SPI Monitor May 2018

May 2018
Mixed conditions were experienced in the islands of the eastern Caribbean for the month. Trinidad and Guadeloupe were normal to slightly dry; Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Kitts, Anguilla and St. Maarten were normal; Barbados slight to moderately dry; Martinique normal to moderately wet; and from moderately wet in the southwest to slightly dry in the northeast. Conditions in the Guianas ranged from slight to moderately dry at the northern Suriname-French Guiana border to exceptionally wet in southern Guyana. Aruba was severely dry while Curacao was normal. Conditions in Puerto Rico ranged from normal in the north to moderately wet to the south, but Hispaniola was normal from east and west to moderately dry to the south. Conditions in Jamaica ranged from normal in central areas to very wet in the east and extremely wet in the west, while Grand Cayman was moderately wet. Cuba ranged from exceptionally wet in the west to normal in the southeast, while northern Bahamas moderately to extremely wet. Conditions in Belize ranged from severely dry in the south to very wet in the southeast.
March to May 2018

For the three month period mixed conditions were experienced in the islands of the eastern Caribbean. Trinidad was normal to moderately wet; Tobago normal to moderately dry; Grenada slightly wet; Barbados normal to moderately dry; St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Anguilla normal; Martinique moderately wet; Dominica from slightly wet in the south to slightly dry in the northeast; and Guadeloupe, Antigua, St. Kitts and St. Maarten slightly dry. Conditions in the Guianas ranged from normal in northern Guyana and eastern French Guiana to extremely wet at the northern and southern borders of Suriname and French Guiana. Aruba and Curacao were moderately dry. Puerto Rico was predominantly normal apart from the extreme southwest that was slightly dry; while Hispaniola ranged from moderately dry at the northern border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic to normal to the east and west. Conditions in Jamaica ranged from normal in northern Jamaica to extremely wet in the west and moderately wet in the east, but Grand Cayman was moderately wet. Conditions in Cuba ranged from exceptionally wet in the west to normal in the east, but northern Bahamas was slight to extremely wet. Belize ranged from severely dry in the west to moderately wet in the southeast.
 
December 2017 to May 2018

Mixed conditions were experienced over the six month period in the islands of the eastern Caribbean, with a distinction between the wet south and normal to moderately dry north. Trinidad was moderate to very wet; Tobago and Grenada moderately wet; Barbados normal to moderately wet from southeast to northwest; St. Lucia slightly wet; Martinique moderate to exceptionally wet; Dominica normal to exceptionally wet; Guadeloupe normal to moderately dry; Antigua, St. Kitts and Anguilla normal; and St Maarten moderately dry. Conditions in the Guianas ranged from a predominantly normal Guyana to very wet near the around the northern border of Suriname and French Guiana. Aruba was moderately dry but Curacao normal. Puerto Rico was normal, and Hispaniola predominantly normal, apart from areas in the west that were slight to moderately wet, in the northeast, slightly wet, and slight to moderately dry in the south. Conditions in Jamaica ranged from normal in the northcentral areas to extremely wet in the west and east and to moderately dry in the south; but Grand Cayman was normal. Cuba ranged from slight to extremely wet, while northern Bahamas was normal to extremely wet. Belize ranged from normal in the west and north to moderately wet in the east.
 
June 2017 to May 2018

Normal to above normal rainfall was experienced in the islands of the eastern Caribbean for the twelve month period. Trinidad was normal to exceptionally wet from the southwest to east; Tobago slight to moderately wet; Grenada and Barbados very wet; St. Lucia and Martinique normal to slightly wet; Dominica extreme to exceptionally wet; Guadeloupe very wet to normal from west to east; Antigua slightly dry; St. Kitts slightly wet; and Anguilla normal. Conditions in the Guianas ranged from extremely dry in northern Guyana to very wet in northern Suriname, with normal in many parts of all three countries . Aruba was slightly dry but Curacao normal. Conditions in Puerto Rico ranged from moderately dry in the southwest to exceptionally wet in the northeast; but Hispaniola was from normal in central areas to moderately wet in the west, extremely wet in the east and moderately dry in the south. Conditions in Jamaica ranged from moderately dry in the southwest to extremely wet in the north; but Grand Cayman was normal. Cuba ranged from normal in west-central areas to extremely wet in the west and exceptionally wet in the east; but northern Bahamas was normal to moderately wet. Belize was predominantly normal apart from the extreme south and north that were slight to moderately wet.
 
June 2016 to May 2018

 

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