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

SYNOPSIS: A LIGHT TO MODERATE WIND FLOW WILL PREVAIL ACROSS THE AREA TODAY AND TONIGHT. AVAILABLE LOW LEVEL MOISTURE COULD TRIGGER FEW SHOWERS ACROSS THE ISLANDS.

WEATHER: TODAY: PARTLY CLOUDY WITH FEW CLOUDY PERIODS AND A CHANCE OF FEW SHOWERS. TONIGHT: PARTLY CLOUDY: FEW SHOWERS COULD ALSO DEVELOP.

SPECIAL WARNINGS: AN ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS AND SEA BATHERS.

WINDS: E- ESE 10-15KTS OR 19 TO 28 KM/H.

SEAS: MODERATE TO LOCALLY ROUGH SWELLS 1.5 TO 2.1M OR 5 TO 7 FT. AN ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS AND SEA BATHERS.

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

SYNOPSIS: Despite a surface High pressure system in the vicinity, marginal instability could influence some shower activity throughout today. Possible rainfall accumulation is less than 1mm (0.04 inch).

WEATHER TODAY: Occasionally cloudy particularly before midday with 30% (moderate) chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 20% (slight) chance of showers.

SPECIAL WARNING: Beachgoers should exercise caution.

WINDS: Easterly at 9 to 22 km/h or 5 to 12 knots.

SEAS: 0.9 to 1.8 metres or 3 to 6 feet. Beachgoers should exercise caution.

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ANNUAL REGIONAL TSUNAMI EXERCISE ON MARCH 21

The annual regional tsunami response exercise called CARIBE WAVE 17 will evaluate Caribbean countries local tsunami response plans, increase tsunami preparedness and improve coordination throughout the region.

The exercise on Tuesday March 21st, 2017 will simulate a widespread Tsunami Warning and Watch situation throughout the Caribbean, which requires implementation of local tsunami response plans.

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MONTSERRAT’S WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW TUESDAY MARCH 20TH, 2017 VALID UP TO 8 AM

SYNOPSIS: A relatively stable atmosphere will restrict significant clouds and shower activity from forming over the Leewards for the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, a slacker pressure gradient will cause lighter winds and gradually subsiding seas over and around the coastal waters of these islands

WEATHER: TODAY: Partly cloudy with a chance of brief coastal afternoon showers possible

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

SPECIAL WARNINGS: Small craft operators should still exercise caution today.

WINDS: East southeast to southeast at 5-12 knots or 9-22km/h becoming variable in some places overnight.

SEAS: Moderate: seas 1.2-1.8m or 4-6ft today. While seas are subsiding, small craft operators should still exercise caution today.

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MONTSERRAT’S WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW THURSDAY MARCH 9TH, 2017 VALID UP TO 8 AM

SYNOPSIS: As a result of a continued steep pressure gradient, frequently strong and gusty winds will keep seas very hazardous and keep the lower atmosphere unsettled. Possible rainfall total for the next 24 hours is 1 to 10 mm or 0.04 to 0.40 in.

WEATHER TODAY: Occasionally cloudy with a 60 percent or a high chance of brief showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Occasionally cloudy with an 80 percent or a high chance of showers, some of which are likely to be briefly heavy.

SPECIAL WARNING: A small craft warning remains in effect; small craft operators should not venture far from port.

WINDS: East-northeast at 30 to 44 km/h or 16 to 24 knots with frequent higher gusts. Gusts to as high as 63 km/h or 34 knots are possible in showers.

SEAS: Rough with heights of 2.4 to 2.7 metres or 8 to 9 feet, occasionally reaching 3.5 metres or 11 feet, mainly in open waters. A small craft warning remains in effect; small craft operators should not venture far from port.

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MONTSERRAT’S WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW WEDNESDAY MARCH 8TH, 2017 VALID UP TO 8 AM

SYNOPSIS: The presence of a frontal trough coupled with fresh to strong trade winds will result in very rough seas as well as unsettled weather conditions across the area today and tonight.

WEATHER: Partly cloudy skies today and tonight becoming increasingly cloudy at times with periods of widely scattered showers developing. Some showers could be locally heavy at times.

SPECIAL WARNINGS: Stern warnings remain in place for small craft operators and sea bathers against dangerous sea conditions.

WINDS: NE at 30-46km/h or 16-25kts, gusting to 59km/h or 32kts during showers and over open waters.

SEAS: Very rough, swells 2.4-3.4m or 8-11ft. Stern warnings remain in place for small craft operators and sea bathers against dangerous sea conditions.

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MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD FEBRUARY 24TH TO MARCH 3RD, 2017

Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.

The seismic network recorded five rockfalls and one volcano-tectonic earthquake this week.

No measurements of the Sulfur Dioxide (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 MARCH 7TH, 2017 VALID UP TO 8 AM

SYNOPSIS: A weak surface trough is in the vicinity of the Leeward Islands. However low moisture levels will keep cloudiness and showers at a minimum.

WEATHER: Skies today and tonight will be partly cloudy with brief passing showers.

SPECIAL WARNINGS: Small craft and sea bather warnings remain in effect.

WINDS: ENE-ESE at 10-17 kt, 19-31 km/h..

SEAS: Rough with heights 1.8-2.4m/6-8ft. Small craft and sea bather warnings remain in effect.

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MONTSERRAT’S WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW SATURDAY MARCH 4TH, 2017 VALID UP TO 8 AM

SYNOPSIS: As a result of a relatively tight pressure gradient, frequently fresh to occasionally strong and gusty surface winds will continue to generate hazardous seas and keep the lower atmosphere somewhat unsettled. Possible rainfall total for the next 24 hours is 1 to 10 mm or 0.04 to 0.40 in.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny with a 70 percent or a high chance of brief showers.

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

SPECIAL WARNING: A small craft warning remains in effect.

WINDS: East-northeast at 22 to 37 km/h or 12 to 20 knots, with gusts to around 56 km/h or 30 knots.

SEAS: Rough with heights of 1.8 to 2.4 metres or 6 to 8 feet, occasionally reaching 3.0 metres or 10 feet. A small craft warning remains in effect.

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NEWS ITEM: CARIBBEAN LEADERS WANT SWIFTER ACTION ON CLIMATE FUNDING (source: Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS))

“When Tropical Storm Erika hit the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica on August 27, 2015, it killed more than two dozen people, left nearly 600 homeless and wreaked damages totalling more than a billion dollars.

The storm which dumped 15 inches of rain on the mountainous island, caused floods and mudslides and set the country back 20 years,” according to Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

He added that the island was inadequately prepared for a storm such as Erika. Many roads and bridges were simply not robust enough to withstand such high volumes of water.

The Dominica’s Prime Minister ”said it is critical that there must be relatively quick access to this Fund by those it is intended to assist.”

In a national address shortly following the storm, Skerrit said that hundreds of homes, bridges and roads had been destroyed and millions of dollars in financial aid were needed to help the country bounce back.

“In order to get back to where we were before Tropical Storm Erika struck, we have to source at least 88.2 million dollars for the productive sector, 334.55 million for infrastructure and 60.09 million for the social sectors,” Skerrit said.

Dominica’s neighbours in the Caribbean were the first to deliver aid in the form of medical assistance, telecommunications engineers, and financial aid, and were followed by essential supplies and manpower from Venezuela and doctors and nurses from Cuba.

Now, 18 months later, Skerrit said the island is still in the initial recovery stages of the devastation wrought by the storm, and he is pleading for swift action from international funding agencies for his country and its Caribbean neighbours which have been impacted by severe storms in recent years. Continue reading

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