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October - December 2008 lime 11

… be a cloud- spotter We're not suggesting for one minute that you're bored – what with the rest of your new LiME magazine to read – but we thought you might enjoy a spot of cloud watching. Beautiful, white and fluffy they may be, but clouds are also excellent weather indicators. So take a peep outside and let your mind wander among the clouds... Stratus Usually thick, grey and covering large portions of the sky, stratus clouds are the harbingers of dreary overcast weather. The higher cirrostratus ( above 18,000ft) contains ice crystals that bend rays of light to create a halo around the sun. If they turn the sky bright white it often means rain or snow within the next 24 hours. Mid- level altostratus ( between 6,000 and 20,000ft) usually herald a storm, while the lumpy nimbostratus is a sign that somewhere down below is getting a good, steady dousing of rain. Cirrus Thin and wispy, these are the high- flyers in the cloud world, forming only above 18,000 feet where there is little water vapour present. They are blown into streamers known as ' mares' tails' and usually point to fair weather. Cirrocumulus appear as small, rounded white puffs – either in isolation or in long rows when they resemble the scales of a fish, hence the term ' mackerel sky'. Rows of cirrocumulus are your best bet for a dramatic sunset or sunrise. Cumulus These are the big bruisers. Cumulus clouds bubble up when water vapour condenses in upward air currents above the earth's surface. They can tower from below 6,000ft to over 50,000ft. That's a lot of cloud. And sometimes a lot of rain. When the atmosphere becomes unstable with very strong updrafts, cumulus clouds turn nasty and become cumulonimbus, better known as thunderstorms. 12 lime October - December 2008 Welcome… We were delighted to have been asked to publish the inflight magazine for LIAT, the Caribbean Airline, because we're excited about the opportunity to create a fresh, lively publication that sits comfortably at the heart of the Caribbean community. The Caribbean is vibrant, rich with opportunity, is blessed with friendly people and attracts travellers from across the globe; there's no shortage of material to fill the magazine creatively. But to have the opportunity to publish on behalf of LIAT is especially exciting because the airline puts the magazine centre- field, allowing us to reach business people, travellers and locals alike. By relaunching the magazine as LiME – a derivation of the expression ' liming' – we're emphasising that this magazine is about you, the reader. We hope to be able to provide you with a mix of content that you'll find relevant and interesting. Since it is your magazine, please take it home with you, share it with friends – and tell us what you like and don't like, and what you'd hope to see more of in future issues. In the meantime, travel safely and happy reading! Craig Rix, Publisher y zest@ lime- magazine. com HOW TO LiMELITE y Explore Antigua p14 y Eating out in St Thomas p16 y LimeGreen p18 y Happenings p22- 23 y News & views p24- 28 TAKE ME HOME! THIS COPY OF Lime IS YOURS TO KEEP – FEEL FREE TO SHARE IT WITH FRIENDS