Month: May 2019

WORK STARTED ON THE SILVER HILLS STANDBY GENERATOR HOUSING EXPANSION

by Shirlian Queeley

Construction has started on the Silver Hills Standby Generator Housing expansion project.

According to officials at the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA), the new addition is expected to efficiently house the standby generator for the Silver Hills Communication site to improve Montserrat’s communication network resilience in the event the island should be impacted by a natural or man-made event.

Senior Disaster Management Coordinator Astrid Wade says the construction of the new generator room will be a permanent structure and will address health and safety concerns and will improve the structural integrity of the existing temporary site.

He says the new addition will also provide proper security of the equipment at the site.

The site facilitates several entities Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO), ZJB Radio Montserrat, Montserrat Royal Police Service (RMPS), John A Osborne Airport, Amateur Radio Operators, Department of Information Technology & E-Government Services (DITES), FLOW and the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA).

The expansion project started on Monday, May 29th, 2019 and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2019.

The work is carried out by Contractor Wilbert Lawrence.

UNSETTLED WEATHER DUE TO A LOW-LEVEL SYSTEM AIDED BY FAVOURABLE UPPER-LEVEL CONDITIONS

by Shirlian Queeley
HERE'S THE REST OF THE MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM SATURDAY JUNE1ST, 2019
SYNOPSIS: A low-level low-pressure system aided by favourable upper-level conditions will generate unsettled weather across the island during the course of the forecast period. Showers, some becoming moderate and even heavy at times, can be anticipated with the possibility of thunderstorm activity. Possible rainfall totals of 15 to 40 mm or 0.6 to 1.50 inch of rain are anticipated therefore minor flooding is possible in flood-prone and low lying areas. WEATHER TODAY: Cloudy with showers and a 40 percent or moderate chance of thunderstorms WEATHER TONIGHT: Cloudy with showers WINDS: East-southeast where speeds will range between 19 to 30 km/h or 10 to 16 knots. Occasional lighter spells are also likely. SEAS: 1.2 to 1.8 metres or 4 to 6 feet. Sunset Today: 6:39 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:36 am. Sunset Today: 6:38 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:36 am.

MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM FRIDAY MAY 31ST, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
SYNOPSIS: Copious amounts of mid to upper-level moisture will manifest itself in the presence of medium and high-level clouds over the Leewards today and tonight. Early tomorrow, the combination to two troughs will enhance shower activity over and around these islands
WEATHER TODAY: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent or moderate chance of a brief passing shower WEATHER TONIGHT: Cloudy with a light overnight rain WINDS: East-southeast at 8 to 16 knots or 15 to 30 km/h. SEAS: 1.2 to 1.8 meters or 4 to 6 feet. Sunset Today: 6:38 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:36 am. TODAY'S TEMPS: HIGH: 29°C/ 84°F LOW: 24°C/75° F

MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM WEDNESDAY MAY 29TH, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
SYNOPSIS: A relatively dry and stable airmass will continue to linger across the area today and restrict shower activity. By later tonight into tomorrow, an increase in moisture and instability in the atmosphere across the area associated with a tropical wave will gradually increase the chances for shower activity over and around the islands during that time.
WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny skies with a 20 percent or slight chance of a brief afternoon shower. WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy skies with a 40 percent or moderate chance of some late night showers. WINDS: East-southeast at 15 to 28 km/h or 8 to 15 knots with lighter spells overnight.. SEAS: 1.2 to 1.8 metres or 4 to 6 feet, with swells of 5 feet or 1.5 metres. High surf advisory remains in effect. Sunset Today: 6:37 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:36 am. TODAY'S TEMPS: HIGH: 31°C/ 88°F LOW: 24°C/75° F

MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MV0) WEEKLY REPORT MAY 17TH, 2019 TO MAY 24TH, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
The seismic network recorded no earthquake or rockfall events this week.

No SO2 flux measurements have been made since 16 May 2019.

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 MAY 28TH, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
SYNOPSIS: A high-pressure system in the vicinity, at the lower levels of the atmosphere, will inhibit shower activity.
WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny with a 40 percent or a moderate chance of showers, mainly before midday. WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. WINDS: East-southeast at 15 to 30 km/h or 8 to 16 knots. SEAS: 1 to 1.5 metres or 3 to 5 feet. Sunset Today: 6:37 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:36 am. TODAY'S TEMPS: HIGH: 31°C/ 88°F LOW: 23°C/73° F

7 DAY MONTSERRAT MARINE WEATHER FORECAST MON. MAY. 27TH, 2019 TO SUN. JUN. 2ND, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
Monday, May 27th, 2019.. 6AM.         6PM. Seas.. are North-easterly @ 1M. or 3' NE 1.1M. or 3'3" Winds.. are Easterly @ 11MPH. E13 MPH. Skies.. are Partly Sunny, with a chance of some passing drizzle rain.
Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 Seas. are North-easterly @ 1.4M. or 3'.8" NE 1.3M. or 3'8" Winds.. are Easterly @ 13MPH. E12 MPH. Skies.. are Partly Sunny, with a chance of some passing drizzle rain. Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 Seas: are North-easterly @ 1.4M. or 3'.8" NE 1.2M. or 3'6" Winds.. are Easterly @ 15MPH. E12 MPH. Skies.. are Partly Sunny, with some passing rain showers. Thursday, May 30th, 2019 Seas.. are 1.3M. or 3'.8" 1.1M. or 3'3" Winds.. are Easterly @ 11MPH. E13 MPH. Skies.. are Cloudy, with heavy rain showers. Friday, May 31st, 2019 Seas.. are 1.2M. or 3'.6" 1.2M. or 3'6" Winds.. are Easterly @ 17MPH. E14 MPH. Skies.. are Cloudy, with heavy rain showers all day. Saturday, June 1st, 2019 Seas.. are 1.2M. or 3'.6" 1.1M. or 3'3" Winds.. are Easterly @ 18MPH. E13 MPH. Skies.. are Cloudy, with heavy rain showers all day. Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 Seas.. are 1.1M. or 3'.3" 0.9M. or 2'10" Winds.. are Easterly @ 13MPH. E12 MPH. Skies.. are Cloudy, with some rain showers all day.

MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM SATURDAY MAY 25TH, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
SYNOPSIS: The presence of mid to upper moisture will manifest itself in the abundance of medium and high-level clouds over the Leewards today and tonight. While moisture levels will remain low over these islands today, a gradual increase in moisture will begin later this afternoon which will cause an increase in shower activity over these islands by tonight
WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy to cloudy with a 20 percent or slight chance of showers WEATHER TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with occasional brief overnight and early morning showers WINDS: East-southeast at 8 to 14 knots or 15 to 26 km/h. SEAS: 1 to 1.5 meters or 3 to 5 feet. Sunset Today: 6:36 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:36 am. TODAY'S TEMPS: HIGH: 30°C/ 86°F LOW: 23°C/73° F

MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM FRIDAY MAY 23RD, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley

SYNOPSIS: The Atlantic high-pressure system is the dominant weather feature and shower activity over the next 24 hours is expected to be minimal.

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

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with 10 percent or a slight chance of showers.

WINDS: East-southeast today shifting to the east this evening with speeds ranging between to 19 to 33 km/h or 10 to 18 knots.

SEAS: not exceeding 1.5 metres or 5 feet.

Sunset Today: 6:36 pm. Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:37 am.

TODAY'S TEMPS:

HIGH: 32°C/ 90°F

LOW: 23°C/73° F

DMCA JOINS THE GLOBAL OBSERVANCE OF WORLD BIODIVERSITY DAY TODAY WITH AN APPEAL TO EVERYONE TO PLAY THEIR PART IN DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION

by Shirlian Queeley

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) joins with the Department of the Environment today to observe World Biodiversity Day held annually on May 22nd.

According to officials at the DMCA, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and bush fires may all affect the many different ecosystems on our island. Initially, these natural hazards negatively affect the biodiversity of our ecosystems by causing the spread of invasive species, mass species mortality and loss of habitat.

In the short term, select ecosystem degradation reduces the ability of forests to process carbon dioxide, which exacerbates climate change. Over time though, many types of natural hazards play an integral role in rejuvenating the very ecosystem that they once destroyed, but if there are endemic plants/animals in the area of concern, they might disappear due to a sudden change in the area.

As in the case of tsunamis, there’ll be loss of livelihood for fishermen to unknown damages to coral reefs and flora and fauna where the waves came a few miles inland. In some fragile areas, it may take years for the coral reefs to get back the balance and coastal tree plantations may have been destroyed or severely affected.

Research has shown that a healthy ecosystem can mitigate the impacts of hazard events such as landslides and bush fires, hence biodiversity is the fundamental basis for the health of the ecosystem.

Everybody has a role to play in reducing disaster risk and biodiversity conservation such as taking the necessary steps to prevent fires and landslides, use natural barriers such as coral reefs and mangroves against tsunamis, recycle, buy sustainable, drive green, go package free, set up a compost pile for organic waste, plant local flora and take the time to clean up animal habitat such as beaches and forests.

At the Government level, there needs to be a commitment by all to invest in developing capacity and allocating financial resources to assess the economic and human consequences of changes in ecosystem services as part of their national planning processes and strategies.

When governments and vulnerable communities combine biodiversity conservation practices with humanitarian efforts after natural hazard impacts which may result in a disaster, it’s possible to build back safer and improve resilient ecosystem - for both people and the environment.