December 6, 2019

Magnitude 6 earthquake off southern coast of Cuba

HAVANA (AP) – A magnitude 6 earthquake occurred in the Caribbean Sea off the southern coast of Cuba on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of any damage on the island. The quake was south east of Havana and close to the Cayman Islands. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centred 67 […]

Tropical Storm Maria intensifies may become Hurricane Maria

Tropical Storm Maria intensifies may become Hurricane Maria There are no new developments to report in the Caribbean today. However, in the Northern Atlantic Tropical Storm Maria has been quickly intensifying. It is expected to become a Hurricane early today (16), albeit a short-lived one. Maria is forecasted to keep on a northeastern track, drenching […]

Possible development in the western Caribbean

Over the last few issues, we have discussed the possibility of developments in the western Caribbean. The developments would happen due to a large high pressure system pushing eastward across New England. We will need to watch the south of that high-pressure system for tropical development. Rob Lightbown writes, “The latest GFS model guidance is […]

Nothing new happening in the tropics

There is nothing new to report in the tropics as of this morning. Tropical Storm Maria is still very slowly moving to the northwest and is struggling with moderate wind shear of 15-20 knots. This is preventing the storm from organising. This wind shear is predicted to weaken slightly on Wednesday, which may allow the […]

Hurricane Katia’s severe winds batter parts of UK

Strong winds from the tail-end of Hurricane Katia are battering much of the UK,  the Met Office has severe weather warnings in place for many areas. Southern and central parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Northern England and Wales have been experiencing winds of up to 80mph (129km/h). Flood alerts have been issued, with road, rail […]

Tropical Storm Maria moves away from the Caribbean and new developments likely in western Caribbean

Tropical Storm Maria has moved away from the northeastern Caribbean thanks to a low-pressure trough now located over the eastern United States. This trough will track eastward and cause Maria to turn to the north today. A much stronger trough of low pressure will track into the northeastern United States by Thursday and Friday and […]

Tropical Storm (TS) Maria expected to intensify while TS Nate remains stationary for now

On Friday (9) morning satellite imagery indicated that convection is increasing with Tropical Storm Maria and it is expected that Maria will continue to strengthen slowly as it tracks across the northeastern Caribbean on Saturday and Saturday night. Once Maria tracks to the north of Puerto Rico on Sunday, we could see a somewhat quicker […]

Tropical Storm (TS) Maria tracking westward across the central Atlantic, Invest 96L upgraded to TS Nate

Maria was pretty disorganised yesterday morning with little or no banding evident and satellite estimates indicate that this was a 50 mph tropical storm. Maria is racing to the west at a forward speed of 23 mph and this westward track is expected to continue for the next couple of days. It looks likely that […]

Storm Deaths Preventable – Use Common Sense

Hurricane Irene was a category one storm when it hit the northeast United States. Yet the storm caused 44 deaths, 43 in the US and 1 in Canada. Emergency personnel categorise many of these deaths as ‘preventable’, reports Emergency Management & Training Inc. and so the organisation urges people to use common sense. During Irene, […]

Invest 95L upgraded to Tropical Depression #14 and Invest 96L develops in the Gulf Of Mexico

Invest 95L was upgraded to Tropical Depression #14 Tuesday afternoon. The depression was close to tropical storm strength yesterday and I suspect we will see it upgraded to Tropical Storm Maria very soon. The forecasts that I have seen all predict that the system will stay very weak and the strongest it would get is […]