No drought conditions for Caribbean countries

No drought conditions for Caribbean countries
03 Nov

The Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) says while recent and forecasted conditions suggest some concern over short and long term drought over at least one Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country, there appears to be little or no concern about drought situations in the Caribbean.

In its latest Drought Bulletin issued on Friday, the CDPMN, noted there had been drought concerns over the north and central from November this year into early 2018.

“Conditions over Haiti should also be monitored,” it said, adding “there is little concern about drought over the remainder of the Caribbean”.

It said that for the month of September, normal to above normal rainfall was experienced over the islands of the eastern Caribbean, with Trinidad, Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia recording normal rainfall, while Grenada was slightly wet and Barbados “very to extremely wet from south to north”.

But the CDPMN, which was launched in January 2009 under the Caribbean Water Initiative (CARWIN) to increase the capacity of Caribbean countries to deliver equitable and sustainable Integrated Water resources Management (IWRM), noted that Dominica and Guadeloupe were exceptionally wet; Antigua moderately wet; and St. Kitts very wet.

“Conditions in the Guianas ranged from moderately dry in the north to extremely wet in southern Suriname and western Guyana. Aruba and Curacao were normal,” it said noting that while Jamaica ranged from extremely wet in central areas to severely dry in the west. Grand Cayman was normal. Western Cuba was slightly dry to slightly wet, and eastern areas normal to exceptionally wet. Belie ranged from exceptionally dry in central areas to moderately dry in the south and moderately wet in the north.

Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda suffered extensive damage from the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria during the month of September.