December 7, 2019

Dr. Jeff Masters: Bogus GFS Model forecasts of Atlantic tropical cyclone genesis

By Dr. Jeff Masters From Weather Underground There are no tropical cyclone threat areas in the Atlantic to discuss today, and none of the reliable models for forecasting tropical cyclone genesis is predicting development over the coming five days. However, the 00Z Friday run of the GFS model predicts that a low pressure area will […]

Table Top Exercise Concludes Successfully

A brief yet intense table-top exercise took place this morning (Thursday, 5 June 2014) at the Government Administration Building. Organised by the British Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the exercise tested the emergency preparedness of FCO representatives in the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, as well as staff in London. Exercise Sunseeker, […]

Hurricanes with female names result in more fatalities

From EdOrbit When it comes to hurricanes, there are serious gender equality issues, according to new research which reveals that storms given feminine names tend to cause significantly more deaths than those with masculine ones. The reason, researchers from the University of Illinois explain in a statement, is that storms with feminine names are perceived […]

Caribbean risk outlook: Hurricane season has arrived

From Global News Matters Hurricane season is here: What risks does the Caribbean face? A “near or below normal” hurricane season has been forecast by the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Eight to thirteen tropical storms and three to six hurricanes are expected for the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. NOAA points to cooler […]

Dominican Republic shaken by 4.5-magnitude earthquake

  By the Caribbean Journal staff The northern Dominican Republic was lightly shaken by a 4.5-magnitude earthquake on Sunday evening, according to the United States Geological Survey. It struck at around 9:01 PM local time. The epicentre of the quake, which occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres, was around 6 kilometres west-northwest of Estero […]

Eastern Pacific may yield Gulf of Mexico tropical concerns/Cayman premier hurricane message

The Premier’s Hurricane Season Message 2014 GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – As we stop for a moment and realise how fast this year’s calendar has inched toward 1 June and the beginning of another hurricane season, I and many others are reminded that this will be the 10th year since Grand Cayman took the full […]

Tropics: Eyes on Western Caribbean for early June

From msn The area centered around the western Caribbean Sea will be one of a few places to watch for tropical development in the Atlantic Basin this June. This area represents some of the warmest waters of the basin and is generally free from disruptive high-level winds. Usually this area is also removed from dry […]

Carib choices: Climate change impact or MDGs

By Desmond Brown From Caribbean Life ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, May 21, 2014 (IPS) – Climate change is forcing the nine-member Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to choose between expending scarce resources to deal with its impact or other pressing development goals. “There is a very thin line between consumption and conservation…progress and protection,” Grenada’s […]

Tourism meets tsunami preparedness in the Caribbean

By SciDev.Net – Martín De Ambrosio From Thomson Reuters Foundation Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. [ST THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS] Scaring away tourists is perhaps not such a good idea if you are in a country whose economy relies on its wonderful beaches. So, […]

Tsunami conspiracy theories in the Caribbean

By Martín De Ambrosio From SciDevNet [ST THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS] As soon as I arrived at last week’s meeting on tsunami science here in the Caribbean, I encountered two delegates who shared a worrying rumour with me: “Somebody knows something about a tsunami that’s coming soon.” That’s the way rumors work: with ill-defined but arresting […]