Tropical Wave Affecting Region

tropical-wave-aug17-7pmjpg-4c6aee3787e2a361Rain poured island-wide on Thursday June 19th as a result of a tropical wave that is currently affecting the region.

This is according to a release by the Dominica Meteorological Service.

In its weather outlook issued for Dominica and the Lesser Antilles, they advised that moisture and instability associated with the passage of a tropical wave is expected to produce an increase in cloudiness, scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms across the region.

This would last through the day and into Friday June 20th.

Moderate sea conditions are expected during the next 24 hours with swells peaking near 7.0 feet, however an increase up to 8.0 feet is expected by Friday.

The release advises that small craft operators and sea bathers be vigilant.

Although the Atlantic Hurricane Season officially runs from June 1 to November 30, tropical systems have been known to form outside of these dates.

The 2014 predictions are normal to below normal due to El Nino and cool Sea Surface Temperatures with 8 to 13 named storms, 3 to 6 hurricanes and 1 to 2 major hurricanes of category 3 or higher.

On average, 12 tropical storms, 6 hurricanes and 2 major hurricanes form during the Hurricane Season.

Regardless of the seasonal outlook, it only takes one system to cause devastation, so residents must be in a state of readiness at all times and be prepared.

The 2014 Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone names are as follows:

Arthur
Bertha
Cristobal
Dolly
Edouard
Fay
Gonzalo
Hanna
Isaias
Josephine
Kyle
Laura
Marco
Nana
Omar
Paulette
Rene
Sally
Teddy
Vicky
Wilfred

Preparation is paramount regardless of seasonal predictions.

© 2012 SAT Telecommunications Ltd.

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