Urgent – Marine Weather Message
Small Craft Advisory
Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services
1:00 PM Saturday 05 November 2022
…Small craft advisory goes into effect Saturday Night for Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands…
A warning may be required for some areas in the next 24 hours…
Locations to be affected: Mainly open waters on the Atlantic sides of the islands out to 20 nautical miles.
Timing: Late Saturday night until Sunday night for St. Kitts and Nevis, and until Tuesday for the rest.
Synopsis: A combination of wind waves and wind swells is expected to cause hazardous seas.
The threat level to the life, livelihood, property and infrastructure of mariners is moderate with the potential for significant impacts.
A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots and or wind waves and or wind swells of 7 feet or greater are occurring or imminent.
Winds over open waters: Southeast at 26 to 40 km/h (14 to 22 knots; 16 to 26 mph), with strong gusts to around 59 km/h (33 knots; 39 mph).
Seas (significant wave heights): 1.8 to 3 metres (6 to 10 feet), occasionally or locally reaching near 4 metres (13 feet).
Wind waves and or wind swells: 1.5 to 2.7 metres or 5 to 9 feet and occasionally higher. The dominant wind wave period is 6 to 9 seconds.
Potential Impacts: Loss of life at sea; injuries to mariners; capsize or damage or loss of vessels and marine equipment; financial losses; disruption of fisheries and scarcity of fish products and disruption to marine transportation.
Caution: Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.
Please continue to monitor these hazardous, life-threatening marine conditions.
Stay tuned to updates coming out of the Met Office via antiguamet.com, facebook.com/abmetservice and twitter.com/abmetservice. Also, stay tuned to ABS Television/Radio along with other media platforms for updates.
Forecaster: Dale Destin