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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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