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Saharan dust impedes hurricane activity in the region

July 25, 2016
Saharan dust impedes hurricane activity in the region ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Meteorologists have linked the presence of Saharan Air Layer (SAL) or Saharan dust across the Atlantic Ocean, to the calm currently being experienced for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. The very dry, dusty layer of warm air occurs when a dust storm...

Conflicting 2016 hurricane season predictions by forecasters

April 21, 2016
Conflicting 2016 hurricane season predictions by forecasters ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Predictions for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season have been released by several weather and hurricane forecasting institutions, with varying reports on the activity level for the season. Hurricane researchers at the Colorado State University (CSU), one of the main...

Hurricane hunter aircraft visits BVI on awareness tour

April 20, 2016
Hurricane hunter aircraft visits BVI on awareness tour ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron known as the Hurricane Hunters of the US Air Force Reserve and a team from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Hurricane Centre made their inaugural visit to the British Virgin Islands last week.

Hottest year in Cuba since 1951

January 8, 2016
Hottest year in Cuba since 1951 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The average annual temperature in Cuba last year was the highest since 1951, reaching a value of 1.06 Celsius degrees above the historical average (25.49), said specialists from the Climate Center of the Meteorology Institute. Granma newspaper reported that...

Tropical Storm Kate forms over Bahamas

November 10, 2015
Tropical Storm Kate forms over Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Kate formed on Monday morning near the central Bahamas, moving toward the northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). A tropical storm warning was in effect for the northwestern Bahamas. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 4:00 pm EST on Monday, the centre...

Heavy rains and strong winds forecast for Bahamas and Turks and Caicos

November 9, 2015
Heavy rains and strong winds forecast for Bahamas and Turks and Caicos MIAMI, USA -- Showers and thunderstorms became more concentrated overnight Saturday in association with a low pressure area located about 100 miles southeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), which is forecast to bring locally heavy rains and strong gusty winds over the TCI and the...

Heavy rains forecast for Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico

November 7, 2015
Heavy rains forecast for Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico MIAMI, USA -- A large area of cloudiness and showers extending from near the Lesser Antilles eastward for several hundred miles is associated with the interaction of an upper-level trough and a west-northwestward moving tropical wave. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami...

Bermuda prepares for Hurricane Joaquin

October 5, 2015
Bermuda prepares for Hurricane Joaquin MIAMI, USA -- Bermuda was under a hurricane warning on Sunday as the wind and surf picked up as Hurricane Joaquin approached the island and residents boarded up homes and businesses in preparation for the Category 2 storm, which was expected to pass at its closest point some 70 miles...

Hurricane Joaquin continues to pound central Bahamas

October 3, 2015
Hurricane Joaquin continues to pound central Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- Although Hurricane Joaquin weakened slightly as the eye passed near San Salvador island, hurricane conditions were forecast to continue over the central Bahamas for several more hours on Friday night. Joaquin unleashed its fury over the Southern and Central Bahamas late Thursday night.

Joaquin now dangerous category four hurricane over Bahamas

October 2, 2015
Joaquin now dangerous category four hurricane over Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Joaquin became an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Thursday as it moved over the central Bahamas, which were expected to experience hurricane force winds, storm surge and heavy rain.

Tropical Storm Joaquin forms close to Bahamas

September 30, 2015
Tropical Storm Joaquin forms close to Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Joaquin, the tenth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, formed close to The Bahamas on Monday night. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, the centre of Joaquin was located about 405 miles (650 km) east of the...

Tropical wave continues west towards Caribbean

September 12, 2015
Tropical wave continues west towards Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave located between West Africa and the Cape Verde Islands is producing minimal shower activity. Environmental conditions are forecast to become favourable for some gradual development of this wave by early next week while it moves generally westward across the tropical Atlantic.

Tropical Storm Henri forms close to Bermuda

September 11, 2015
Tropical Storm Henri forms close to Bermuda MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Henri, the eighth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, has formed close to Bermuda and, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday was about 260 miles (420 km) east-northeast of the island, moving north at 15 mph.

Tropical Storm Grace expected to weaken as it approaches the Caribbean

September 8, 2015
Tropical Storm Grace expected to weaken as it approaches the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Grace was forecast to weaken during the next 48 hours with environmental conditions becoming less favorable by Monday night as wind shear increases and dry air over the tropical Atlantic impacts Grace’s circulation. Given the strong southwesterly upper-level winds...

New Tropical Storm Grace forms in the Atlantic heading west towards Caribbean

September 7, 2015
New Tropical Storm Grace forms in the Atlantic heading west towards Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Grace formed in the Atlantic over the weekend and at 5:00 pm EDT on Sunday was located about 520 miles (835 km) west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, moving toward the west near 15 mph (24 km/h). According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami...

New tropical system heads towards the Caribbean

September 5, 2015
New tropical system heads towards the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- A tropical wave located a couple of hundred miles off the west coast of Africa was expected to move south of the Cape Verde Islands on Friday night and Saturday. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, this system continues to show signs of organization.

Erica evaporates; Fred forms

August 31, 2015
Erica evaporates; Fred forms MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Erika dissipated early Sunday, as its remnants brought heavy rain to parts of eastern Cuba and heavy showers and thunderstorms to the northwest Caribbean. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Fred formed just off the coast of West Africa and is forecast to become a hurricane...

Erika moving over Dominican Republic with heavy rains and gusty winds

August 29, 2015
Erika moving over Dominican Republic with heavy rains and gusty winds MIAMI, USA -- The centre of Tropical Storm Erika was moving over the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Friday evening and was expected to be near the southeastern Bahamas or eastern Cuba on Saturday. On Thursday Erika dumped some 12 inches of torrential rainfall on Dominica, causing widespread flooding.

Four dead in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika brings rain and floods

August 28, 2015
Four dead in Dominica as Tropical Storm Erika brings rain and floods MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Erika dumped almost nine inches of torrential rainfall on Dominica, causing widespread flooding and mudslides that killed at least four people on the island, as the system crossed the Eastern Caribbean and headed towards Puerto Rico.

Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika

August 27, 2015
Leeward Islands brace for Tropical Storm Erika MIAMI, USA -- The Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday prepared for the imminent arrival of Tropical Storm Erika, which was expected to move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands on Wednesday night, move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on...

New Tropical Storm Erika heads towards Leeward Islands

August 26, 2015
New Tropical Storm Erika heads towards Leeward Islands MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Erika, which formed in the Atlantic late Monday, is expected to affect the northern Leeward Islands by Wednesday night. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Tuesday, the centre of Tropical Storm Erika was located...

Another tropical cyclone likely to form as Danny disintegrates

August 25, 2015
Another tropical cyclone likely to form as Danny disintegrates MIAMI, USA -- Reports from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane on Monday indicated that tropical cyclone Danny has degenerated into a trough of low pressure located about 45 miles (70 km) west-southwest of Guadeloupe. Meanwhile, another low pressure system located about 950 miles east of...

Danny weakening as it approaches Leeward Islands; two follow behind

August 24, 2015
Danny weakening as it approaches Leeward Islands; two follow behind MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Danny decreased in intensity over the weekend as expected as it approached the Leeward Islands on Sunday. Maximum sustained winds decreased to near 40 mph (65 km/h), with higher gusts. Forecasters are also watching two other tropical systems emerging off the west...

Danny now major hurricane but expected to weaken

August 22, 2015
Danny now major hurricane but expected to weaken MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Danny increased in intensity on Friday as it continued west-northwest towards the Caribbean. Maximum sustained winds were near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts, which makes Danny a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.

Tobago experiencing its driest rainy season on record

August 22, 2015
Tobago experiencing its driest rainy season on record SCARBOROUGH, Tobago -- The island of Tobago is experiencing one of its driest periods on record this year. The disclosure comes from meteorologist specialist attached to the Meteorological Office at the ANR Robinson International Airport, Emanuel Moolchand. He said February to July this year was...

Danny strengthens into first hurricane of 2015 season

August 21, 2015
Danny strengthens into first hurricane of 2015 season MIAMI, USA -- Tropical cyclone Danny strengthened into the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season on Thursday; however, its impact on the Caribbean remained uncertain. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday...

Tropical Storm Danny moves slowly westward across Atlantic

August 20, 2015
Tropical Storm Danny moves slowly westward across Atlantic MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Danny continued its movement west across the Atlantic on Wednesday. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Danny could still become a hurricane by Friday. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Wednesday...

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