Thursday 2 July, 2020

Weather system weakens wind speeds in Barbados

Where is the wind?

Why is it so hot in Barbados?

Wind speeds of only 10 to 25 km/h?

These are three questions plaguing many Barbadians and maybe some visitors to the island today as they feel light breezes from East every now and again.

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Loop News contacted the Barbados Meteorological Service, because the last time that such low wind speeds were recorded and noticed, Tropical Storm Florence was sitting to the North of the island chain and pulling all the wind away from the Caribbean island.

Today, David Harding of the Met Office explained that working in a similar way, there is a trough system coming to the North of the island chain presently.

Yesterday the Atlantic high-pressure system was regaining dominance and the island experience winds generally from the east at 15 to 20 km/h and while early this morning the high-pressure system was still dominant, the surface to low-level trough approaching the island is making its presence felt before tonight.

Therefore, he explained that weather systems including storms and troughs erode the wind, though with storms you may naturally get bouts of high wind and gusts. He said these systems make the high-pressure system weaker. The current trough has a North-Easterly pull and so the winds that usually flow directly from the East are weaker. 

 

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