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Weather Forecast: Saturday to Monday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN

DATE ISSUED: Friday, 23 February 2024 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) 

VALID UNTIL: Saturday evening (18:00 LST) 24 February 2024

WEATHER:    

Tonight through Saturday evening: Fair to partly cloudy with brief isolated showers possible.

Forecast High: 30°C / 86°F               Forecast Low: 24°C / 75°F

  

Sunset Today: 6:17 P.M.                   Sunrise Tomorrow: 6:35 A.M.  

SURFACE WINDS: 

Tonight through Saturday evening: Northeasterly to easterly with a light to gentle breeze of 04 to 12 mph.

SYNOPSIS: 

The Atlantic high pressure system will maintain a relatively stable atmosphere and light to gentle winds across the region. Patches of moisture embedded in the wind flow will increase the probability of showers during the latter part of this forecast period.

Seas will remain slight to moderate during the next few days.

STATE OF THE SEA:  Slight to moderate       WAVES/SWELLS: 3 to 6 feet 

SPECIAL FEATURE: None.

OUTLOOK through Sunday evening: Partly cloudy and hazy, becoming cloudy at times with isolated showers.

  

3-DAY FORECAST

DAY 

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

 WEATHER

Fair/Partly Cloudy,
Brief Showers possible

Partly Cloudy/Cloudy,
Hazy, Isolated Showers

Partly Cloudy/Cloudy,
Hazy, Isolated Showers

HIGH TEMP

30°C / 86°F

29°C / 84°F

29°C / 84°F

LOW TEMP

24°C / 75°F

24°C / 75°F

23°C / 73°F

SUNRISE

06:35 AM

06:34 AM

06:33 AM

SUNSET

06:17 PM

06:17 PM

06:18 PM

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Police officer faces attempted manslaughter for firing at car

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – A Rotterdam police officer who fired five shots at a speeding car will face prosecution for attempted manslaughter, the public prosecution department said on Friday.

The incident happened last May when the 38-year-old officer stopped a car on the city’s Strevelweg which, police thought, may have been scouting out possible locations for explosions. The car was identified by a number plate recognition system.

The officer wanted to check the IDs of the three people in the car but one of them first clutched his trousers and then drove off at high speed. The officer thought he had drawn a gun and decided to open fire. No one was injured.

The prosecution department said that the police are only allowed to fire their guns in special circumstances and if it would be appropriate to do so. This was not the case in this incident, the department said.

No date has yet been set for the trial.

(DutchNews)

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Weather Forecast: Friday to Sunday

DATE ISSUED: Thursday 22nd February 2024 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) 

VALID UNTIL: Friday evening (12:00 LST) 23rd February 2024

WEATHER:    

Tonight, through Friday evening: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers are possible.

Forecast High: 29°C / 84°F               Forecast Low: 24°C / 75°F

  

Sunset Today: 6:16 P.M.                   Sunrise Tomorrow: 6:35 A.M.  

SURFACE WINDS: 

Tonight, through Friday evening: Northerly with a light to moderate breeze of 07 to 14 mph.

SYNOPSIS: 

The atmosphere is gradually stabilizing as the trough departs the region. Cloudy conditions will gradually clear overnight as drier air and stable conditions arrive. Additionally, a loose surface pressure gradient will maintain gentle winds.

Seas will remain slight to moderate during the next few days.

STATE OF THE SEA:  Slight to moderate    WAVES/SWELLS: 3 to 5 feet 

SPECIAL FEATURE: None.

OUTLOOK through Saturday evening: Fair to partly cloudy with isolated showers.

3-DAY FORECAST

DAY 

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

 WEATHER

Fair/Partly Cloudy,
Isolated Shower possible

Fair/Partly Cloudy,
Isolated Showers

Hazy
Isolated Showers

HIGH TEMP

30°C / 86°F

29°C / 84°F

30°C / 86°F

LOW TEMP

24°C / 75°F

24°C / 75°F

25°C / 77°F

SUNRISE

06:35 AM

06:35 AM

06:34 AM

SUNSET

06:17 PM

06:17 PM

06:17 PM

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Researchers discover mosquitos “catch a wave” to escape swatting

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Mosquitos escape death by swatting by “surfing” on the airwave generated by the blow directed at them, researchers at Wageningen university have found.

Researchers filmed 500 attempts to swat a mosquito using high-speed photography and AI to make their discovery.

Analysis of the footage showed that mosquitos first actively detect an oncoming attack, swerve and then let themselves be removed from danger by catching the (air) wave, head researcher Antoine Cribellier said.

Cribellier earlier showed that using a perforated swatter compared to an un-perforated one is twice as likely to end in the demise of the mosquito.

“But this time we concentrated on the details of the escape route used by mosquitoes when they are attacked, sometimes in complete darkness,” Cribellier said.

(DutchNews)

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Weather Forecast: Thursday to Saturday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN

DATE ISSUED: Wednesday 21st February 2024 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) 

VALID UNTIL: Thursday evening (18:00 LST) 22nd February 2024

WEATHER:    

Tonight: Fair to partly cloudy with isolated showers.

Thursday morning through evening: Partly cloudy, becoming cloudy at times, with scattered showers.

Forecast High: 29°C / 84°F               Forecast Low: 23°C / 73°F

  

Sunset Today: 6:16 P.M.                   Sunrise Tomorrow: 6:35 A.M.  

SURFACE WINDS: 

Tonight: Southeast to southerly with a light to gentle breeze of 4 to 8 mph, becoming lighter and variable at times.

Thursday: South to northwesterly with a light breeze of 4 to 7 mph, becoming lighter and variable at times.

SYNOPSIS: 

Moisture and instability associated with a trough, result in cloudy periods and showers across the region. Additionally, a loose surface pressure gradient will maintain light to gentle winds.

Seas will remain slight to moderate during the next few days.

STATE OF THE SEA:  Slight                       WAVES/SWELLS: 2 to 4 feet 

SPECIAL FEATURE: None.

OUTLOOK through Friday evening: Fair to partly cloudy. Isolated showers are possible.

  

3-DAY FORECAST

DAY 

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 WEATHER

Partly Cloudy/Cloudy,
Scattered Showers

Fair/Partly Cloudy,
Isolated Shower possible

Fair/Partly Cloudy,
Isolated Showers

HIGH TEMP

29°C / 84°F

30°C / 86°F

29°C / 84°F

LOW TEMP

23°C / 73°F

24°C / 75°F

24°C / 75°F

SUNRISE

06:36 AM

06:35 AM

06:35 AM

SUNSET

06:16 PM

06:17 PM

06:17 PM

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Weather Forecast: Wednesday to Friday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN

DATE ISSUED: Tuesday, 20 February 2024 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) 

VALID UNTIL: Wednesday evening (18:00 LST) 21 February 2024

WEATHER:    

Tonight through Wednesday evening: Partly cloudy with periodic brief isolated showers.

Forecast High: 29°C / 84°F              

Forecast Low: 24°C / 75°F

  

Sunset Today: 6:15 P.M.                  

Sunrise Tomorrow: 6:37 A.M.  

SURFACE WINDS: 

Tonight through Wednesday evening: Easterly to southeasterly with a generally moderate breeze of 8 to 12 mph, becoming lighter and variable at times.

SYNOPSIS: 

Increasing moisture and instability associated with an approaching cold front will cause periods of cloudiness and brief isolated showers throughout the forecast period. Meanwhile, a loose surface pressure gradient will maintain mostly light winds across the region.

Slight to moderate seas will persist throughout the upcoming days.

STATE OF THE SEA:  Slight to moderate      

WAVES/SWELLS: 3 to 6 feet

SPECIAL FEATURE: None.

OUTLOOK through Thursday evening: Partly cloudy, becoming cloudy at times with isolated showers.

  

3-DAY FORECAST

DAY 

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

 WEATHER

Partly Cloudy,
Periodic Showers

Partly Cloudy/Cloudy,
Isolated Showers

Fair/Partly Cloudy,
Brief Shower possible

HIGH TEMP

29°C / 84°F

29°C / 84°F

30°C / 86°F

LOW TEMP

24°C / 75°F

23°C / 73°F

24°C / 75°F

SUNRISE

06:37 AM

06:36 AM

06:35 AM

SUNSET

06:16 PM

06:16 PM

06:17 PM

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Rotterdam port chief warns about Dutch investment climate

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – The head of Rotterdam’s port authority is the latest captain of Dutch industry to warn about the deterioration in the investment climate in the Netherlands and the impact on the Netherlands’ competitive position. 

Boudewijn Siemons, who has just taken over as chief executive, called on the government to pursue an “active and supportive policy” at the presentation of the port’s annual figures.

Siemons follows the chiefs of ASML, AkzoNobel and DSM-Firmenich in expressing his concern about developments. The port is home to one of the biggest chemicals clusters in Europe.

Siemons said the government needs to ensure sufficient capacity on the electricity grid, a powerful strategy to deal with nitrogen-based pollution and to ensure sufficient, well-trained technical staff. 

“I am talking expressly about the investment climate, not just the climate for attracting new business,” he is quoted as saying by the Financieele Dagblad. “It is of great importance to keep our existing industry.”

Most of the companies based in the port are in foreign hands and their headquarters abroad have to decide whether to invest in the energy transition here or somewhere else, he said. An additional problem, he said, are high energy prices in the Netherlands.

Europe can only remain autonomous with strong industry, he said. “We need to keep the base chemicals industry here,” he said. “Their products are the raw materials for the production of many other goods.”

Rotterdam port throughput was down 6.1% last year, because of the decline in world trade, geopolitical tensions and the economic downturn. “The port reflects the global economy and in that sense it was a difficult year,” Siemons said. 

(DutchNews)

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Weather Forecast: Tuesday to Thursday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN 

DATE ISSUED: Monday 19TH February 2024 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC)  

VALID UNTIL: Tuesday evening (18:00 LST) 20TH February 2024 

WEATHER:     

Tonight, through Tuesday evening: Fair to partly cloudy with brief showers possible. 

Forecast High: 30°C / 86°F               Forecast Low: 25°C / 77°F 

Sunset Today: 6:15 P.M.                   Sunrise Tomorrow: 6:37 A.M.   

SURFACE WINDS:  

Tonight, through Tuesday evening: Easterly with a light to gentle breeze of 05 to 12 mph. 

SYNOPSIS:   

A dominant Atlantic high-pressure system continues to generate gentle winds and maintain stable conditions across the region. Slight to moderate seas will persist throughout the upcoming days. 

STATE OF THE SEA: Slight to moderate           WAVES/SWELLS: 4 to 6 feet  

SPECIAL FEATURE: None. 

OUTLOOK through Wednesday evening: Partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated showers. 

3-DAY FORECAST 

DAY  

Tuesday 

Wednesday 

Thursday 

 WEATHER 

Fair/Partly Cloudy  

Brief Showers Possible 

Partly Cloudy  

Isol. Showers  

Partly Cloudy/cloudy 

Isol. Showers 

HIGH TEMP 

30°C / 86°F 

30°C / 86°F 

29°C / 84°F 

LOW TEMP 

25°C / 77°F 

25°C / 77°F 

24°C / 75°F 

SUNRISE 

06:37 AM 

06:37 AM 

06:36 AM 

SUNSET 

06:15 PM 

06:16 PM 

06:16 PM

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Dutch tv biologist Freek Vonk helps discover new anaconda

SINT MAARTEN/THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch television presenter and biologist Freek Vonk is part of an international team of scientists who have discovered a new sort of anaconda living in the northern part of the Amazon rain forest.

The aquatic snake has been named the Northern Green Anaconda and the researchers have published their findings in the scientific journal Diversity. Until now only one type of anaconda has been found in the entire Amazon area. 

The new snake lives in Venezuela, Suriname, and Guyana and there is a 5.5% difference between its DNA and those of the better-known green anaconda. “To put this in perspective, humans and chimpanzees differ in DNA by just 2%,” Vonk said on social media.

“You often find two species that look the same to humans but are actually different,” said Vonk. “But I never expected this would be the case with the biggest snake in the world.” Anacondas can grow up to seven metres long.

The researchers compared the blood of 78 snakes in the wild and one dead one, includin anaconda DNA from data banks in nine countries including Naturalis in Leiden. Naturalis, it transpired has had a northern anaconda in its collection for 50 years.

The discovery of a new type of anaconda is of course, extremely exciting, said Vonk. “But it is also essential in underlying how important it is that … the Amazon rain forest is researched and protected as much as possible. The existence of the giant snake cannot be separated from protecting its natural habitat.”

(DutchNews)

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Weather Forecast: Monday to Wednesday

PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR ST. MAARTEN

DATE ISSUED: Sunday 18TH February 2024 @ 18:00 LST (22:00 UTC) 

VALID UNTIL: Monday evening (18:00 LST) 19TH February 2024

WEATHER:    

Tonight through Monday evening: Fair to partly cloudy. Brief showers are possible.

Forecast High: 30°C / 86°F               Forecast Low: 25°C / 77°F

Sunset Today: 6:15 P.M.                   Sunrise Tomorrow: 6:38 A.M.  

SURFACE WINDS: 

Tonight through Monday evening: Southeasterly with a gentle to moderate breeze of 08 to 14 mph.

SYNOPSIS: 

A dominant Atlantic high-pressure system continues to generate gentle winds and maintain stable conditions across the region.

Slight to moderate seas will persist throughout the upcoming days.

STATE OF THE SEA: Slight to moderate           WAVES/SWELLS: 4 to 6 feet 

SPECIAL FEATURE: None.

OUTLOOK through Tuesday evening: Fair to partly cloudy.

3-DAY FORECAST

DAY 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

 WEATHER

Fair/Partly Cloudy

Fair/Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

Isolated Showers Possible

HIGH TEMP

30°C / 86°F

30°C / 86°F

30°C / 86°F

LOW TEMP

25°C / 77°F

25°C / 77°F

24°C / 75°F

SUNRISE

06:38 AM

06:37 AM

06:37 AM

SUNSET

06:15 PM

06:15 PM

06:16 PM

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