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1 WEATHER IMPACTS ON JAMAICA IN 2012 Evan Thompson, Meteorological Service, Jamaica

2 Weather Impacts on Jamaica TOPOGRAPHIC MAP OF JAMAICA

3 Weather Impacts on Jamaica STATION NETWORK

4 Weather Impacts on Jamaica STATION NETWORK

5 Weather Impacts on Jamaica STATION NETWORK

6 Weather Impacts on Jamaica RAINFALL TREND

7 Weather Impacts on Jamaica HURRICANE SEASON 2012

8 Weather Impacts on Jamaica HURRICANE SEASON 2012 TROPICAL CYCLONES THAT THREATENED JAMAICA Tropical Storm ERNESTO (Aug 1-6) Tropical Storm ISAAC (Aug 21-27) Hurricane SANDY (Oct 22-25)

9 Weather Impacts on Jamaica ERNESTO TRACK

10 Weather Impacts on Jamaica TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO

11 Weather Impacts on Jamaica TROPICAL STORM ERNESTO

12 Weather Impacts on Jamaica ISAAC TRACK

13 Weather Impacts on Jamaica TROPICAL STORM ISAAC

14 Weather Impacts on Jamaica TROPICAL STORM ISAAC

15 Weather Impacts on Jamaica SANDY TRACK

16 Weather Impacts on Jamaica SANDY TRACK OVER JAMAICA

17 Weather Impacts on Jamaica SATELLITE IMAGERY OF SANDY

18 Weather Impacts on Jamaica SANDY EXTREME DATA During the passage of Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, the following was recorded: Maximum Sustained Wind – 85 km/h Maximum Wind Gust – 115 km/h Minimum Pressure – mb Maximum 24-hr Rainfall mm Loss of Life - 1

19 Weather Impacts on Jamaica SANDY STRENGTHS The Meteorological Service received high commendation from the Jamaican public, various agencies and the Government, including the Prime Minister. Strengths were seen in the: accuracy of the NHC forecasts early warning system and NHC coordination timely communication with disaster management officials detailed bulletins issued through the media use of forecasting tools, including SMARTMET and CCRIF RTFS numerous radio interviews and continuous television presence collaboration of NMC Officers availability of real-time AWS data

20 Weather Impacts on Jamaica SANDY WEAKNESSES Recognition is, however, given to the fact that there could be improvements. Weaknesses were seen in the: inoperability of weather radar unavailability of some Internet-based AWS data

21 Weather Impacts on Jamaica OCTOBER STORMS Other Tropical Cyclone Threats during the month of October since – Hurricane Michelle 2003 – Tropical Storm Odette 2005 – Hurricane Wilma 2007 – Tropical Storm Noel 2010 – Hurricane Tomas

22 Weather Impacts on Jamaica FREAK STORMS - Kingston (June 26) - St. Elizabeth (July 26) - Clarendon (September 30) confirmed to be Microburst from thunderstorm

23 WEATHER IMPACTS ON JAMAICA IN 2012 Evan Thompson Meteorological Service, Jamaica


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