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Friday, April 22, 2011


St. Lucia seems to be experiencing rather strange weather behaviour these days. About 2-3 weeks ago, we were affected by an “unexpected” weather system which brought about strong and sustained shower activity. Meteorologists explained that it was as a result of the passage of an upper level trough. We learned that St. Vincent suffered significant damage as a result of its passage.

This passage of that weather system was immediately followed by a period of extreme calm marked by “scorching heat” – the type that is associated with the imminent approach of a storm or hurricane.

Many of us may have been wondering what’s going on. 

Well, the answer is: it has to do with an unusual area of disturbed weather north of the Leeward Islands.

While the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts in June, meteorologists will be watching this area of disturbed weather over the next several days for potential development. Expert Senior Meteorologist, Alex Sosnowski explains that “This feature is merely a close low or cold core system at this time but could develop some tropical characteristics in the days ahead.”

He predicts that even “if this system develops, it is not likely to become very strong and could bring beneficial rains to some needy areas in the vicinity of the Tropic of Cancer.”

Area of disturbed Weather over the Atlantic Ocean
Although the system is expected to be carried off to the northwest, away from any land areas, it is still being monitored as there is a possibility that it could develop into a tropical storm. If this happens, it will be the second tropical storm on record for the month of April. Tropical Storm Ana was the first in 2003.

This phenomenon underscores Hon Harold Dalson’s concern expressed in the House of Assembly. It may be also a valid predictor  - as well as fitting reminder - of what to expect later this year. it's not to early to start planning the way forward.


  1. Looking out for youApril 22, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    It's definitely not too early to start planning - SPECIAL tropical weather outlooks in April is a rare thing. We have no choice where hurricanes are concerned. It only takes one - I'm sure you remember. PPP: Prepare-Plan-Protect.

  2. Does the government have any provision in the Budget for disasters? I hope they do. I hate the idea that after a hurricane we have to be moving around like mendicants look for help. We should be in a position to help ourselves.