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- Unnamed Rainmaker!
  • From: "crabby" <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 19:52:05 -0400
We've had several days in a row with fairly heavy rain -- usually coming in a short period of time.  Things really got wild this afternoon.  The skies opened up and dumped close to four inches of rain, and it continues to come down!  In the middle of everything, a lightning strike left us without power for several hours.  But the juice is back on. 

- Ernesto and company laying down the rain
  • From: "crabby" <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 18:33:06 -0400
The edge of what I believe is part of Tropical Storm Ernesto is kissing St. John at this moment.  It is raining buckets, and the fog is so heavy here that you literally cannot see across the valley, or down to Coral Harbor, which is only about a mile and a half from here as the crow flies.  Don't know how long we will be impacted by this system.  The day went from being hot and humid; waves were beginning to build in the waters between St. Thomas and St. John. Temperatures have now fallenmore than 10 degrees within the past hour.  We are currently at 72 degrees (F), and socked in by rain, clouds and fog.

- earthquake
  • From: Elaine Estern <stjohncoconut at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 09:16:07 -0400
At 9:10 AM, an earthquake was felt at the Western shore in St. John. I checked, and the water appeared calm. The quake was approximately 30 seconds in length, starting small, then, several large tremblers. Weather has a slight overcast, but not much haze today. eee

- Felt earth move; 5.0
  • From: "crabby" <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 09:50:11 -0400
Just saw the seismic report on the quake that we felt around 9:15 this morning, and they place it at 5.0.  Definitely felt this one, lasted awhile; ground was still shaking when we walked outside, but not as jarring as some in the past.  No damage, just shaking of the house and objects.

- Close to 3 inches of rain on St. John
  • From: "crabby" <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Aug 2006 08:37:48 -0400
Clouds and showers from TS Chris are still hanging around, but the storm has not produced much in the way of wind here on the eastern side of St. John. (Most people took weather reports seriously and prepared for the storm; better safe than sorry.  At least we know where the shutter boards are, and that the generator sort of works!)  Winds reaching just a bit above 20 knots overnight, and we hope it continues to stay low as Chris clears out.  We did get a few good lightning cracks in the early evening last night -- just a reminder that there certainly is some power nearer to the eye.  Close to three inches of rain in some spots on the island; we received 2.6 inches at our house overnight; 2.8 reported just above Coral Bay; 2.5 on Gifft Hill; we expect a bit more throughout today. Based on weather reports and the current radar, looks like the outer portion of Chris will continue to linger for awhile.     

- Crazy thunder and lightning!
  • From: "crabby" <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 12:07:12 -0400
We had several hours of non-stop intense thunder and lightning strikes overnight -- the kind that make you jump out of your bed.  Over three inches of rain during that overnight period.  Dinghies were close to being swamped from combined rain and wave action.  Wind picked up following the worst of the noise; one report of a gust over 50 knots during the overnight.  Much bailing today!! 
A power surge sizzled the phoneline protection part of our surge protector, but guess the gizmo did what it was supposed to do!  (In the past, a similar surge on the phoneline fried a computer modem -- inconvenient, costly to get repaired, and difficult to find someone down here to do it.  Will definitely replace the protector and attach it to the computer again!) 

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