Month: December 2017

HERE’S TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 PM TOMORROW FRIDAY DECEMBER 29TH, 2017

by Shirlian Queeley
SYNOPSIS: A moderate to fresh trade wind flow generated by a ridge of high pressure will continue to produce rough seas, as well as transport shallow pockets of low level moisture over and around the islands at times today and tonight. WEATHER: Mostly sunny skies today and fair to partly cloudy skies tonight with a moderate chance of an overnight shower.
WINDS: ENE at 22-33km/h or 12-18kts with higher gusts over open waters.. SEAS: Rough, swells 1.8-2.4m or 6-8ft. Warnings remain in place for small craft operators and sea bathers against rough sea conditions. SUNSET TODAY: 5:46 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 6:37 am. SOURCE: Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services

MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD DECEMBER 15TH TO 22ND, 2017

by Shirlian Queeley

The seismic network recorded no volcanic earthquakes this week.

There have been no measurements of the SO2 flux since 13 December.

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.

HERE’S THE LOCAL MARINE WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT FROM WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 27, 2017 TO SATURDAY DECEMBER 30TH, 2017

by Shirlian Queeley
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 27TH, 2017. Seas.. are 6 to 7 feet. 7 to 8 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 18 to 22MPH. E @ 16 to 22 MPH. Skies. will have some overnight showers and be sunny ..
THURSDAY DECEMBER 28TH, 2017 Seas.. are 7 to 8 feet. 7 to 8 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 20 to 25MPH. E @ 16 to 20 MPH. Skies. will have overnight showers and be sunny in the PM. FRIDAY DECEMBER 29TH, 2017 Seas.. are 7 to 8 feet. 7 to 8 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 18 to 22MPH. E @ 16 to 20 MPH. Skies. will be SUNNY ALL DAY. SATURDAY DECEMBER 30TH, 2017 Seas.. are 5 to 6 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 15 to 18MPH. E @ 16 to 20 MPH. Skies. will be partly cloudy. SEA BATHERS AND SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS ARE ASKED TO EXERCISE CAUTION. COURTESY: CAPTAIN JOHN HOWES

DMCA CONGRATULATES OPERATIONS AND LOGISTICS OFFICER ON HIS PROMOTION TO THE RANK OF SECOND LIEUTENANT IN THE ROYAL MONTSERRAT DEFENCE FORCE (RMDF)

by Shirlian Queeley
The Management and Staff at the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) would like to congratulate Operations and Logistics Officer at the DMCA, Kelvin White on his promotion to the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF) on Wednesday December 20th, 2017, at a ceremony at the Governor’s Residence in Palm Loop, Woodlands.
According to a press release from the Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF), Mr White joined the RMDF on 13th June 2009. His service to the country began with the Montserrat Secondary School Cadet Corps where he was Cadet Company Sergeant Major before joining the Royal Montserrat Police Force in 1992. On leaving, the Police Service, Kelvin transferred to the RMDF where he was soon promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Kelvin was appointed an Officer Cadet and platoon officer in 2016. Darion Darroux was also promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF). The DMCA wishes Mr White best of luck and success in his new position. Please join us in sending congratulations to Mr White on this important achievement!

HERE’S TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 PM TOMORROW SATURDAY DECEMBER 23RD, 2017

by Shirlian Queeley

SYNOPSIS: An airmass low on moisture and instability will continue to linger over the Northeast Caribbean and hence shower activity will remain restricted over the islands.

WEATHER:

TODAY: Sunny to partly sunny with a low or 30% chance of showers.

TONIGHT: Fair to partly cloudy with the chance of showers remaining low.

WINDS: ENE at 15-28 km/h or 08-15kts..

SEAS: Moderate heights 1.5-1.8m or 5-6ft. Small craft operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution in the coastal waters east of islands..

ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE: Above normal..

HERE’S TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 PM TOMORROW THURSDAY DECEMBER 21ST, 2017

by Shirlian Queeley

SYNOPSIS: A high pressure system will continue to be the dominant feature across area keeping the atmosphere relatively dry and stable. However, brief interruptions of odd showers are possible as shallow pockets of moisture caught in the trade wind flow traverse the area.

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

WEATHER TONIGHT: Fair to partly cloudy with a 40 percent or moderate chance of showers mainly after midnight.

SPECIAL WARNINGS: Cautions remain in effect for small craft operators and beachgoers particularly on the Atlantic side of the islands.

WINDS: East-northeasterly ranging between 13 to 26 km/h or 7 to 14 knots with higher gusts over open waters.

SEAS: Moderate with wave heights 1.2 to 1.8 meters or 4 to 6 feet and occasionally reaching 2.1 meters or 7 feet. Cautions remain in effect for small craft operators and beachgoers particularly on the Atlantic side of the islands.

SUNSET TODAY: 5:42 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 6:33 am.

TODAY'S HIGH TEMPERATURE: 32°C 90°F

OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURE: 24°C 75°

SOURCE: Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services

HERE’S TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 PM TOMORROW WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 20TH, 2017

by Shirlian Queeley

SYNOPSIS: Stable conditions are expected to prevail across the islands today; however, low level pockets of moisture and clouds moving across the area could trigger some showers over and around the islands.

WEATHER TODAY: Fair to partly cloudy with moderate chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a low chance of showers.

WINDS: East-northeast at 11 to 22 km/h or 6 to 12 knots.

SEAS: Moderate heights of 1.2 to 1.8 m or 4 to 6 feet. Small craft operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution.

SUNSET TODAY: 5:41 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 6:32 am.

MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD DECEMBER 8 TO 15TH, 2017

by Shirlian Queeley
Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low. The seismic network recorded one rockfall and four volcano-tectonic earthquakes this week.
Measurements of the SO2 flux were made using the helicopter on 13 December. A total of eight traverses beneath the plume were carried out, with an average SO2 flux of 726 tonnes per day. This is considerably higher than recent measurements and is the highest measured value since February 2014, when the flux was above 900 tonnes per day. Traverses from the helicopter measure the flux over a short time period, typically 30 minutes. This week’s measurement may not represent a real change in the SO2 flux and could be caused by a short-term “spike” in the data which would not have been seen by the gas-monitoring network in use up until late 2015 which measured the average flux over several hours. 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.

MARINE OUTLOOK FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UNTIL DECEMBER 25TH, 2017, CHRISTMAS DAY

by Shirlian Queeley
MONDAY DECEMBER 18TH, 2017 FROM 6AM TO 6PM Seas.. are 4 to 5 feet 4 to 5 feet high.. Winds.. are Easterly @ 12 to 16 MPH. NE @ 12 to 16MPH. Skies .. will have some light early AM rain and Sunny PM. TUESDAY DECEMBER 19TH, 2017, FROM 6AM TO 6PM Seas.. are 4 to 5 feet 4 to 5 feet high.. Winds.. are Easterly @ 12 to 16 MPH. E @ 12 MPH. Skies .. will have SUNNY SKIES. WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 20TH, 2017 FROM 6AM TO 6PM. Seas.. are 4 to 6 feet 4 to 5 feet high.. Winds.. are Easterly @ 12 to 16 MPH. E @ 12 MPH. Skies .. will have SUNNY SKIES. THURSDAY DECEMBER 21ST, 2017, 6AM TO 6PM Seas.. are NE 4 to 5 feet NE 4 to 5 feet high.. Winds.. are North-easterly @ 12 MPH. E @ 12 MPH. Skies .. will have SUNNY SKIES. FRIDAY DECEMBER 22ND, FROM 6AM to 6PM Seas.. are 4 to 5 feet 4 to 5 feet high.. Winds.. are Easterly @ 15 to 20 MPH. E @ 12 to 16 MPH. Skies .. will have SUNNY SKIES. SATURDAY DECEMBER 23RD, 2017, FROM 6AM TO 6PM Seas.. are 5 to 6 feet 5 to 6 feet high.. Winds.. are Easterly @ 15 to 20 MPH. E @ 15 to 20 MPH. Skies .. will have Light Drizzle in the AM and SUNNY skies in the PM.. SUNDAY DECEMBER 24TH, CHRISTMAS EVE FROM 6AM TO 6PM Seas.. are 5 to 6 feet 5 to 6 feet high.. Winds: East-north-easterly @ 15 to 20 MPH. NE @ 15 to 20 MPH. Skies .. will have SUNNY SKIES.. MONDAY DECEMBER 25TH, CHRISTMAS DAY FROM 6AM TO 6PM Seas.. are 5 to 6 feet 5 to 6 feet high.. Winds.. are Easterly @ 12 to 15 MPH. E @ 15 to 20 MPH. Skies .. will have Light Drizzle in the AM and SUNNY skies in the PM.. SOURCE: CAPTAIN JOHNNY HOWES

HERE’S TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 PM TOMORROW TUESDAY DECEMBER 19TH, 2017

by Shirlian Queeley

SYNOPSIS: A dominant western Atlantic high pressure system will continue to generate a moderate windflow over the Leewards and BVI today and tonight. While no significant weather is expected, these winds are expected to push shallow clouds and pockets of moisture over the Leewards and BVI today and tonight

WEATHER: Today: Partly cloudy with brief periods of increased cloudinessand a moderate chance of a passing shower

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy in general with brief periods of increased cloudiness and a moderate chance of a passing shower

WINDS: East-northeasterly at average speeds between 19-24 km/h or 10-13knots with higher spells over coastal waters and elevated terrain.

SEAS: Moderate: Heights of 1.8m or 6ft ; Small craft operators should exercise caution against marginally safe seas.