28 September 2018- It’s Over
After raining, cats and dogs.. and sheep, goats, cows, monkeys and every other animal you can think of, Tropical Storm Kirk finally left the building. Tropical Storm Kirk dumped several inches of rain on Barbados before making its way into the Caribbean Sea. Perplexing the minds of many meterorologists and weather watchers, the eye separated from the storm, leaving storm clouds behind to dump heavy showers over Barbados for several hours. Heavy rains caused severe flooding in some areas and persons had to be rescued from their homes and from vehicles. Images and videos spread across social media showing some of the brave resue missions. There were also power outages and disruption of internet and telephone service in some areas. Services have since been restored and flooding has receded. It’s back to business as usual and and schools reopen on Monday. This ends our journal on Tropical Storm Kirk.
27 September 2018- No Shutdown for Kirk
The Barbados Met Office continues to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Kirk. However, no island wide shut down has been issued.
According to the National Hurricane Center: “Kirk has not changed much overnight. Although the storm is producing a large area of deep convection, the cloud pattern is not very well organized with the centre located near the southwestern edge of the thunderstorms. This asymmetric cloud pattern is due to about 20 kt of southwesterly shear. The Air Force Hurricane Hunters passed through the northeastern quadrant of Kirk a few hours ago and found winds to support the same intensity of 45 kt. In addition, quality control of a ship report that came in around the same time also supports that intensity. Another Air Force plane is scheduled to investigate Kirk later this morning.
A large fetch of strong upper-level westerly or southwesterly winds are over the entire Caribbean Sea, and Kirk will be moving into these conditions during the next few days. These very hostile winds aloft should cause Kirk to steadily weaken, decouple, and ultimately dissipate in 3 or 4 days. The GFS and ECMWF models suggest that dissipation could occur even sooner. The intensity models are in good agreement, and the NHC forecast is the same as the previous one.
Center fixes from the Air Force reconnaissance aircraft indicate that Kirk is moving west-northwestward at 14 kt. A continued west-northwest motion but at a slower pace is expected during the next few days as Kirk moves on the south side of a low- to mid-level ridge. The latest models have not changed much, and the NHC track forecast lies near the middle of the guidance envelope. This forecast takes Kirk across the Lesser Antilles later today as a tropical storm.”
26 September 2018- #CreepyKirk is Back
Like a stalker ex who refuses to go away, Tropical Storm Kirk regenerates and once again sets his eye on the Caribbean. Looking better than he did before, Kirk is packing maximum sustained winds of 40 MPH and moving at a slower pace of 18 MPH. Kirk is forecast to pass to the north of Barbados tomorrow, Thursday 27 September 2018. Tropical Storm warnings are in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
According to the National Hurricane Center: “At 200 PM AST (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Kirk was located near latitude 12.5 North, longitude 55.0 West. Kirk is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h). A westward to west-northwestward motion is expected over the next few days. On the forecast track, the center will move over the Lesser Antilles within the Tropical Storm Warning area Thursday night. Reports from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast until Kirk crosses the Lesser Antilles, followed by weakening over the eastern Caribbean Sea. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center. The minimum central pressure estimated from Air Force Hurricane Hunter observations is 998 MB (29.47 inches).”
25 September 2018- Remnants of Kirk
Meteorologists are still watching the remnants of Kirk, as there is a possibility that the system could regenerate. We will keep monitoring this system, in the event that it manages to reincarnate. Check back for further updates.
24 September 2018- Kirk Bye!
7 PM- The remnants of Kirk are looking super suspicious! There is a possibility that this system may reorganize. We will keep monitoring and provide further updates if necessary.
11 AM- Looks like Kirk got the Memo from ZariaTime. Tropical Storm Kirk has “fizzled out” as instructed. According to the National Hurricane Center, the system has dissipated and there will be no further updates unless it regenerates.
5 AM- As at 5 AM this morning, the system was still a tropical depression. However, further strengthening is expected as the system approaches the Caribbean. In fact, the National Hurricane Center is predicting that the system will regain tropical storm status by tomorrow. The current forecast track now shows the system passing to the south of Barbados. There are no watches or warnings in effect for the system at this time.
23 September 2018- Tropical Depression Kirk
11 PM- It looks like Kirk got the Memo from ZariaTime! Tropical Storm Kirk has weakened to a Tropical Depression. However, the storm is expected to reintensify as it moves closer to the Caribbean. We will continue to monitor this system closely.
23 September 2018- Tropical Storm Kirk Update
11 AM- Tropical Storm Kirk is moving even faster now, at 21 MPH. Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center expect that the storm will gain some more strength. The current models are still predicting that this system will pass directly over or very close to Barbados.
5 AM- The early morning report from the National Hurricane Center shows that Kirk is cruising across the Atlantic at a speed of 18 MPH. On the current track, Tropical Storm Kirk should reach the Caribbean around Thursday morning. The current forecast looks threatening for Barbados, as the models forecast this system passing directly over the island. However, nature is unpredictable, and the system could change course or even dissipate before it reaches the Caribbean. We will continue to monitor the weather channels and update our guests here with new developments.
22 September 2018- Tropical Storm Kirk Develops
11 AM – We have just started tracking Tropical Storm Kirk, which has developed off the coast of Africa. According to current projections from the National Hurricane Center, this system has adopted a course which may bring it in direct contact with Barbados. We will, therefore, be providing updates over the coming days. Given its distance away from the islands, there are no warnings or watches in place for this system as yet. However, it is likely that the system will start to affect the islands around Thursday next week.
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