Day: June 16, 2017

TWO DISTURBANCES ALREADY IN THE ATLANTIC BASIC FOR JUNE

by Shirlian Queeley

On this Friday morning, the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) is monitoring two areas over the Atlantic basin. One is a tropical wave located over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. The associated cloudiness and showers have become better organized since yesterday, and additional slow development is possible during the next few days while the wave moves westward at 15-20 mph over the tropical Atlantic.

The second area is the northwestern Caribbean Sea and the Yucatan peninsula, where a broad area of low pressure is expected to form during the next day or two. Conditions appear to be favourable for the gradual development of this system while it moves slowly northwestward into the southern Gulf of Mexico early next week.

“HURRICANE WATCH” – WHAT TO DO

by Shirlian Queeley

When a Hurricane Watch is issued, it means that the hurricane is a threat but there is no certainty that it will hit the island. You must start preparing necessary supplies and securing your home. At this time, you should also:

* Fill your car with petrol and check your battery, water and oil.

* Check your flashlights, candles and lamps (have spare batteries, bulbs and matches).

* Listen to your Radio and TV constantly for weather reports.

* Locate your containers for storing drinking water and label them.

* Pack a survival kit.

* Make sure you have an adequate supply of any prescription medication you may be using.

* Organize your family. Ensure everyone knows the plan.

* Secure canned and non-perishable food.

* Make arrangements to have your pets cared for. If you plan to evacuate.

TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO SATURDAY JUNE 17TH, 2017

by Shirlian Queeley

SYNOPSIS: The air mass across the region is relatively dry and stable. This will keep a lid on organised cloudiness and showers.

WEATHER: Skies today will be partly sunny and hazy with low chances for isolated brief showers. Tonight will be mostly fair and hazy.

WINDS: E-ESE at 5-12 kt, (9-22 km/h).

SEAS: Moderate with heights 1.5m/5ft.