Friday, August 28, 2015

Danny & Erika

Since the early days of June its been nice and quiet down here from a weather watch point of view.  However, in the last two weeks, in quick succession we have watched the development of two hurricane systems.

Danny caused quite a stir while we were still in Carriacou and we watched and listened to the buzz as we waited for the storm to turn north and take Grenada out of it's intended path.  The downgraded tropical depression hit the northern leeward and virgin islands but passed on relatively harmlessly.

Erika came up quickly on Danny's tail and while the storm was quite a bit larger it appeared to be tracking north and therefore not a risk for us.  Over the last few days however, Erika stalled with a more southerly track and by yesterday was unleashing her strength on the island of Dominica that we love so much.  We were saddened to hear of flash flooding and resulting deaths and hope that as she moves on, Erika softens or moves away from the islands.

Just to give an idea of the size of the storm that hit Dominica - here's a satellite image from Weather Underground:

While we sat here relatively unscathed in Mt. Hartman Bay on the south coast of Grenada, about 200 miles away from Dominica, the storm was doing her best to make it uncomfortable.  Wind, being sucked up into the system from as far away as South America, blew straight into the anchorage from the south, turning it rocky and rolly for about 24 hours.  Nothing to worry about but I can't imagine what it would be like sitting through 50-60 mph winds or more.

Wind and swell blowing in directly from the south, thankfully there are reefs outside Hartman Bay that broke up the worst of it.

Today we sit serenely at anchor with the winds back out of the protected east.