Weather

How hot is it in Dominica?

HOT! The temperature here is usually in the mid to upper 80’s but the humidity makes it feel much warmer than that. From November to March it does cool down real nicely to the mid 70’s. It is delightful. You can swim all year round. Check the daily weather forecast here at Accuweather.com .

Other weather links include:

National Hurricane Center

Dominica Meteorological Association  

Weather.com

Wunderground

Caribbean Hurricane Network(Storm Carib) & Storm Carib Dominica

Expect rain because Ross University is on a tropical island, close to the rainforest. Expect heavier rains from June-November during hurricane season. Always carry an umbrella with you. If there are several days of hard rain, the water coming out of the faucets will turn brown. This is because the water supply source is the local river. When all the silt from the river bed gets kicked up it overwhelms the filtration system. (This is one reason why you must always keep a stock of bottled water. The other reason is hurricane season.) There are times when the water gets shut off completely without any official warning. Usually a dramatic drop in water pressure precedes this. Once the water is turned back on, the water coming out of the faucet appears white, then returns to normal.

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HURRICANES

Hurricane Season is from June to November. The National Hurricane Center  is a great website to keep an eye on for storm warnings.  Here is a link that lists several providers that will send you emails in the event of a tropical cyclone.

Please keep in mind that Ross has its own hurricane committee whose job is to monitor storms and keep you informed. They have a hurricane preparation list they usually email or post on the Ross website.  RUSM recommends operating on the “buddy system”. Everyone is asked to have a buddy to help keep track of each other during a storm.  For more Ross hurricane preparation information click here.

HURRICANE SUPPLY & TO DO LIST :

Water (for consumption, cooking, bathing and flushing toilet)
Canned food &  non electric can opener
Flash light, radio & batteries (AA, AAA, C, D)
Bug spray & sunscreen
Candles & matches
Toiletries, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, & lysol disinfecting wipes
Unscented household bleach
First aid items (bandaids, neosporin, anti itch cream, cortisone cream etc)
Plastic cups and utensils, paper plates, paper towel, toilet paper.

Check propane tank
Get cash from the ATM
Fill your car with gas
Refill prescription medications
Top up your cell phone and pay as you go electricity meter
Charge all electronic devices-cell phone, computer, ipod, camera etc.
Seal all important documents in plastic bags or containers

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VOLCANOES & SEISMIC ACTIVITY

There are nine active volcanoes on Dominica. The two in the northern part of the island are Morne Aux Diables & Morne Diablotins.  Here are some links where you can find out more information:

The Public Seismic Network  Service Inc. (local monitoring of quakes)

University of the West Indies 

United States Geological Surveys

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5 Responses to Weather

  1. Pingback: Attack of the Flying Ants | From Louisiana to Dominica: Ross University

  2. Yes, Steve we all get ’em. Some worse than others, especially if there are holes in your window screens. The jury is out on whether they are flying ants or termites. I hear people call them the “after the rain bugs”. In the morning, if not already, you will see their dead wings on the floor or all over your porch. They seem to be attracted to light. So I turn off all my outdoor lights when they are swarming. They won’t hang around. They die quickly…but you can always expect them with the rain. Gross, huh ?

  3. Steve says:

    hey has anyone ever had a problem with bugs after long storms… just got over a tropical wave and there are these ant-like things with long black wings EVERYWHERE… theyre coming under my door like a little army too… when do they go away!?!?!

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