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Re: LIQUID SUNSHINE

Post by Paul Tallet » Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:46 pm

WEATHER … FROM TOBAGO … 6TH JANUARY 2019

As expected, it has been quite dry with just one period of rain a couple of nights ago. There have also been sone light showers and some days have been quite cloudy.

But the Saharan Air is limiting rainfall ... I thought last year was good but this year has been better although Tobago should be having more rain than this ... from day to day there has been little rain of significance.

There is some rainfall activity over the mainland of South America and a plume of this moved north but only affected Grenada. Otherwise, the whole Caribbean is dry.

So the only rain risk is from South America, otherwise it should stay dry with some light showers and sunshine when the clouds part.

The sea state is calm and is expected to get calmer over this week ... this is a good time to be in Tobago or anywhere in the Caribbean.

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Re: LIQUID SUNSHINE

Post by Paul Tallet » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:54 pm

WEATHER … 15TH JANUARY 2019

I am sorry that I did not post on Sunday as I usually do … I decided to make a last minute trip to my favourite place on the Saturday and this mean't that Sunday was a '100% packing and loads of stress' day before the horrid flight home … no disrespect to Thomas Cook who were fantastic but flights home are pretty awful through no fault of Thomas Cook … oh and we did the Barbados thing but it was ok (we prepared for it).

Over the 4 weeks I was in Tobago it was generally sizzling sunshine. I thought last year was good but this year was incredible and, perhaps, defines what they call the 'dry season'.

There was rain but not much of it … perhaps last Friday was the rainiest but it was showers.

Ther situation has not changed with a dense saharan dust layer which will restrict rainfall and this applies, not just to Tobago, to most of the Caribbean.

When I arrived, Tobago was green and lush but when I left it started to look a little brown and dry.

Enjoy it but be careful of the sun, even I got a little burnt this year and that is probably the first time since I was a child.

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Re: LIQUID SUNSHINE

Post by Paul Tallet » Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:42 pm

WEATHER … 20TH JANUARY 2019
FAIR WEATHER CONTINUES … SIGNALS OF HEAVY SEAS LATER THIS WEEK


Dry Season? Yes it is dry season … literally.

I would say that during my recent visit to Tobago there was 1 showery day for 6 dry days … and this looks like continuing with any rainfall more likely at night or during the early hours. The Saharan dust layer remains dense and Tobago is in the thick of it … please note that the dry air does not stop rain, it limits it.

I have noted Paul Makin's comment about cool temperatures at night and I have seen other blogs suggesting temperatures as low as 17C … this is due mostly to the continuous clear skies and more heat can escape when there are no clouds, even in the tropics … by day, the sunshine makes up for it and has been particularly severe, although temperatures have rarely exceeded 26 / 27C.

Add this to low humidity levels then it makes holidays much more comfortable for those visiting from cooler climates, a novelty for locals but the sea feels nice and warm, being at a steady 25 / 26C and this would be a pleasurable contrast for swimmers that enjoy going for a dip in the dark, although it may well feel a little nippy when you get back out of the sea!

I have been monitoring signals that a spell of heavy seas could affect most of the eastern and central Caribbean from mid-week as High pressure is squeezed southwards by a weather system north of Cuba. This normally has the effect of increasing or tightening the pressure gradients and consequently this strengthens the trade winds. Cause and Effect ... big waves, although it will depend to an extent on which direction the swells are coming from.

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Re: LIQUID SUNSHINE

Post by Paul Tallet » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:50 am

WEATHER … 27TH JANUARY 2019
FINE WEATHER CONTINUES … POTENTIAL TRAVEL DISRUPTION IN EUROPE AND US


This amazing fine weather continues for Tobago and most of the Caribbean. Yesterday (Saturday) was fairly cloudy with some rain but otherwise the weather has been very fair.

I can't see an end to these fine conditions this week apart from maybe one potentially cloudy day and there should be occasional showers.

Getting to the Caribbean could be quite problematic this week with severe weather conditions expected in the UK and Europe from Tuesday and very severe conditions in the US so there could be a few contingency plans needed for travellers from these areas, so watch your local weather reports.


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Re: LIQUID SUNSHINE

Post by Paul Tallet » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:06 am

WEATHER … 3RD FEBRUARY 2019
CONTINUING FAIR WITH AN INCREASE IN SHOWERS


Little has changed and the good weather continues, however there has been a small increase in rainfall in recent days.

The reason for this is that the dry Saharan air layer has become a little fragmented in the eastern Caribbean and this allows rainclouds to form more readily.

But I am talking about showers and not persistent rain. It's no bad thing.

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Re: LIQUID SUNSHINE

Post by Paul Tallet » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:17 pm

WEATHER … 10TH FEBRUARY 2019
GOOD WEATHER CONTINUES


I am feeling like a broken record by repeating predictions of fair weather every week.

Although there will always be showers, it has been very dry since the rain and flooding in October 2018 and I would not be surprised if a water shortage arises if this fair weather continues for the longer term.

This week the only notable weather is expected to be wind / gales, mostly in the south west and central Caribbean, as high pressure builds southwards and increases the pressure gradients. This could increase sea heights and would be perfect for wind surfers near Pigeon Pointless and surfers at Mount Irvine.


That reminds me that, for the first time ever on my last trip, I went for a snorkel around the surfing area (while the surfers were having a snooze!) in Mount Irvine and there are some very pretty corals there and plenty of fish ... I guess surfers are aware of this but I think it would be very painful for anyone that falls off their board and grazes their pretty flesh on those sharp corals.

We often think that Corals are fragile (and they are) but we are more fragile and it is not funny at all to collide with it, spike yourself on a sea urchin or rub yourself along fire coral.

So ... waves don't suit snorkellers and calm does not suit surfers so I would recommend any snorkellers have a bash at the north end of Mount Irvine when it's calm.

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Re: LIQUID SUNSHINE

Post by Paul Tallet » Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:57 am

WEATHER … 17TH FEBRUARY
RAIN TODAY AND STRONG TRADES


Although the generally fine weather patterns have not changed, a rain streamer from Venezuela is bringing much needed rain to Tobago today.

This happens quite often but this year it has been rare, but it is the only source of wet weather during this exceptionally dry season.

I expect the weather to return to sunshine and showers for the rest of the week.

As with last week, gales are expected this week and this brings the chance of moderate seas, especially from mid-week.

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