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- St Maarten January 2021 Met Office Newsletter
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2021 18:52:04 +0000

Good afternoon

Our Met Office has released its January newsletter.


It’s interesting to note that they say 2020 was the warmest year on average for the past 22 years on St Maarten.
Click on the link for more interesting weather information.

Have a great day!


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- NE Caribbean to experience high winds and seas from Thursday night
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2020 22:19:38 +0000

Be careful out there


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- Seasonal Outlook for December to February (DJF) 20/21
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2020 20:41:18 +0000

Hello everyone

Here is  a link to the seasonal outlook for St Maarten from December through February.

“Rainfall totals for the season Dec-Jan-Feb. 20/21 are likely to be higher than usual in St. Maarten and most of the Antilles but likely to be drier than usual in the Bahamas and Cuba.”


Happy Holidays to everyone.


Stay safe.




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- Happy Holidays everyone
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2020 14:30:35 +0000

In these difficult times, when we all are staying home a lot, our Caribbean garden gives me much joy.

Last year I bought some poinsettias to decorate the house. After the holidays, my husband planted a couple in the garden.. One of them has grown beautifully all year and is now turning red just in time for the holidays.

Happy Holidays to all from St Maarten. And by the way, the weather is simply gorgeous these days.


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- It’s not over yet.
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2020 14:25:18 +0000

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- earthquakes
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2020 13:21:03 +0000

Good morning

Last night I was peacefully sleeping in my bed when suddenly it started shaking.

The shaking woke both my husband and me up. We could hear low rumbling too.

Yep, it was an earthquake. Felt on St Maarten by many people.

This is the second tremor we have felt in 2 days.

We felt this one too.
M 5.1 - 64 km ESE of Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands
2020-10-07 14:24:32 (UTC-04:00)
18.079°N 64.243°W



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- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 17:07:31 +0000
Thinking of Bermuda today. 
Current weather in St Maarten is HOT with no wind.

- Laura now expected to pass south of St Maarten
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2020 16:31:24 +0000

SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN #6 - Friday, August 21, 2020 - 11:30AM **


At 11AM (1500 UTC), Tropical Storm Laura was located near latitude 17.0 North,
longitude 60.2 West or about 210 miles east southeast of St. Maarten. Laura is moving
toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h). A general west-northwestward motion at a faster
forward speed is expected over the next couple days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Some slow
strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend
outward up to 150 miles from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches).

On the current forecast track, the center of tropical storm Laura is expected at its closest
about 35 miles to the south southwest of St. Maarten late tonight.


RAINFALL: Laura could produce up to 4 inches of rainfall through Sunday over the
local area. Shower activity associated with rain bands from Laura is already affecting St.
Maarten. Moderate to heavy showers accompanied by thunderstorms are expected to
continue and intensify as the day progresses with most intense showers expected this
evening through Saturday morning. This rainfall will result in flooding/flash flooding in
low-lying areas and rock falls along hillsides, especially in areas that are already

WIND: Storm force winds of 45 mph with higher gusts are expected across the local area
from this afternoon through Saturday morning.

SEAS: Sea conditions will continue to deteriorate today peaking near 10 feet overnight.
As a result a small craft warning is in effect for St. Maarten. Small craft operators and
swimmers should stay out of the water until the all clear is given.

The Meteorological Department of St. Maarten will continue to monitor the progress of this
system and keep the public updated accordingly.



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- Watching TD #13
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2020 11:46:35 +0000
Local met office says:  Regardless of development, gusty wind conditions and heavy rainfall are expected over parts of the local area from late Friday.
The current forecast track brings the closest point of approach at approximately 60 miles to the Northeast of St Maarten in about 48 hours.



watching and waiting. Maybe its time to get in the patio furniture again.


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- current conditions on St Maarten
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 20:20:36 +0000
Still raining but not as windy. The rain is heavy right now. 
first link shows a live web cam at the end of the airport runway

This link below shows the NWS current and past weather today from the airport.


It's been a good day to stay inside and watch the leaks from my roof.


- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 11:17:17 +0000
Good morning from St Maarten.
The wind is very high this morning in St Maarten.
Definitely tropical storm force gusts.
No rain. Cloudy skies.
Government has ordered all businesses closed by 11:00 AM. Everyone off roads by noon.
After Irma, no one is taking any chances.
Thankfully this is no Irma.


- TS warning issued 7/28
  • By Jesús L.A. Richardson <jesusinsxm at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 16:07:19 +0000
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for St. Maarten as of 11am July 28th 2020.

For updates monitor: https://www.facebook.com/sxmweather/

- Another dusty day
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2020 14:18:58 +0000

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- It's here and so are my allergies
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2020 13:56:05 +0000

The Sharan dust has arrived big time. Everyone is complaining of burning eyes, sneezing, and all the fun things that the dust brings.
Thankfully it does not bring hurricanes.

There is an ocean out there somewhere.

 The hills look hazy and smoky.


- It's gonna get dusty out there
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2020 15:07:00 +0000

Good morning
Our St Maarten Met Office has put​ us on a dust alert since a huge plume of Saharan dust is heading towards the Caribbean.
Our Met Office Facebook post this morning says this:

Air quality across St. Maarten has begun to deteriorate as a result of Saharan dust gradually spreading across the region. The milky appearance of the sky is due to dust particles suspended in the atmosphere. As time progress the air will become drier and dustier, persons with allergies/ and or respiratory illnesses should take the necessary precautions and limit outdoor activities.


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