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Climate and Weather

Climate is how the atmosphere ‘behaves’ over relatively long time periods. The term weather describes atmospheric conditions over a short time period. Climate change means changes in the long-term average of daily weather (see also Gutro Rob (2005). What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?, NASA Website).

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre addresses projections of changes in longer-term weather patterns and the consequences of these changes. It studies the various impacts of climate change and deals with mitigation and adaptation strategies.

For information on short term weather forecasts, records of weather data and current extreme events like storms and hurricanes, you might want to check the websites of relevant organizations primarily concerned with weather phenomena:

Regional Meteorological Institutions

Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO)

Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH)

Meteorological Services

CARICOM Country Meteorological Website
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua / Barbuda Meteorological Service (also British Virgin Islands)
The Bahamas Bahamas Meteorology Department
Barbados Barbados Weather
Belize Belize National Meteorological Service
Bermuda* Bermuda Weather Service
Cayman Islands* Cayman Weather Service
Dominica Dominica Meteorological Service
Grenada Grenada Meteorological Service
Guyana Guyana Hydro-meteorological Service
Haiti Centre national de météorologie
Jamaica Jamaica Meteorological Service
Montserrat Antigua / Barbuda Meteorological Service (also British Virgin Islands)
Saint Lucia St. Lucia Meteorological Service
St. Kitts and Nevis Antigua / Barbuda Meteorological Service (also British Virgin Islands)
St. Vincent and the Grenadines St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Service
Suriname Meteorologische Dienst Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service

*Associate member states

Geodesy, Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis

UWI Seismic Research Centre




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