Month: January 2018

TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO DROP TO 21°C OVERNIGHT… IT’S GOING TO BE ANOTHER CHILLY NIGHT INTO EARLY FRIDAY MORNING…

by Shirlian Queeley
HERE'S THE REST OF TODAY'S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 PM TOMORROW THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1ST, 2018 SYNOPSIS: The Atlantic High Pressure system is the dominant feature across the area keeping the atmosphere relatively dry and stable.
WEATHER TODAY: Fair to Partly cloudy with a 10 percent or slight chance of isolated showers. WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent or low chance of light overnight showers. WINDS: Northeasterly ranging between 15 to 26 km/h or 8 to 14 knots with slightly higher gusts over open waters. SEAS: Rough with wave heights 1.8 to 3.1 meters or 6 to 10 feet. Warnings remain in effect for small craft operators and sea bathers against hazardous sea conditions. SUNSET TODAY: 6:06 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 6:40 am. TODAY'S HIGH TEMPERATURE: 31° C 88° F OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURE: 21° C 70° F  

HERE’S THE LOCAL MARINE WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT FROM MONDAY JANUARY 29TH, 2018 TO TUESDAY FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018

by Shirlian Queeley
MONDAY JANUARY 29TH, 2018 - 6 AM TO 6 PM Seas.. are Northerly @ 8 to 11'+ N 8 to 10' Winds.. are North-easterly @ 20 to 25+ E 20 MPH. Skies.. are SUNNY with some morning showers.
TUESDAY JANUARY 30TH, 2018 - 6 AM TO 6 PM Seas.. are Northerly @ 8 to 10' N 7 to 8' Winds.. are Easterly @ 16 to 20 E 16 MPH. Skies.. are SUNNY with some overnight showers. WEDNESDAY JANUARY 31ST, 2018 - 6 AM TO 6 PM Seas.. are Northerly @ 5 to 7' N 5 to 6' Winds.. are North-easterly @ 12 E 8 to 12 MPH. Skies.. are SUNNY All Day. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1ST, 2018 - 6 AM TO 6 PM Seas.. are Northerly @ 5 to 6' N 5 to 6' Winds.. are North-easterly @ 16 E 12 to 16 MPH. Skies.. are SUNNY All Day.. FRIDAY FEBRUARY 2ND, 2018 - 6 AM TO 6 PM Seas.. are Northerly @ 5 to 6' N 4 to 6' Winds.. are North-easterly @ 16 NE 12 MPH. Skies.. are Partly Sunny with PM showers. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 3RD, 2018 - 6 AM TO 6 PM Seas.. are Northerly @ 6 to 7' N 6' Winds.. are Easterly @ 15 to 20 NE 15 to 20 MPH. Skies.. AM showers and partly Sunny in the PM. SUNDAY FEBRUARY 4TH, 2018 - 6 AM TO 6 PM Seas.. are Northerly @ 6' N 6' Winds.. are Easterly @ 20 to 24 E 20 to 22 MPH. Skies..  AM showers and partly Sunny in the PM. MONDAY FEBRUARY 5TH, 2018 - 6 AM TO 6 PM Seas.. are Northerly @ 6 to 7' N 6 to 8' Winds.. are Easterly @ 20 to 25 E 22 to 28+ MPH. Skies.. AM showers and Sunny in the PM. TUESDAY FEBRUARY 6TH, 2018 - - 6 AM TO 6 PM Seas.. are @ 7 to 8' 7 to 8' (Northerly Seas are Finished) Winds.. are Easterly @ 20 to 25 E 22 to 28+ MPH. Skies.. Partly Sunny.

MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY 19TH TO 26TH, 2018

by Shirlian Queeley

Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.

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

There have been no measurements of the SO2 flux since 8 January.

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 TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 PM TOMORROW TUESDAY JANUARY 30TH, 2018

by Shirlian Queeley

WEATHER SYNOPSIS: Moisture from an old frontal boundary, coupled with the effects of the strong low-level winds, will continue to support a favourable environment for brief showers over the Leewards and BVI today. These conditions will improve by tonight. Meanwhile, dangerous marine conditions continue around these islands; Hence warnings remain firmly in place.

WEATHER: TODAY: Partly cloudy to cloudy with occasional brief showers

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a moderate chance of a brief evening shower.

SPECIAL WARNINGS: Warnings for small craft operators and sea bathers remain in effect against dangerous marine conditions and mariners are advised to avoid the waters. Seas will begin to slowly subside by tonight.

WINDS: East-northeast at average speeds between 28-37km/h or 15-20 knots over land increasing to an average between 18-25 knots over coastal waters and elevated terrain and gusting higher in squally conditions mainly over coastal waters today. Winds will begin to subside beginning tonight.

SEAS: Very rough with heights between 10-14ft or 3.1-4.3m. Warnings for small craft operators and sea bathers remain in effect against dangerous marine conditions and mariners are advised to avoid the waters. Seas will begin to slowly subside by tonight.

SUNSET TODAY: 6:05 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 6:26 am.

PUBLIC INFORMATION RADIO PROGRAM:TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS

by Shirlian Queeley
In this edition of the Disaster Management Coordination Agency's (DMCA) radio programme -“PREPARE AND PREVENT”, our focus is “Tsunami Preparedness”. The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) will be embarking on a project to erect tsunami warning signs on the island's beaches and identify marked evacuation routes from low lying areas to higher ground in the event of a tsunami impacting the island. Director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) Roderick Stewart says in Montserrat, there have been three occasions when collapses of the dome entered the sea and generated tsunamis. These tsunamis were very localised and would not have been seen at other locations. Although the topography in Montserrat has very few low lying areas, a tsunami could still impact the island depending on the intensity of the tsunami waves, the undersea features, and the land topographic elevations. In the event, Montserrat should be impacted by a tsunami, the island-wide siren system installed will warn residents of a tsunami threat on the island. The sirens are tested daily. In this “PREPARE AND PREVENT” programme, Senior Disaster Management Coordination at the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) Astrid Wade speaks about the Caribbean Tsunami Warning System and DMCA’s tsunami awareness and preparedness activities. Click below to hear the full interview…

HERE’S TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 PM TOMORROW SATURDAY JANUARY 27TH, 2018

by Shirlian Queeley

A BUILDING SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE COMBINED WITH NORTHERLY SWELLS WILL GENERATE HAZARDOUS SEA CONDITIONS ACROSS THE AREA OVER THE WEEKEND.

MEANWHILE, A SURFACE TROUGH WILL INDUCED SOME INSTABILITY ACROSS THE AREA AND THIS WILL INCREASE THE CHANCE OF SHOWERS ACROSS THE ISLANDS.

WEATHER: TODAY: PARTLY CLOUDY BECOMING CLOUDY WITH PERIODS OF SCATTERED SHOWERS. TONIGHT: PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

WINDS: NE - ENE 8-14KTS OR 15 TO 26 KM/H.

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

HERE’S TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 PM TOMORROW FRIDAY JANUARY 26TH, 2018

by Shirlian Queeley

SYNOPSIS: The Atlantic High Pressure system is the dominant feature across the area keeping the atmosphere relatively dry and stable.

WEATHER TODAY: Fair to Partly cloudy with a 20 percent or slight chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy becoming cloudy after midnight with a 70 percent or high chance of showers.

SPECIAL WARNINGS: Cautions remain in effect for small craft operators and sea bathers against above normal sea conditions.

WINDS: East-northeast to northeast ranging between 17 to 26 km/h or 9 to 14 knots with slightly higher gusts over open waters.

SEAS: Moderate with wave heights 1.2 to 1.8 meters or 4 to 6 feet. Cautions remain in effect for small craft operators and sea bathers against above normal sea conditions.  

HERE’S TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 PM TOMORROW THURSDAY JANUARY 25TH, 2018

by Shirlian Queeley
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SYNOPSIS: A dominant surface high-pressure system will maintain stable conditions across the area; however, shallow cloud patches moving over the islands could generate some brief intervals of showers.

WEATHER TODAY: Fair to partly cloudy with a moderate or 40 percent chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a slight or 20 percent chance of showers.

WINDS: Easterly at 11 to 22 km/h or 6 to 12 knots.

SEAS: Moderate at heights 1.2 to 1.8 m or 4 to 6 feet. Sea bathers should exercise cautions.

SUNSET TODAY: 6:02 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 6:29 am.

HERE’S TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 PM TOMORROW WEDNESDAY JANUARY 24TH, 2018

by Shirlian Queeley

SYNOPSIS: Patches of shallow clouds will continue to be pushed over the Leewards and BVI by a moderate windflow associated with a ridge of high pressure and these will cause brief interruption at times to otherwise normal weather conditions.

WEATHER: Today: Partly sunny to sometimes locally cloudy with a moderate chance of brief morning showers.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a moderate chance of a brief overnight shower.

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

WINDS: East to east-northeast with average wind-speeds between 19- 26km/h or 10-14knots.

SEAS: Moderate to locally rough with heights between 1.5-2.1m or 5-7ft. Small craft operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution.