damaged houses in St.
Glenroy Brown, July 13,
A very unstable
atmosphere coupled with a low level trough across the central Caribbean resulted
inseveral thunderstorms cells forming across the island
yesterday.Early reports out of St Elizabeth
arethat four houses were damaged during strong down burst
(freak storm) from Cumulonimbus clouds, inthe community of
Lovely Point in Santa
Cruz, St. Elizabeth on Tuesday, 12th July 2011.
During the afternoon Doppler radar reported heavy
thunderstorm accompanied by strong gusty winds which started about 2:00 p.m. over St Elizabeth.
Confirmed reports from the RJR news stated thethunderstormsdestroyed the roofs and
felled several trees in the community of Lovely Point. Thecommunity was also withoutelectricity
due to the frequent lightning and thunder.
Strong down burst
or micro burst from cumulonimbus cloudsare frequent across the
island duringthe summer months. These generally develop from
increase moisture at the surface couple withunstable
atmosphere conditions. Unstable atmosphere is generally very buoyant and therefore
usuallysupport rapid upwelling of rich warm moist air into the
atmosphere. This supply of warm air will providethe energy
that the thunderstorm cell needs. The greater the supply of energy on any given day
themore powerful the thunderstorm cell will become. Hence, the
more dangerous the down burst or windsfrom these thunderstorm
Up to late last night, there were no reports of injuries.
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