Tag: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Caribbean Beach Communities Strive To Shut Out Tsunami Risk

BRIDGETOWN — As hotels grab prime seafront land along Barbados’ west coast, the road through Mullins offers an increasingly rare “window to the sea” with unhindered views over the blond beach and shallow Caribbean waters beyond. But for Kimberley Agard, who chairs the local district emergency organization, it’s this proximity to the sea that puts […]

Tropical Storm Wanda Forms In The North-Central Atlantic

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Wanda formed over the Atlantic Ocean today — and while it isn’t expected to make landfall, it’s still making history. For only the third time ever, forecasters have run out of the typical alphabetical names for storms, forcing them to seek an additional naming system for any storms that occur for […]

U.N. Deep-Sea Mining Rules Unlikely To Be Completed By 2023 Deadline, Latin American Countries Say

BOGATA — Regulations governing deep-sea mining will take longer to finalize due to the global pandemic, a group of Latin American countries said, creating uncertainty for companies looking to mine the sea bed for metals, including cobalt and nickel. The delayed negotiations also pose a potential difficulty for companies seeking financing from investors to mine […]

USVI Hoping For ‘Moisture Surge’ From Invest 93L Expected To Reach Here Soon

MIAMI — We still have two X’s on the board, but we don’t expect either of them to amount to much of anything. Disturbance #1 is passing over the mountains of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Heavy rain in the high terrain is the primary threat. The disturbance is interacting with a sharp dip in […]

NWS Now Monitoring 2 Strong Tropical Waves In The Atlantic

MIAMI — Activity in the Caribbean is on the rise again, with forecasters monitoring two areas for potential development as a third peters out. A tropical wave located east-southeast of the far eastern Caribbean is forecast to move in the general direction of the Bahamas this week. It is expected to bring heavy rain and […]

NWS Expects Tropical Wave To Bring ‘Heavy Rainfall’ To USVI On Wednesday

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Forecasters are monitoring “a vigorous tropical wave” located about 500 miles east-southeast of the Windward Islands, the National Weather Service said today. The tropical wave is producing a concentrated area of cloudiness and thunderstorms near the wave axis, according to the NWS. Environmental conditions are forecast to be marginally conducive for some […]

Tropical Depression Victor Begins To Crumble, Expected To Push North

MIAMI —Hurricane Sam devolved over the weekend and continues to push north, meanwhile the National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on Tropical Depression Victor. Located over the southeastern Bahamas near southwestern Atlantic waters is a large area of disorganized cloudiness and showers associated with a surface trough that has a small chance of becoming the […]

As Hurricane Sam Exits Stage Left, Victor And Wanda Are Waiting In The Wings

MIAMI — Hurricane Sam went through a weakening spell yesterday when an internal process collapsed the storm’s eyewall and a new larger one formed. Now the new one is contracting, Sam is re-strengthening and the overall system has grown in size. It’s a normal process in strong hurricanes. In fact, it was a little surprising […]

Hurricane Sam Has Only A 3% Chance To Strike St. Thomas Or St. John: VITEMA Says

CHRISTIANSTED — Hurricane Sam only has a “three percent chance” of striking St. Thomas or St. John with tropical storm force winds late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, VITEMA director Daryl Jaschen said this afternoon. Speaking at the Government House press briefing, Jaschen said the territory should still remain vigilant and warned that “life-threatening […]

LAND-HO! Hurricane Sam’s Lost Its GPS Bearings … What About 2 Waves Behind It?

MIAMI — Hurricane Sam explosively strengthened on Saturday and became the season’s fourth major hurricane. Sam’s winds jumped to 140 mph on Saturday afternoon, making it a Category 4 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center said Sam could get even stronger before weakening some. Sam is far from land in the central Atlantic and is expected […]