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The official tropical weather thread 2019

Postby MISHI » August 10th, 2008, 11:56 am

Welcome to the official Tropical Weather Thread. All weather related info for Trinidad & Tobago and the Tropics in general will posted here.

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(HURRICANE SEASON NOTE)

As always, from the ending of May, it comes the time once again, when we start looking eastward (and also westward in rare cases)

To all the posters, actual meteorologists (especially Hook) with info, links and warnings/ advisories... special thanks are in order. Now Trinidad may be more South of the belt, while Tobago is more in the line of fire, but this does not exempt Trinidad from being hit.

And while most like to state that God is a Trini, should a hurricane actually hit Trinidad, the cry shall become "The Devil is a Trini" as well. If you're one of those individuals... I suggest you start thinking seriously about the weather cause in a heartbeat you can lose everything: You have to experience the power that is a storm (depression/ tropical storm/ hurricane) to understand why it isn't something to be taken lightly.

- Mishi.

What you need to know & what you should have BEFORE the season starts

(This excerpt from gulf coast.com )

Step 1.

KNOW SOME OF THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH A STORM.

Flooding
Can occur from heavy rains,rivers,drainage ditches.
Storm Surge
Typically associated with the land falling hurricane.
Depending on intensity of storm, can cover extremely
large areas of coastline, as Katrina demonstrated.
The storm surge typically causes the most deaths associated
with a hurricane.
High Wind
Roof damage,falling trees,power lines, can demolish entire
homes.
Tornadoes (sounds crazy for trinidad but it's possible)
Often occur with land falling hurricanes. Can cause tremendous
wind type damage very far from the center of a hurricane in
unexpected areas.
Know what potential hazards may affect you or your home. Flooding potential, storm surge susceptibility. If your home or residence may flood. (or any major threat) LEAVE.

Step 2.

Start collecting material and supplies NOW. Wood / Shutters for boarding up windows. Dont wait until the last minute to try to aquire wood and then cut and mount it. Have it precut and ready to mount. Store it until needed. I know from experience that trying to hold a 8x4 plywood sheet on a ladder in gusty wind is very difficult.
Who would have guessed that the ply-lock clips used to mount plywood sheets on windows would disappear off the shelfs as a storm approached.. Prepare Early.

Test your generator NOW (if you have one) and perform any repairs. A generator that doesnt work properly after the storm is not very helpful.

Step 3.

Have an evacuation plan. While you can not easily say where exactly you will evacuate months in advance. Ensure your friends and family know where you plan to evacuate.

Step 4.

If a hurricane developes. Stay Informed! Do be caught by suprise if a storms path or intensity changes. We know that a storms path and intensity can change dramatically in hours. In sometimes, unexpected manners. OBEY your local governments recommendations. If they suggest you leave the area..seriously consider leaving. Know where local shelters are setup. Know what is allowed to take to a shelter. Dont just show up without food or water or blankets. They may not be setup to provide them. They will be providing a place thats safer to stay in than your home in most cases.


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Your Disaster Supply Kit (Yes YOU should have one)-

The following (taken from the NHC Disaster Supply Kit Instructions) should be included in everyones "Kit".

Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days (more is better)

Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
• non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
• foods for infants or the elderly
• snack foods
• non-electric can opener
• cooking tools / fuel
• paper plates / plastic utensils

Blankets / Pillows, etc.

Clothing - seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes

First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs

Special Items - for babies and the elderly

Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes

Flashlight / Batteries (lots of batteries... also extra bulbs)

Radio - Battery operated and NOAA weather radio

TV - Battery operated...


Cash (with some small bills) - Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.

Keys

Toys, Books and Games (to keep kids at bay)

Important documents - in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag
• insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.

Tools - keep a set with you during the storm

Vehicle fuel tanks filled

A container with fuel or diesel for your car/ van

Pet care items
• proper identification / immunization records / medications
• ample supply of food and water
• a carrier or cage
• muzzle and leash

Ensure your Generator is functional.
Additionally we found that having several extra gas cans for our generator was VERY helpful. Also if you are able you might want to stockpile some fuel in advance, but be aware that long term storage of gas requires specific fuel additives and some very serious safety issues.


Especially make sure that things around your house that can be blown away and become missiles be secured in the event of a storm. Animals fear storms (believe it) so do not leave them loose... Make sure your house is in order structurally and any repairs do it if you can. Wind will ALWAYS find the weakest point and work frm there to destroy your items...

make sure and have at least a cellular contact for your family and neighbors and KEEP YOUR CELLPHONE CHARGED! in the event that something happens to you or you need to check on someone you are accessible.

TEMA (not sure about trini) have warning sirens out and about... if a storm approaches AND you hear the siren do not act like the boy who cried wolf... Prepare your items and DO NOT wait for the 11th hour to get your items at the supermarket...

So to all of you... keep your ears and eyes open... alert your neighbor and good luck to all of us for this and future seasons...

Terminology:
The Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is a band of clouds consisting of showers, with occasional thunderstorms, that encircles the globe near the equator. The solid band of clouds may extend for many hundreds of miles and is sometimes broken into smaller line segments.

A Tropical Disturbance is a discrete weather system of apparently organized convection, originating in the tropics or subtropics and existing for a period of over 24 hours .Disturbances are characteristically approximately 200-600 km in diameter.
Tropical waves are generally carried westward by the prevailing easterly winds along the tropics and subtropics near the equator. They can lead to the formation of tropical cyclones in the north Atlantic and eastern north Pacific basins.

A Tropical Cyclone is a rapidly rotating storm system characterized by a low-pressure center, a closed low-level atmospheric circulation, strong winds, and a spiral arrangement of thunderstorms that produce heavy rain.

A Tropical Depression is a tropical cyclone with a maximum sustained wind speed of less than 39 mph.

A Tropical Storm is a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained wind speeds between 39 mph and 73 mph.

A Hurricane is a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph+.

Watches and Warnings
A Tropical Storm Watch is an announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds between 39 mph and 73 mph) are possible within the specified area in association with a tropical storm within 48 hours.

A Tropical Storm Warning is an announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds between 39 mph and 73 mph) are possible within the specified area in association with a tropical storm, issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

A Hurricane Watch is an announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area in association with a tropical storm within 48 hours.

A Hurricane Warning is an announcement that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the specified area in association with a hurricane, issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of hurricane-force winds.

Hurricanes are classified into five (05) categories based on the intensities of their sustained winds, which is known as the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale:
· Category 1: Winds speeds of 74-95 mph; very dangerous winds will produce some damage
· Category 2: Wind speeds of 96-110 mph; extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage
· Category 3: Wind speeds of 111-129 mph; devastating damage will occur
· Category 4: Wind speeds of 130-156 mph; catastrophic damage will occur
· Category 5: Wind speeds greater than 156 mph; catastrophic damage will occur and most areas will be uninhabitable

A Major Hurricane has winds greater than 110 mph. Category 3+ e.g. Hurricane Harvey (Cat.4), Hurricane Irma (Cat.5)
Maximum Sustained Winds is the standard measure of a tropical cyclone’s intensity. It refers to the highest one-minute average wind speed (at an elevation of 10 meters with an unobstructed exposure) associated with that weather system at a particular point in time.

The Eye (of the Hurricane) is a roughly circular area of comparatively light winds that encompasses the center of a severe tropical cyclone. The eye is either completely or partially surrounded by the eyewall cloud.

A Storm Surge is the rise in sea levels following a hurricane or major storm, where the height is the difference between the observed sea level and the level the water would be without a cyclone. Storm surge is usually estimated by subtracting the normal high tide from the observed storm tide.


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The official tropical weather thread 2019

Postby Duane 3NE 2NR » January 14th, 2019, 5:39 am

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Postby aaron17 » January 14th, 2019, 5:43 am

18.5 by me

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Postby xtech » January 14th, 2019, 6:44 am

Coldest Day for 2019
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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2018

Postby hindian » January 14th, 2019, 6:55 am

20 degrees in Piarco...

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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2018

Postby shake d livin wake d dead » January 14th, 2019, 10:28 am

this morning was chilli and nice...I expecting today to be a scorcher

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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2018

Postby redmanjp » January 14th, 2019, 11:07 am

19C by me in Arima at 7AM. Had to turn off mih Lasco. They said Dry Season go be harsh & hot- so far it cool as is the norm for December to February.

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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2018

Postby Musical Doc » January 22nd, 2019, 12:50 pm

Are we going to have a 2019 thread? It raining cats and dogs in sando right now

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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2018

Postby sMASH » January 22nd, 2019, 12:53 pm

Greenvale people probably looking for red brick right now

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Postby Duane 3NE 2NR » January 23rd, 2019, 1:56 pm

Musical Doc wrote:Are we going to have a 2019 thread? It raining cats and dogs in sando right now

ok done

This is now "The official tropical weather thread 2019"

The 2018 posts can be found here
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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2019

Postby K74T » January 31st, 2019, 10:51 pm

Getting some strong winds in the west tonight

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Postby redmanjp » February 17th, 2019, 2:07 pm

36C in POS now but 31C in Arima

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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2019

Postby KM_2NR » February 17th, 2019, 3:06 pm

Inside the first page. Hot in central , my room uninhabitable because of the heat. Can people also give updates on fires that cause traffic in this thread as well , literally every afternoon last week had sum fire on the highway causing traffic.

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Postby aidan » February 23rd, 2019, 11:02 am

Some rain today, hopefully will keep down the dust

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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2019

Postby maj. tom » February 23rd, 2019, 11:38 am

smells like Sahara dust to me. I don't think it's any real kind of rain.

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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2019

Postby The_Honourable » February 23rd, 2019, 11:52 am

Small rain to water plants.

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Postby FordeG » February 23rd, 2019, 12:19 pm

At least the Savannah go have grass right kes

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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2019

Postby shogun » February 23rd, 2019, 1:08 pm

maj. tom wrote:I don't think it's any real kind of rain.



Would barely qualify as a drizzle.

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Postby redmanjp » February 24th, 2019, 2:36 am

just had a moderate rain in Arima, about d 4th time d past week- we really in a drought? i remember the drought back in 2010 or so not ah drizzle would fall in a few weeks

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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2019

Postby sMASH » February 24th, 2019, 6:58 am

i decide to dry some tumeric in the sun... get wet about 4 times so far... i trying it in the sun in a silver basin to see how it would work... worked well for pepper and carrilie...

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Postby aaron17 » February 24th, 2019, 7:15 am

sMASH wrote:i decide to dry some tumeric in the sun... get wet about 4 times so far... i trying it in the sun in a silver basin to see how it would work... worked well for pepper and carrilie...
What is that for?

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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2019

Postby sMASH » February 24th, 2019, 8:04 am

experimenting with drying out fruits and stuff. people normally put tumeric to dry. we call it saffron. i wanted to see how the silver basin in the sun would work with it. it worked well with pepper and carillie so..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J7piPkrWhQ

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Postby aaron17 » February 24th, 2019, 9:43 am

sMASH wrote:experimenting with drying out fruits and stuff. people normally put tumeric to dry. we call it saffron. i wanted to see how the silver basin in the sun would work with it. it worked well with pepper and carillie so..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J7piPkrWhQ
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Postby redmanjp » February 24th, 2019, 9:30 pm

more rain today in Arima

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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2019

Postby shake d livin wake d dead » February 24th, 2019, 9:35 pm

Couple showers right now....since Friday good showers

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Postby redmanjp » February 25th, 2019, 9:58 am

some rain this morning as well, drought on pause it seems

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Postby matr1x » February 25th, 2019, 10:02 am

The miracle of Machel Monday I hear somebody on radio say

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Postby sMASH » February 25th, 2019, 10:47 am

met office call off the driest dry season?

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Postby adnj » February 25th, 2019, 12:35 pm

sMASH wrote:experimenting with drying out fruits and stuff. people normally put tumeric to dry. we call it saffron. i wanted to see how the silver basin in the sun would work with it. it worked well with pepper and carillie so..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J7piPkrWhQ
Saffron is a different plant from tumeric. Even so, they have similar tastes.

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Re: The official tropical weather thread 2019

Postby toyolink » March 3rd, 2019, 2:57 pm

Quite a few intermittent showers today, this will serve to increase our need to be very careful on the 'road'.

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