- Updates from the Islands -

- - St.Maarten/St.Martin - -

| home | satellite | tools | pleas for help | QHWRN | guide | climatology | archive

Page sponsored by: Gobeach Vacations where stormCARIB began:
- Special Weather Bulletin Met Office St Maarten
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:45:19 +0000

SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN #1

DATE ISSUED: Monday, November 12, 2018 
TIME ISSUED: 04:00PM

VALID UNTIL: Thursday, November 14, 2018
_____________________________________

…A HEAVY RAINFALL ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN…

Abundant moisture and instability associated with an approaching active tropical wave (invest 96L) will produce unstable weather conditions across the region from Early Tuesday November 13th through Thursday November 15th 2018.

As the system approaches the area, there is an increased possibility for showers and thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds over the local area. Some of these showers may be heavy and will lead to localized flooding over sections of the island.

Residents in low-lying areas should be vigilant and take the necessary precautions as soils are already saturated. Motorists should avoid driving on flooded streets until the heavy rainfall has tapered off or ended and the floodwaters have receded.

In case there are lightning strikes very close to your location (loud thunder, less than three seconds between lightning discharge and thunder), switch off and disconnect any sensitive electronic equipment. Also, disconnect any phone line from your computer.

Meteorological Department St. Maarten will continue to monitor the situation and keep the public informed through special bulletins.

The next update will be issued at 6:00 am Tuesday November 13th 2018.



 
 

- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:58:29 +0000

For Immediate Release: Monday, November 12, 2018/N194

Motorists advised in the event of heavy rainfall drive with extreme caution or stay-off road network

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The Fire Department is requesting motorists to drive with extreme caution during heavy rainfall or if possible, to stay-off the road network as such events cause severe street flooding.

On Monday afternoon the Meteorological Department of Sint Maarten (MDS) issued a heavy rainfall advisory. The advisory was issued due to an abundant moisture and instability associated with an approaching active tropical wave. This wave according to MDS will: produce unstable weather conditions across the region from early Tuesday November 13th through Thursday November 15th, 2018.

The MDS says, as the system approaches the area, there is an increased possibility for showers and thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds over the local area. Some of these showers may be heavy and will lead to localized flooding over sections of the island.
MDS advises residents in low-lying areas should be vigilant and take the necessary precautions as soils are already saturated. Motorists should avoid driving on flooded streets until the heavy rainfall has tapered off or ended and the floodwaters have receded.

MDS adds, in case there are lightning strikes very close to your location (loud thunder, less than three seconds between lightning discharge and thunder), switch off and disconnect any sensitive electronic equipment. Also, disconnect any phone line from your computer.

MDS will continue to monitor the situation and keep the public informed through special bulletins. MDS weather reports and bulletins are available by visiting its website: www.meteosxm.com

The Fire Department advises for those already out and a heavy rainfall event takes place, motorists should avoid driving in low lying areas which have become inundated.
Those driving along hill-side roads should drive with caution and be on alert for possible rock slides.

The Fire Department reiterates for those considering going out, it is advised to stay off the road network until weather conditions improve.

Please take note that it will take a couple of hours before street flooding subsides as inundated waterways and drains slowly clear during a heavy rainfall event.



 
 

- Re: Special Weather Bulletin Met Office St Maarten
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 21:56:28 +0000


 
 


From: Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2018 4:45 PM
To: storm reports
Subject: Special Weather Bulletin Met Office St Maarten
 

SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN #1

DATE ISSUED: Monday, November 12, 2018 
TIME ISSUED: 04:00PM

VALID UNTIL: Thursday, November 14, 2018
_____________________________________

…A HEAVY RAINFALL ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. MAARTEN…

Abundant moisture and instability associated with an approaching active tropical wave (invest 96L) will produce unstable weather conditions across the region from Early Tuesday November 13th through Thursday November 15th 2018.

As the system approaches the area, there is an increased possibility for showers and thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds over the local area. Some of these showers may be heavy and will lead to localized flooding over sections of the island.

Residents in low-lying areas should be vigilant and take the necessary precautions as soils are already saturated. Motorists should avoid driving on flooded streets until the heavy rainfall has tapered off or ended and the floodwaters have receded.

In case there are lightning strikes very close to your location (loud thunder, less than three seconds between lightning discharge and thunder), switch off and disconnect any sensitive electronic equipment. Also, disconnect any phone line from your computer.

Meteorological Department St. Maarten will continue to monitor the situation and keep the public informed through special bulletins.

The next update will be issued at 6:00 am Tuesday November 13th 2018.



 
 

- Invest 96L
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 19:37:26 +0000
More rain may be headed our way.
96L will soon be in our neighborhood
Crown Weather says:

 ..the big question is will Invest 96-L move right across the northern Caribbean islands or will it move just north of the islands. Analysis of upper level winds show that it is going to be a really close call between a track just north of the islands and a track right across the northern Caribbean islands.

Either way, this tropical disturbance will likely bring heavy rainfall with gusty winds and rough seas beginning across the Leeward Islands on Monday that continues into Tuesday. This squally weather is expected to spread across the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by Tuesday and then across Hispaniola on Tuesday night and Wednesday.




 
 

JPEG image


- Last night's rains in St Maarten
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 13:50:01 +0000

Wow, St Maarten got bombarded last night with heavy rains. There was really no warning issued either.
I think the rains  caught everyone by surprised. Even MeteoFrance which had us on yellow alert for days had put the Northern island back on regular status.
So we thought all the rain was going more south of us.
Boom! about 6:30 PM the rain started to fall heavy and it didn't let up for more than 3 hours.
Roads were quickly flooded out.
This warning was then issued via Facebook:

"The Fire Department advises motorists to remain off the road due to severe street flooding. Motorists already on the road should avoid driving in low lying areas.  Those driving on hillside roads should drive with caution and be on alert for possible rock slidesFor those considering going out, it is advised to stay off the road until weather conditions improve. It will take a couple of hours before street flooding subsides as the water flows from streets into drains and other waterways."

​That was too little too late as many were on the road already. and nothing from our Met Office. 
We were out  for dinner but not far from our home thankfully.
 A friend posted this picture of early flooding. (see attachment)
My garden rain gauge which was empty when I left home measured 5 inches of water when I came back home 4 hours later.
I know there are several other island which have had flooding recently.
Be careful out there! You never know what will happen with these weather patterns we have been having lately. 




 
 

JPEG image


- St Maarten Met Office newletter
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2018 20:48:39 +0000
If you click on the link, you can find the October newsletter from our Met Office here in St Maarten.  
Thankfully no hurricanes to report.



- too much rain
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2018 21:06:39 +0000

Since I posted earlier today, we have had nothing but rain, rain, rain.

A very heavy thunderstorm caused flooding on the roads  and a small landslide.

 

 

 

An  announcement from government advises to stay off the roads.
PHILIPSBURG – Minister of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI), Miklos Giterson, has taken note of the heavy rainfall being experienced today, Saturday, and would like to assure residents that the Department of Infrastructure Management is at the moment busy assessing and resolving issues caused by the heavy rainfall.

 

Residents are urged to stay off the roadways for the rest of the day unless travel is necessary as all roads have the possibility of experiencing temporary flooding.

 

 

 


- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2018 13:36:46 +0000
Good Morning
It's been a rainy night on St Maarten. This morning is cloudy and I know rain is still in the area.
Meteo France, the weather service from Martinique and Guadeloupe still has us in Yellow, a slightly elevated risk for heavy storms. 
We are the bgiger island in yellow  in the top left picture. The other one is St Barth's.

I am grateful for the rain. The island looks so green and beautiful. I know though there are people still living under tarps and that this rainy weather is not a comfortable situation for them. 
and then there are the mosquitoes, who love this rain. 
Have a a nice day, everyone!



 

- St Maarten Met Office newsletter
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2018 21:20:20 +0000
The St Maarten Met Office has released an October newsletter with a seasonal outlook from October to December 2018. 

Summary of Forecast for the season
October to December 2018.

1. Rainfall totals are expected to be lower than usual.

2. Both daytime and night-time temperatures are expected to be warmer than usual however, temperatures will get more comfortable from November.

3. Thermal stress expected to accumulate on corals by the end of October but not expected to reach bleaching levels.


The entire newsletter with forecasts can be found here:



 
 

- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2018 20:23:33 +0000

Good Afternoon from  St Maarten, where all is well weather wise, but our dump is burning again.

I have no words left. The smoke is affecting the entire island. It’s difficult to breathe.

People are so frustrated and angry.

I and some others took the government to court. The case was heard Thursday. The Judge wants government to submit a road map plan of how they are going to fix this. He said he will be supervising their plans of action and if they are fulfilling it.

We shall see.

 


- Isaac
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:43:42 +0000
Good afternoon
Yesterday on St Maarten schools were closed and businesses closed early, just in case Isaac caused us any problems. All we had was a windy day. Skies for the most part were blue all day.
Today, after Isaac has passed us, the wind has died down, but we are having a rainy day.
We are grateful Isaac spared all of the Caribbean islands.
I am watching what is happening in the USA with Hurricane Florence, and I am reminded of last year at this time when we were experiencing the immediate aftermath of Irma.




- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2018 02:04:56 +0000
St Maarten is taking no chances with Isaac.
Three shelters to open Wednesday. Other emergency procedures are being put in place also.


- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:53:01 +0000
Good morning Caribbean friends.
I know we are all following the progress of Isaac this morning. So many of us are still recovering from last year's storms.
Currently it looks like Isaac will pass south of St Maarten, but what does that mean for the islands to the south of us?
I hope everyone will be safe. Please take proper precautions no matter where you are.

In the meantime on St Maarten, since there is NO wind. The sea is like glass. I guess Isaac is sucking up all the energy for miles around.
So, with no wind, the smoke from our Mount Dump and Mount irma, is just hanging over Philipsburg. It's ridiculous!





 
 

- TD 9
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2018 15:51:05 +0000

Tropical Depression #9:
5 am EDT/4 am CDT Statistics:
Location: 14.3 North Latitude, 35.4 West Longitude or about 1720 miles to the east of the Windward Islands.
Maximum Winds: 35 mph.
Minimum Central Pressure: 1007 Millibars or 29.74 Inches.
Forward Movement: West-Northwest at a forward speed of 5 mph.

The forecast for Tropical Depression #9 is a very uncertain one and all interests in the Lesser Antilles should closely monitor the progress of this system.

Satellite imagery and weather analysis indicates that TD 9 is being impacted by fairly robust wind shear and these unfavorable environmental conditions may continue for at least a few days. Should this occur, then the depression will struggle to strengthen and we may have a much weaker system moving into the Caribbean. This is what the latest European model and GFS model seems to suggest.

On the other hand, analysis reveals that there is an area of lower wind shear situated between 50 and 60 West Longitude and this system is likely to move through this region by about Wednesday. What may happen is that we could see a quick burst of intensification just before TD 9 moves across the Lesser Antilles late next week and this is something that will need to be monitored.

The intensity guidance is of no help with some members peaking this at a tropical storm while a equal number of members forecast a peak intensity of a Category 1 hurricane. The HWRF model's forecast of a Category 4 hurricane looks like a outlier and will be disregarded.

Tropical Depression 9 should move on a general west to west-northwest path for the next several days as a upper level ridge of high pressure pushes the system westward.

My Thinking Is That this system will end up tracking right across the southern Leeward Islands and northern Windward Islands on Thursday as a tropical storm. The islands that really need to keep an eye on this storm include Antigua, Guadeloupe, Dominica and Martinique. It should be noted that even though I'm currently forecasting this system to move across the central Lesser Antilles as a tropical storm, there is the very real possibility that it could be a Category 1 or 2 hurricane at that time.

Bottom line is that I strongly advise everyone in the southern Leeward Islands and the northern Windward Islands to closely monitor the progress of Tropical Depression #9.



 
 

- from our local radio Island 92 Facebook post
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2018 13:10:25 +0000

ROM THE ISLAND 92 WEATHER CENTER

THE GREEN DOT REPRESENTS THE ISLAND92/Z105.1 FM STONE HENGE STUDIOS IN COLE BAY, ST. MAARTEN.

NOW IS THE TIME TO BE ALERT AND MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF BOTH TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE (POSSIBLY ISSAC IN THE FUTURE) AND TROPICAL STORM HELENE. NEITHER STORM REPRESENT AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO ST MAARTEN, BUT NOW IS THE TIME TO BE ALERT.

===

DEPRESSION EXPECTED TO BECOME A TROPICAL STORM LATER TODAY OVER THE EASTERN TROPICAL ATLANTIC...

SEE FIRST PICTURE. ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 AT 2AM TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE IS FORECASTED TO BE 448 MILES SOUTH EAST OF ST. MAARTEN.

SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...14.3N 35.4W
ABOUT 1720 MI...2765 KM E OF THE WINDWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...35 MPH...55 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 300 DEGREES AT 5 MPH...7 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1007 MB...29.74 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
----------------------
At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Nine was located near latitude 14.3 North, longitude 35.4 West. The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 5 mph (7 km/h). A turn toward the west is expected later today, and that general
motion at a slightly faster forward speed is forecast to continue through the weekend and into early next week.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm later today and a hurricane by early next week.

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

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
None.

NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
Next complete advisory at 1100 AM AST.
====

TROPICAL STORM HELENE - SEE SECOND PICTURE

SUMMARY OF 800 AM AST...1200 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...13.6N 20.2W
ABOUT 290 MI...465 KM ESE OF THE SOUTHERNMOST CABO VERDE ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 275 DEGREES AT 13 MPH...20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1001 MB...29.56 INCHES
===



 
 

Attachment: island92.jpg
Description: island92.jpg


- Invest 92-L
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2018 16:43:37 +0000

From Crown Weather:

 

Invest 92-L Located Over The Eastern Atlantic: Invest 92-L, which is a tropical wave located to the south-southeast of the Cape Verde Islands, is likely to become our next named tropical storm by this weekend as the environmental conditions look at least somewhat favorable for development. Invest 92-L is expected to move on a west to west-northwest path in the coming days as a ridge of high pressure will be positioned to its north.

 

Beyond this weekend, the question becomes how big of a threat does this system pose to the Lesser Antilles. The overall model guidance is not of much help as the GFS model has been inconsistent wavering from a definite threat to the eastern Caribbean to a track that takes this system well north and east of the Caribbean. The European and UKMET model guidance, on the other hand, signal a threat to the Lesser Antilles in about 10 days from now.

 

At this point, Invest 92-L is just a system to keep an eye on for now as we are more than a week out from it even threatening the Lesser Antilles. It is quite possible that Invest 92-L may be yanked northward into the open Atlantic by a upper level trough of low pressure left behind by Florence. It is also just as possible that the upper level trough may not be strong enough and thus Invest 92-L is guided westward towards the Caribbean during next week. Either way, it is a system to keep an eye on for now.


- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2018 00:56:01 +0000

Good evening

It’s been a rainy day in St Maarten. I am loving the weather. The rain is most welcome as everything was pretty dry here, but the thunder and lightning last night made everyone nervous.

We all have a touch of PTSD after Irma, and now we see the tropics are seriously heating up.

Tis the season!
We must all be vigilant right now.



 


- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 13:11:49 +0000


good morning
reporting in from St Maarten. The remnants of Beryl are passing well south of us but we do have a rainy windy day. Actually we are grateful for the rain. We need it badly. and so far the rain is coming in short bursts, so there is no flooding thankfully.
I do hope people still living under tarps are OK. They probably at the very least are damp and uncomfortable.


 
 

- Hurricane Beryl
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2018 15:05:12 +0000

Beryl is now a hurricane, forecast to pass well south of St Maarten. 


Meteo des Cyclones page on Facebook says this:


"Planned trajectory of hurricane Beryl at 05 local hours

The first hurricane of season 2018 should continue to strengthen for the next 36-48 hours before weakening at Tropical Storm Stadium Sunday morning. Beryl would be less than 500 kilometres from martinique and a passage between Dominica and the archipelago of guadeloupe at the low tropical storm stage should occur Sunday night at Monday morning. Once in the Caribbean Sea, where the atmosphere would be more hostile, the cyclone should become a tropical wave during the day."

I am hoping that Dominica stays safe. They certainly don't need another storm this yer.


 
 

- Tropical Storm Beryl 5:00 PM update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2018 21:36:29 +0000

Tropical Storm Beryl Discussion Number   2
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL022018
500 PM AST Thu Jul 05 2018

Beryl has been a bit of a surprise today, which is not uncommon for
tiny tropical cyclones such as itself.  A 1724 UTC SSMI microwave
pass and a 1853 UTC SSMI/S pass both revealed that the cyclone had
developed a well-defined 5 nmi-wide mid-level eye, and a dimple has
been apparent in visible satellite imagery.  It's usually difficult
to get a good handle on the intensity of these types of cyclones
given their small size, but data-T numbers from TAFB and SAB are a
consensus T3.0.  The initial intensity is therefore raised to 45 kt,
but there is a lot of uncertainty in this estimate.

If the initial intensity is uncertain, the future intensity is even
more of a quandary.  Despite being surrounded by abundant dry air,
Beryl has apparently been able to isolate itself and possibly
moisten the near-storm environment while located in an area of low
shear.  Since the shear is expected to remain quite low for the next
36 hours or so, and small cyclones like Beryl often have a tendency
to strengthen quickly over a short period of time, continued
intensification appears likely for the next day or so.  The updated
NHC intensity forecast most closely follows the statistical-
dynamical guidance, which lies at the upper end of the guidance
envelope, and brings Beryl to hurricane strength within 36 hours.
After that time, increasing westerly shear, partially due to Beryl
accelerating toward the west, is expected to cause weakening.  In
addition, every global model shows the cyclone opening up into a
tropical wave in 72-96 hours, which is what the NHC forecast
continues to depict.  It cannot be stressed enough, however, that
this is a low confidence forecast.

The one stable part of the forecast is Beryl's future track.  The
new guidance has not changed much from the previous forecast cycle,
and it continues to show Beryl slowing down a bit during the next 24
hours, followed by a west-northwestward acceleration in 48-72 hours
due to a strengthening ridge to the north.  The updated NHC track
forecast is just a bit south of the previous one and is closest to
the HCCA and Florida State Superensemble guidance.

Even though Beryl is expected to dissipate just east of the Lesser
Antilles early next week, the remnant tropical wave will continue
moving quickly westward and will likely bring locally heavy
rains and gusty winds to portions of the Leeward Islands on Sunday
and Monday.

Key Messages:

1. Due to its very small size, there is greater-than-usual
uncertainty in the analysis of Beryl's current intensity.
Confidence in the official intensity forecast is also much lower
than normal.  Rapid changes in intensity, both up and down, that are
difficult to predict are possible during the next couple of days.

2. While Beryl is still expected to dissipate as a tropical cyclone
by Monday before reaching the Lesser Antilles, there will likely
be some rain and wind impacts on those islands early next week.
Residents there should monitor products from their local weather
office for more information.

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS

INIT  05/2100Z 10.3N  42.8W   45 KT  50 MPH
 12H  06/0600Z 10.8N  44.5W   55 KT  65 MPH
 24H  06/1800Z 11.4N  46.3W   60 KT  70 MPH
 36H  07/0600Z 12.1N  48.3W   65 KT  75 MPH
 48H  07/1800Z 13.0N  51.0W   60 KT  70 MPH
 72H  08/1800Z 14.5N  58.4W   50 KT  60 MPH
 96H  09/1800Z...DISSIPATED


 
 

- Watching 95L
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2018 21:23:40 +0000

Hoping we get some rain but not anything more serious. 


5:00 PM NHC update says this:


Satellite imagery indicates that shower activity associated with a
small area of low pressure and a tropical wave located several
hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands has become
better organized during the past few hours.  Some additional
development of this system is possible, and a tropical depression
could form during the next day or two while it moves westward to
west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph over the tropical Atlantic
Ocean. By the weekend, upper-level winds are expected to become less
conducive for development when the system approaches the Lesser
Antilles.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...50 percent.


 
 

- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2018 16:59:51 +0000


Hello everyone


St Maarten had cloudy skies but not much rain from that tropical wave. We still need rain badly. The hills are brown and the cisterns are empty.


But our African Tulip tree, which is barely standing after Hurricane Irma, just produced its first bloom in a long time.









 
 

- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:15:11 +0000

Good morning

St Maarten continues to be dry and hot! Thankfully there is a light breeze. We need rain though.


Usually when I look out to the east and see "smoky" skies, I think it is our  dump on fire again. But this morning it is Saharan dust.

Either way, my allergies are acting up. 


Our weather report says in part:
Special Weather 

* Dust/Allergy >> A plume of Saharan Dust is still invading the local region. Thus, allergy sufferers are advised to take the necessary precautions until further notice.





 
 

- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2018 13:10:37 +0000


Good morning

I woke up  to hazy skies on St Maarten this morning.  I thought our dump was on fire again, but, no, I don't think that's it, for a change.

I think we are getting  some Saharan dust today, and it looks like more coming across the Atlantic.






 
 

- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 27 May 2018 12:51:11 +0000

Good morning

Skies are partially cloudy over St Maarten this morning. Our Met Office says 

"Moisture and instability associated with a tropical wave will account for cloudiness and isolated showers, some of which may be heavy across the local area."

We need some rain so I do hope we get some showers.


Sub Tropical storm Alberto is producing lots of rain over Florida this morning. Reminder to everyone that even a weak tropical wave can produce flooding, especially in the islands.



 
 

- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 May 2018 22:08:18 +0000

Hello Caribbean friends

It's been awhile since I have posted. We have been busy with fixing things up since Irma. The island is getting better but we still have a long way to go.

I can't believe  a new hurricane season is almost upon us. I hope that we are all are safe from any storms this year.

Right now the weather is getting hot again, but we  still have a delightful cool breeze.  We are having a few showers but we still need some rain, just not too much.

As a result of Irma, the St Maarten Zoo, where I volunteered for many years, is permanently closed. Many of the animals were rescued and many were sent to the Curacao Zoo.

However, I inherited Anna. She is a fabulous bird, but very noisy. She sure keeps me busy.



 



 
 

Back to top | home | satellite | tools | pleas for help | QHWRN | guide | climatology | archive