this is expected for the balance of the evening. We do hope and pray that we are spared any major flash flood & slippage incidents during the passage of Isaac. Also, the Prime Minister is addressing the island presently on the National radio station... Everyone is asked to remain indoors until an all clear is given & to remain vigilant.

Blessings to us All!




- Isaac
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:12:04 -0400
Up on our valley we are having a really easy morning.  Some blue skies.  The dogs are all curled up by my feet.

Looking at Isaac he has not really visited us yet. Just knocking at the door.

I am hoping we will not get too wet.

I have had a great cook up and we are looking forward to chilling out .  Probably playing a lot of scrabble.  LOL.

I shall leave the technicalities to Michael, who is writing enthusiastically, keeping us up to speed.

Sending a photo of our garden.

Everyone stay safe.

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- Center threading...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 13:40:41 +0000 (UTC)
From the latest radar fixes and satellite imagery it appears that the center of circulation of Tropical Storm Isaac is passing between Martinique & Dominica (threading the Dominica channel). This is really ideal... 
At the Moment blustery conditions continue, however, thankfully the rainfall has not been heavy so far. We are all hoping & praying that Isaac will continue to be gentle with the Nature Isle Dominica & just a minor inconvenience overall.

Keep safe & take good care everyone.

- So far so Good Re; Isaac...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:41:45 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings from the ever gorgeous & still incredibly stunning & lusciously green Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica. Amazingly due to Nature's rapid regeneration & miraculous regrowth- much of the natural island environment is nearing its original beauty as was the case prior to last year's horrific hurricane assaults.

Thankfully, thus far there has not been much to report on the east coast... apart from a few minor squalls overnight & into this morning- things are quite good. The national water company did shut off the water supply but only as a precaution. All other utilities are working perfectly up to this time. However, we are not fully out of the 'woods' as yet. If the indications on the radar are anything to go by- it appears that we may have some more rough weather a bit later as the center nears the Commonwealth of Dominica/ Guadeloupe area.

There have not been very strong winds in those earlier squalls either. Although there seems to have been a slight pick up in the force of the wind with the latest rain band which just came through. Overall gusts have been pretty light- and no one is complaining, thank You Jesus! Winds (20-25 knots) have been coming occasionally from the NNW but it has predominantly been coming from the NNE.

I suppose the broad center of Isaac is to the south east of us at this time though the system appears to be going a bit more north of due west. With the center of Isaac likely to pass between Dominica & Guadeloupe as was the case back in July with the remnants of Beryl then it should mean that hopefully we may get much less windy weather than those to our north since the worst winds are typically in the North & North East quadrant of the system. Nonetheless, we are still early in the 'game' so far so time will tell.

I think thus far everyone has been in prayer given our current housing plight post Category 5 Hurricane Maria almost a year ago. One feels especially terrible for those still under the tarpaulins. However, an extra effort was made to get sufficient & secure shelters ready by the authorities in both private & public building locations across the island up to yesterday. So hopefully all will be pretty ok in that regard.

Yes, indeed, Prayer moves mountains & God is so great & awesome. We all recognise that this situation could have been so much worse, & we all know, & of course God knows that Isaac could have been much stronger at this point. So To God be the Glory, great things He has done. This is Dominica's season of storms, but this is much like the repeat pattern of storns in 1995/1996... there is a climatology & cycle to everything. I trust that the other islands have been taking heed... Climate change is real & our turn today unfortunately will be some other island's tomorrow.

As I type the Atlantic ocean on the northeast coast has been churning & producing constant sea spray, and seems to be getting more rough. Wave heights are certainly much higher than during the passage of the remnants of Beryl a couple of months ago. A few moderate bands recently moved through but we are expecting more gusty conditions as the day goes on. Outside is eerily quiet Re: vehicular activity as the curfew has been in effect islandwide from midnight. Besides in such overcast & inclement conditions its most prudent to stay off the roads in any case.

Tropical storm Isaac has also conjured up some humour on the local social media scene as it is the namesake of one of our latest 'floor-shifting' ministers. Ironically he is the Minister for environmental affairs. Life has a sense of humour... & we should too.
Isaac's center is showing up  nicely on Martinique radar now:(http://www.meteo.fr/temps/domtom/antilles/pack-public/animation/anim_radar_mart_mf_com.html) 
Hopefully we'll have very little to minor impacts once all is said & done. It Looks like some convection is trying to re-build around the center currently inspite of the dry atmosphere & wind shear around the system. I guess that dreaded "Lesser Antilles rule" is taking effect once again, which tends to benefit strengthening of tropical systems as they cross the Lesser Antilles islands. Last year was a notorious case in point.

Be safe everyone, especially to my fellow Dominicans, & those in Martinique & Guadeloupe. (Chebe Fort)
A few higher gusts are coming through now... We are Caribbean Strong! Let us keep vigilant & Prayerful this hurricane season. & May God Richly Bless us All!

- So far so Good, Re: Isaac...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 11:49:31 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings from the ever gorgeous & still incredibly stunning & lusciously green Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica. Amazingly due to Nature's rapid regeneration & miraculous regrowth- much of the natural island environment is nearing its original beauty as was the case prior to last year's horrific hurricane assaults.

Thankfully, thus far there has not been much to report on the east coast... apart from a few minor squalls overnight & into this morning- things are quite good. The national water company did shut off the water supply but only as a precaution. All other utilities are working perfectly up to this time. However, we are not fully out of the 'woods' as yet. If the indications on the radar are anything to go by- it appears that we may have some more rough weather a bit later as the center nears the Commonwealth of Dominica/ Guadeloupe area.

There have not been very strong winds in those earlier squalls either. Although there seems to have been a slight pick up in the force of the wind with the latest rain band which just came through. Overall gusts have been pretty light- and no one is complaining, thank You Jesus! Winds (20-25 knots) have been coming occasionally from the NNW but it has predominantly been coming from the NNE.

I suppose the broad center of Isaac is to the south east of us at this time though the system appears to be going a bit more north of due west. With the center of Isaac likely to pass between Dominica & Guadeloupe as was the case back in July with the remnants of Beryl then it should mean that hopefully we may get much less windy weather than those to our north since the worst winds are typically in the North & North East quadrant of the system. Nonetheless, we are still early in the 'game' so far so time will tell.

I think thus far everyone has been in prayer given our current housing plight post Category 5 Hurricane Maria almost a year ago. One feels especially terrible for those still under the tarpaulins. However, an extra effort was made to get sufficient & secure shelters ready by the authorities in both private & public building locations across the island up to yesterday. So hopefully all will be pretty ok in that regard.

Yes, indeed, Prayer moves mountains & God is so great & awesome. We all recognise that this situation could have been so much worse, & we all know, & of course God knows that Isaac could have been much stronger at this point. So To God be the Glory, great things He has done. This is Dominica's season of storms, but this is much like the repeat pattern of storns in 1995/1996... there is a climatology & cycle to everything. I trust that the other islands have been taking heed... Climate change is real & our turn today unfortunately will be some other island's tomorrow.

As I type the Atlantic ocean on the northeast coast has been churning & producing constant sea spray, and seems to be getting more rough. Wave heights are certainly much higher than during the passage of the remnants of Beryl a couple of months ago. A few moderate bands recently moved through but we are expecting more gusty conditions as the day goes on. Outside is eerily quiet Re: vehicular activity as the curfew has been in effect islandwide from midnight. Besides in such overcast & inclement conditions its most prudent to stay off the roads in any case.

Tropical storm Isaac has also conjured up some humour on the local social media scene as it is the namesake of one of our latest 'floor-shifting' ministers. Ironically he is the Minister for environmental affairs. Life has a sense of humour... & we should too.
Isaac's center is showing up  nicely on Martinique radar now:(http://www.meteo.fr/temps/domtom/antilles/pack-public/animation/anim_radar_mart_mf_com.html) 
Hopefully we'll have very little to minor impacts once all is said & done. It Looks like some convection is trying to re-build around the center currently inspite of the dry atmosphere & wind shear around the system. I guess that dreaded "Lesser Antilles rule" is taking effect once again, which tends to benefit strengthening of tropical systems as they cross the Lesser Antilles islands. Last year was a notorious case in point.

Be safe everyone, especially to my fellow Dominicans, & those in Martinique & Guadeloupe. (Chebe Fort)
A few higher gusts are coming through now... We are Caribbean Strong! Let us keep vigilant & Prayerful this hurricane season. & May God Richly Bless us All!


- Tropical storm Isaac
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 07:04:57 -0400
We have woken up to very grey skies, misty rain and a brisk breeze.  Checking stormcarib this morning the system is still going to come over Dominica.   Hopefully,  Isaac may not be as bad as we think!

All Dominica is under a curfew which started at midnight on Wednesday and will carry on until 12.0 noon on Friday.  After Maria there was a great deal of luting.  The lesson being learned hopefully, for Isaac.

We hope that we keep our WiFi through Isaac.  Also that the electricity stays with us no poles down!

Everyone stay safe.  I will keep you posted.

- Tropical storm Isaac
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:44:25 -0400
We have listened to the latest weather forecast that Tropical storm Isaac is going to be directly over Dominica around 6/7.0am Thursday morning.   There will be a great deal of rain which can and will cause flooding and landslides.   Erika was very destructive to Dominica,  we still have bailey bridges since Erika.  It is possible that Isaac could be catastrophic for Dominica. That Portsmouth is cut off from Roseau.   We could be cut off and many other villages could be cut off.

Everyone has been warned of the impending tropical storm Isaac.  We hope that everyone stays safe.

We hope we keep our WiFi on our phones. 

God help us all and also all those affected by hurricane Florence.  Let's stay safe. X


- Isaac
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:09:31 -0400
All Dominicans have been advised since yesterday to prepare for hurricane Isaac.

I went out this morning to collect some eggs!  Since hurricane Maria eggs are like gold dust!

Everyone is quiet, taking stock of the coming of Isaac.  Will Isaac be a hurricane or a tropical storm.  Either could be catastrophic to Dominica.

We are very stressed as Tropical storm Erika and hurricane Maria caused so much damage to Dominica.

Yesterday shopping people were chatting at the check out.  Most people were telling each other they have no roof.  They have had their houses compromised.  Where should they go??

My heart goes out to everyone to find shelter and stay safe. Finding shelter is the most important thing.
Also the most difficult.

God help all of us in Dominica, please keep us all safe.  All of us.

Everyone out there pray for us in Dominica.

- Isaac
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2018 11:48:27 -0400
We here in Dominica are preparing for hurricane Isaac.  It will be nearly a year to the day we went through hurricane Maria. How very unfair.  What has Dominica done to deserve Isaac!

I did a big shop yesterday, we hopefully will be OK.

We just hope hurricane Isaac is not too strong.  

We worry for many  Dominicans whose houses are still compromised.  

We will keep posting. 

- 92 L
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2018 11:20:47 -0400
On the news this morning.  Dominica and Martinique are on hurricane watch.  92L is ploughing it's way across the Atlantic   ocean.  If 92 L decides we are the destination it is supposed to arrive around Thursday.   No this cannot happen right!

Bearing this in mind we shopped accordingly yesterday.

Dominica does not deserve to get hit by anything at all we have had our fair share of bad weather over the past 3 years.

Sitting here today in the valley it is incredibly hot.  The fan is on me, luckily.

I am thinking.  I have never seen or heard anyone suggest that some weather is being tampered with by humans???

You see hurricane Luis took a great deal of time to form himself into a Cat 4 hurricane.   4th September 1995.  600 miles wide travelling at 7 miles an hour.  This hurricane hit Antigua at around 4.30pm on Monday night 4th September he hit us at 140 mph gusting at 200 mph.  We could not get out until 9.36 am Wednesday morning.   I will never ever forget it.

Maria came on the coat tails of hurricane Irma?  Hurricane Maria ramped up from a category 1 to a category 5 in less than 24 hours is this possible!  I feel doubtful. So is it possible Dominica is being targeted?  For what purpose?   Just an idea?  Let's hope I am wrong.  watch this space.  There are many strange things happening in our world today. 



- Watching and being watchful
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2018 12:09:12 -0400
Here we are 1st September.  There is weather coming off Africa and we are being very watchful.  We have been stocking up on our provisions for the hurricane season.  We hope everyone else is too.

It is the most beautiful day in Dominica today.  Dominica is incredibly beautiful.  Where we live in our valley you would hardly know we had a cat 5 hurricane last year, nature is beautiful, cruel and totally unpredictable.

Happy weekend everyone.

- 39th Anniversary of hurricane David
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:35:28 -0400
Today we are listening to Dr Lennox Honychurch our well known historian and Phenix Henderson talking about what happened in hurricane David and after and how DBS the radio station bringing news to the island.  No Internet or FB back then.

Today we are having a lot of rain as if the weather is having a memory of David  too.  We are experiencing a tropical wave!

We are all hoping there is no hurricane for Dominica this year.

- 3 years since Tropical Storm Erika
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:54:30 -0400
Here we are again.  In the middle of hurricane season.   So far so good.  We are keeping everything crossed that we do not have a hurricane.  The first wave is crossing the Atlantic now.  All our eyes are on it. 

Dominica is still very broken.  Many roofs and houses needing repair. We are in no way ready for any bad weather.

The most disconcerting thing in my humble opinion is the lack of hurricane shelters.  Many were damaged in hurricane Maria and are not ready now.  This leaves Dominicans in a extremely vulnerable position. 

So we are praying to the almighty to spare us.

We will keep you posted.



- Quiet weekend weatherwise
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:00:27 -0400
This time last weekend we were all here in Dominica preparing for hurricane Beryl.  Many of us were doing a huge shop on Friday, trying to remember everything in case we were cut off for a while.  It was a real shock for us as hurricane Beryl formed so early in the season!!  Luckily for Dominica Beryl was downgraded to a Tropical storm.  Then we had even more luck as Beryl decided to pass us by.

The lesson we feel learned hopefully is that the shelters that need mending now get mended and equipped ASAP.  There quite honestly should be no excuse for this not to be done.  Peoples lives are at stake. 

This seems to be a warning and this must be heeded. 

We hope that everyone in all the islands have a really peaceful, happy and relaxing weekend.

- Beryl missed us!
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 09:51:15 -0400
Everyone in Dominica is so grateful that Beryl decided to miss our island.  We got quite a lot if rain in the valley with the passing of Beryl and some thunderstorms.  We are so grateful.  Dominicans, really prepared for the hurricane well.  I think the lesson that has to be learned in Dominica is that all our shelters need to be repaired and ready for use ASAP.  Hopefully, this will happen.

The curfew was lifted at 11.0 pm so we were informed.

We are so grateful.

We had a bad thunderstorm this morning and may have more.





On Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 12:05 PM Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com> wrote:
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!

- Lingering showers...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 12:28:00 +0000 (UTC)
We still have the odd shower from time to time, however, thank God everything looks quite fine in my neck of the woods. Praying & trusting that the same is true for the rest of the island. The Power supply was returned late last night & Dowasco should have our water supply back on in the soonest.

Wishing us All a Blessed & productive week ahead. Keep safe everyone, especially to the islands further north.
& May God richly Bless us All!


- Lingering showers...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 12:28:00 +0000 (UTC)
We still have the odd shower from time to time, however, thank God everything looks quite fine in my neck of the woods. Praying & trusting that the same is true for the rest of the island. The Power supply was returned late last night & Dowasco should have our water supply back on in the soonest.

Wishing us All a Blessed & productive week ahead. Keep safe everyone, especially to the islands further north.
& May God richly Bless us All!


- Remnants of Beryl tapering off...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 03:58:05 +0000 (UTC)
Thankfully, what was the worst of this little compact system has now moved away from the island. Hopefully, this will serve as an early wake-up call for the rest of the season.

God's Blessings to us All!


- Beryl's 'Eye- like calm'
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:39:56 +0000 (UTC)
Some light to moderate showers accompanied by some lighter gusts have resumed after a sort of 'calm' which lasted about 20mins. Interestingly the Martinique radar was showing a sort of 'eye-like' feature at the center of the system's rotating circulation which appears to have clipped the north of Dominica.
Thank God that this system wasn't any stronger as it would have really set back some of the critical recovery efforts on the island. We are praying & very hopeful that the heavy rains so far have Not led to any significant flash flooding in the usual flood prone areas.
By the morning we shall have a better account of the nature of Beryl's impact. & We shall be better prepared as a result of this early 'test' should anything else lie ahead this season, of course God forbid it.

May God Bless us All!


- Besting Beryl...?
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 23:46:46 +0000 (UTC)
Well no real let up as of yet... occasionally there are a few breaks in the wind gusts but the squally conditions here have been constant for the last hour or so. Also, the thunder & lightning activity have finally made their appearance & reports from friends in the south west of the island indicate its picking up there too. Keep safe All Dominicans... Let us take every precaution especially at this time to safe-guard life & limb. We are resilient & Dominica Strong!
& Kudos to the Met officials who competently forecasted the likely impacts of this system on our lovely isle.

Let's hope that morning's light will reveal only cosmetic & minor issues & inconveniences to the island.

Keep safe everyone & God Bless!


- More of the original Beryl bearing down!...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 23:13:33 +0000 (UTC)
The effects of Beryl are very clear now with frequent squalls... & this seems more like a genuine storm, & not just remnants making its presence truly felt!
As expected the winds have picked up quite a bit and are now gusting to near 70km at the worst. Hopefully, it will not get much gustier as night draws on... Overall though it is not too bad as the East coast at least- is used to its usual wind-swept environment & gustier windward conditions.

From the radar it seems like its not too bad at present in the South of the island. The center of Beryl aka- Remnants of Beryl seem to be passing just north of us in the Guadeloupe Channel. The Blessing with Beryl or her remnants is that they are moving along quickly. We should be able to wish this system good riddance pretty soon...

Take good care everyone & God Bless!


- Bold Beryl...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 22:01:33 +0000 (UTC)
Remnants of Beryl?... As per Usual the call to downgrade some tropical systems appears to really be quite hasty & pre-mature! Beryl's still rather healthy circulation center is showing up more defined on the radar right now.

& Beryl or her remnants -call it what You will- is surely making her presence felt! Earlier a few light to moderate showers occured just before 5p.m. & there was even a flight taking off at the main airport. But all that gave way to more heavy showers. At least there is still a storm watch in effect which should not make persons too complacent. Again the 'Lesser Antilles rule' seems to be in effect which aids these systems in strengthening near or directly over the Lesser Antilles islands.

This is certainly reminiscent of T.S. Emily (2011) or Helene of 2012...etc. The showers here on the North East coast have definitely picked. Sadly they have been heavy at times which is a great concern for all those residing in landslide & flood prone areas. Thankfully the winds have not picked up though they have changed direction to more NNE almost due north. I suspect as the true center of the storm passes that will change suddenly. I'm not sure what the rest of the island may be experiencing but hopefully everyone is holding up well so far across the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica.

Our national utility companies Dowasco & Domlec shut off their services officially shortly after the State of Emergency & road curfew took effect at 4p.m. The level of preparedness, disaster risk assessment, & organisational mitigation which went into the island's preparation for the storm is to be commended especially on the local level where most persons did try their best to be their brother's keeper etc.
Currently there is a bit of a lull... & another band is on the way. So far no thunder rumbles as yet which is good for those who dislike thunder showers. 

May God continue to richly Bless our Nation & the Caribbean this hurricane season!


- Re: Hurricane Beryl
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 17:39:39 -0400
Great news.  Beryl is passing us by!  We are so very grateful.  We are still taking precautions having the dogs and puppies in the house.

It is pouring rain now so I hope everyone has their facts right.

On Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 12:05 PM Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com> wrote:
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!

- Beryl's bands...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 18:42:43 +0000 (UTC)
It has been quite breezy over the last 48hrs here in the North East of the island. And as Beryl inches closer today has been more of the same... There have been no showers though for the day so far in this part of the island apart from last night when a brief rainy squall passed through. Right now its pretty much a wait & see. 
Also, the French radar imagery does not look too terrible right now either, thanks be to God. The West coast has been more wet than we are on the east coast for now. And it appears that the south of the island is having a bit of rain as well.

Hopefully it will be a quick passing system.

May God Bless us All!


- Re: Hurricane Beryl
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 12:16:11 -0400
We have just listened to the up date from the PM about TS Beryl.

The PM is disappointed with some churches for not opening their churches as shelters.  Shelters are a big problem as many are still damaged and no new shelters built.  This is a huge worry.  Many homes are still damaged and many don't have roofs.  Please Beryl be kind to us otherwise she could be a catastrophe for the people of Dominica.

There is a 24 hour curfew in place from 4.0 pm today.

Please everyone have your fingers and toes crossed, plus prays.

We hope everyone stays safe.

On Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 12:05 PM Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com> wrote:
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!

- Re: Hurricane Beryl
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 08:22:17 -0400
We woke up this morning to a cloudy sky and showers.  The first thing we did was check stormcarib to look at TS Beryl.  Beryl looks rather large like a fat Lady.  We have had no weather report on the radio as yet which we find strange!  

We would advise everyone to take every precaution.  If near rivers or areas prone to landslides move to safety. Stay safe at all cost.

We will keep up dating as we hear any news.

We just can't believe how early this storm has formed especially with the Sahara dust cover!

On Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 12:05 PM Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com> wrote:
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!

- July stand by...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 04:08:30 +0000 (UTC)
With Beryl speeding ever closer we are praying & hoping that the Lesser Antilles rule will not be a factor.
Earlier tropical weather outlook discussions pointed out that 'despite the expected weakening, some of the global models show deep convection reigniting due to upper-level divergence to the east of a trough'... All eyes are trained on the system as it approaches the infamous 55W Longitude line.

Hopefully Sunday will not be a longer day weather-wise than expected.

May God Bless us All!


- Brazen Beryl...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 02:20:46 +0000 (UTC)
As with all storms which have threatened our lovely isle, but more so after last year's notorious female named storms; no one is taking any chances with Beryl. We are preparing for the worst while of course hoping & praying for the best. 
Beryl though weakened is not to be trusted! We truly learnt an unforgettable series of lessons last Year, & this is fresh in everyone's mind.

And having a tropical threat so soon in the season- less than a year after catastrophic category five storms really brings on rather strong triggers of very fresh trauma & anxieties. But a resilient people we are indeed.
Therefore, the average local as well as the authorities are doing their best to carry out as much preparation, preparedness & mitigation as possible. 
Given last year's devastation, some of the island's infrastructure remains compromised & vulnerable. Hopefully Beryl will be more of a 'beauty' than a brazen 'beast'. Time will certainly tell...

We continue to keep all the islands in Prayer this Hurricane season especially our beloved Nature Isle, Dominica. Surely once again Holy Masses & services tomorrow shall be busy interceeding for God's continued Providence & Graces. All of our Help comes from the Lord Jesus- & In God we Trust!
We remain Dominica Strong, Caribbean strong!

God Bless!



- Re: Hurricane Beryl
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2018 13:32:51 -0400
Excellent news Beryl has been down graded to a tropical storm.  Dominica is still on full alert.  There could still be a lot of rain so we have to be careful of flooding and landslides.

It is ironic that TS Erika because it never attained hurricane status.  Reaped more havoc than some hurricanes that have visited Dominica.  Yet we still take a tropical storm as a relief.

Beryl is a TS now but it is possible it could restrengthen.

On Fri, Jul 6, 2018, 12:05 PM Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com> wrote:
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!

- Re: Hurricane Beryl
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2018 09:32:51 -0400
Dominica is under hurricane 7
watch.  At home in the valley we are getting ready, preparing as much as we can.  

We did a huge shop yesterday so did everyone else!  We were over half an hour in a check out queue!  We were happy to see other people doing the same thing.

No one expected a hurricane this early in the season.  As Dave points out Beryl is a small compact hurricane, she can weaken or strengthen as the old saying goes it is in the lap of the Gods.  The one thing is that Beryl seems dead set on hitting Dominica. 

Dominica is not in a good state to receive Beryl.  Many shelters are still in need of repair, many homes still with tarpaulins.  Our hearts and prayers go out to all our fellow Dominicans and any other island affected.

As long as we can we will keep reporting.

The weather at the moment is overcast and rainy.

Good luck, be prepared and stay safe.

On Jul 6, 2018 12:05 PM, "Lisette Stevens" <jaco.lass at gmail.com> wrote:
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!


- Hurricane Beryl
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2018 12:05:55 -0400
Dominica is on Beryl watch!  Looks like we will be in her path, Sunday through to Monday.  We need hurricane Beryl like we need a hole in our head!

Listening to the weather reports on our local weather station we are being told that Beryl will be down graded to a tropical storm, even so 12" of rainfall is being predicted.  This could be a catastrophy for Dominica with all our river's and mountains.

Many Dominicans homes still need repairing.  We are all praying that Beryl decides to be kind to us all, including our neighbour islands.

It is advisable that we do a very good shop.

Good luck to us all.  It is just too early in the season!

- Dominica Nice
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2018 12:54:22 -0400
It has been a while since I have posted!  We are now in the hurricane season big time.  The Sahara dust is excellent for keeping hurricanes at bay.  We had hurricane Maria after the Sahara dust left last year!  Scary!

Dominica is really green again we have a lot of growth on our trees.  We are seeing more parrots and bats which is fabulous.  We even see small avocados forming on our trees!  We also have eaten our own bananas, to die for.

There are still alot of homes which need repairing, it seems that it is difficult getting materials so we hear.  This is very distressing for a lot of people.  We pray we are hurricane free this season as it would be tragic for so many folks here.

The weather has actually been quite comfortable, we have had a couple of tropical waves which bought rain, wind and sunshine.  Great for growing crops. 

Have a great rest of the week.





- 1st June Dominica
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2018 14:55:33 -0400
We are here again!  We wish all the islands well, on the upcoming whatevers!

Dominica is not ready at all and I am sure the other islands that were hit by Maria aren't either.  None of us need any hurricane braziness to come to our shores in 2018.

It's obvious that many of the other islands are facing the same problems we are.  A great deal of homes not fixed, many roofs still under tarpaulins!  So very upsetting.

The main thing that is the worry here is that the official H shelters are also not fixed, not stocked up and no new ones ready.  This is our main concern.  The government, we are sure will be moving fast to adjust this situation and fix it.  Thank you.

Our hearts go out to everyone.

Just can't get over having electricity after 8 months.  A freezer with ice cream and my home made breads to die for!
 
Thank you Dave for your support and kindness.  One Love as they say.

.

- Hurricane Season
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 May 2018 15:15:34 -0400
Hi we have not written for a while!  Our good news is that we have been connected to electricity yesterday after 8 months since hurricane Maria.

Here in Dominica we are all very apprehensive about the hurricane season!  Many homes are still damaged and in need of repair.  There has been a great deal of difficulty getting materials.  A great deal of shortages.  We presume it is because so many islands got damaged in 2017!!

The main problem as we see it also is that the roads are in a dreadful condition.  There seems no light at the end of the tunnel on this one.

We shall watch and keep you all up to date.  We wish all the islands in the Caribbean good luck for the up and coming season.



- Easter Greetings!...
  • By Micheal Colaire <nichs2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2018 05:06:34 +0000 (UTC)
A very Happy Easter to the Entire Stormcarib family... Thankfully, the recovery process continues to come along rather steadily in the Nature Isle, and the weather has been mostly dry with only a few showers here & there keeping the environment nice & cool. 
Let's pray that as we continue to Celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus that we may be truly Blessed with fruitfulness in the spirit of climate resilience and the fullest restoration of our island states. 

May God Richly Bless us All!


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