Month: April 2018

MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR THE PERIOD APRIL 20TH TO 27TH, 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 17 April. 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. Please continue to monitor ZJB Radio, DMCA’s website at www.dmca.gov.ms and Facebook at Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency-DMCA for regular updates. 

LOCAL MARINE WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT FROM MONDAY APRIL 30TH, 2018 TO MONDAY MAY 7TH, 2O18

by Shirlian Queeley
Monday, April 30th, 2018 6AM. 6PM.. Seas.. are 4 to 5 feet. 4 to 5 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 12 to 16 MPH. E @ 12 to 16MPH. Skies. are partly Cloudy with possible rain ..
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 6AM 6PM Seas.. are 5 to 6 feet. 4 to 5 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 12 to 16 MPH. E @ 16 to 20 MPH. Skies. are Sunny.. Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 6AM 6PM Seas.. are 4 to 5 feet. 4 to 5 feet. Winds. are North-easterly @ 12 to 16 MPH. E @ 12 MPH. Skies. Partly cloudy with possible mid day showers.. Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 6AM 6PM Seas.. are 4 to 5 ft 4 to 5 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 12 to 16 MPH. E @ 12 to 16 MPH. Skies. are Partly Cloudy with rain in the PM .. Friday, May 4th, 2018 6AM 6PM Seas.. are 4 to 6 feet. 4 to 6 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 12 to 16 MPH. E @ 16 to 18 MPH. Skies. are Cloudy with light drizzle most of the day Day.. Saturday, May 5th, 2018 6AM 6PM Seas.. are 4 to 6 feet. 4 to 5 feet. Winds. are East-south-easterly @ 12 to 16 MPH. ESE @ 12 MPH. Skies. are Partly Cloudy, with possible light rain.. Sunday, May 6th, 2018 6AM 6PM Seas.. are 5 to 6 feet. 5 to 6 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 16 to 18 MPH. E @ 16 to 20 MPH. Skies. are Cloudy with light rains. Monday, May 7th, 2018 6AM 6PM Seas.. are 5 to 6 feet. 5 to 6 feet. Winds. are East-south-easterly @ 18 to 22 MPH. ESE @ 15 to 18 MPH. Skies. are Cloudy..

TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM TUESDAY MAY 1ST, 2018

by Shirlian Queeley
SYNOPSIS: A weak low level trough providing some weak instability in the atmosphere over the region along with some low level moisture convergence will increase the chance of showers over the islands. WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy to cloudy with a 70 percent or a high chance of showers.
WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy to cloudy with a 40 percent or a moderate chance of showers. WINDS: ESE at 22-33 km/h or 12-18kts.. SEAS: Moderate, wave heights 1.5-1.8m or 5-6ft. Small craft operators should exercise caution in the waters on the Atlantic side of the islands.. SUNSET TODAY: 6:29 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:44 am.

TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM WEDNESDAY APRIL 25TH, 2018

by Shirlian Queeley

SYNOPSIS: A ridge of high pressure along with a fairly stable atmosphere will continue to limit shower activity across the islands today. A weak trough moving over the area tonight could trigger a couple of light showers over the islands.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny with a 30 percent or a low chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 40 percent or a moderate chance of some light showers.

WINDS: E at 15-24 km/h or 08-13kts.

SEAS: Slight to moderate, heights 1.2-1.5m or 4-5ft.

SUNSET TODAY: 6:27 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:48 am.

Please continue to monitor ZJB Radio, DMCA’s website at www.dmca.gov.ms and Facebook at Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency-DMCA for regular updates.

TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM TUESDAY APRIL 24TH, 2018

by Shirlian Queeley
SYNOPSIS: The windflow in the mid to upper atmosphere will push medium and high clouds over the islands today. Meanwhile, a weak ridge at the lower atmosphere along with decreasing low-level moisture will result in decreasing shower activity today WEATHER TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a moderate chance [50%] of brief morning showers
TONIGHT: Decreasing clouds with a low chance [30%] of a brief early morning shower WINDS: East-southeasterly with average speeds between 19-24 km/h or 10-14 knots becoming easterly by this afternoon. SEAS: Moderate with heights of 1.8m or 6ft. Small craft operators are advised to be cautious against marginally safe seas. SUNSET TODAY: 6:27 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW : 5:48 am. Please continue to monitor ZJB Radio, DMCA’s website at www.dmca.gov.ms and Facebook at Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency-DMCA for regular updates. 

MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR PERIOD APRIL 13TH TO 20TH, 2018.

by Shirlian Queeley
The seismic network recorded one volcano-tectonic earthquakes this week.
Measurements of the SO2 flux were made from the helicopter on 13 and 17 April. Five traverses were carried out on 13 April, with an average flux of 145 tonnes per day. Six traverses were carried out on 17 April, with an average flux of 248 tonnes per day. 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. Please continue to monitor ZJB Radio, DMCA’s website at www.dmca.gov.ms and Facebook at Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency-DMCA for regular updates.

HERE’S THE LOCAL MARINE WEATHER FOR MONTSERRAT FROM MONDAY APRIL 23RD, 2018 TO MONDAY APRIL 30TH, 2O18

by Shirlian Queeley
Monday April 23d, 2018. 6AM. 6PM Seas.. are 3 to 5 feet. 3 to 5 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 12 to 16 MPH. E @ 12 to 16MPH. Skies. are Cloudy with rain squalls..
Tuesday April 24th, 2018 6AM. 6PM Seas.. are 3 to 4 feet. 3 to 4 feet. Winds. are North-easterly @ 12MPH. NE @ 12 MPH. Skies. are Partly Sunny.. Wednesday April 25th, 2018 6AM6PM Seas.. are 3 to 4 feet. 3 to 4 feet. Winds. are North-easterly @ 12 MPH. E @ 12 MPH. Skies. overnight showers, Sunny during the day, and PM showers.. Thursday April 26th, 2018 6AM. 6PM Seas.. are 4 to 5 feet. 4 to 5 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 16 MPH. E @ 12 to 16MPH. Skies. are Partly Cloudy .. Friday April 27th, 2018 6AM. 6PM Seas.. are 4 to 5 feet. 4 to 5 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 12 to 16 MPH. E @ 12 MPH. Skies. are Cloudy All Day.. Saturday April 28th, 2018 6AM. 6PM Seas.. are 3 to 4 feet. 3 to 4 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 12 to 16 MPH. E @ 12 MPH. Skies. are Partly Cloudy.. Sunday April 29th, 2018 Seas.. are North-easterly 3 to 4 feet. NE 3 to 4 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 14 to 16 MPH. E @ 14 to 16 MPH. Skies. are Partly Cloudy.. Monday April 30th, 2018 Seas.. are North-easterly 3 feet. NE 3 to 4 feet. Winds. are Easterly @ 10 to 14 MPH. E @ 12 MPH. Skies. are Sunny All Day....
Please continue to monitor ZJB Radio, DMCA’s website at www.dmca.gov.ms and Facebook at Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency-DMCA for regular updates.

TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM SATURDAY APRIL 21ST, 2018

by Shirlian Queeley

SYNOPSIS: A surface high pressure will generate a moderate to brisk easterly wind flow across the region. Moisture embedded in the wind flow could trigger few isolated to scattered passing showers across the islands.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy to cloudy at times with a 40 percent or moderate chance of few isolated to scattered passing showers. Tonight: partly cloudy with a 20 percent or low chance of showers.

WINDS: E 12-18kts or 22-33km/h and reaching up to 22 kts or 41 km/h over coastal waters..

SEAS: moderate to locally rough swells 1.5 to 2.1m or 5 to 7 ft. small craft operators and sea bathers should exercise caution..

SUNSET TODAY: 6:26 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:50 am.

Please continue to monitor ZJB Radio, DMCA’s website at www.dmca.gov.ms and Facebook at Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency-DMCA for regular updates.

PUBLIC INFORMATION RADIO PROGRAM: ASTRID WADE PROVIDES FEEDBACK ON A TWO-DAY REGIONAL SUMMIT IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

by Shirlian Queeley
The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) continues to develop its human resource capacity ahead of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season to make serious, but, important decisions that will safely steer the DMCA, if, the island should be impacted by a storm. Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the DMCA Astrid Wade attended a two-day regional summit in the Dominican Republic.
The April 5th to 6th, 2018 summit was held under the theme: “Exchanging Innovative Experiences and Lessons Learned Regarding Disaster Risk Reduction”. in today's Prepare and Prevent Programme, we'll hear that by sharing experiences and good practices in disaster risk reduction, Mr Wade and other participants were able to strengthen their systems, governance capacity and promote joint actions and synergies in the areas of interest. Click below to hear the full interview…  

TODAY’S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST FOR MONTSERRAT VALID UP TO 8 AM FRIDAY APRIL 20TH, 2018

by Shirlian Queeley
SYNOPSIS: A relatively dry and stable air mass across the area will inhibit the chance of any significant shower activity today. However, a fresh to moderate breeze can be expected and low level moisture caught in this flow could trigger some quick passing showers. Tonight, a weak trough will move into the area and could possibly generate some weak unstable weather conditions increasing the chance for shower activity.
WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny with a 20 percent or slight chance of showers. WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy to cloudy with a 50 percent or moderate chance of showers. Winds: Easterly with speeds ranging between 19 to 33 km/h or 10 to 18 knots. SEAS: Moderate with possible wave heights and swells reaching 1.5 to 2.1 meters or 5-7 feet. Small operators and sea bathers should continue to exercise caution. SUNSET TODAY: 6:26 pm. SUNRISE TOMORROW: 5:51 am.
Please continue to monitor ZJB Radio, DMCA’s website at www.dmca.gov.ms and Facebook at Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency-DMCA for regular updates.