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  • From: Robert Krucia <rkrucia AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2003 03:53:02 -0700 (PDT)

'Smee again. Our rainy season has progressed gently enough since my last post so that we have avoided any major flooding thus far. The hills are almost fully green again. A few bald areas are taking a little longer because that is where the bush fires did the most damage. Fortunately there is enough regrowth to help stave off major flooding from very heavy showers. Without it heavy rainfall woud be a disaster. The topsoil would be washed away first.

 The place was so dry the initial runoff had been almost negligable. Rain has been falling for about a month now and the water in the Gulf of Paria was still very clean up until about a week ago. The dirty runoff has only just begun to appear in the river mouths. The land had been soaking up most of what has been falling. This would do the water table a bit of good.

Well the US had gotten their (hefty) "Bill" for the season already but the fat lady has not sung yet, still very early.

To all you fellow correspondents, stay safe and may God be with us all.

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- Hello again to all.
  • From: Robert Krucia <rkrucia AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 21 May 2003 04:23:00 -0700 (PDT)
Hello again all. Nice to be back with you.
Our dry season has been exactly that,dry, dry dry. Much like you guys up north.
Many a day has been hazy and smoke filled from the bushfires. The hills are bare and sudden heavy rains would be disastrous.
I asked a couple staff memebers whose singing usually brings "bucket a drop" showers to hum for a few days.  That should be enough to prepare us for any deluges we may have in store. The drain cleaning programs are late but ongoing.
I heard there were heavy showers in the south of the island last Friday night. We are yet to see anything like it in the north but there has been a definite shift in the pattern as of last week. That started with some very cloudy but dry mornings. As the older folk would say... "the weather makin' up". I hoped it was actually going to rain. Unfortunately it did not here. It rained in Diego Martin one morning for a short while I understand. So the rainy season is definitely booting up.
This morning we again have heavy overcast and a light drizzle. There's hope, maybe my girls were humming after all.
I believe our "best" chance for a hurricane hit is early in the season. The later it gets the least likely. Well that's my theory anyway. Ana was a real surprise, did not read about it until last Friday. Thank God for small mercies.
So long for now and I pray we all have a safe season, come what may.

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