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- What a mess it is out there east of us!!
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2019 16:19:17 +0000
this is an excerpt from Crowne Weather Service posted by Meteorologist Rob Lightbown.
His weather analyses for the Caribbean are pretty much spot on.
No one knows what these waves are going to do though so I am keeping close watch.

"Tropical Waves Between The Lesser Antilles & The Coast Of Africa: The area between the Lesser Antilles and the coast of Africa is just a huge mess of westward tropical disturbances that all seem to be competing with each other.

The first tropical wave is located about 900 miles or so to the east of the Lesser Antilles very near 45 West Longitude. This tropical wave is moving at a quick forward speed and because of this, development is not expected anytime soon, if ever. This first tropical wave is likely to bring some gusty showers and thunderstorms to the Lesser Antilles on Monday.

A tropical disturbance that is located over the eastern Atlantic in the vicinity of 35 West Longitude is being watched closely for potential development in the coming days. This disturbance is likely to push westward and probably will become a tropical depression and then a tropical storm next week.

At this point, it looks possible that this tropical disturbance will be guided to the north of the Lesser Antilles by the “wake” left behind by Humberto. All of the model guidance forecast that this seems to be the most probable scenario. With that said, I am still gong to keep an eye on this tropical disturbance in case we see a further west track than what is being suggested right now."


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- Rainy morning
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2019 11:39:37 +0000
Good morning
It's been raiing on and off all night in St Maarten. Currently skies are cloudy and we can expect showers throughout the day.
We have been lucky on ths one.
Hoping VI and PR will be OK as Dorian moves in that direction.


- Dorian
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2019 13:55:31 +0000
Good morning!
This is  a portion of my latest update from Rob Lightbown at Crown Weather.
Be careful Barbados, St Lucia, and Martinique.

 "I think that we are looking at Dorian either remain nearly the same in intensity or strengthen a little over the next couple of days. This means that I think that Dorian will move right across the island of Barbados as a 40-50 mph tropical storm on Monday night. The center of Dorian is then expected to move right over the islands of St. Lucia and Martinique as a 50 mph tropical storm during Tuesday morning.

Forecast Impacts: Tropical storm conditions, including wind gusts of up to 40-50 mph, locally heavy rainfall and rough seas, are possible on the island of Barbados on Monday night and then on the islands of St. Lucia and Martinique during Tuesday. Given the very small size of Dorian, the overall area that the storm will impact will be small."


- Stay alert!
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2019 14:46:41 +0000

Tropical Depression Five Advisory Number   1
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL052019
1100 AM AST Sat Aug 24 2019


LOCATION...10.4N 47.9W

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Interests in the central and northern Lesser Antilles should
monitor the progress this system.

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of newly formed Tropical
Depression Five was located near latitude 10.4 North, longitude
47.9 West. The depression is moving toward the west near 12 mph
(19 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue today.
A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast on Sunday, and that
motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. On the forecast
track, the tropical cyclone is expected to be near the central
Lesser Antilles on Tuesday.

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 forecast to become a tropical storm later tonight or
on Sunday.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1010 mb (29.83 inches).


Next complete advisory at 500 PM AST.

- Hot, hot, hot!
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2019 13:13:28 +0000
Good Morning

NOAA recently announced that July was the hottest month on record globally.

Or St Maarten met office in the August 20119 newsletter stated that for us this July was the hottest July since 2009.
Clearly the world is heating up.

Thankfully it's been a quiet hurricane season so far.
But Crown Weather states: 
There are subtle signs in the data that suggest tropical development chances will probably be on the increase during the last week of this month. It appears that by the end of this month we will see the Africa tropical wave train drop southward towards the equator. This shift southward will lessen the amount of dust that pushes off of Africa and will also place these waves in a more conductive environment for development. The transition towards the equator of the wave train is about 3 weeks delayed this year, but it looks like it is about to happen quite soon. 

So stay alert, be prepared and check your local forecasts and your favorite weather sites.


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- more rain
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:14:08 +0000
Good morning
It's another wet morning for St Maarten. After the 5 inches of rain accumulated from 95L the other day, I had another 1.5 inches in my rain gauge overnight from the tropical wave that is pushing through.
Currently it s raining lightly and thundering.
we are under a heavy rain advisory until mid day.

I think I can safely say the drought is over.

- rain update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2019 16:11:48 +0000

Currently skies are clearing a little. Maybe the worst is over?
What a deluge it has been this morning.
Early this morning before the rain started  I emptied my rain gauge. We had received 2 inches overnight. 
Then the heavens opened up once again this morning. Currently my rain gauge measure 3 inches more of rain.
There are reports of many roads flooded.
I received a video on my Whatsapp of boys  jet skiing on the streets of Marigot on the French side.
and I also received pictures of a landslide in Saba where a huge boulder crashed through the side of a house.
It's been a rough morning out there.


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- rain,rain, rain
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2019 14:22:12 +0000
Good morning
According to the latest satellite image on the page, it looks like 95L is right on us.
I can tell you that since morning we have had continuous thunder, lightning, and lots of rain. 
We need the rain, but not this much all at once.
There are reports of minor flooding all over the island.
There is minor flooding in my house too.
I have to go put some more towels down.
Have a nice day, everyone.


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- update from St Maarten
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2019 13:58:12 +0000

Good morning from   St Maarten
It's been very hot and humid in St Maarten for the past few weeks. Everyone is complaining about the heat and worrying about what that will mean for us when we reach the height of hurricane season. St. Maarten is still recovering from Hurricane Irma and another storm would be  a hard blow for us.
But we will think positively.
I have attached a link to the July 2019 newsletter from our Met Office. 
There is some interesting information and data in it.
It does say:
"Total rainfall for the last 3 months was 99.3 mm, this amount was below the normal range (156-253 mm). There was only one day with heavy rainfall (>10mm) within that period. This has been the driest Apr-May-Jun. since 2016 (98.9mm)." 
  In spite of the low rainfall, our flamboyant trees are blooming beautifully all over the island. We have several in our neighborhood and in our yard.
I have attached some pictures.


- Update
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 21:02:49 +0000
After a couple of months of absolutely no rain at all, St Maarten has finally started getting some showers.   The rain has not been very heavy but it's been enough to make the hills green again, and make it  feel more like living in  a steam bath, and, of course, bring out the mosquitoes.
Our garden is very happy and the plants we thought were probably  dying have suddenly blossomed.
Yesterday I took  a picture of our petrea, which is in full boom. it absolutely loves rain.
I never tire of these colours.


- Caribbean remains in a drought
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 3 May 2019 22:31:08 +0000
The St Maarten Met Office Newsletter for May has been released.
In summary it says:
"Most of the islands in the Caribbean have experienced low rainfall activity over the past six months to a year. Severe drought has developed and water rationing has begun in Antigua and St. Eustatius. Severe drought has also developed in Aruba, Barbados, Northern Guyana, Martinique and St. Kitts among others. The alert level for St. Maarten and the most of the Leeward Islands has been upgraded to Warning. A drought warning means drought is evolving therefore management plans should be implemented and water should be conserved and/or recycled. "

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- no rain
  • By Barbara Cannegieter <barcann at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2019 13:11:14 +0000
Good Morning
St Maarten is dry, dry, dry. We need rain badly. 
The attached image shows climate information for March.
Rainfall was below average and so far April is looking like it will be the same.



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