Friday, July 22, 2011

Invest 90L

Well, we've got our first numbered system of the season that might actually affect us a little bit.

We're being protected by lots of African Saharan dust in the atmosphere to the east of us (here's what it looks like on a map if you're interested, Africa's to the right; we're on the far left side), which actually pummeled an un-named system just a couple of days ago. It was pretty cool to see a huge line of crazy thunderstorms to the east of both the Leeward & Windward island chains just get stopped by an invisible force-field and go poof. One minute I was warning Michael to prepare his work site for some good downpours, the next I was saying "never mind." He's under a crunch, so I've been playing weather woman so that he can plan his days. We're already getting wet today (thanks to an earlier tropical wave pass-through), but I'd guess that this Invest (90L) will give us rain through tomorrow. So far all tracks have the storm going south of us though (and it is pretty far down there), so who knows how much we'll be affected by the outlying associated ugliness. Storms at this stage are notoriously difficult to predict.

In case you're following along on any of the websites on the right side of the blog and are wondering what the heck forecasters are talking about when they group the islands together (the Lesser Antilles??) - here's a breakdown. The Lesser Antilles is made up of 3 island groups:

Storm Carib will keep tabs on the system and if it does anything more exciting than it's expected to do, Weather Underground will give a good discussion of it too. And so it begins...