Month: February 2019

MV JADEN SUN FERRY SUCCESSFULLY DOCKED AT PORT PLYMOUTH IN ZONE V

by Shirlian Queeley

The MV Jaden Sun ferry successfully docked at Port Plymouth in Zone V on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019.

According to Senior Disaster Management Coordinator at the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA), Astrid Wade, the ferry berthing at the Plymouth Jetty was to test the agency’s contingency plan for the docking of the ferry in the event of rough seas at Little Bay during Montserrat’s hosting of the 2019 St Patrick’s Festival in March.

He said the exercise also tested putting on fenders on the jetty to mitigate against any damage to the MV Jaden Sun.

The Senior Disaster Coordinator confirmed that a disembarkation and embarkation gangway was placed on the ferry to test the safe exit of passengers getting on and off the ferry.

The exercise today led by the DMCA involved several key agencies on island namely the Montserrat Port Authority, Royal Montserrat Police Service, Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO), Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB), Access Division, Montserrat Customs and Revenue Service (MCRS) and Integrated Border Security (IBS) to ensure successful docking of the ferry, MV Jaden Sun, in the event circumstances warrant the use of the Plymouth facility if Little Bay is deemed unsuitable as a result unfavourable sea conditions.

MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM THURSDAY MARCH 1ST, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
SYNOPSIS: High pressure along with a fairly dry airmass will continue to restrict significant shower activity across the region. Some northerly swells reaching the northern coasts of the islands will also pose a threat to beachgoers mainly for the northern coastline.

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

WEATHER TONIGHT: Mostly fair with a 10 percent or slight chance of showers.

WINDS: East-southeast at 19 to 30 km/h or 10 to 16 knots.

SEAS: 1.5 to 2.4 metres or 5 to 8 feet with northerly swells peaking to near 1.8 metres or 6 feet reaching the northern coastline of the islands. Therefore, a high surf advisory remains in effect mainly for the northern beaches.

Sunset Today: 6:16 pm. Sunrise Tomorrow: 6:40 am.

TODAY'S TEMPS:

HIGH: 27 °C/ 81 °F

LOW: 23°C/73 ° F

MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27TH, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
SYNOPSIS: A slight increase in moisture will heighten the chances for brief cloudiness and showers across the region today and tonight.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy with a 40 percent or moderate chance of showers.

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

WINDS: East northeast at 22 to 33 km/h or 12 to 18 knots.

SEAS: 1.8 metres or 6 feet. Small craft operators should exercise caution.

Sunset today: 6:16 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 6:28 am.

TODAY'S TEMPS:

HIGH: 29 °C/ 84 °F

LOW: 22°C/72 ° F

MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MV0) WEEKLY REPORT FEBRUARY 15TH, 2019 TO FEBRUARY 22ND, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.

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

There are no measurements of the SO2 flux to report since 7 February.

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.

MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM TUESDAY FEBRUARY 26TH, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
SYNOPSIS: A tighten pressure gradient will maintain a moderate to fresh wind flow across the area, which is expected to transport shallow cloud patches and pockets of moisture triggering a few brief and light showers.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny and breezy with a 40 percent or moderate chance of light showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Fair to partly cloudy and breezy with a 20 percent or slight chance of showers.

WINDS: East-northeast at 22 to 33 km/h or 12 to 20 knots; wind gusts are possible in showers and over open waters.

SEAS: 1.2 to 2.1 meters or 4 to 7 feet. A small craft advisory remains in place.

Sunset today: 6:15 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 6:29 am.

TODAY'S TEMPS:

HIGH: 30 °C/ 86 °F

LOW: 21°C/70 ° F

7 DAY MONTSERRAT MARINE WEATHER FORECAST MON. FEB. 25TH, 2019 TO SUN. MAR. 3RD, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley

Monday, February 25th, 2019 6AM. 6PM  Seas.. NE. 5 to 6' NE. 5 to 6 feet. Winds. Easterly @ 16MPH. NE. 12 to 16 MPH. Skies.. Sunny All Day..

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019. Seas.. NE. 5 to 6' NE. 4 to 5 feet. Winds. North-easterly @ 16 to 20 MPH. E. 12 to 16 MPH. Skies.. Early Morning Rains until 11 AM. Sunny after that..

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 Seas.. NE. 4 to 5' N. 4 to 5 feet. Winds. Easterly @ 12 to 18 MPH. E. 12 to 16 MPH. Skies.. Early Morning Rains until 8 AM. Sunny after that..

Thursday, February 28th, 2019 Seas.. NE. 5 to 7' NE. 5 to 6 feet. Winds. Easterly @ 16 MPH. E. 16 MPH. Skies.. Early Morning Rains until 6 AM. Sunny after that..

Friday, March 1st, 2019 Seas.. NE. 5 to 6' NE. 5 to 7 feet. Winds. Easterly @ 16 MPH. E. 12 to 16 MPH. Skies.. Early Morning Rains until 11 AM. Sunny after that..

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 Seas.. NE. 5 to 6' NE. 5 to 6 feet. Winds. Easterly @ 16 MPH. E. 12 to 16 MPH. Skies.. CLOUDY most of the day..

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 Seas.. NE. 5 to 6' NE. 5 to 6 feet. Winds. Easterly @ 16 MPH. E. 16 MPH. Skies.. CLOUDY ALL Day..

MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM THURSDAY FEBRUARY 21ST, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
 

SYNOPSIS: A surface to low-level high-pressure system, in the vicinity, will continue to inhibit shower activity.

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

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

WINDS: East-northeast at 22 to 37 km/h or 12 to 20 knots, gusting at times to around 52 km/h or 28 knots.

SEAS: 1.5 to 2 metres or 5 to 7 feet and building. A small craft caution remains in effect and will likely be upgraded to a small craft advisory by tomorrow.

Sunset today: 6:14 pm.       Sunrise tomorrow: 6:32 am.

TODAY'S TEMPS:

HIGH: 30 °C/ 86 °F LOW: 22 °C/72 ° F

MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16TH, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
 

SYNOPSIS: A moderate to fresh trade wind flow generated by a ridge of high pressure will continue to transport pockets of low level moisture over and around the islands at times during the next 24 hours, thus maintaining a moderate chance for shower activity across the area during that time.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny skies with locally cloudy spells and a 50 percent or moderate chance for passing showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Fair to partly cloudy and cool conditions tonight with a 20 percent or slight chance of a brief overnight shower.

WINDS: Southeast at 22 to 33 km/h or 12 to 18 knots with higher gusts over open waters..

SEAS: Gradually subsiding, ranging between 1.5 to 2.1 metres or 5 to 7 feet. Small craft operators and sea bathers should however continue to exercise caution mainly in coastal waters east of the islands as an advisory remains in effect..

Sunset today: 6:12 pm.      Sunrise tomorrow: 6:34 am.

MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15TH, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
 

SYNOPSIS: A broad area of high pressure is the dominant feature. Winds associated with this system will continue to drive shallow cloud patches and pockets of moisture across the Islands to trigger brief cloudiness and showers.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy with a 40 percent or moderate chance of showers.

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

WINDS: East southeast at 22 to 37 km/h or 12 to 20 knots.

SEAS: 1.8 to 2.4 metres or 6 to 8 feet. The small craft advisory remains in effect..

Sunset today: 6:12 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 6:35 am.

TODAY'S TEMPS:

HIGH: 29 °C/ 84 °F

LOW: 21 °C/70 ° F

MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14TH, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
 

SYNOPSIS: A moderate to fresh wind flow generated by a surface high pressure will prevail across the region. The high will push pockets of moisture across the area and some of which could produce few passing showers across the islands.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy with few cloudy spells with a 40 percent or moderate chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent or low chance of showers

WINDS: East 19 to 33 km/h or 10 to18 knots with higher gusts mainly in showers..

SEAS: 1.8 to 2.4 metres or 6 to 8 feet. A small craft advisory remains in effect mainly for the northern and eastern sides of the islands..

Sunset today: 6:11 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 6:35 am.

TODAY'S TEMPS:

HIGH: 29 °C/ 84 °F

LOW: 22 °C/72 ° F