Live Updates – The ITCZ and Tropical Wave 62 (Day 1)

The ITCZ and Tropical Wave 62 is forecast to affect Trinidad and Tobago between Friday 8th November and Sunday 10th November, bringing periods of showers and thunderstorms. This will trigger street and flash flooding; downed trees, utility poles, and lines; landslides/landslips; power outages and possible hazardous seas. There are no alerts, watches or warnings in effect for T&T as of 9:30 AM Friday 8th November 2019.


3:30 PM Friday 8th November 2019

The axis of Tropical Wave 62 remains well east of Trinidad and Tobago. As of 3:00 PM, the axis is along 55W, moving west at 10-15 knots and it is well defined with a large moisture envelope. Scattered showers are ongoing within 180 nautical miles of its axis, with winds between 46-56 KM/H behind the wave axis.

This tropical wave is forecast to interact with the ITCZ as it moves across Trinidad, Tobago and the Southern Windwards on Saturday, bringing periods of showers and thunderstorms to the islands, with partly cloudy to overcast skies.

Closer to home, moisture and instability associated with the ITCZ and a surface to mid-level trough generated cloudiness with scattered showers, periods of rain and thunderstorm activity. A favorable upper-level diffluent pattern supported shower and thunderstorms.

Shallow low-level cloud patches traversing the region are likely to produce brief scattered showers over Barbados and some islands. Furthermore, there is also the possibility that some of these shallow cloud patches may be further enhanced, generating moderate showers and a few isolated thunderstorms as an upper-level jet and trough system lingers over the area.

Tropical Wave 62 is well east of Trinidad and Tobago, with shallow low-level cloud patches, a trough system, and the ITCZ affecting the Southern Windwards ahead of the wave. Cloudiness, showers and possible thunderstorms remain in the forecast for the next 24-48 hours. Image: Weathernerds.org
Tropical Wave 62 is well east of Trinidad and Tobago, with shallow low-level cloud patches, a trough system, and the ITCZ affecting the Southern Windwards ahead of the wave. Cloudiness, showers and possible thunderstorms remain in the forecast for the next 24-48 hours. Image: Weathernerds.org


3:00 PM Friday 8th November 2019

Partly cloudy to overcast skies continue across Trinidad and Tobago, with light rain ongoing across Eastern parts of Trinidad. Isolated showers are still possible through the afternoon into the night, favoring Eastern Trinidad and Tobago.

3:00 PM Friday 8th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.
3:00 PM Friday 8th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


2:00 PM Friday 8th November 2019

Overcast conditions are forecast to persist across both islands, interrupted by light rain and isolated showers. Heavier showers will favor Eastern Trinidad and Tobago through the afternoon. In heavier showers and thunderstorms, gusty winds and street or flash flooding are possible.

2:00 PM Friday 8th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.
2:00 PM Friday 8th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


1:00 PM Friday 8th November 2019

Light to moderate rain ongoing across parts of Central Trinidad, with isolated moderate to heavy showers favoring Eastern Trinidad and Tobago.

1:00 PM Friday 8th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.
1:00 PM Friday 8th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


1:00 PM Friday 8th November 2019

Street and flash flooding was reported across parts of Southwestern and Western Trinidad.

Trib­u­taries run­ning par­al­lel to the South­ern Main Road were filled and wa­ter cas­cad­ed on­to the road near the Guapo Gov­ern­ment Pri­ma­ry School in Point Fortin.

The Point Fortin stock­pile, lo­cat­ed near Reid Road, was al­so af­fect­ed by floods near the Point Fortin In­door and Out­door Are­na.

Street flooding was also reported in the Endeavour Area, in the vicinity of Endeavour Connector Road and Chan Ramalal Road.

Note that street flooding quickly subsides after the end of rainfall.

Photos: Guardian Media Limited/Ivan Toolsie/Rishi Ragoonath



12:10 PM Friday 8th November 2019

As expected, gusty winds are moving across Central Trinidad, with a gust of 40.2 KM/H with sustained winds of 25.7 KM/H moved through Longdenville, Chaguanas at 12:00 PM today.

Gusty winds also moved across San Fernando at 12:00 PM with winds gusting just above 30 KM/H.

In Couva, Central Trinidad, gusts of 40.4 KM/H with sustained winds of 28 KM/H were recorded at 12:09 PM.



12:00 PM Friday 8th November 2019

Heavy showers and gusty winds are moving across West-Central Trinidad, with locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds up to and in excess of 45 KM/H. Street flooding, minor wind damage possible.

12:00 PM Friday 8th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


11:45 AM Friday 8th November 2019

Sustained winds of 41 KM/H recorded at Piarco as a line of heavy showers and gusty winds move across Trinidad.

Heavier showers are favoring Central Trinidad.

11:45 AM Friday 8th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


11:15 AM Friday 8th November 2019

A line of heavy showers and thunderstorms are moving westward across Eastern half of Trinidad, with scattered moderate to heavy showers across Southern Trinidad. An isolated thunderstorm is moving west, away from Northwestern Trinidad. Widespread light rain ongoing across Tobago.

 11:00 AM Friday 8th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.
11:00 AM Friday 8th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.

Street flooding has been reported along the Western Main Road in the vicinity of Cocorite, with all eastbound lanes affected.

Street flooding has been reported along the Western Main Road in the vicinity of Cocorite, with all eastbound lanes affected.


10:00 AM Friday 8th November 2019

Isolated moderate to heavy showers are ongoing across Western Coastal Trinidad, as well as Southeastern Trinidad, with broad light to moderate rain ongoing across Eastern Trinidad and Tobago.

Wind gusts between 30 and 35 KM/H have been recorded across Northern, Central Trinidad and Tobago.

9:45 AM Friday 8th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


9:40 AM Friday 8th November 2019

Showers of varying intensities are ongoing across Tobago and several areas of Trinidad, with heavier activity focusing across Central Trinidad and Tobago.

9:30 AM Friday 8th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.
9:30 AM Friday 8th November 2019 Radar Imagery from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service as the ITCZ affects the region.


9:00 AM Friday 8th November 2019

According to the Tobago Emergency Management Agency, a retaining wall has fallen on Todd Street, Pembroke which has blocked the roadway. This is as a result of heavy showers and thunderstorms across the island.

Wind gusts up to 37 KM/H have also been recorded at Crown Point International Airport as heavy showers move through the area.

According to the Tobago Emergency Management Agency, a retaining wall has fallen on Todd Street, Pembroke which has blocked the roadway. This is as a result of heavy showers and thunderstorms across the island.


9:00 AM Friday 8th November 2019

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast for both islands on Friday as the ITCZ affects our area.

Heavy showers and thunderstorms are ongoing across Tobago currently, with showers affecting the Eastern half of Trinidad.


The main hazards: Locally heavy rainfall triggering street/flash flooding, gusty winds, frequent lightning in thunderstorms and landslides/mudslides in elevated areas.


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