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  • Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 06:16:07 EDT
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- Bad weather in Rincon, Puerto Rico
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 11:26:51 -0400

         The morning today cloudy, windy no rain for now. I heard in my radio about another downed aircraft due to heavy weather, authorities are trying to reach the area.

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- Happy Holidays
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 19:19:12 -0800 (PST)
As December 1 approaches, within the hour, it signals the "Official" wnd of the Hurricane Season.  And with it, arrives The Tropics' cooler weather.  Cooler  you ask?  Yes, cooler.  Right now at 11:15pm it is 76 degrees in Levittown, Puerto Rico.  The projected high for tomorrow is 84 degrees. And so now it is possible for tomatoes to survive the tropical heat of the backyard and many of the flowers are in peak bloom, making Puerto Rico, a true, paradise.

We continue to have our almost daily showers for a few minutes to keep things green and the Easterly Christmas Winds to make entertaining on the patio a joy for all. 

To all: Happy Holidays and let's hope we don't hear to hear from the Miami Hurricane Center until after June 1, 2009.

Your eye on Puerto Rico will be celebrating all the wonderful holidays we bring in this time of year starting with the first Sunday of Advent and ending several weeks after Three Kings Day on January 31, 2009.  Puerto Rico becomes the Tropics' Disney Party World for the next 8 weeks.  A new celebration everyday, in every pueblo, in every family's home to celebrate The Birth and the New Year. 

Merry Christmas, Felix Navidad, Happy New Year, Felix del Nuevo Año con prosperidad.

Bendigate, God Bless

Eric in PR

- 5.1 Puerto Rico Quake (fwd)
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 21:15:00 -0500 (EST)

"5.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off Puerto Rico"
(Source: Associated Press, 11/23/08)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The U.S. Geological Survey says a moderate
earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 struck before dawn off
the coast of Puerto Rico. There was no immediate word that the quake
was felt or caused any damage.

The USGS says the quake struck 61 miles north of the capital, San
Juan, at a depth of 6.2 miles.


- Report
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 17:08:03 -0400
                     Its raining right now here in Rincon as usual in the evenings, we have days tipically seen on christmas. We have swells and surfers from the states began to arrive and enjoy our hospitality.

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- Omar
  • From: "Eric Oliver Kidney" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 03:21:27 -0700
79 cloudy degrees and two showers during the night as Omar speeds on his way 
through the Leeward Islands.  Levittown is quiet and has fared worse during 
recent tropical waves.  The canal in our backyard appears normal. Utilities are 
on and normal.  I am on my way to work.  I pray for those in Omar's path and 
hope he is quickly out in the cool Atlantic waters.   Bendigate   Eric in PR

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- OMAR vs El Yunque
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 19:10:23 -0700 (PDT)
It's 10:00pm.  Levittown is quiet with passing clouds overhead.  79 degrees and we had one shower after dark that lasted about 5 minutes and about 10 minutes of gusty breezes as it warms up tonight in Puerto Rico from the warm Caribbean moisture where the water is 85 degrees. 

I have been reading posts from the other islands and other authors in PR.  I understand the eye of Omar is just south of St Croix.  It's been raining in the USVI, Vieques and showers in Culebra as well.  I saw The Weather Channel at Playa de Humacao where it was raining.  I feel very fortunate to be living on the north shore of Puerto Rico. 

To the east is El Yunque and its majestic peaks which guard Puerto Rico from many storms and prevent the loss of lives and land.  This tall peak of protection has warred with many a storm in the Caribbean.  With thousands of years of historical reputation, I have learned to trust and beleive in El Yunque and its awesome beauty with the ONLY Tropical Rain Forest in the US National Parks System and the only forest without poisonous snakes or dangerous mammals.  El Yunque is a delight for hiking, picnicking, exploring and learning about one of the largest eco-systems in the northern hemisphere.  (I've never had a mosquito bite there either! ) The park where most people picnic is just the "tip of the iceberg."   El Yunque National Forest  was once known as the Caribbean National Forest, where there are many miles of pristene streams, cliffs, waterfalls, trails, and many manmade wonders which beckon any visitor to explore.  The magic of El Yunque is something for all to see and experience when you come to Puerto Rico and to understand why it is held in such high esteem by Puertoricaños and other residents who understand and are "Friends of El Yunque."    Before the Rich Port of Spanish Puerto Rico was founded, the Boriquien Indians of the tropics were at home on this island.  These peaceful Indians had rich, deep roots on this island, but sadly no true descendants remain among the Puerto Ricans.  Many lay claim  to their roots but ... official information shows that the Boriquiens are extinct.  However, you will encounter the gentle Boriquien people of Puerto Rico when you explore here.

Enough of my tourism commercial:  I need to go back to El Yunque for my "fix"on nature.  BUT, in the meanwhile, I will remain vigilant with my eyes to the skies to let you know what is happening in my area relating to weather.  And as I said above, it's a quiet, fairly dry evening, here in Levittown.  I understand that may change around 2am.  I'll try to keep you informed.

Buena Suerte and Bendigate,
(Good Luck and Blessings to you)
Eric in PR.

- The weather right now
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 21:12:58 -0400
              Its 9:05 pm and we have a light breeze gustin ocasionally 18.1 mph,75.6 temp and 1006.5pha.The moon is shy tonight in my beatuful Rincon. We pray for our neighbors on the east side and in the islands,hang on tight.

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- Omar is far away...for now
  • From: carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 17:29:49 -0700 (PDT)
Good evening to all...very quiet night at Metro Area...no wind...but high clouds moving fast from NNE...pray for our neighbors at Vieques, Culebra, St. Thomas and others...this guy is pumped-up...Godspeed...
Carlos E. Viera-Tirado

- Omar in PR
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 14:38:30 -0700 (PDT)
attached is a photo of AMA Bus in Rio Piedras (San Juan) from the Tren Urbano Platform at San Francisco 4pm today.  No rain, but lots of clouds.

It's 530pm in Levittown, and we are still dry and cloudy, 77 degrees.  Experts say the storm will be 132 miles from San Juan at 442am tomorrow, it's closest point to San Juan. 

The hospital has covered its windows and asked employees to stay overnight and mandated 12 hour shifts.  So I'll be going to work at 6am tomorrow.  If the forecasters are right, I'll be in the rain.  But they also say that Omar will pick up forward velocity by tomorrow and be whisked out of here quickly.

More later.

Bendigate,  Eric in PR

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- Pre election show
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 15:19:21 -0400
                      The goverment shut down,schools and universitys, why?, the storm is far from here. Everybody runs to take out boys from school,traffic jams, its suppose made this decision last night not today. Here in the west beatiful, sunny.Its a goverment pre election show.

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- Watching and waiting in San Juan
  • From: Francisco Echegaray <fechegaray at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 19:09:38 +0000
It is already 3 pm here in Rio Piedras, San Juan.  Skies are dark and there have been intermitent drizzle through the morning and early afternoon.  The satellite picture looks ominous and an eye is already noticeable in the center of Omar.   The government has closed all offices through the entire island at noon, as well as clases in all schools and universities.  We had traffic jams today at noon from people and students returning home.  Things are in calm and everyone is watching the weather reports in an anxious wait to find out if the track will stay as it is or if it will come closer to us.  In our southeast there have been a lot more rain. Yesterday a main road was interrupted by flooding.  Most people along the southeast are very worried that we are going to have a repeat of the disastrous rains we had last month, which took 6 lives and flooded hundreds of homes and destroyed others. 
There has already been a report of a weather related victim in Culebra.  A man who was placing the shutters on his home windows had a heart attack...
Take care, all you folks in Culebra, Vieques and the Virgin Islands, my prayers go out for your safety.
Francisco Echegaray


- Omar?
  • From: "Eric Oliver Kidney" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 08:15:48 -0700
11am in San Juan-Rio Piedras where it is dry, partly cloudy and warm.  
Observing the radar I see a very defined wall of high pressure air across the 
east end of PR which keeping Omar away from us.  The weather guys called it an 
upper level northeast trough.  I call it answer to prayer.   Bendigate     Eric

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- FWD:Omar
  • From: "Eric Oliver Kidney" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 03:16:14 -0700
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------Original Message------
From: Eric Oliver Kidney <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 03:10:31 AM -0700
Subject: Omar

6am in Levittown-Toa Baja and under cloudy skies we remain dry and 76 degrees.  
I'm a believer in El Yunque and I'm praying he will spare us this storm.  More 
on that in another post.    Bendigate    Eric in PR.

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- Omar changing directions
  • From: "Walter Knopf" <walter at knopfconsulting.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 03:03:44 -0400
Never mind the computer models, looks like Omar is heading more NE than ENE, which puts it right over our neck of the woods. As a 35 year computer veteran I should be insulted, but hurricanes are like cats, they have a mind of their own. It's also picking up speed, so the Thursday morning prediction for PR is probably 8 hours off.
Too many bare hills around here (condo construction gone wild), so we will see mud slides....
Tormenteras are closed, bathtub is full of water, can't sleep with trouble approaching.
Walt in Dos Marinas I

- Omar
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 19:55:32 -0700 (PDT)

Here in Levittown we have scattered clouds, no rain and 76 degrees.
As promised, the 11pm NWS alert for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands:

Statement as of 11:00 PM AST on October 14, 2008
...Omar becomes a hurricane...new warnings issued...
At 11 PM AST...0300 UTC...a Hurricane Warning has been issued for
the U.S. Virgin Islands and the islands of Vieques and Culebra.
At 11 PM AST...a Hurricane Warning has been issued for St.
Martin/Maarten...Saba...St. Eustatius...St. Barthelemy...the British
Virgin Islands...Anguilla...St. Kitts...and Nevis...by their
respective governments.
At 11 PM AST...the government of Antigua has issued a Tropical Storm
Warning for Antigua...Barbuda...and Montserrat.
A Hurricane Watch and a Tropical Storm Warning remain in effect for
Puerto Rico. A Hurricane Warning could be required for Puerto Rico
Wednesday morning.

At 1100 PM AST...0300z...the center of Hurricane Omar was located
near latitude 14.3 north...longitude 68.1 west or about 315 miles...
505 km...south-southwest of San Juan Puerto Rico.
Omar is moving toward the northeast near 6 mph...9 km/hr...and this
motion is expected to continue with a gradual increase in forward
speed over the next day or two. On the forecast track...Omar would
move through the northern Leeward Islands Wednesday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph...120 km/hr...with higher
gusts. Omar is a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
scale. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 to
36 hours.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 15 miles...30 km...from
the center...and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 90
miles...150 km.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 979 mb...28.91 inches.
Omar is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches
over portions of the Netherlands Antilles...with maximum amounts of
12 inches possible. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with maximum
amounts of 6 inches are possible across extreme northwestern and
north-central Venezuela and the northern Guajira Peninsula. Total
rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches...with maximum amounts up to 20
inches...will be possible across Puerto Rico and the northern
Leeward Islands. These rains could produce life-threatening flash
floods and mud slides.
Coastal storm surge flooding of 1-2 feet above normal tide
levels...along with large and dangerous battering waves...can be
expected near and to the right of the path of Omar. In
addition...Omar is expected to produce large swells that will
affect the west- and south-facing coasts of Puerto Rico and the
islands of the Lesser Antilles. These swells could cause beach
erosion and damage to coastal structures.
Repeating the 1100 PM AST position...14.3 N...68.1 W. Movement
toward...northeast near 6 mph. Maximum sustained winds...75 mph.
Minimum central pressure...979 mb.
An intermediate advisory will be issued by the National Hurricane
Center at 200 am AST followed by the next complete advisory at 500
am AST.

Eric in PR

- Omar...not the tent maker
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 17:33:14 -0700 (PDT)
From Levittown, one would not know that there is a storm approaching....yet.  All is quiet, dry, cloudy 77 degrees and the coquis are singing as usual.  We are prepared for a storm, I checked the generator and our spare water supply.  Below is the National Weather Service update for 8PM tonight:







1100 PM AST.


I'll try to update at 1130.

Eric in PR

- right now
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 20:13:42 -0400
           very quiet night no rain no breeze just the sounds of coquis.

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- waiting for Omar
  • From: "Walter Knopf" <walter at knopfconsulting.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 17:07:11 -0400
Started raining at about 16:00, a gentle rain, no wind at all here in Fajardo.
Computer model had Omar right on top of us earlier, revised model shows
it pushing further east, the center crossing Vieques, but still close enough
to cause major flooding here; the Fajardo river is already at flood stage..
Walter in Dos Marinas I

- hold on tighg
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 16:51:49 -0400

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- Omar and Nana, what a couple!
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 12:06:41 -0700 (PDT)
The next update at 5pm should show that Omar has arrived.  It's 3pm and in Levittown we are STILL dry and  under partly cloudy skies at 76 degrees.  However, Omar should arrive here in a short time, since we are already having heavy rain in Bayamón and the surrounding areas south of us (inland).   I expect my next posting will be wet.  We did our usualy day-off grocery shopping and found that nobody appears ruffled by the expectation of a storm, since it's not carrying fierce warnings. 

However, The track that is shown for Omar and Nana, looks like a collision course north of us in the Atlantic and could spell trouble for the eastern seaboard of the states unless a strong high pressure system can push them BOTH out to sea.

You will be hearing from me later.

Eric in PR

- TD15
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2008 05:56:14 -0700 (PDT)
Well, TD 15 hasn't budged.  It's still about 300 miles south of us BUT, and it's a big one, BUT it has grown tremendously in moisture.  The areas I saw as red yesterday are now white which indicates more moisture.  Here in Levittown, we are still under partly cloudy skies, winds from the south, at 77 degrees this morning.  When the winds come from the south, it gets eerily calm and quiet here.  And very unpredictable.  Since I am free from work today, I'll be able to update if anything should develop.  So, for now: fairly dry and quiet here.

Eric in PR

- the NEXT tropical storm
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 16:59:59 -0700 (PDT)
Hello all:
as promised this update is from the 5pm National Weather Service Storm Watch for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands:

Eric in PR

- Houston, here it comes (Houston, lo que viene)
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 15:10:24 -0700 (PDT)
Yes, it has been a number of years since we have seen a storm like this, and here it sneaks up on us from the Caribbean Sea.  Tropical Depression 15 soon to be Tropical Storm Omar will be in our back doors tonight and tomorrow as it crosses Puerto Rico south to north leaving MORE rain for us.  The winds are only 35 M.P.H. but, this storm could easily strengthen.  When I saw this blob on the radar last night, I said, " Look at that!  We are in for a couple days worth of heavy rain."  Two hours later, we had a downpour.  This morning, the tren stations were experiencing first floor flooding.  Local streets were also flooding.  And may people had their umbrellas with them to go to work.  I expect there may be some morning commute problems tomorrow. 
As Dave posted on the main page:  "Houston, we have a problem." Yes we are going to experience locally heavy rains.  When you say that in the tropics, we know it means more than 5 or 6 inches of rain.  When I lived in Pennsylvania, we almost NEVER had that much rain at one time, except in January 1995 when a late tropical storm came and thawed everything, and dropped more than a foot of rain and then a foot of snow on top of it, followed be the deep freeze so that everything was covered in deep ice.   With that in mind, prepare to get wet! This storm is barely moving and is still more than 300 miles to our south.  We have not begun to get rain from this system, yet and we are already hearing local radio warnings for flooding.

I will stay vigilant and give you information as I learn it.  Here in Levittown,we have mostly cloudy skies with scattered light showers and 76 degrees, an hour before sunset. 

Sí, ha sido un número de años puesto que hemos visto una tormenta como esto, y aquí hace furtivamente para arriba en nosotros del mar del Caribe. La depresión tropical numero 15 pronto a ser tormenta tropical Omar estará en nuestras puertas de atrás esta noche y como ella cruza mañana el sur de Puerto Rico al norte que deja MÁS lluvia para nosotros. Los vientos son solamente 35 M.P.H. pero, esta tormenta podría consolidar fácilmente.

Cuando vi esta gota en el radar anoche, dije, " ¡Mire eso! Estamos adentro para un valor de los días de los pares de lluva pesado." ; Dos horas más adelante, teníamos un aguacero. Esta mañana, las estaciones del tren experimentaban la inundación de la primera planta. Las calles locales también inundaban. Y puede la gente tenía sus paraguas con ellos a ir a trabajar. Espero que pueda haber una cierta mañana conmute problemas mañana.

Como Dave fijado en la página principal: " Houston, tenemos una problema." Vamos sí a experimentar localmente las lluvias pesadas. Cuando usted lo dice que en las zonas tropicales, sabemos significa más de 5 o 6 pulgadas de lluvia. Cuando viví en Pennsylvania, casi NUNCA teníamos que mucha lluvia contemporáneamente, excepto en enero de 1995 cuando una última tormenta tropical vino deshelar todo, y cayó más que un pie de lluvia y entonces un pie de nieve encima de él, seguido sean el deep-freeze de modo que todo fuera cubierta en hielo profundo. ¡Con eso en mente, prepárese para conseguir mojado! Esta tormenta se está moviendo y sigue siendo apenas más de 300 millas a nuestro sur. No hemos comenzado a conseguir la lluvia de este sistema, con todo y estamos oyendo ya las advertencias de la radio local para la inundación.

Permaneceré vigilante y le daré la información como la aprendo. Aquí en Levittown, tenemos sobre todo cielos nublados con las duchas ligeras dispersadas y 76 grados, una hora antes de la puesta del sol.

Eric in PR

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  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 08:43:51 -0400

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- Beatiful tropical wave.
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 14:49:58 -0400
        This afternoon we had the normal rain as usual in Rincon. The wave looks healthy in the satelite photo, lets see whats happen next. Im excited because I meet Mr. Victor Mojica in the RUM, Mayaguez. Itook some photos with him and my sons. He told me he used the storm carib page. He is a very good person.

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- Did someone hear the fat lady sing?
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 18:39:45 -0700 (PDT)
The season is far from done.  Today is only October 10.  We have have substantial local rain storms over the past few weeks that have caused local flooding in some places and has been filling our reservoirs in the mountains.  The farmers are doing well with the rains for their crops.  However, I understand a coffee pest has invaded the coffee crops this year and infected many plantations in Puerto Rico.  I do not know how long that will effect coffee but I hope, not long!  I have really learned to like coffee, here in Puerto Rico, as they say, it is not like that weak American stuff they call coffee.  Very true!  However, We have been having almost daily afternoon or evening thunder showers throughout the San Juan Metropolitan area. 

Also, since we are in October, the big political machine has geared up and there are parades, caravans, vehicles which giant loudspeakers shouting propaganda, and paid young people at traffic lights dispensing political information for their favorite candidates.  The political headquarters look like Times Square at night.

Our days are still hot and humid with nice easterly breezes, and people are reacting to Wall Street Panic and it seems to be on everyone's lips. 

For now: Levittown is under clear skies, warm and breezy, 82 degrees.

Have a wonderful weekend!

La estación está lejos de hecho. El hoy es solamente el 10 de octubre. Tenemos tener tormentas locales de la lluvia del substancial sobre el último pocas semanas que han causado la inundación local en algunos lugares y hemos estado llenando nuestros depósitos en las montañas. Los granjeros están haciendo bien con las lluvias para sus cosechas.

Sin embargo, entiendo que un parásito del café ha invadido las cosechas del café este año y que ha infectado muchas plantaciones en Puerto Rico. ¡No sé cuánto tiempo eso efectuará el café pero espero, no de largo! He aprendido realmente tener gusto del café, aquí en Puerto Rico, como dicen, él no soy como esa materia americana débil que llaman el café. ¡de verdad!

Sin embargo, hemos estado teniendo tarde casi diaria o hemos estado igualando duchas del trueno a través de la zona metropolitana de San Juan. También, puesto que estamos en octubre, la máquina política grande ha engranado para arriba y hay desfiles, caravanas, los vehículos que propaganda de grito de los altavoces gigantes, y gente joven pagada en los semáforos que dispensan la información política para sus candidatos preferidos. Las jefaturas políticas consideran como Times Square la noche.

Nuestros días son todavía calientes y húmedos con las brisas del Este agradables, y la gente está reaccionando al pánico de Wall Street y parece estar en los labios de todos.

Para ahora: Levittown está debajo de los cielos claros, caliente y ventoso, 82 grados.

¡Tenga un fin de semana maravilloso!

Eric in PR

- Water spout
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2008 12:51:04 -0400
              Yesterday on way to work, I saw the most beautiful waterspout about 2 miles from the west of ramey field. Beatiful shape, perfect. I shoot about 5 minutes whith my celphone video cam but its was useless. All happened between 2:30 to 3:00 pm.

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- Update
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 12:19:07 -0400
                  Everything quiet since saturday afternoon where we had a strong storm in the nothwest part causing floods and severe thunderstorms. Today sunny in the morning and showers in the evening as usual. Heat index right now 94.6, temp. 88.5.

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- Fajardo Sunrise
  • From: Gotaglo Daily <gotaglo at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2008 04:06:19 -0700 (PDT)
The attachment of todays Fajardo sunrise tells it all. The weather has cleared - the rains have stopped - and we have our - bright - sunny - tropic weather back. The pressing heat of summer is still lingering and am looking forward to the winter winds and cool nights that accompany them.

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- The sun is shining again
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 11:33:47 -0400
                 Today is a beautiful day looks like a christmas day, sun and stronge breeze. Well see whats happen in the afternoon.Ilove RINCON.

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  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 17:06:56 -0400

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- 93L loves PUERTO RICO
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 16:20:04 -0400
                      Its raining very strong right now on the west side(RINCON) and the doppler shows more to come. Wind is blowing from south 5 miles and presure is 1009. This system is moving north east right now.

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- Update
  • From: Gotaglo Daily <gotaglo at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 05:02:58 -0700 (PDT)
The rains held off overnight and the breezes held steady and cool. The dampness of the "blob" has gotten into everything inside the house and a hot sunny day will be more than welcome . Unfortunately we will then be stuck with humidity that will bring on the "bugs". Ahhh life in paradise. At 7:30 am another curtain of gray swept in from the south and unloaded another deluge of rain on Fajardo. Lost all visibility of the ocean except for Marina del Rey.

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- Report
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 23:42:37 -0400
                          At this hour in RINCON, light but persistent rain, temperture 72.1 wind from southeast. We hope see the sunshine tomorrow.

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- Rain, rain and more rain.
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 13:43:06 -0700 (PDT)
Hi everyone,

Here in Levittown, Puerto Rico, it is wet, wet, wet.  We have had light rain today, with several heavy showers.  As it usually appears, the skies south of us are very dark and the rains are much heavier.  Evidence of this is seen at the bridge near the mouths of  Río Hondo and Río Bayamón, where the water dumping in the Atlantic is very brown and extends out beyond the reef.  The waves at Ocean Park, today were fierce as I witnessed several young brave souls having "fun" near the seawall.  No flooding that I could see, and certainly no flooding here in Levittown.  I see on the radar, rain will continue through the night with the south shore getting much more rain.

Hola Todos:
Aquí en Levittown, Puerto Rico, es mojado, mojado, mojado. Hemos tenido lluvia ligera hoy, con varias duchas pesadas. Pues aparece generalmente, el sur de los cielos de nosotros es mismo obscuridad y las lluvias son mucho más pesadas. La evidencia de esto se considera en el puente cerca de las bocas de Río Hondo y de Río Bayamón, donde está muy marrón (cafe) y extiende el agua que descarga en el Atlántico hacia fuera más allá del filón. Las ondas de Ocean Park, eran hoy feroces como atestigüé varias almas valientes jovenes que tenían " divertido" cerca del malecón. Ninguna inundación que podría ver, y ciertamente ninguna inundación aquí en Levittown. Veo en el radar, lluvia continuaré con la noche con la orilla del sur que consigue mucho más lluvia.

Eric in PR

- More Rain.
  • From: "Kai Griebenow" <kai.griebenow at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 14:32:09 -0400
The current radar shows it again - rain incoming from South - reached San Juan 30 min ago. Not too heavy, but pretty good wind gusts. I hope my backyard doesn't get flooded again. Yesterday, it was a pool and the water nearly got into the house. Clean your gutters out. It is coming again. If I read the radar correct, this is going to increase over the next 2 hours here. I assume the South is getting another 8 inches or so at least in the next couple hours.
Kind regards and stay dry,

- Update
  • From: angel guzman <angelitopr at msn.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 11:20:11 -0400
Report is 60  closed roads, closed school public ,4 deaths and evacuations 297. Angel

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- From the Finca
  • From: Fincadelseto at aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 07:54:45 EDT
Rainy Days & Mondays.....
Flash Flood Warning extended till 1:30pm for most
of Puerto Rico.
To quote the Nat'l Weather Service:  "the flooding is more serious than any that has occured in recent memory"!

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- Update
  • From: Gotaglo Daily <gotaglo at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 04:42:45 -0700 (PDT)
With over 6 inches of rain since the arrival of the "blob" a day and a half ago - we continue to get rain here in Fajardo. We still have a solid gray sky this morning - and the islands of Culebra and Vieques are still not visible. The water along the shores are "coffee brown" from river runoff from the mountains and I'm afraid that we'll be nothing but a sand bar in a couple of millenium if we have too many rains like this one! Will be an additional crisis for the Haitians if they get any of this rain.

- report
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 07:00:31 -0400
              This morning here in RINCON, light rain, cloudy, wind from southeast 5miles, 74.5 temperture, last night we have a 20 mph gust. We still have thunder storms on the MONA passage.

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- Report
  • From: angel guzman <angelitopr at msn.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 05:47:21 -0400
Current Condition At  Carolina rain light,temp 74 and 3.54 inches of rain. Angel

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- Aibonito, Puerto Rico
  • From: "Oswaldo L. Diaz" <odiaz15 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 19:18:32 -0400
Right now we have 0.3 inches of rain last night and 1.51 during daytime. Gusts around 36 mph and many thunderstorms. This This is a mess. Will send attachment as soon as I can take photos. the electricity is coming and going. Hope to hear from you soon bye.
                                                                      Oswaldo L. Diaz WP4NQQ
                                                                      Aibonito, P.R.

- Metro-Golden Mile Area status...
  • From: carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 15:58:11 -0700 (PDT)
Heavy rain since 6:00 pm...thunder 'n lighting, plus flooded streets on Floral Park and near streets...what a night!...more info later...Godspeed!!!!

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- Pouring in San Juan!
  • From: Francisco Echegaray <fechegaray at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 22:19:00 +0000

The rains have increased in intensity significantly since a 5:45 PM in Rio Piedras (San Juan).  It is pouring outside!  We just heard the first thunder.   The center of rotation is now(6:15 somewhere in the central north of the island much closer to San Juan.  Fortunately no wind so far but it looks like it is going to be a superwet night since the system is moving north and there is a huge area of rain south of Puerto Rico.

- Update
  • From: Gotaglo Daily <gotaglo at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 14:34:30 -0700 (PDT)
Steady winds in Fajardo have kept the seagulls close to their nest today. The 
weather has gradually deteriorated and the rains continue to arrive at a 
steadier pace but we still have not had a lightening show or more than a couple 
of rumblings of thunder in the distance all day. Perhaps that is about to 
change as over the past hour - the wind seems louder and the windows at the 
south end of our promontory are leaking water down the wall. The view out to 
sea has been totally obliterated by the hazy rain that blends a gray sky into a 
gray sea. Infinity could be just beyond the waters edge from all appearances


- Tropical Depresion forming over Puerto Rico!
  • From: Francisco Echegaray <fechegaray at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 19:53:55 +0000
You can see the convection of the system at 3:47 pm. (see link below) At this time the center seems to located
just entering in the midle of our south coast near the city of Ponce.
Rain in San Juan so far has been light up to this past hour but is becoming stroger.  There is only a light breeze.  No signficant wind component in San Juan so far.  There are allready flash floods warnings for most of the southeast of the island.  Hope everybody is in a safe place. 
See  animated doppler radar picture..


- My first report
  • From: Eduardo Velazquez <domessurfer413 at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 15:32:26 -0400
               Im glad to be acepted like correspondent to stormcarib, thanks so much, well theres a cloudy afternoon here on the west side the wind is calm 83.1 temperature and the barometric pressure is right now 1010.6 a little drop since this morning. Everyone here is in alert waiting for the rough weather of 93L. We are now on flash flood watch.

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- Report
  • From: angel guzman <angelitopr at msn.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 15:25:05 -0400
Temp 79,Flash Flood Watch in Effect,rain and thunderstorms . Angel

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- Here comes the Rain....
  • From: carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 12:14:03 -0700 (PDT)
No big deal at present time...showers in Metro-Golden Mile Area...BUT looking at the Doppler...I think something is coming...hope not...a Flash Flood advisory is in effect...

- Report
  • From: angel guzman <angelitopr at msn.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 14:16:47 -0400
Heavy rain. Angel

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- Mostly calm day
  • From: Francisco Echegaray <fechegaray at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2008 01:44:39 +0000
Today we had partially sunny day in San Juan.  Very calm and good for resting saturday.
Only now at night we had a short but significant rain event about 9 PM.  It was strong but lasted only about 10 minutes and is its gone.  
Now tomorrow, may be another story.  The satellite photo shows some ominous clouds approaching so it seems that we can expect a lot of rain, a repeat of last sunday which we had the strongest thunder shower that I can remember this year.


- Nice week at Metro Area
  • From: carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2008 14:08:51 -0700 (PDT)
Big, beautiful clouds over Metro Area....mushroom-type shape over PR-22...but no rain...yet

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- 'tis the season
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 23:40:57 -0700 (PDT)
Hello everyone!
This past week has been one to take your breath away at several points.  One of which was landing of Ike in Texas.  He certainly gave a spectacular performance in Galveston.  Right now, we have nothing affecting our weather from any major systems.  BUT, Sunday the Levittown had some spectacular lightning in the area.  A fruit vendor at a major intersection was stunned by a nearby bolt of lightning as it struck about 10 feet away and stung his arm while he held his umbrella.  That bolt also knocked out power to several blocks of the same neighborhood.  Otherwise, weather has been dreary, gray and rainy with some locally heavy shower activity.
Stores continue to be stocked with provisions and people seem to have a handle on hurricane preparation.  I hope that is not just a facade.
Vigilant as I am, I see a few tropical waves headed our way but nothing significant yet. 
Hola todos!
Esta última semana ha sido una para eliminar su respiración en varios puntos. Uno cuyo era el aterrizaje de Ike en Tejas. Él dio ciertamente un funcionamiento espectacular en Galveston.
Ahora, no tenemos nada el afectar de nuestro tiempo de ningunos sistemas importantes. PERO, domingo el Levittown tenía un poco de relámpago espectacular en el área. Un perno del relámpago atontó a un vendedor de la fruta en una intersección importante próximo como él pegó cerca de 10 pies lejos y picó su brazo mientras que él sostuvo su paraguas. Ese perno también eliminó energía a varios bloques de la misma vecindad. Si no, el tiempo ha sido aburrido, gris y lluvioso con una cierta actividad localmente pesada de la ducha.
Los almacenes continúan siendo almacenados con las provisiones y la gente parece tener una manija en la preparación del huracán. Espero que no es apenas una fachada.
Vigilante como soy, veo que algunas ondas tropicales no dirigieron nuestra manera pero nada significativas todavía.
Eric in PR

- Report
  • From: angel guzman <angelitopr at msn.com>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 12:44:52 -0400
Rain , temp 81.7, best regards angel.

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- Stormy morning, Flat seas in Fajardo
  • From: "Karen" <knotimpaired at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 19:10:48 -0400
Yesterday was quite a day here in Fajardo. The seas were flat and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) headed out at daybreak along with the Fajardo Police boat to Icacos Cay. I have no clue what was happening but within hours there were 4 CBP boats going back and forth between Icacos and Puerto Chica Marina which we overlook. At one point they left 6 officers over there for about 3 hours. Searching for what I do not know. By noon everything was over.
I woke up this morning to thunder, heavy winds but not much rain. It cleared at about 9 and it has been very pleasant since.
I received a email from MJ (Culebra) today and she forwarded a website she thought I may be interested in. I hope you take the time to look at it.
Pray for Texas everyone!
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- Report
  • From: angel guzman <angelitopr at msn.com>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 11:44:48 -0400
sunny and temp. 86  Angel

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  • From: angel guzman <angelitopr at msn.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 10:22:22 -0400
Current Condition at carolina is peaceful and calm no visible sings of rain , best regards ,angel

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  • From: angel guzman <angelitopr at msn.com>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2008 23:28:37 -0400
Flash Flood Watch in Effect until 2am tuesday. angel 

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  • From: angel guzman <angelitopr at msn.com>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2008 12:30:15 -0400
urban and small stream flood advisory for carolina , pr .  Thunderstorms and Schowers indicated radar dopplers . Angel 

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  • From: angel guzman <angelitopr at msn.com>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2008 15:08:46 -0400
conditions at carolina  is clear , 87 temp sunny. angel

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  • From: angel guzman <angelitopr at msn.com>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2008 12:22:51 -0400
Flash Flood Watch in effect in my area.Change of rain 60 %. Angel.

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  • From: angel guzman <angelitopr at msn.com>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2008 11:14:33 -0400
Current Conditions at carolina is rain. angel

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- one word (una palabra):
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 17:14:11 -0700 (PDT)
Yes, there is ONE WORD for today on the North Shore of Puerto Rico: WET!  It has rained on and off the entire day today, leaving this portion of the island saturated.  The canal behind my home is high but nothing to worry about. Hanna has left a very wet footprint here and has given us some needed moisture.

Traffic has actually been light this evening as I trudged home in my car after departing the Tren Urbano in Bayamón.

Otherwise, I can hear the coquis croaking tonight under the light rain and all is quiet.

I am monitoring, ever vigilant, the storms which follow Hanna.  So far, they are heading north of Puerto Rico, with only the possible threats of rain.

Sí, hay UNA PALABRA para el hoy en la orilla del norte de Puerto Rico: ¡MOJADO! Ha llovido por intervalos el día entero hoy, dejando esta porción de la isla saturada. El canal detrás de mi hogar es alto pero nada preocuparse alrededor. Hanna ha dejado una huella muy mojada aquí y nos ha dado un poco de humedad necesaria.

El tráfico ha sido realmente ligero esta tarde como caminé penosamente a casa en mi carro después de salir el Tren Urbano en Bayamón.

Si no, puedo oír que los coquis que croan esta noche debajo de la lluvia ligera y de toda son reservados.

Soy supervisión, siempre vigilante, las tormentas que siguen a Hanna. Hasta ahora, están norte del título de Puerto Rico, con solamente las amenazas posibles de la lluvia.

Bendigate a todos,
Eric in PR

- Impact of Hanna on PR
  • From: "Kai Griebenow" <kai.griebenow at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 17:05:29 -0400
Kai from San Juan here:
we are obviously on the better side of events - most of the terrible weather is in the south. All of PR has gone through a serious of bad weather warnings - flood, wind, and hazard (tornadoes) today. University employees (University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras) were allowed to leave early to make it home safely - at the discretion of the Department Heads. At four it looked like the sun would set. Very dark and cloudy. The outer bands of Hanna have quite some effect here.
On the sad side of things: On Monday two students of UPR-RP drowned in a flash flood on the south side of the rain forest. Very sad news - a male from Columbia and a girl from Brazil are victims of weather events caused by Hanna in this case.
I hope you all stay safe,
Kind regards, Kai 

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University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Campus
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- Hanna the crazy storm
  • From: Francisco Echegaray <fechegaray at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 10:18:19 +0000
Hi all:
I woke up this morning at 5:30am to the sound of thunders here in San Juan.  There is some light rain too.
Since I know Hanna had already passed by to our north last saturday, I was wondering could be causing this.
So I decided to take a look a the satellite picture of the Caribbean.  And what a surprise.  Hanna looks as if a nuclear bomb had exploded in its center and has spread out in an incredible way as far as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands while keeping its center somewhere north of Haiti or close to some of the Bahamas.  I have never seen anything quite like this.  Four days after Hanna passed to our north, we are getting some rain.  The day it passed directly to our north we had plenty of sunshine and not a drop of rain.  This is a crazy storm.
My heart and prayers go out to our neighbors in Haiti, Turk & Caicos and the Bahamas....Hope that everyone is safe.
Francisco Echegaray

  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 19:50:56 -0700 (PDT)
September is beginning with plenty of noise.  Gustav, Hanna and Ike are the party and we are the hosts! 

Here in Puerto Rico we have had many clouds and a little sunshine today.  There have been scattered showers of rain and otherwise, it is a hot Labor Day Monday.  Stores are busy and highways are moderately busy.  Neighbors are doing their family activities and many have trimmed trees, bushes and delicate plants. 

Everyone is reading the newspaper or watching the Weather Channel for the latest information.  I watch the internet!

So far, we are safe and out of harms way as we wait out the development of the next hurricanes.

Ever vigilant and wishing you all well,

Septiembre está comenzando con el un montón de ruido. ¡Gustv, Hanna e Ike son el partido y somos los anfitriones!

Aquí en Puerto Rico hemos tenido muchas nubes y una poca sol hoy. Ha habido duchas de la lluvia dispersadas y de otra manera, es un Día del Trabajo caliente lunes. Las tiendas están ocupados y las carreteras están moderado ocupadas. Los vecinos están haciendo sus actividades de la familia y muchos han ajustado árboles, arbustos y las plantas delicadas.

Todo mundo está leyendo el periódico o está mirando el canal de tiempo para la información más reciente. ¡Miro el Internet! Hasta ahora, somos seguros y fuera de daña manera mientras que esperamos hacia fuera el desarrollo de los huracanes siguientes.

Siempre vigilante y deseándole todo bien,

Eric in PR.

- calm
  • From: angel guzman <angelitopr at msn.com>
  • Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 09:00:27 -0400

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- Severe Wx at Metro Area on Aug 27, 2008
  • From: carlos enrique viera-tirado <vierace at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 10:41:48 -0700 (PDT)
Severe T-storms and cool wind came from...southwest?

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- I'm back
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 14:58:54 -0700 (PDT)
Hello everyone
I returned to Puerto Rico and the rain.  I have encountered rain from Pennsylvania, through the entire eastern seaboard to Puerto Rico.  Not much sunshine today.

Here in Levittown, we have a very rainy, gray day with many clouds and occasional thunder and lightning.  When I checked the maps, I found TS Gustav to our west gaining strength over the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  And I found Invest 95 to our east.  Not much to tell, yet, but we need to remain vigilant.  The season is far from being finished.

Regards to all,

Hola todos,
Volví a Puerto Rico y a la lluvia. He encontrado la lluvia de Pennsylvania, a través del litoral del este entero a Puerto Rico. No mucha sol hoy.

Aquí en Levittown, tenemos un día muy lluvioso, gris con muchas nubes y un trueno ocasional y un relámpago. Cuando comprobé los mapas, encontré los TS Gustavo a nuestra fuerza de adquisición del oeste sobre la República Dominicana y el Haití. Y encontré para Invest 95 a nuestro este. No mucho a decir, con todo, sino nosotros necesita seguir siendo vigilantes. La estación está lejos del acabado. Respetos a todos,

Eric in PR

- The RAIN....That We Need!
  • From: "Hector Matos" <matrix at coqui.net>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 03:57:20 -0400



I wakeup with the Thunders……So Good!.....In the center of our Island more rain, and  lightings, that be good. This rain , we are wating . The temperature is at 89º F and the wind it’s slowing.

Now, I have to work…..









- Rains starting in San Juan, PR
  • From: Francisco Echegaray <fechegaray at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 06:25:07 +0000
Hi everyone:
We have had light thunders since 12:30 here in San Juan.  Now at 2:20 they are a litle stronger and rains have just started, but still light rains at the moment.  Hope everyone is safe.  92 L seems to have spreadout on the satellite map.  Kind of weird looking...


- Fay? Are you there?
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 17:31:04 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Folks:

Looks like we're going to get wet.  A low pressure system, not even a Tropical Depression, is over the Virgin Islands and should arrive in Puerto Rico at about 2AM.  National Weather Service  believes is will strengthen in the next day or two to either Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm. 

Aimee, I'm sorry about your snorkel trip, but....like I said, You cannot predict Mother Nature.

I will be flying out of San Juan Friday afternoon in the rain for The States.  I'm sure we will be leaving in the the rain. 

Be safe, be prepared and be vigilant.  I will return Aug 25.

Bedigate to all,

Eric in PR.

Hola gente:

Mira como vamos a conseguir mojados. Un sistema de la presión baja, no incluso una depresión tropical, está sobre las Islas Vírgenes y debe llegar en Puerto Rico aproximadamente 2AM. El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional cree es consolidará mañana o pasado mañana a la depresión tropical o a la tormenta tropical.

Volaré de la tarde de San Juan viernes en la lluvia para los estados. I' m sure que dejaremos en el lluvia.

Sea seguro, prepárese y sea vigilante. Volveré el 25 de agosto.

Bedigate a todos,

Eric en P.R.

- 92L persintent in trying to organize its act
  • From: Francisco Echegaray <fechegaray at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 00:58:58 +0000
I just watched the satellite-loop picture, focused on 92L, and I didn't like what I saw....
There seems to be some circulation within it and the thing is growing in intensity at least momentarilly, but since it is getting very close to the islands, that worries me.   This could be one of those systems that develops right on top of some of the islands, and could produce a suprise warning for all folks....like the one we had one time, about 10 years ago ,(forgot the name of the storm already) that formed just on top of Puerto Rico.
Here is a link to the satellite loop: http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/flt/t1/loop-jsl.html
And the second thing I don't like is the according to the models the trajectory is coming back south and now many model place the center crossing right through the northern Leeward islands, Virgin islands and Puerto Rico or very close to them....
See trajectory map at the link below
Oh well....time to start praying if you haven't done it already!  And lets keep a close watch for this system...  lets hope for the best, but please, be all prepared for the worst, just in case.


- what's next? ¿cual esta proxima?
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 09:07:44 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Folks,
It has been hot this month in Puerto Rico with lots of moisture and lots of hot sunshine.  We have seen several days in the high 90s and in the 100s. 

I have been worrying about an electric generator repair, but our local Sears Store has a repair department, who had the part I needed for five dollars.  I installed the part and pulled the rope one time and that delightful roar of the engine filled the air. I feel so much more secure knowing I can generate electricity if needed.  Next project: transfer switch to make it easier.

I can tell it has been hotter than usual, the iguanas have been gathering in the yard, as are the Great American Egrets. 

We are beginning to see the effects of gas prices being reduced as we are now at 93 to 93 cents per liter from over a dollar per liter, just a week or two ago.

On a more serious note:  Invest 92 and Invest 93 in the Central Atlantic Ocean are churning and heating that moisture to gather energy, however, the computer models are moving their pathways north of the islands, which certainly, I am happy about.

However, I will remain vigilant and watchful of the storm information and forwarding it to you. 

Hola gente,

Ha sido caliente este mes en Puerto Rico con las porciones de humedad y las porciones de sol caliente. Hemos visto varios días en el alto 90s y en el 100s.

Me he estado preocupando de una reparación eléctrica planta, pero nuestro almacén de Sears del local tiene un departamento de reparación, que tenía la pieza I necesario para cinco dólares. Instalé la pieza y tiré de la cuerda una vez y ese rugido encantador del motor llenó el aire. Siento tanto más seguro sabiendo yo puedo generar electricidad si está necesitado. Proyecto siguiente: interruptor de la transferencia para hacerlo más fácil.

Puedo decirlo que ha sido más caliente que generalmente, las iguanas han estado recolectando en la yarda, al igual que los grandes Egrets americanos. Estamos comenzando a ver los efectos de los precios de la gasolina que son reducidos mientras que ahora estamos en 93 a 93 centavos por litro sobre de un dólar por litro, apenas una semana o dos hace. En una nota más seria: Invierta 92 e invierta 93 en el Océano Atlántico central son de batido y calentando esa humedad para recolectar energía, sin embargo, los modelos de ordenador están moviendo su norte de los caminos de las islas, sobre las cuales ciertamente, soy feliz. Sin embargo, seguiré siendo vigilante y vigilante de la información y de la expedición de la tormenta él a usted.

Eric in PR

  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2008 07:50:41 -0700 (PDT)
Good Morning All:
There are three Investigations to watch at this time:
Invest 91 in the Gulf of Mexico, which computer models are predicting to move northwest across Texas.
Invest 99 in the Atlantic, which is predicted to take Bertha's path and maybe a bit eastward from the Bahamas.
Invest 90 in the Atlantic (THE ONE TO WATCH) is east of the Caribbean Islands and computer models show it making a direct approach through the northern Caribbean, just south of Puerto Rico. 
As we all know:  predictions are human and storms are nature.  Humans are almost never correct when predicting nature.  That having been said, we need to be vigilant and carefully preparing for possibilities of a storm.
I know I will be vigilant, I hope you will be vigilant, too.
Buenos dias todos:
Hay tres investigaciones a mirar en este tiempo:
Invierta 91 en el golfo de México, que los modelos de ordenador están prediciendo para mover al noroeste a través de Texas. Invierta 99 en el Atlántico, que se predice para tomar Bertha's trayectoria y quizá un pedacito hacia el este de las Bahamas. Invierta 90 en el Atlántico (EL que está A MIRAR) está al este de las islas caribeñas y los modelos de ordenador lo demuestran que hace un acercamiento directo a través del Caribe norteño, apenas sur de Puerto Rico.
Como sabemos: las predicciones son humanas y las tormentas son naturaleza. Los seres humanos están casi nunca correctos al predecir la naturaleza.
Que siendo dicho, necesitamos ser vigilantes y cuidadosamente preparados para las posibilidades de una tormenta. Sé seré vigilante, yo espero que usted será vigilante, también.
Eric in PR

- Rain Rain...
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 12:44:26 -0700 (PDT)
Hello everyone:

Today is all about diversion.  Our local weather is a diversion for us.  This morning we had beautiful blue skies, light breezes and a few fluffy white clouds and 88 degrees.  At noon we saw some very dark clouds to our south and this afternoon we have had thunder showers and plenty of rain. Of course the temperature has not changed much, 88 degrees.

The other diversion is to save water in case of a storm.  Many of us in Puerto Rico, use a water diversion this time of year to save the rain water from the roof as it pours off during the showers.

When you think of diversion...what comes to YOUR mind?

Otherwise,  the only other diversion we might think of would be formation of storms off Africa's west coast, which influence our weather daily.  So far, there is a well defined are of low pressure off Cape Verde that is lingering and building.  It could be the next storm or it may simply remain a tropical wave.  Only time will tell us.

Staying vigilant with my eyes watching the skies, and God's blessing to all:

Hola todos:

El hoy está todo sobre la diversión. Nuestro tiempo local es una diversión para nosotros. Esta mañana teníamos cielos azules hermosos, las brisas ligeras y algunas nubes blancas mullidas y 88 grados. Al mediodía vimos algunas nubes muy oscuras a nuestro sur y a esta tarde que hemos tenido duchas del trueno y un montón de lluvia. Por supuesto la temperatura no ha cambiado mucho, 88 grados.

La otra diversión es ahorrar el agua en caso de una tormenta. Muchos de nosotros en Puerto Rico, utilizan una diversión del agua este vez del año de ahorrar el agua de lluvia de la azotea mientras que vierte apagado durante las duchas.

¿Cuándo usted piensa en la diversión… qué viene a SU mente?

Sin embargo, la otra diversión que puede ser que pensemos en sería formación de tormentas de costa oeste de Africa, que influencian nuestro diario del tiempo. Hasta ahora, hay un bien definido es el desarrollo de presión baja de Cabo Verde que sea persistente. Podría ser la tormenta siguiente o puede seguir siendo simplemente una onda tropical. Solamente el tiempo dirá nosotros.

 Permaneciendo vigilante con mis ojos que miran los cielos, y  bendice de Dios a todos:


- Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly.....seguir? (next?)
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 14:58:00 -0700 (PDT)
Tracking Info For Invest 97        
Date            Time       Lat     Lon        Wind            Pressure   Storm type
20080722  0800hrs  16.4N   20.2W    20mph  32km/h     1011      Invest
20080722  1400hrs  16.7N   21.4W    20mph  32km/h     1009      Invest

This disturbance near Cape Verde, just off the coast of Africa is one to watch.  Even though early computer models are showing a northwest track away from us, it is too early to be sure that it will miss us.

North Shore Puerto Rico is sunny and pleasant.  We had a high temperature in the 90s today and currently as we approach sunset, it is 85 degrees, breezy and pleasant. 

Ever vigilant and watching the skies with you,

Este disturbio cerca de Cabo Verde, apenas de la costa de África es una a mirar. Aunque los modelos de ordenador tempranos están demostrando una pista del noroeste lejos de nosotros, es demasiado temprana estar segura que nos faltará.

La orilla del norte Puerto Rico es asoleada y agradable. Teníamos una temperatura alta en los 90s hoy y actualmente como nos acercamos a puesta del sol, él somos 85 grados, ventoso y agradable.

Siempre vigilante y mirando los cielos con usted,


- Bertha - Cristobal - Dolly (Triplets?)
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 16:26:06 -0700 (PDT)
Hello everyone,

Bertha is in our past and headed out to sea.  Cristobal  is off the coast of the Mid-Atlantic States and appears to be following Bertha.  Dolly, is our newest child and has formed in the Western Caribbean and appears to be crossing the Yucatan Peninsula  and headed for storm-weary Cancun which had a bad season in 2007.

Further seeds in the ocean are still too far to predict.  But we certainly have had a busy July with tropical storm development, but fortunately, nothing near Puerto Rico (BENDIGATE!).

Storm Max says we are getting too comfortable in the Caribbean because of our upper level airflows preventing the formation of storms in our yard, and that will all change in a week.  Well, we shall see.

Today in Sunny Puerto Rico we had some seasonably hot summer weather: HOT and WINDY.  Some areas of the Metro San Juan region had triple digit temperatures of more than 100 degrees.  WOW!  In our back yard is was sunny and hot and we soared to a 100 degrees at 2pm.  Our internet connection says it is currently 85 degrees as the sun sets in a partly cloudy sky.  Even Krispy Kreme hot doughnut addicts found today a little too hot for their liking.  We got our KK lover in and out of the store in under 10 minutes.  But the heat did not keep Puerto Ricans from their favorite competitive sport:  no not volleyball....not soccer....SHOPPING!  Malls and shopping centers are very busy, today.  We did not stick around to find out how busy.  We went home to iced drinks and air conditioning.  I watched the Great American and White Cattle Egrets on the canal in the back yard, which was quite entertaining.   Now to settle back for a light supper of chicken wings and a cool evening.  And a drink to Cristobal and the girls (Bertha and Dolly.)

Stay vigilant and stay safe.

Hola todos,

Bertha está en nuestro pasado y se dirige hacia fuera al mar. Cristobal está de la costa de los estados Mid-Atlantic y aparece seguir Bertha. Dolly, es nuestro más nuevo niño y ha formado en el del Caribe Oéste y aparece cruzar la península del Yucatán y dirigido hacia Cancun tormenta-cansado que tenía una mala estación en 2007.

Otras semillas en el océano siguen siendo demasiado lejanas predecir. Pero hemos tenido ciertamente un julio ocupado con el desarrollo tropical de la tormenta, pero afortunadamente, nada cerca de Puerto Rico (BENDIGATE!).

Amigo Storm Max dice que estamos consiguiendo demasiado cómodos en el Caribe debido a nuestras circulaciones de aire superiores que previenen la formación de tormentas en nuestra solar, y ésa todo el cambio en una semana. Bien, veremos.

Hoy en Puerto Rico asoleado teníamos un poco de tiempo oportuno caliente del verano: CALIENTE y VENTOSO. Algunas áreas de la región de San Juan del metro tenían temperaturas triples del dígito de más de 100 grados. ¡WEPA! En nuestro patio trasero es era asoleado y caliente y nosotros se elevó a 100 grados en 2pm. Nuestra conexión a internet dice que es actualmente 85 grados pues el sol fija en un cielo en parte nublado. Incluso los adictos calientes al donas de Krispy Kreme encontraron hoy poco un demasiado caliente para su tener gusto. Conseguimos a nuestro amante de KK dentro y fuera del almacén adentro bajo 10 minutos. Pero el calor no guardó a puertorriqueños de su deporte competitivo preferido: ningún no voleibol….no fútbol….¡COMPRAS!  Las mallsy los centros comerciales están muy ocupados, hoy. No nos pegamos alrededor para descubrir cómo están ocupados. Fuimos a casa a las bebidas con hielos y al aire acondicionado. Miré los grandes Egrets de ganado americanos y blancos en el canal en el patio trasero, que era absolutamente entretenido. Ahora para colocar detrás para una cena ligera de alas de pollo y de una tarde fresca. Y una bebida a Cristobal y a las muchachas (Bertha y Dolly.)

Estancia vigilante y seguro.

Eric in PR

- Cristobal
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2008 11:29:21 -0700 (PDT)
Cristobal is developing just east of North and South Carolina in the Atlantic and should pose no problem to Puerto Rico, as is the latest on Invest 94 which is drenching Hispanola. 

Here on the North Shore, it is a typical, hot, mid-summer day at 89 degrees with an expected high of 91 degrees this afternoon.  Beaches are busy, and stores are not.  People are choosing activities which cost less and benefit the entire family.  However, we will expect our late afternoon showers to quench the area, with more of the same tomorrow.  All in all, a nice weekend.

I've noticed that the warehouse stores are stocking up on hurricane supplies and drinkable water. 

Here in my backyard, a beautiful Lovebird found her way to a palm tree next to the gazebo.  She stayed quite a while, singing and chirping. Obviously, she is a pet, as they are not native to Puerto Rico.

Cristobal se está convirtiendo apenas al este del North y South Ccarolina en el Atlántico y no debe plantear ningún problema a Puerto Rico, al igual que el más último encendido Invest 94 que está mojando Hispanola.

 Aquí en la orilla del norte, es un típico, caliente, día de pleno verano en 89 grados con un colmo previsto de 91 grados esta tarde. Las playas están ocupadas, y los almacenes no son. La gente está eligiendo las actividades que cuestan menos y benefician a la familia entera. Sin embargo, esperaremos que nuestras duchas de la última hora de la tarde apaguen el área, con más iguales mañana. Cosiderándolo todo, un fin de semana agradable.

He notado que los tiendas del almacén están almacenando para arriba en fuentes del huracán y agua potable.

Aquí en mi patio trasero, un Lovebird hermoso encontró su manera a una palmera al lado del gazebo. Ella permanecía absolutamente un rato, cantando y gojeando. Obviamente, ella es un animal doméstico, pues no son nativos a Puerto Rico.

Eric in PR

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- Invest...Don't Invest...
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 17:22:57 -0700 (PDT)
Hello Again:
This July is proving to be a busy month for weather here in the Caribbean.  Several tropical waves and "invests" developing around us, but nothing is actually developing into a significant storm, gratefully.  "Invest 94, 95 and 96" are all headed west of us and won't be returning.

Locally this evening it is 83 degrees in Toa Baja, partly cloudy, mild and we have a full moon.  Daytime temperatures are in the mid 90 degrees with scattered mild showers.  Tomorrow is forecast to be slightly cooler, 88 degrees and showers. 

Here in Puerto Rico, we are beginning to see the effects of change resulting from higher gas prices.  I see in the states average gas prices are 4.12 per gallon.  Here in Puerto Rico, we are just above 1.00 per liter for regular gasoline.  I have noticed that the Tren Urbano (our local high speed city train) has had increased ridership.  There have been several days I board the Tren after work and must stand the entire trip to my final destination at Bayamón.  Good for the Tren, good for the economy, and good for the "él tapón" (our traffic jams) on the expressways.  I also find, it is good for my health as I walk more to and from the Tren and my destinations as well as up and down the stairs of the Tren Platforms.

Many cities in Puerto Rico have become health-conscious.  My town has a wonderful fitness facility with a pool, weight training, a professional track and field, indoor arena, as well as very walkable sidewalks throughout the town.  And all of it is well used!  Any weekday from 4pm to 830pm you can find hundreds of people walking, biking and exercising.  Remember, it is dark in Puerto Rico at 7:30pm year-round because we are very close to the Equator.

Hola otra vez:

Este julio está demostrando ser un mes ocupado para el tiempo aquí en el Caribe. Varias ondas tropicales y " invests" el convertirse alrededor de nosotros, pero nada es realmente el convertirse en una tormenta significativa, agradecido. " Invests 94, 95 y 96"
son todos dirigidos al oeste de nosotros y no volverán.

Localmente esta tarde es 83 grados en Toa Baja, en parte nublado, suave y tenemos una Luna Llena. Las temperaturas diurnas están los mediados de 90 grados con las duchas suaves dispersadas. La mañana se pronostica para ser levemente más fresca, 88 grados y duchas.

Aquí en Puerto Rico, estamos comenzando a ver los efectos del cambio resultando de precios de la gasolina más altos. Veo en los estados que los precios de la gasolina medios son 4.12 por galón. Aquí en Puerto Rico, estamos apenas sobre 1.00 por el litro para la gasolina regular. He notado que el Tren Urbano ha tenido número de usuarios del transporte público creciente. Ha habido tablero de varios días yo abordado el Tren después de trabajo y debe parado el viaje entero a mi destinación final en Bayamón. Bueno para el Tren, bueno para la economía, y bueno para Él Tapón.

También encuentro, es bueno para mi salud pues camino más a y desde el Tren y mis destinaciones así como arriba y abajo de las escaleras de las plataformas de Tren. Muchas ciudades en Puerto Rico han llegado a ser salud-conscientes. Mi ciudad tiene una facilidad maravillosa con una piscina, entrenamiento del peso, un atletismo profesional, arena de interior de la aptitud, así como las aceras muy facíl a caminar en la ciudad. ¡Y todo se utiliza  bien! Cualquier día laborable de 4pm a 830pm usted puede encontrar a centenares de gente que camina, biking y ejercitando. Recuerde, es oscuro en Puerto Rico en el 7:30 P.M. a lo largo de todo el año porque estamos muy cercanos al ecuador.


Eric in PR

- Invest 94L
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 16:11:44 -0700 (PDT)
Hello Friends (and relatives):
Invest 94L seems to be unable to get its act together, according to Gert and is hovering over the southeastern Caribbean.  The Reconnaissance Aircraft (Hurricane Hunters) have completed their first pass through the area and there is no central formation at this time.  BUT, they say we could be in for some locally heavy rains and wind.  However, not in the next 48 hours, for Puerto Rico.  SO, enjoy your plans for the weekend.

Locally, I see more people buying storm supplies as they notice storms develop.  Tourism is heavier this summer than I remember from 2007.  Stores are busy as usual, as are local road, highways and expressways. 

Over the past few days we have had some short rain storms during the night and a few light showers during the day.  And these showers are not widespread.  These rains help to conserve water supplies and keep our plants, grass and trees green. 

Hola amigos (y parientes):
 Invest 94L parece no poder reunir su acto, según Gert y está asomando sobre el Caribe del sudeste. Los aviones de reconocimiento (cazadores del huracán) han terminado su primer paso con el área y allí no son ninguna formación central en este tiempo. PERO, dicen que podríamos estar adentro para un poco de lluvias localmente pesadas y viento. Sin embargo, no sobre las 48 horas próximas, para Puerto Rico. ASÍ PUES, disfrute de sus planes para el fin de semana.

Localmente, veo más fuentes de compra de la tormenta de la gente mientras que notan tormentas para convertirse. El turismo es más pesado este verano que recuerdo a partir de 2007. Los almacenes están ocupados como de costumbre, al igual que el camino, las carreteras y las autopistas locales.

Sobre el último pocos días hemos tenido algunas tormentas cortas de la lluvia durante la noche y algunas las duchas ligeras durante el día. Y estas duchas no son extensas. Estas lluvias ayudan a conservar abastecimientos de agua y a guardar nuestras plantas, hierba y árboles para ponerse verde.

Eric in PR

- Fajardo
  • From: "Karen" <knotimpaired at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2008 05:28:26 -0400
Good morning everyone, Yesterday was quite hazy, we could barely see Vieques.
This morning is another story. The sun has not crested the horizen yet and already I can see it will be a great morning. At about 5 I heard a boat leaving the marina and looked off our north balcony and saw it was Towboat. I watched him head south and moved over to the south balcony to see which direction he was headed. He headed south to Humacao. But while watching his lights glide across the water I glanced over to the direction of Vieques and could see the lights lining the new pier at Mosquito Pier and looked further east and low and behold, the lights of Isabel Segunda (my home base) about 18 miles away.
I have not looked at the weather report yet but i fthis morning is any indication of what's to follow it should turn out to be a Chamber of Commerce day!

- Bertha
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 17:37:09 -0700 (PDT)
As the sun goes down, we find Bertha is going to bed...in the north Atlantic Ocean!  Rest easy tonight, but stay vigilant, as we saw with Bertha, a Category Three Hurricane CAN happen this early in the season.  A wake up call for everyone who is not prepared.

This evening the Atlantic Shore of the San Juan Metropolitan area was calm and serene.  Hotel lobbies filled with celebrations, dinner reservations...happy noises.  Another beginning of a night in San Juan and the festivities of summer.  As another community prepares for their Patron Saint Celebration, and yet another festival of food, fun and dancing.  Puerto Rico is always celebrating life.

As always, I will keep MY eyes vigilantly toward the skies this season until we can say....Today is November 30 and the 2008 Hurricane Season is officially over.

¡Mientras que va el sol abajo, encontramos que Bertha se está yendo a la cama… en el Océano Atlántico del norte! Recline la esta noche fácil, pero permanezca vigilante, como vimos con Bertha, un huracán de la categoría tres PUEDE suceder esto temprano en la estación. Una llamada del despertar para cada uno que no se prepara.

Esta tarde la orilla atlántica de la zona metropolitana de San Juan era tranquila y serena. Los pasillos del hotel llenaron de las celebraciones, ruidos felices de las reservaciones de cena…. Otro principio de una noche en San Juan y las festividades del verano. Como otra comunidad se prepara para su celebración del santo patrón, pero otro festival del alimento, la diversión y el baile. Puerto Rico está celebrando siempre vida.

Como siempre, guardaré MIS ojos vigilante hacia los cielos que esta estación hasta nosotros puede decir….El hoy es el 30 de noviembre y la estación 2008 del huracán está oficialmente encima.


Eric in PR

- Bertha
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 16:47:41 -0700 (PDT)
Hello Friends:

BIG Bertha, is now a Category Three Hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean and is moving northwest toward Bermuda.  However, the National Weather Service indicates that Bertha will be weakening and possibly steering northward as we approach the weekend but she is still unpredictable at this location. This will place Bertha more than 500 miles from Puerto Rico.  The good news is that Bertha is not hungry for Alcapurria this week.  Hopefully she does not like Puerto Rican food. 

I worked night shift last night so, I have not seen much around the area today, but my neighbors are chatting about usual current events and local weather which has been seasonably hot and sunny with a few scattered showers, with our current temperature in the Metropolitan San Juan area of 84 degrees at sundown.  The local forecast tomorrow is for partly sunny skies and 88 degrees.  This is typically the Rainy Season here in the Caribbean Islands and this summer is no exception. 

My eyes are vigilant for the skies and watching for approaching storms, and I will keep you informed of changes affecting Puerto Rico's North Shore.

Hola mis compadres:

Bertha GRANDE, ahora es un huracán de la categoría tres en el Océano Atlántico y está noroeste móvil hacia Bermudas. Sin embargo, el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional indica que Bertha se debilitará y dirigirá posiblemente hacia el norte como nos acercamos al fin de semana pero ella es todavía imprevisible en esta localización.  Esto colocará Bertha más de 500 millas de Puerto Rico.  Las buenas noticias son que Bertha no tiene hambre para Alcapurria esta semana. Esperanzadamente ella no tiene gusto del alimento puertorriqueño.

Trabajé el turno de noche anoche así pues, no he visto mucho alrededor del área hoy, pero mis vecinos están charlando sobre sucesos actuales generalmente y el tiempo local que ha sido oportuno caliente y asoleado con algunas duchas dispersadas, con nuestra temperatura actual en el área metropolitana de San Juan de 84 grados en el ocaso. El pronóstico local está mañana para los cielos en parte asoleados y 88 grados. Ésta es típicamente la estación de lluvias aquí en las islas caribeñas y este verano no es ninguna excepción.

Mis ojos son vigilantes para los cielos y mirar para las tormentas inminentes, y le mantendré informado los cambios que afectan la orilla del norte de Puerto Rico.


Eric in PR

- From the Finca - Jayuya
  • From: Fincadelseto at aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 07:06:28 EDT
BERTHA looks like a definite MISS - Gracias a Dios!
But of historical interest.....
While a hurricane does not form every year in July in the Atlantic basin, it has certainly happened before - and it should be noted that in 1996 another hurricane - also called Bertha! - formed, coincidentally also on July 7th!  What are the odds of that?!  Here's the track of '96 Bertha:

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- Bertha
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2008 18:17:10 -0700 (PDT)
The North Shore and Metropolitan area are bustling as usual.  The malls and restaurants are busy and the usual grocery shoppers are in their paces.  The Autopista is busy but nothing more than any other holiday weekend.   It has been quiet, as many people are at the beach or have been on the smaller islands for the long weekend. 

Today, a few short squalls or rain with lots of sunshine and light breezes were here to be enjoyed.  The Alcapurria Stands and Lechonerias are wafting their fragrances at the roadsides.

Tonight it is 82 degrees and the coquis are singing their lullaby.   And so, as I leave for work tonight and give my coworkers the latest coordinates on Bertha, life in Puerto Rico is bustling yet serene.  Oh so, very Caribbean, tropical.

La orilla del norte y la zona metropolitana están apresurando como de costumbre. Las malls y los restaurantes están ocupados y los compradores generalmente de la tienda de comestibles están en sus pasos. El Autopista es ocupado pero nada más que cualquier otro fin de semana del día de fiesta. Ha sido tranquilidad, tanta gente está en la playa o ha estado en las islas más pequeñas para el fin de semana largo.

Hoy, algunos chubascos del cortocircuito o la lluvia con las porciones de sol y de brisas ligeras estaban aquí ser gozados. El Alcapurria se coloca y Lechonerias oliendo sus fragancias en los bordes de la carretera.

Es esta noche 82 grados y los coquis están cantando su arrullo. Y por eso, como me voy para el trabajo esta noche y doy a mis compañeros de trabajo los últimos coordenadas en Bertha, la vida en Puerto Rico está apresurando con todo sereno.  Así pues, mismo el Caribe, tropical.


Eric in PR

- Bertha
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2008 06:46:05 -0700 (PDT)
Since TD#2 has spawned Bertha and is running at 18Kts north-northwest from Cape Verde, the computer models have its closest point of approach to Puerto Rico at 382.9 miles north of San Juan, sometime Wednesday July 9, 2008.  Bertha has loads of moisture and will be sharing that with us as she approaches the area.

Right now, the North Shore is quiet and partly sunny with some scattered showers in the area.  As usual, we had some showers last evening that have nourished the grass and plants, nicely.  Most areas are quite green on the north side of the island which is quite different from the parched south side.  Our annual rainfall for the north shore is typically 144 inches per year with El Yunque topping the rain gauge at 386 inches per year.  Ever wonder why there's a rain forest there?  Additionally, The Mountain often spares most of Puerto Rico from brutal storms and as old Boriqua-Indian folklore tells us, the Gods of El Yunque protect The Island.  Well, I'm certainly thankful for that!  I'm a believer.

Today is a typical Saturday, but I do see people stocking up on water and other supplies.  A friend gave us some wonderful White Butterfly Ginger to strategically place in the yard next to the patio for some fragrant evenings.  It makes my heart smile.  I'll post pictures when they become flowers. 

Puesto que TD#2 ha frezado Bertha y está funcionando en 18Kts del Nornoroeste de Cabo Verde, los modelos de ordenador tienen su punto más cercano del acercamiento a Puerto Rico en 382.9 millas de norte de San Juan, alguna vez miércoles 9 de julio de 2008. Bertha tiene cargas de la humedad y compartirá eso con nosotros mientras que ella se acerca al área.

Ahora, la orilla del norte es reservada y en parte asoleada con algunas duchas dispersadas en el área. Como de costumbre, teníamos algunas duchas la tarde pasada que han alimentado la hierba y las plantas, agradable. La mayoría de las áreas son absolutamente verdes en el lado norte de la isla que es absolutamente diferente del lado sur secado. Nuestra precipitación anual para la orilla del norte es típicamente 144 pulgadas por año con el EL Yunque que remata el calibrador de lluvia en 386 pulgadas por año. ¿Pregúntese nunca porqué hay una selva tropical allí? Además, la montaña ahorra a menudo la mayor parte de Puerto Rico de tormentas brutales y como el viejo folklore Boriqua-Indio nos dice, dioses del EL Yunque protegen la isla. ¡Bien, soy ciertamente agradecido para ése! Soy un creyente.

El hoy es un sábado típico, pero veo la media de la gente para arriba en el agua y otra las fuentes. Un amigo nos dio alguna mariposa blanca maravillosa que el jengibre a estratégico coloca en el solar al lado del patio por algunas tardes fragantes. Hace que mi corazón sonríe. Fijaré cuadros cuando se convierten en flores.


Eric in PR.

- Off and running.....
  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 15:11:05 -0700 (PDT)
Looks like we're off and running with the 2008 Storm Season as a tropical system begins to develop off Cape Verde, Africa.  As Gert says, it's unusual and very early for something like this to develop into anything significant.  Nevertheless....watch it.

Here on the North Shore of Puerto Rico, it's warm, partly sunny and there's some high clouds in the sky with a few scattered showers across the area.  We've had some significant rain storms in June including a tropical depression that dumped a day's worth of rain on the island.

Stores are stocking up on supplies for us, and I noticed the warehouse stores are stockpiling water, canned goods and non-perishables for the season.

Gas stations are as busy as usual.  And even though economists paint a bleak financial picture, Puerto Rican Malls are still packed with shoppers.  I'm told they'll shop til they drop from denied credit cards at the checkout, spending the last dollar.

Our Cruise Ship season seems to be running late this year with some last minute crowds coming to San Juan.  I remember the season started slowly.

So, keep an eye on the skies and on your favorite weather map as we venture into Storm Season 2008.  I'll continue to give you a grass roots perspective from our neighborhoods and cities just west of San Juan.



  • From: "Eric D. Oliver" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:16:18 -0700 (PDT)
Mojado is Spanish for WET!  And WET we are today, with some of the fiercest tropical rains we've seen in a while.  The summer rains have arrived and snarled traffic, stranded motorists and left people standing at paradas (bus stops) with broken umbrellas and soaked to the bones.

As I drove through some of our fair cities of Puerto Rico today, I found highways that were flooded in a matter of minutes, lots of dangerous cloud to ground lightning and ear popping thunder.  The Autopista was jammed with frightened motorists, skirting huge puddles of flood proportions, side roads are passable but people were slow to wade through standing water, for fear of being stranded. 

Our near-brown lawn absolutely loved the rains, today.  And the coquis are joyfully croaking tonight as they munch on insects.  Earlier today, the turtles were floating just below the surface of the water at our nearby lake and canal, feasting on things that floated by them.

All in all, it was a very MOJADO day.

Enjoy summer!

Eric in PR

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  • Date: Mon, 26 May 2008 10:24:52 -0400
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  • From: "Eric D Oliver-Kidney" <ericdoliver at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 20:26:39 -0400
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Ah yes, the official 2008 Hurricane season is about to begin and from what I'm reading and hearing, it will be interesting, to say the least.  Here in Puerto Rico, people are still headed for the beach, shopping, and whatever takes them outdoors and into the wonderful Puerto Rico Sunshine.  Most major highways have been repaired from this past year's water damage, and now the island has the go-ahead to start construction on NEW highways and projects.  The roads are all in good shape that I drive in San Juan, Guabnabo, Rio Piedras and Toa Baja.  The roads in Bayamón seem to all be repaved and they're still working on them. 
Here in Toa Baja, the beaches are beautiful, clean and sparkling.  Not just our Blue Flag (International) Beaches, but the "other" beaches, too.  Levittown, Dorado and Vega Baja have some beautiful balneareos (bathing beaches), easy to access and most are free. Let's hope this years' storms don't change that too much.
I'll be vigilant and try to report as quickly as I can, and as accurately as I can.  If I get stuck at the hospital for a storm, I'll have to report what's happening there. 
Folks who check us out from The States often write letters, from which I've made a few email-friends.  Stormcaribe.com isn't just for those of us who live in the basin, it seems people from all over the world, check us out. 
Below is "Yertle the Turtle," who decided to lay some eggs in my back yard.  She was diligent and took hours to dig and produce her mud and eggs.  She'll be back to assist the fledglings back to the water.
Yertle Spring 2008
Eric in PR

- A short report from Eastern Puerto Rico
  • From: Bill Earl <earlwl at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2008 18:29:36 -0400
It's been a bit rainy for the last couple of days in Eastern PR. We are on the edge of El Yunque National Rain Forest and late this afternoon it really stormed. We must have had about one to two inches in a couple of hours. (I need to get a rain gauge!!) The little creek behind our house that normally just trickles along is a raging torrent. Too bad my camera died about 10 days ago and I haven't replaced it just yet. But, the forecast is for less rain tomorrow and then starting to clear up. Just a tropical rain and the coquis are celebrating!


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