Month: August 2019

ANOTHER HOT DAY ON THE ROCK! BE SURE TO DRINK LOTS OF WATER TODAY

by Shirlian Queeley

TODAY'S LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8AM  FRIDAY AUGUST 30TH, 2019

WEATHER SYNOPSIS: A more stable environment supported by a surface high pressure will persist across the area as Hurricane Dorian move further away from the area.

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 19 to 28 km/h or 10 to 15 knots.

SEAS: 1.5 metres or 5 feet.

Sunset today: 6:25 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:56 am.

TODAY'S TEMPS:

HIGH: 32°C/ 90°F

LOW: 24°C/ 75° F

TROPICAL STORM DORIAN STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE DISASTER MANAGEMENT COORDINATION AGENCY (DMCA)

by Shirlian Queeley
August 26th, 2019 - The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) continues to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Dorian which is moving a little more northwesterly. The current projected path sees the storm passing well to the west of Montserrat, however, storms are very fluid and dynamic and are subject to sudden changes.
As it stands, the chances of Montserrat receiving storm-force winds remain low when Tropical Storm Dorian passes our vicinity on late Monday night into Tuesday. No watches or warnings are expected to be issued for Montserrat as it regards to this storm. According to Weather forecasters, some rains are expected, perhaps up to an inch on Tuesday and Wednesday. Residents are also reminded that we are now in the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season and are encouraged to have their hurricane preparedness plans completed. Residents are reminded that weather is dynamic in nature and as such can improve or worsen over time. You must continue to listen to the DMCA for official information.

DISTURBANCE AL99 EAST OF THE CARIBBEAN HAS AN 80% CHANCE OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE IN 3 DAYS; DMCA CONTINUES TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM

by Shirlian Queeley
Showers and thunderstorms associated with a small area of low pressure located about 950 miles east of the Windward Islands are showing some signs of organization. Environmental conditions appear conducive for additional development, and a tropical depression is likely to form during the next day or two while the low moves westward to west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. Conditions appear less favourable for development when the low reaches the Lesser Antilles and Eastern Caribbean Sea by the middle of next week.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent. Please continue to monitor DMCA ’s facebook page -Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency -DMCA, twitter - https://twitter.com/DMCA_MONTSERRAT and our website – www.dmca.gov.ms and ZJB Radio Montserrat for regular updates.

Air Quality Is Expected To Drop To Moderate Levels Due To The Presence Of Saharan Dust; Unusually Sensitive People Such As Active Children And Adults, And People With Respiratory Disease, Such As Asthma, Should Limit Prolonged Or Heavy Exertion.

by Shirlian Queeley
SAHARAN DUST AIR QUALITY BULLETIN Air Quality Index (AQI) Based on Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5) and 10 (PM10) Concentration
Synopsis: The AQI is expected to drop to moderate levels this afternoon, as a new surge of Saharan dust is anticipated. This will increase the risk of health problems for unusually sensitive people, such as asthmatics. Alert Level: II AQI: 50 to 75 AQI category: Moderate Timing: Later today until Monday Sensitive groups: People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children are the groups most at risk. Health implications: Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution. Caution: Unusually sensitive people such as active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.

*BREAKING* DMCA MONITORS INVEST AL-99 WHICH HAS A 20% CHANCE OF TROPICAL DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE NEXT 5 DAYS

by Shirlian Queeley
Showers and thunderstorms have increased since yesterday in association with a tropical wave located about 1400 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands. Additional slow development of this system is possible during the next few days as it moves generally westward at about 15 mph.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent. SOURCE: NOAA, NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER Forecaster Beven AND WEATHER CHANNEL

MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MVO) WEEKLY REPORT FOR JULY 09TH TO JULY 16TH, 2019

by Shirlian Queeley
Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low. The seismic network has recorded six volcano tectonic earthquakes this week. Six traverses were done using the boat traverse method to measure the SO2 flux values on the 13th August. The average flux measured was 128 t/d.
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, therefore caution should be exercised when 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 DMCA ’s facebook page -Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency -DMCA, twitter - https://twitter.com/DMCA_MONTSERRAT and our website – www.dmca.gov.ms and ZJB Radio Montserrat for regular updates.

THE EMERALD ISLE WILL BE EXPERIENCING ANOTHER HOT DAY TO START THE WEEK – 91 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT; REMEMBER TO DRINK PLENTY OF WATER AND SEEK OUT SHADE

by Shirlian Queeley

THE LOCAL WEATHER FOR TODAY TUESDAY 19TH AUGUST 2019

WEATHER SYNOPSIS : High pressure coupled with slightly hazy conditions will keep shower activity to a minimum for the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, light winds associated with a slack pressure gradient will keep the atmosphere relatively warm.

WEATHER TODAY: Sunny to partly sunny with a 20 percent or a slight chance of showers.

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

WINDS: East with speeds ranging between 15 to 26 km/h or 8 to 14 knots and occasionally becoming lighter.

SEAS: 0.9 to 1.5 metres or 3 to 5 feet.

Sunset today: 6:32 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:54 am.

TODAY'S TEMPS:

HIGH: 33°C/ 91°F

LOW: 24°C/ 75° F

7 DAY MONTSERRAT MARINE WEATHER FORECAST MONDAY, AUGUST 19TH ,2019 TO SUNDAY, AUGUST 25TH,2019

by Shirlian Queeley

Monday, 19 August 2019  6AM. 6PM. SEAS: 1.1M. or 3'6" 1M. or 3'3" Winds: E @ 10 with wind gusts up to 21MPH.. E 12 to 16 MPH.. Skies: Partly Cloudy, with a chance of some morning rain.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019 SEAS: 1M. or3'3" 1M. or 3'3" WINDS: E @ 12 with wind gusts up to 17MPH.. E 14 to 19 MPH.. SKIES: SUNNY and HOT.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 SEAS: 1.1M. or 3'6" 1.1M. or 3'6" Winds: E @ 15 with wind gusts up to 20 MPH.. E 15 to 20 MPH.. SKIES: SUNNY and HOT.

Thursday, 22 August 2019 SEAS: 1.1M. or 3'6" 1.1M. or 3'6" WINDS: E @ 13 with wind gusts up to 19 MPH.. E 14 to 20 MPH.. SKIES: SUNNY and HOT.

Friday, 23 August 2019 SEAS:1.1M. or 3'6" 1M. or 3'3" WINDS: E @ 14 with wind gusts up to 19 MPH.. E 15 to 26 MPH.. SKIES: SUNNY with late afternoon showers.

Saturday, 24 August 2019 SEAS: 1.2M. or 3'9" 1.2M. or 3'9" WINDS: E @ 15 with wind gusts up to 28 MPH.. E 14 to 23 MPH.. SKIES: SUNNY and HOT.

Sunday, 25 August 2019 SEAS: 1.3M. or 4'2" 1M. or 3'3" WINDS: E @ 16 with wind gusts up to 21 MPH.. E 13 to 18 MPH.. SKIES :are partly cloudy with a chance of a midday shower.

ANOTHER HOT DAY ON THE EMERALD ISLE TODAY – 90 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT

by Shirlian Queeley

HERE'S TODAY'S WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8AM TOMORROW SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST 2019

WEATHER SYNOPSIS : The presence of a weak trough to the north east of the islands along with a north easterly wind flow could transport shallow pockets of low level moisture over and around the islands at times today. However due to the dry and hazy state of the atmosphere currently across the islands, this will restrict any meaningful shower activity during that time.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny and hazy conditions with a 40 percent or moderate chance of a brief passing shower. WEATHER TONIGHT: Fair to partly cloudy skies with a 20 percent or slight chance of a brief shower. WINDS: East-northeast at 19 to 30 km/h or 10 to 16 knots with lighter spells overnight.. SEAS: 1.2 to 1.5 metres or 4 to 5 feet.. Sunset today: 6:34 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:54 am. TODAY'S TEMPS: HIGH: 32°C/ 90°F LOW: 25°C/ 77° F Please continue to monitor DMCA ’s facebook page -Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency -DMCA, twitter - https://twitter.com/DMCA_MONTSERRAT and our website – www.dmca.gov.ms and ZJB Radio Montserrat for regular updates.

MARINERS, FISHERFOLKS AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS ARE ASKED TO IMMEDIATELY REMOVE OR PROPERLY STRAPPED TO THE GROUND SHIPPING CONTAINERS, OLD ABANDONED BOATS AND OTHER ITEMS AT LITTLE BAY BOATYARD AND SURROUNDING AREAS

by Shirlian Queeley
The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is appealing to mariners, fisherfolks and other individuals who have shipping containers, old abandoned boats and other loose items in the Little Bay Boat Yard and surrounding areas to have them properly strapped and secured to the ground or removed immediately.
The DMCA is advising that those unsecured shipping containers, old abandoned boats and other loose items pose a serious threat to life and property during a tropical storm or a hurricane as they become missiles when they are airborne or buoyant in floodwaters. Let us all do our part this Hurricane Season to build a disaster resilience Montserrat.