Best/Most accurate weather forecasts for the DR

MikeFisher

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listen to Olly and look on the real time weather from local weather stations like he linked you to one on page 1. they are at least accurate about the real time conditions. doP linked you to the San Juan/PR Radar station, that doppler radar is sorrily the only radar station available, serves me perfectly over here on the East DShores as my area is for everything coming out of the east and southeast covered, but it does not cover your area on the north. the next Radar Station on the West of the Isle is located in Guantanamo Bay/Cuba, it's coverage does not reach our soil, useless.
as for Weather FORECASTS, forget them all, doesnt matter what they are named. our tropical Island conditions can and DO change very often and extremely quick, and as there are zero professional weather observing station run on the Isle to feed any Forecaster, all those sites do solely "guess", hence they show most of the time the same partly cloudy mainly sunny chances of showers symbols year around on their long range weather forecasts.
and the weather changes very isolated by areas, by very small areas, here fr punta cana alone you can show most days 2 or 3 very different Actual Fact Weather descriptions which are very different from each others and still all Correct, as it hits at small isolated areas.
the only weather thingies you can forecast for more than the next 10-15 hoiurs in advance for this kinda island climate, are big weather formations, like the Storms during summer/fall, and they due their immense size then of course affect the whole area at oince and with the same /simlar conditions.
but again, basically, dont waste your time looking on forecasts for more than the next 15 hrs, not worth it.

Mike
 

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The radar at Gitmo is an ARSR-4, with a 250 mi range. You should be able to pull the base reflectivity from it.
 

MikeFisher

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Roll,
i know its a 250nmls max range running, which anyways would be the unreliable edge of coverage,,
but anyways, i am in Cabeza de Toro 400nmls East of Guantanamo, much too far.
San Juan/PR runs a 150nmls max coverage and is for us here on the Eastern Tip of the DR on the edge, as we are 135nmls West of San Juan/PR, hence we have a great and reliable view about everything approaching from the eastern and southeastern directions, but we are fully blind for most of the Northern and everything Southern and Western Directions moving in.
for weather developments in the caribbean Sea and their movements we rely depend solely on the old fashioned reading and trying to understand of Satelite photos comparing many different time frames form different levels of the Atmosphere together to get a bit of a idea, which honestly isnt much, but all we have, so of course we do exactly that. but only during the stormy time periods, for the day to day weather most time of the year it is not much of help for forecasting, only for the very short range outlook of the next 10-15hrs, and even that fails often as it come so often isolated by small areas, Microclimates is a term used for that i guess. you need for example from scratch a different look on it if you wanna get a outlook for the area Cap Cana/Punta Cana which are south of Cabo Enga?o, or Bavaro North of it, and much different if looking for Uvero Alto which is located in close proximity to lower Mountains, producing a completely different behavior of those approaching cloudies.
and all that with only 12nmls of a distance from Juanillo/Cap Cana to Bavaro, and not even 10nmls of a distance between southern Bavaro and Nortehrn Uvero Alto. direct neighbours, 3 very different zones due Topographic and due facing different ancles of the incoming weather patterns(which are usually coming out of the eastern directions).
its a complicated thingy that can not be solved with the not available techniques. bottomline is that there is no weather outlook that would be reliable for days in advance, doesn't matter whats the name of the internet site.

Mike
 

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Makes one wonder why the DR wouldn't have it's own TDWR. Right..someone would have to maintain it.