Showing posts with label Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Show all posts

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Tropical storm Kirk

Tropical storm Kirk

Update 27 September 2018: As of 8pm Kirk was at 13.9N, 60.7W, just East of St. Lucia. Kirk is slowly falling apart, the center is ahead of the convection. In Barbados, just behind Kirk's center it is raining heavily at the moment.
Here in Bequia it was nice weather during the daytime, hardly any wind.

Update 26 September 2018: Kirk is back, as of 2pm the position was 12.5N 55W. A plane has investigated the storm and found winds up to 55 knots. Kirk is moving slightly North of West, so the center is expected to pass between Martinique and St. Lucia, where a tropical storm warning has been issued.
There is a tropical storm watch in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. My weather forecast stays the same.

Update 25 September 2018: Kirk is still called the remnants of Kirk, but looking at the infrared satellite picture these remnants look very active! He has gone a lot faster than initially expected, so rain and gusty winds are to be expected probably on Thursday, the Southerly wind on Friday.
Summary of current weather in the Grenadines:

Update 24 September 2018: As of 11 am advisories and updates from the national hurricane center on tropical storm Kirk have been discontinued as there is no closed circulation anymore.
I'd still suggest watching it closely as it will at least be a strong tropical wave when it passes through the island chain.

23 September 2018: There is another tropical storm named Kirk far to our East.
Kirk is very low latitude and is expected to reach the island chain on Friday, most probably passing just North of St. Vincent
He is rapidly (20knots) moving west and approaching warmer waters where he could strengthen some.
By the time Kirk approaches the island chain upper level westerly winds are expected to weaken him significantly and Kirk could pass the islands as a tropical depression, minor tropical storm or a strong tropical wave.
Regardless this expected weakening there could be a lot of rain and gusty winds on Friday, and strong Southerly to Southeasterly winds Saturday.
At 1700 September 23rd Kirk was located at 9.5N 32.3 W.
Updates to follow.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Ernesto first storm for the Grenadines?

Hello everyone,

And it is official!!! Ernesto is here.
At this moment there is a high chance, 70% that a low pressure area in the Atlantic will become a tropical storm within the next 48 hours and that it will be very close to us. As of this writing the system is at 12N 48W, and the forward track is slightly WNW.
2 of the reliable computer models have it tracking directly over Bequia. The system will be named Ernesto if further strengthening into a tropical storm.
The government has issued a press release, part of it here (it is a holiday today)
"The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Office will continue to monitor the development of this system and will be issuing further statements on its progress over the next few days."

 
Interesting tidbit: in 2006 tropical storm/hurricane Ernesto was named just a few miles west of Mayreau, it became the most costly tropical storm/hurricane of that year, estimated $500 million in damage and 11 deaths.
See track from Wikipedia archives to the left.
Lets hope history does not repeat itself.

Be careful everybody, these computers are good but they don't know everything, this is still the weather!



I include a link here that gives you the current situation, we are after all in 2012:

All the best, Maria

PS. Whoops, at 17.00 1st August, minutes after I wrote the above, it is now Tropical depression number 5 located at 12.2N 49W. At this moment we are under a tropical storm watch.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Marijuana in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Hello Everyone,

There seems to be a lot of news lately about marijuana legislation. As this "unofficial" agricultural product in St. Vincent and the Grenadines could make a significant source of revenue for the country I'd like to explore some pros and cons concerning legalization specifically concerning this country.

Lets start with the cons:
Obviously, smoking pot is harmful to a human being, one joint is the same as 10 cigarettes (which are still legal by the way), it has been a well known fact for a while that cigarettes are bad for you.
It has been said that use of Marijuana may lead to use of  harder drugs such as heroin or cocaine. That may very well be true, as right now it is still in a criminal circuit, so exposure to the hard drugs will be facilitated.
Where is the sense in legalizing if surrounding countries still have marijuana as an illegal substance, packaging and having it on a boat will be facilitated but there will be a huge problem granting an export license, what use is a ships manifest going to be except for an immediate incarceration
And  last but not least, lots of countries would definitely react negatively if St. Vincent and the Grenadines legalized cannabis, meaning less foreign aid. The pertinent question here is one of $$$ balances I guess.

The pros:
TAXES TAXES TAXES, Cannabis is a drug, same like alcohol and could be heavily regulated as such.
Revenue from tourism could be enhanced, I am sure there would be tourists wanting to visit a Caribbean Island to smoke some weed on the beach legally.
The quality of the cannabis produced on the fertile soil in St. Vincent is reported to be very good, it could definitely be used for medicinal purposes, even be an export product as that.
Less pressure on the police and the jails.
And last but not least: if the hard working Marijuana growers that are now operating small hardly accessible farms could go a bit more in the open (I envision government land leases for example) they could employ workers and have byproducts such as carrots, tomatoes, pineapples etc!