Met officials monitoring two tropical waves
THE BARBADOS METEOROLOGICAL Services is monitoring the progress of two tropical waves to the east south-east of Barbados.
The wave closest to us is supporting an area of low pressure located about 700 miles east south-east of the Windward Islands.
This system is moving west to west-northwest at about 15 mph/24 km/h. The associated shower and thunderstorm activity continues to show some signs of organisation but the system appears to lack a well-defined centre at this time.
However, environmental conditions are marginally conducive for some slow development before the system reaches the Lesser Antilles.
Regardless of development, pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain, thunderstorms and occasional gusty winds are likely to spread across the island late Tuesday into Wednesday.
Rainfall accumulations of one to two inches (25 to 50 mm) are possible along the path of the system. In addition, swells of 2.5 to 3.0 metres (8 to 10 feet) are also likely.
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the first wave this afternoon if necessary.
The second wave is projected to take a more north-westward track and away from the island chain but we will continue to monitor both systems.
Residents in Barbados should continue to monitor the progress of these systems.
This information will be updated as conditions warrant. This and other related information may be obtained from www.barbadosweather.org or www.agriculture.gov.bb or by dialling 976-2376. (PR)