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- Worse than a hurricane?
  • From: "Victor Vivoni" <vvivoni AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Nov 2001 08:00:54 -0400
Hi all.
This past week, specifically from Tuesday to Friday, the island was bombarded with rain due to the effects of a stationary cold front interacting with an upper level trough.At home in Arecibo my hygrometer measured 13 inches of downpour!!
We had extensive flooding, mudslides, power outages and incredible traffic jams. Families were evacuated in several northern cities, schools were closed and government employees were given the day off on Friday in Arecibo.
Several bridges fell, roads were damaged and crops were destroyed.
On a road to my house (St. Rd. 652) a huge boulder fell, luckilly not injuring anyone and, probably as an act of God, cut off an area that for years was being used as an illegal dump site, a real eyesore.  And some think that miracles don't happen!
More rains are forecasted for today, although right now the sun is shining in Arecibo. Maybe I can wash my car today.
We have been lucky so far this year. There have been a whopping 14 named storms and none have made a landfall in the eastern Caribbean islands. Our brothers in Cuba and Belize have regretfully suffered severe blows. Our heart is with them.
Only three more weeks for the hurricane season to end. Let's hope our luck continues. Let's hope no more rogue cold fronts soak us like this past week.
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- Conditions at San Juan, PR
  • From: Enrique Quiñones-Pardo <qpardo AT wns.net>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 09:32:26 -0400
Conditions at San Juan are windy and lots, lots of rain. We are experiencing thunderstorms in the afternoons. Last week, for instance, the electricity went off in two occassions in the area of Rio Piedras, which is a suburb of San Juan Municipality. No extraordinaire measures, just normal vigilance of flash floods in certain southern municipalities around Ponce.
That's all!
Bye for now.

- Re: [HURR] - Iris
  • From: "Johnnie & Gail Taylor" <coconut AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 11:39:38 -0800
Hi Gert !
My name is Gail Taylor and my husband and I own a beach front inn on the very western point of P.R. in the town of Rincon.  We really have not noticed this storm very much. The normally brilliant blue sky was a little bit grey yesterday (Oct. 5th) and we had a few minor spurts of light rain and wind. Our water, which is generally "crystal clear and flat like glass" was quite busy with small waves. The sand moved around a lot but we have not had any erosion.
At 6am today (Oct. 6th), I walked out on my beach front balcony and actually saw the storm in the west over the southern Mona passage. The sky here was clear, light breeze (normal) but the ocean was still busy with small waves. The sand was still moving a bit but we had lost none. Now, at 11am, it is beautiful outside. You can still see the back side of the storm over the southern Mona passage and it is spectacular to watch.
The only unusual thing that I have seen in the last couple of days is the dolphins. Being on the very western point, we see a lot of "ocean wildlife" including dolphins. Our routine dolphin for this area is the spinner dolphin. This animal is a small bodied dolphin with a hump on its tail. They do a lot of jumping and they spin when they jump. The dolphins that we have been seeing the past couple of days are the large bottle-nose variety. They moved into our waters 3 days ago have stayed, more than likely as a result of the storm. I have been on this point for 6 years and have never seen this before.
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- Report on Iris
  • From: "René R. Rodríguez" <rener AT homemail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 08:55:58 -0400
Title: Clear Day
Here in the Ponce area Iris didn't do much. It was just another rainy day in the south. It was cloudy most of the day with scattered showers. Friday night we just had a light sprinkle and Saturday morning is a beautiful day here in Juana Díaz.

Saludos desde Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico

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- storm
  • From: "luis brau-cebrian" <luisbrau AT prtc.net>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2001 08:15:16 -0400
dear gert,
we have not felt anything out of the ordinary in San Juan, 
just a little rain.
luis brau-cebrian 

  • From: "Pedro Luis Carrasquillo" <peter_toyota AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2001 05:19:31

Good day.

I was at Ponce city today, and experienced persistent light wind accompanied 
with some heavier gusts. I was raining in a banding-like fashion. Nothing to 
worry about, though.

Right now, its not raining at all, but is a cold night.

have a nice weekend everybody.

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- Iris
  • From: maakg AT att.net
  • Date: Sat, 06 Oct 2001 00:34:59 +0000
Kai from Puerto Rico here - luckily for us thus far 
nothing this year and Iris, now a strong tropical storm, 
is well to our south.  There have been some strong 
thunderstorms during the afternoon with some gusty winds. 
 Other than that we do not experience anything 
significant in the San Juan metropolitan area.  There 
might be some more activity in the south of the island, 
particularly in the sw.  Otherwise we hope the season to 
continue like it has been thsu far for us.

Greetings, Kai 

- Tropical Strom Iris
  • From: "Carlos" <pilot135pd AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 18:47:08 -0300
I've been following this system since the beginning of the week from Florida. I returned to Puerto Rico last night and since very early this morning we've been getting wind gusts up to 23 knots and rain in the 3.15 inches per hour (as per my Oregon Scientific Weather Station).  It's now Tropical Storm Iris and the rain is off and on here in the middle of the island in the mountains of Cidra.  Hope I don't have to be called out tonight (Air Operations Advisor U.S. Air Force Reserve), but I think the worst is over for us but getting worse for whoever is in it's path as it gets stronger during the night.

- Looking Like an OK Blow in PR
  • From: "Winston Leslie" <wleslie AT caribe.net>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 10:32:47 -0400
We had a brief "Wind Storm" on the West coast of the island a couple of days ago from the last wave.  It sounded like a freight train for about 20 minutes. There wasn't any damage other than a few tree branches down and some tarps blown off.  TD #11 looks interesting.  It's cloudy now and the winds are out of the north but no rain yet.  Hopefully, I won't have any business tonight (USCG Helo Pilot).
Be safe.

- Erin (correction)
  • From: "Victor Vivoni" <vvivoni AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2001 02:09:29 -0300
Sorry, I meant the 18th, not the 16th parallel. At 11PM it was nearing it at 17.6...Good news!

- Erin
  • From: "Victor Vivoni" <vvivoni AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2001 20:27:00 -0300
Although there is a consensus among the guidance models saying that Erin will pass "well to the north of the islands", the last two coordinates at 11AM and 5PM show a westerly track and slowing down (bad news). I'll sleep more comfortably if at 11PM he's around the 16th parallel.

- Tropical Storm Dean went away
  • From: "Pedro Luis Carrasquillo" <peter_toyota AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 13:02:28
Good day.

Tropical storm Dean went away last night, leaving the eastern area of Puerto 
Rico with floods and landslides. No deaths have been reported. Numerous 
roads are blocked in Carolina, Rio Grande, Las Piedras, Canovanas, all 
municipalities of the east. Also some south to southeast municipalities are 

Last night heavy thunderstorms were affecting Cayey, along with heavy, 
persistent rain. They subsided at about 1200am. Not much wind was observed. 
We have got some refugees on some places, but they are expected to return to 
normality today in the evening.

Saludos to everybody in the Antilles, from Cuba to Trinidad. Remember, 
although we may have different languages and customs, we all have something 
in common, and that is our blood.


Pedro Luis.

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- TS Dean
  • From: "Jerome Kuderna" <jkuderna AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 23:05:23 +0000
Greetings from the Enchanted Isle, it looks so far like we were lucky with 
TS Dean.  Hey Surprise there is a tropical storm with its center 55 Miles 
north of you LOL.  well it beats right on top of you.  Right now it is dark 
and rainy, the sky to the west of me does remind me of the skies I used to 
look for in the Midwest when I would grab my Video camera and see if I could 
find any tornadoes.  Hopefully we won't have too much rain with TS Dean, 
which could complicate things here quite a bit.  I am in San Juan, and it 
has been raining on and off for about an hour or so, and the winds haven't 
been too bad.  Good luck to our rfiends in Hispanola and the Bahamas as it 
looks like TS Dean may head your way.  and Good Luck to everyone in Puerto 
Rico.  We'll have to see what its like in the morning, til the Salud!

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- Tropical Storm Dean update
  • From: "Pedro Luis Carrasquillo" <peter_toyota AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 22:30:18
Good evening.

Skies are now showing thick cloud cover, and thunderstorms can be seen off 
the coast to the atlantic. The wind has picked up a little bit.

College have been suspended for the day, as some other activities. Local 
news are warning of gusty winds and heavy showers and thunderstorms to the 
northern part of the island.

Hope that it does not rain too much in the interior, or else we will have 
flooding rivers, and in Puerto Rico floods cause more damage and disruptions 
than any other weather trouble.

On the bright side, at least it will not be a hot muggy night.


Pedro Luis

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- Tropical Storm Dean
  • From: "Pedro Luis Carrasquillo" <peter_toyota AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 20:43:43

Good day.

Currently recently formed Tropical Storm Dean at north-northeast of us. In 
the San Juan Metro area, cloudy skies with light, but persistent rain. No 
apreciable wind is observed. Conditions started to deteriorate at about 
2:00pm AST.

I expect it to not get any worst. Maybe some heavy rain.

Hello's to everybody in the islands.

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- Chantal
  • From: "Victor Vivoni" <vvivoni AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 19:28:17 -0300
Hi all!
 Lucky for us in the eastern Caribbean that Chantal didn't put the breaks on...she just whizzed by the islands with no time for intensification and leaving needed rain but no major damage. Today it has been raining on and off in PR; surrounding seas are quite rough as she passes well south. Let's hope our neighbors to the west are as lucky .

- Season is starting for us now.
  • From: Kai Griebenow <griebeno AT adam.uprr.pr>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 10:15:44 -0400

it seems that the Atlantic hurricane season may open today as it is 
expected that a tropical depression will form.  The most recent forecasts 
already predict strengthening to a tropical cyclone.  I think we are now 
going into the "hot 6 weeks" here in Puerto Rico - I hope we get lucky as 
in the past 2 years.


- Showers subsiding
  • From: "Pedro Luis Carrasquillo" <peter_toyota AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 13:18:46

Showers are subsiding. The tropical wave left some kind of fine sand or 
volcanic ash all over the island. It's everywhere you look. Hope it's not 
health- affecting.

Have a nice day.

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- Tropical wave
  • From: "Pedro Luis Carrasquillo" <peter_toyota AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2001 19:20:14
The tropical wave is going thru us now. Local conditions are occasional 
strong gusty winds accompained with heavy rains. Some "banding" behaviour is 
observed. Looks like its going to be like these for another day or two.

Have a good day, everybody.

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- Inagurating the season
  • From: "Pedro Luis Carrasquillo" <peter_toyota AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 17:53:09
Hello everybody!!!

This one is strenghtening a little fast to my liking...
But I do not think many people are aware of its prescence here yet...

This year I got prepared early, though. God Bless all...
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- Hola :)
  • From: "Susan Cruz" <jass AT caribe.net>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 06:45:20 -0400
Caribbean Salutations
The weather here in Puerto Rico has been a pleasant one the last couple of months if you are the type that loves really hot temperature and enjoy sun bathing on the coast or your back yard gardening ..as it's been raising high above what I have seen in the past., but of course these climate changes were predicted to happen a while back. The month that ended last week (May) was one strong one regarding rain, flash floods wiped out lots of  our agriculture specifically the green plantain ones *sad* as those type of bananas are primary in most of our Puerto Rican dishes. Last year we were very lucky, I hope and pray this year goes like wise.

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