Tropical Storm Felix (Hurricane) Strengthens in Caribbean … I thought Aruba Did not Experience Bad Weather on “One Happy Island”
Tropical Storm Felix forming in the Caribbean has become the sixth name storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm is tracking in the Caribbean near Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. So much for tropical storms and hurricanes not being a part of the weather patterns in Aruba. The AHATA may want to re-write the travel brochures.
In Aruba the newspapers almost never publish a weather report. They don’t need to. Around here, “sunny and warm” is not news. With an average rainfall of less than 20 inches a year, an average daytime temperature of 82° Fahrenheit (27° Celsius), a location completely outside the hurricane belt, and the constant cooling influence of the trade winds, Aruba is one of the most temperate islands in the Caribbean. And just as comfortable in July as it is in January.
It would appear that Aruba is not “completely” outside the hurricane belt as evidence by the weather warnings. So much for truth in advertizing.
Felix is expected to continue on this track over the next 24 hours, which would take away from the southern Windward Islands later this morning and near the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao late Saturday or early Sunday, the hurricane center said.
The government of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba has issued a tropical storm warning for the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected in the warning area within the next 24 hours. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the northern coast of Venezuela from Cumana to Pedernales including the island of Margarita. (CNN)
The island lies far outside the Hurricane Belt, so there is virtually no threat of tropical storms. Time to refresh the page.
AT 5 PM AST…THE GOVERNMENT OF THE NETHERLANDS ANTILLES AND ARUBA HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WATCH FOR THE ISLANDS OF ARUBA…BONAIRE AND CURACAO. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA…GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.
Wunderground.com: Felix Tracking
UPDATE I: Tropical Storm Public Advisory
Felix moving away from the Windward Islands and strengthening… At 8 am AST…1500 UTC…the Tropical Storm Warning for Grenada is discontinued. A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for the islands of Aruba…Bonaire and Curacao. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.
UPDATE III: Remeber this classic from Vanderbilt
UPDATE IV: Felix is a category I storm headed towards Aruba
ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Hurricane Felix strengthened to a Category 2 storm and shifted away from Curacao on Sunday, taking an unpredictable path that left Caribbean islands over a stretch of hundreds of miles fearful of the winds and rain to come.
Felix was upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 1 hurricane Saturday evening, becoming the second Atlantic hurricane of the season. By early Sunday, it had sustained maximum winds of about 105 mph and threatened to become a major hurricane as the day went on, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.