MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD DECEMBER 2ND - 9TH, 2016
Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.
The seismic network recorded one rockfall and 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.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU CHOOSE SAFE AND APPROPRIATE TOYS FOR YOUR CHILD THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
1. Always follow the recommended ages on toy labels, as well as evaluate your child’s developmental stage, to ensure it is appropriate.
2. Toys can pose a hazard to children given their size – if it is small enough to fit in a child’s mouth, the child can choke on it. Test the choking hazard potential of toys by checking to see if toys, and their pieces, fit through a cardboard toilet paper roll.
3. Toys containing powerful, rare earth (neodymium) magnets can cause serious injury and death when ingested. Make sure to avoid giving children toys such as Buckyballs and Zen Magnets that contain these dangerous high-powered magnets that often look like candy.
4. If the toy requires batteries, make sure they are locked in the toy in a child proof way. Batteries are a choking hazard, but can also be swallowed as well as cause burns.
5. Repair or discard broken toys. Check often for loose parts, broken pieces or sharp edges that could unexpectedly harm children while playing.
6. Supervise. Make sure children have appropriate supervision while playing with potentially hazardous toys or games that could cause eye injuries.
MONTSERRAT'S PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14TH, 2016 VALID UP TO 8AM
GENERAL SITUATION: A relatively strong trade wind flow will continue to generate rough seas, as well as transport pockets of low level moisture across the islands at times during the next 24 hours.
WEATHER: Partly sunny skies today with a good chance of some brief passing morning showers, becoming fair to partly cloudy in general tonight with a moderate chance of more brief passing overnight showers.
SPECIAL WARNINGS: Warnings remain in place for small craft operators and sea bathers against hazardous sea conditions.
WINDS: ENE at 14-22kts (26-41km/h), gusting to 28kts (52km/h) over open waters and during showers.
MONTSERRAT'S PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW SATURDAY DECEMBER 10TH, 2016 VALID UP TO 8AM
GENERAL SITUATION: A high pressure system in the vicinity, at the surface to low levels of the atmosphere, will continue to restrict shower activity across the area. Possible rainfall total for the next 24 hours is 0 to 1 mm (0 to 0.04 in).
WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny with a 20 percent (or slight) chance of showers.
WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent (or slight) chance of showers.
WINDS: Easterly at 15 to 30 km/h or 8 to 16 knots..
SEAS: Moderate with heights reaching 1.5 metres or 5 feet.
The third Dry Season Caribbean Regional Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) of the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) began in Georges's Grenada on Monday December 5th, 2016, with a warning to Caribbean countries to expect above normal rainfall next year.
That's according to the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).
The CMC stated that Meteorologist at the Grenada National Meteorological Services, Trisha Miller, told the meeting that though the region would experience conditions that are hotter than the average dry season, it would still be cooler than in the recent past.
Miller said that “recently, we all know it was very hot in the past few months, especially from August to October. The temperature was high in most places and this led to us feeling uncomfortable at times….the heat however would not be a concern for most places in the upcoming months.”
“Currently La Nina conditions are being experienced but we expect that this would gradually dissipate throughout the dry season. From December to February conditions should be wet enough to partly off-set the dryness and water shortages in some regions,” she added.
Cuba and the Cayman Islands are however forecasted to remain in drought conditions and will be closely monitored.
MONTSERRAT'S PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW TUESDAY DECEMBER 6TH, 2016 VALID UP TO AT 8AM
GENERAL SITUATION: Dominant ridge of high pressure across the Northeastern Caribbean will maintain a stable atmosphere over the Leeward Islands. Just a light and brief passing shower or two could develop from the tradewinds pushing some shallow pockets of moisture across the area.
TODAY: Sunny to partly cloudy with the chance of a light and brief localized shower.
TONIGHT: fair to partly cloudy with the chance of another light and brief localized shower.
WINDS: ENE at 08-13kts/(15-24 km/h) over land and peaking to near 15kts/(28 km/h) over coastal waters..
SEAS: Slight waves/swells 0.9-1.2m or 3-4ft..