MONTSERRAT’S WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25TH, 2017 VALID UP TO 8 AM

SYNOPSIS: Notwithstanding the presence of a weak low level trough over the area, low moisture levels will restrict shower acitivty over the Leewards and BVI today. By tonight, a slight increase in moisture is expected to generate a few light showers over these islands

WEATHER: Today; Partly cloudy with a low chance of showers

TONIGHT: Fair to partly cloudy with brief isolated showers possible

WINDS: Southeasterly at 6-12kts or 11-22km/h.

SEAS: Swells 1.5m or 5ft..

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MONTSERRAT’S WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24TH, 2017 VALID UP TO 8 AM

SYNOPSIS: A dry, stable and cool air mass will continue to linger across the area today and tonight, thus restricting any significant shower activity over and around the islands during that time.

WEATHER: Partly sunny skies today and mostly clear and cool conditions tonight with only a slight chance of an isolated shower.

SPECIAL WARNINGS: Small craft operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution.

WINDS: SE at 6-15km/h (3-8kts) becoming variable or calm at times.

SEAS: Moderate to locally rough, swells 1.5-1.8m or 5-6ft.

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NEWS ITEM: ROAD CLEARED FROM TRANTS BAY TO THE VILLAGE FOR MOVIE PRODUCTION

Director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) Rod Stewart and Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) Astrid Wade today visited the exclusion zone to assess the safety and evacuation procedures and conditions of the road cleared from Trants Bay to the Village to accommodate filming of the movie Wendy.

The road was constructed by the Film Crew on island producing the movie Wendy.

The work was carried out by Galloways and Associates.

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MONTSERRAT’S WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23RD, 2017 VALID UP TO 8 AM

SYNOPSIS: A low pressure area is located just northeast of the area. However low moisture levels will keep cloudiness and showers at a minimum.

WEATHER: Skies today will be partly sunny with low chances for isolated brief showers. Tonight skies will be fair to partly cloudy with low chances for isolated brief showers.

WINDS: NW-NNW at 5-10 kt, (9-19 km/h).

SEAS: Moderate with heights 1.2m/4ft.

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MONTSERRAT’S WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22ND, 2017 VALID UP TO 8 AM

SYNOPSIS: Moisture and instability associated with a frontal trough over the Northeast Caribbean will increase the chance of shower activity across the Leeward Islands.

WEATHER:

TODAY: Cloudy with a high chance of showers. Some moderate to heavy downpours are possible especially during the afternoon.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy to cloudy with the chance of scattered showers.

WINDS: WSW-WNW at 04-10kts/(7-19 km/h). Some light and variable or calm spells are expected tonight..

SEAS: Slight, swells 0.9-1.2m or 3-4ft.

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MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY WEEKLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD FEBRUARY 10TH TO 17TH, 2017

Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.

The seismic network recorded six volcano-tectonic earthquakes this week.

No measurements of the SO2 flux have been possible since 7 November 2016.

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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MONTSERRAT’S WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21ST, 2017 VALID UP TO 8 AM

SYNOPSIS: A cold front will likely cause unsettled weather across the area tonight. Hence, possible rainfall total for the next 24 hours is up to 10 mm or up to 0.40 in.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny with a 30 percent (or moderate) chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with a 60 percent (or high) chance of showers.

WINDS: Variable at less than 19 km/h or less than10 knots.

SEAS: 1.5 metres or 5 feet, mainly with long period swells on the eastern side of the islands.

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NEWS ITEM: TIME FOR ACTION – DOMINICA’S PRIME MINISTER CALLS FOR SPEEDY DISBURSEMENT OF CLIMATE FUNDS

Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, on Thursday called for the speedy disbursement of funds under the Green Climate Fund as many countries within CARICOM are feeling the harsh effects of climate change.

In his address at the opening ceremony of the 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM being held in Georgetown, Guyana, Prime Minister Skerrit said the increasing intensity and frequency of climatic events have forced the Region to face the reality of climate change.

According to the Guyana Chronicle , the Green Climate Fund was established with a mission to advance the goal of keeping the temperature increase on the planet below 2 degrees Celsius and serves as a unique global initiative to respond to climate change by investing in low-emission and climate-resilient development.

Skerrit noted that there is hardly a state within the Bloc that can state unequivocally that it has been untouched by the effects of the global phenomenon and as a result, there is a great need for the implementation of the many measures contained in the Paris Agreement.

“Of particular importance to us is the Green Climate Fund which has been established to assist in adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change. It is critical that there must be relatively quick access to this Fund by those it is intended to assist. As laudable as it is, it will be of minimal impact, if disbursement is as sluggish as has been the experience with other institutions and agencies,” said the Dominican Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister noted the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew that has destroyed the sister territory of Haiti leaving 500 dead along with 1.5M people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance including 120,000 families whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged. Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY(MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD FEBRUARY 3RD TO 10TH, 2017

Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.

The seismic network recorded two volcano-tectonic earthquakes this week.

No measurements of the SO2 flux have been possible since 7 November 2016.

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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PUBLIC NOTICE: FEBRUARY 18TH, 2017

MONTSERRAT’S WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18TH, 2017 VALID UP TO 8 AM

SYNOPSIS: Notwithstanding the presence of a weak low level trough over the area, low moisture levels will continue to restrict significant rainfall activity over the Leewards and BVI today and tonight

WEATHER: Today: Sunny to partly sunny with a slight chance of a brief shower

TONIGHT: Fair to partly cloudy with a slight chance of a brief shower

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