TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM SATURDAY APRIL 21ST, 2018

SYNOPSIS: A surface high pressure will generate a moderate to brisk easterly wind flow across the region. Moisture embedded in the wind flow could trigger few isolated to scattered passing showers across the islands.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy to cloudy at times with a 40 percent or moderate chance of few isolated to scattered passing showers. Tonight: partly cloudy with a 20 percent or low chance of showers.

WINDS: E 12-18kts or 22-33km/h and reaching up to 22 kts or 41 km/h over coastal waters..

SEAS: moderate to locally rough swells 1.5 to 2.1m or 5 to 7 ft. small craft operators and sea bathers should exercise caution..

SUNSET TODAY: 6:26 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:50 am.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION RADIO PROGRAM: ASTRID WADE PROVIDES FEEDBACK ON A TWO-DAY REGIONAL SUMMIT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) continues to develop its human resource capacity ahead of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season to make serious, but, important decisions that will safely steer the DMCA, if, the island should be impacted by a storm.

Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the DMCA Astrid Wade attended a two-day regional summit in the Dominican Republic.

The April 5th to 6th, 2018 summit was held under the theme: “Exchanging Innovative Experiences and Lessons Learned Regarding Disaster Risk Reduction”.

in today’s Prepare and Prevent Programme, we’ll hear that by sharing experiences and good practices in disaster risk reduction, Mr Wade and other participants were able to strengthen their systems, governance capacity and promote joint actions and synergies in the areas of interest.
Click below to hear the full interview…
 

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TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM FRIDAY APRIL 20TH, 2018

SYNOPSIS: A relatively dry and stable air mass across the area will inhibit the chance of any significant shower activity today. However, a fresh to moderate breeze can be expected and low level moisture caught in this flow could trigger some quick passing showers. Tonight, a weak trough will move into the area and could possibly generate some weak unstable weather conditions increasing the chance for shower activity.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny with a 20 percent or slight chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy to cloudy with a 50 percent or moderate chance of showers.

Winds: Easterly with speeds ranging between 19 to 33 km/h or 10 to 18 knots.

SEAS: Moderate with possible wave heights and swells reaching 1.5 to 2.1 meters or 5-7 feet. Small operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution.

SUNSET TODAY: 6:26 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:51 am.

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DMCA PARTICIPATES IN CDEMA’S TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) MEETING IN BARBADOS

 Operations and Logistics Officer at the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) Kelvin White is in Barbados for the 9th Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

The meeting commenced on April 16th and ends on April 20th.

The TAC & staff of the CDEMA Coordinating Unit also participated in Leadership Development and Financial Management & Reporting Sessions by Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business & Management.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is the technical and programmatic advisory arm of CDEMA.

This organ of CDEMA recognizes the integrated approach to disaster management and the pivotal role of stakeholder contribution to the programming process of the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Agenda.

Membership of TAC comprises, Disaster Coordinators/Directors of the National Disaster Offices of the 18 Participating States and representatives of specialized regional institutions, such as those engaged in technological, meteorological and seismological fields whose programmes are directly related to the regional disaster management agenda.

Photo of Participants Courtesy: CDEMA

 

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TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM THURSDAY APRIL 18TH, 2018

SYNOPSIS: A warm, moist and unstable airmass associated with a trough over the Northeast Caribbean will maintain a high chance of showers over the islands today. A less moist and more stable airmass moving over the Leeward Islands tonight will reduce the chance of showers.

WEATHER TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a 70 percent or high chance of showers and a 30 percent or low chance of thunderstorms.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Fair to partly cloudy and hazy with a 30 percent or low chance of showers.

WINDS: ESE-SE at 19-30 km/h or 10-16kts..

SEAS: Slight to moderate, heights 1.2-1.8m or 4-6ft..

SUNSET TODAY: 6:26 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:51 am.

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4.4 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE FELT ON MONTSERRAT

According to the UWI Seismic Research Centre on April 17th at 4:26pm local time, an earthquake occurred south of Falmouth Harbour, Antigua.

It was located at 16.95°N and 61.82°W with a magnitude of 4.4 and depth of 21km.

It was reported felt in Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and Montserrat.

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA is reminding all residents on Montserrat that that we live in a seismically active zone, which makes the Territory vulnerable to earthquakes.

During an earthquake it is important to stay calm, if you are inside stay there, move away from ceiling fans, glass windows and doors or anything that may fall. Get under a desk or sturdy piece of furniture cover your head and hold on. If outdoors, move into an open area away from trees, building, or utility wires and poles.

During an earthquake the more you move the more likely you are to be hurt, so refrain from entering or exiting a building at the time of the impact.

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WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION (WMO) RETIRES THREE (3) NAMES ON ITS ROTATING LIST OF HURRICANE NAMES

The WMO Hurricane Committee has retired Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate from the list of rotating names because of the death and destruction they caused during the 2017 Hurricane Atlantic season.

That’s according to a press release issued by the WMO following the 2018 World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee meeting in Martinique.

Below is an excerpt from the Press Release that was issued from the meeting.

The World Meteorological Organization’s Hurricane Committee met from 9 to 13 April 2018 to review the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and to discuss regional coordination and operational planning to protect lives and property in the forthcoming one.

The Hurricane Committee retired the names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate from its list of rotating names. They will be replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel.

WMO maintains rotating lists of names, which are appropriate for each Tropical Cyclone basin. In the Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific, male and female names alternate alphabetically and the lists are used every six years. If a hurricane is particularly deadly or costly, then its name is retired and replaced by a different name. The four new names will be used in the 2023 season.

The extremely active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was one of the most destructive on record. Damage costs exceeded 250 billion dollars in the United States alone, whilst recovery for the worst hit Caribbean islands may take years. Several hundred persons died, and the lives of millions were impacted.

Accurate forecasts and warnings about wind, storm surge and flooding hazards and coordination between meteorological services and disaster management helped prevent the casualty toll from being even higher.

For the first time on record, three category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the U.S. (Harvey, Irma and Maria), and six category 5 landfalls occurred across the Caribbean basin from Irma and Maria.

Of the 17 named tropical storms that formed during 2017, ten became hurricanes, and six reached major hurricane strength (category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale), according to a report by WMO’s Regional Specialized Meteorological Center (RSMC) Miami which is under the responsibility of the US National Hurricane Center. In comparison, the 1981-2010 averages are 12 tropical storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

The Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) index, a measure that takes into account both the strength and duration of the season’s tropical storms and hurricanes, was about 241% of the long-term average and the seventh highest in the Atlantic historical record back to 1851, according to the RSMC Miami report.

September was also the busiest month on record, in terms of ACE, for any tropical cyclone basin worldwide since more reliable records began in the early 1970s.

Given the exceptional nature of the 2017 season, the WMO RAIV Hurricane Committee was scheduled for five rather than the traditional four days. It considered detailed reports from all affected countries and territories and operational planning for the 2018 season with an aim to increase disaster resilience. Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 6TH TO 13TH, 2018

Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.

The seismic network recorded no volcanic earthquakes this week.

No measurements of the SO2 flux have been made since 4 April.

Pyroclastic flows can occur at any time without warning on any side of the volcano, including Gages from where they can travel rapidly into Plymouth. Tracks across the Belham Valley can be destroyed or heavily modified by flash flooding or lahars, and caution should be exercised crossing the valley during and after rainfall.

The Hazard Level is 1. There is no public access to Zone V, including Plymouth. Maritime Zones E and W are daytime transit only between sunrise and sunset (boats may sail through the zone but must not stop). Anyone who ignores these restrictions is liable to be prosecuted.

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TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM TUESDAY APRIL 17TH, 2018

WEATHER SYNOPSIS: Moisture and instability associated with a low level trough will generate unsettle conditions across the islands today.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy with a moderate or 60 percent chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a moderate or 40 percent chance of showers.

WINDS: East to east-southeast at 15 to 26 km/h or 8 to 14kts.

SEAS: Moderate to locally rough with wave heights of 1.5 to 2.1 m or 5 to 7 ft, an advisory remains in effect for small craft operators and sea bathers.

SUNSET TODAY: 6:25 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:53 am.

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HERE’S THE LOCAL MARINE WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT FROM MONDAY APRIL 16TH, 2018 TO MONDAY APRIL 23RD, 2O18

Monday April 16th, 2018 6AM. 6PM..
Seas.. are 4 to 5 feet. 4 feet.
Winds. are Easterly @ 12MPH. E @ 12 MPH.
Skies. are SUNNY ALL DAY..

 

Tuesday April 17th, 2018 6AM. 6PM..
Seas.. are 4 feet. 4 feet.
Winds. are Easterly @ 12MPH. E @ 12 MPH.
Skies. are SUNNY ALL DAY..

Wednesday April 18th, 2018 6AM. 6PM..
Seas.. are 4 to 5 feet. 4 to 5 feet.
Winds. are East-south-easterly @ 12 to 15MPH. ESE@ 12 to 15MPH.
Skies. is rainy most of the day..

Thursday April 19th , 2018 6AM. 6PM..
Seas.. are 4 to 5 feet. Northerly 5 to 6 feet.
Winds. are Easterly @ 12MPH. E @ 12 to 16MPH.
Skies. are Partly Sunny in the AM. and SUNNY in the PM..

Friday April 20th, 2018 6AM 6PM
Seas.. are Northerly 5 to Northerly 5 to 6 feet.
Winds. are Easterly @ 10 to 16 MPH. @ 16 to 18MPH.
Skies. are Cloudy All Day..

Saturday April 21st, 2018 6AM. 6PM..
Seas.. are 5 to 6 feet. 5 to 6 feet.
Winds. are Easterly @ 16 to 18 MPH. E @ 16 to 18MPH.
Skies. are Partly Cloudy..

Sunday April 22nd, 2018 6AM. 6PM..
Seas.. are 5 to 6 feet. 4 to 5 feet.
Winds. are Easterly @ 18 to 20 MPH. E @ 16 to 18MPH.
Skies. are Partly Cloudy..

Monday April 23rd, 2018 6AM. 6PM..
Seas.. are 3 to 4 feet. 3 to 4 feet.
Winds. are Easterly @ 18 to 20 MPH. E @ 18 to 20MPH.
Skies. are Sunny All Day….

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