Forecast Discussion

Forecast valid from 20/02/2019 to 21/02/2019

Departamento Meteorologico Aruba

...Caribbean Gale Warning...

High pressure over the tropical Atlantic continues to build
westward across the Caribbean, which will tighten the pressure
gradient over the coast of Colombia. This will result in gale-
force winds pulsing each night across this area and south-
central Caribbean through Sun. A gale is presently in effect
until 20/1500 UTC within 90 nm of the coast of Colombia with
seas to 12 ft.


Recent scatterometer pass and surface observations indicated
fresh to strong easterly trade winds prevail over much of the
basin, with strongest winds just north of Colombia. Scattered
quick moving showers are moving with the trades over the basin.
Dry air in the mid-to-upper levels of the atmosphere continues
to dominate the region.

High pressure north of the region will maintain fresh to
strong trade winds over mainly the central Caribbean and
north of Honduras, with gales pulsing off Colombia most
nights through Sunday night. N to NE swell will build
over Atlantic waters E of the Windward and Leeward
Islands on Thursday and continue through the weekend.

Next update will be issued 21/02/2019