MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MV0) WEEKLY REPORT MAY 4TH, 2019 TO MAY 10TH, 2019

Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.

The seismic network recorded 6 VT events this week.

SO2 flux measurements were taken from the helicopter on May 8th and 9th. The average flux values were 130 tonnes per day on the 8th May from twelve traverses and 190 tonnes per day on the 9th from eight traverses.

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. Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM TUESDAY MAY 14TH, 2019

SYNOPSIS: A relatively dry and stable airmass will restrict rainfall activities across the area.

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

WEATHER TONIGHT: Mainly fair

WINDS: East 19 to 28 km/h or 10 to 15 knots.

SEAS: 1.2 to 1.8 metres or 4 to 6 feet.

Sunset Today: 6:32 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:39 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 31°C/ 88°F

LOW: 23°C/73° F Continue reading

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7 DAY MONTSERRAT MARINE WEATHER FORECAST MON. MAY 13TH, 2019 TO SUN. MAY. 19TH, 2019

Monday, May 13th, 2019 6AM. 6PM. 
Seas.. are North-easterly @ 1.7M (5′) NE 1.5 M (41/2′ feet)
Winds.. are Easterly @ 18 MPH. E 14 MPH.
Skies.. are Cloudy, with possible light rains 0.2MM in AM. and 0.1MM in PM.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
Seas.. are North-easterly @ 1.4M (4′) NE 1.3 M (4′ feet)
Winds.. are Easterly @ 15 MPH. E 15 MPH.
Skies.. are partly sunny, with possible light rains 0.1MM in AM. and sunny in PM.

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
Seas.. are Easterly @ 1.3M (4′) E 1.1 M (31/2′ feet)
Winds.. are Easterly @ 14 MPH. E 13 MPH.
Skies.. are Sunny all day.

Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Seas.. are Easterly @ 1M (3′) NE 1 M (3′ feet)
Winds.. are Easterly @ 11 MPH. E 13 MPH.
Skies.. are Sunny all day.

Friday, May 17th, 2019
Seas.. are North-easterly @ 0.9M (2.3/4′) E 1 M (3′ feet)
Winds.. are Easterly @ 9 MPH. E 12 MPH.
Skies.. are partly sunny, with possible light rains 0.1MM in AM. and 0.5MM in PM.

Saturday, May 18th, 2019
Seas.. are Easterly @ 1.1M (31/4′) E 1.1 M (31/4′ feet)
Winds.. are Easterly @ 13 MPH. E 16 MPH.
Skies.. are Cloudy with 1.5MM rain in AM. and 0.2MM in PM.

Sunday, May 19th, 2019
Seas.. are Easterly @ 1.2M (31/4′) E 1.1 M (31/4′ feet)
Winds.. are Easterly @ 14 MPH. E 13 MPH.
Skies.. are partly Sunny with 0.2MM rain in AM. and 0.2MM in PM. Continue reading

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DMCA HOSTS HURRICANE WEBINAR FOR GRADE 6 STUDENTS AT THE PRIMARY SCHOOL LEVEL ON MONTSERRAT

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) hosted a hurricane webinar for all grade 6 students from the four primary schools on island on Thursday, May 9th, 2019. The schools are St Augustine Roman Catholic, Brades, Light House Community Academy and Look Out.

The webinar was organized by the 2019 National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration(NOAA).

The purpose of the one (1) hour webinar was to raise understanding and awareness of hurricanes, hurricane hazards, and hurricane preparation amongst grade 6 students in advance of the 2019 North Atlantic hurricane season. Videos, visualizations, graphics, and other media were included to engage the students.

National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasters and AOC aircraft personnel spoke live to the students.

The webinar covered hurricane hazards, forecasting, observing hurricanes with aeroplanes and hurricane preparedness.

The webinar platform allowed NHC/NOAA personnel and HSS staff to answer student questions in real time during the webinar.

This webinar formed part of DMCA’s 2019 Hurricane Preparedness activities and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) Hurricane Awareness Tour.

The webinar was broadcast live from the Baton Rouge, LA stop of the Hurricane Awareness Tour.

This webinar is timely as Montserrat prepares for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season which officially begins on June 1st.

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM FRIDAY MAY 10TH, 2019

SYNOPSIS: A low level trough will cause the weather to be somewhat unsettled.

WEATHER TODAY: Mostly Cloudy with an 30 percent or a low chance of showers, mainly after midday.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy with an 80 percent or a very high chance of showers, mainly before midnight.

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: 6:31 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:40 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 31°C/ 88°F

LOW: 23°C/73° F Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM THURSDAY MAY 9TH, 2019

SYNOPSIS: Stable conditions are expected to prevail across the area and inhibit any significant shower activity.

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

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

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

SEAS: 1 to 1.5 metres or 3 to 5 feet.

Sunset Today: 6:31 pm. Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:41 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 28°C/ 82°F

LOW: 24°C/75° F Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MV0) WEEKLY REPORT APRIL 27TH, 2019 TO MAY 3RD, 2019

The seismic network recorded 5 VT events this week.
Seven traverses were done using the boat traverse method to measure SO2 flux values on 02 May. The average flux measured was 132 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, 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.

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

SYNOPSIS: A surface high pressure will support stable weather conditions across the area. Available low level moisture could trigger few passing showers across the islands.

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 19 to 33 km/h or 10 to 18 knots.

SEAS: 1.2 to 1.8 metres or 4 to 6 feet.

Sunset Today: 6:30 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:41 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 30°C/ 86°F

LOW: 23°C/73° F Continue reading

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DMCA HOSTS PRE-HURRICANE SEASON MEETING ON TUESDAY

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) hosted a pre-hurricane season meeting on Tuesday, April 30th, at the DMCA conference room on Yellow Hill Road.

According to the agency’s Director Major Alvin Ryan the aim of the meeting was to assess individual Ministries and Departments preparedness, challenges and building resilience ahead of the start of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season which officially begins on June 1st.

The meeting was chaired by His Excellency, the Governor, Andy Pearce.

Major Ryan reported that Montserrat has a significant amount of relief supplies in the event the island should be impacted to assist with our recovery.

He disclosed that island’s electrical resilience has been boosted with the acquisition of a Bucket truck, derrick and additional generators,

Mr Ryan says an assessment of Hurricane Shelters on island have been conducted to ensure they are ready for the season.

A presentation was made by Director of Glen Francis titled “ Cash Transfer As A Response To A Shock Event”.   

A number of issues were raised by attendees, ahead of the Hurricane Season which will be dealt with in the incoming weeks.

The conference was attended by representatives from the Public Works Department, Port Authority, Police, Montserrat Search and Rescue, Office the Premier, John A Osborne Airport, Governor’s Office, Montserrat Defense Force, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture among others. Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM FRIDAY MAY 3RD, 2019

 

SYNOPSIS: A moderate to fresh wind flow maintained by a steep pressure gradient across the area is expected to transport shallow pockets of moisture and cloud patches, that can trigger some shower activity for the next 24 hrs.

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

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

WINDS: East at 19 to 33 km/h or 10 to 18 knots.

SEAS: 1.5 to 2.1 metres or 5 to 7 feet. Small craft operators should exercise caution.

Sunset today: 6:29 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:44 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 30°C/ 86°F

LOW: 24°C/75° F Continue reading

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