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- Wild Wed
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2011 12:29:42 -0400
Hi All,
Well..we are having quite a bit of weather here in Cruz Bay...VERY dark, like it's night... rain, although not heavy right now,  THUNDER...flashes of lightning....(I'm terrified by both) ..my cats and I did hide in the closet for a couple of the bigger rumbles, and it looks like more is on the way... The temps have fallen as well...the towel brigade is laid out in the kitchen...the electicity has flickered a few times...oh no...more big rumbles..time to re-treat !

- Super Sunday
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 12:59:15 -0400
Greetings all !
It has been a LONG time since my last post...my keyboard lost it's 'period' ( laptop menopause ? tee hee) BUT after going through   KBRT ( keyboard replacement therapy) has regained it's function ...
The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here on St John for the last few days.. Blue, blue, blue skies, pretty, puffy clouds, lush green foliage everywhere ! 
 Saturday Bootcamp class was a toasty one with not much breeze, but it was my first class that I could run with my 'team' after having broken my ankle...yipee !!!     After class we went over to the 'No Fleas Please' flea market to help support the ACC ( Animal Care Center) here in Cruz Bay...GREAT event, very well organized, lots of great stuff for sale at the right price...huge turnout...The ACC has an online magazine that is very well done...check it out !     Later,  it was off to the beach... Trunk Bay  for lunch and sun.  The water is still soooo warm and the temps were quite warm.  Driving back along North Shore Rd everything was so gorgeous it made your heart swell.  mmmmm. Coming back to town, we stopped at the Ice Cream Place/Bar to help our friend ease into his new job as ....well....drink master/ice cream provider..  : )
Today, we went for a nice hike from town, onto the Lind Point Trail, over to Salamon Beach then to Honeymoon, then up the trail to the road and then...Tamarind Court for breakfast...We DID earn it !  And NOW....Football from the Intex inflatable pool, with TV hung from the side of the house...yup that's right....
Enjoy !

- Sunday
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 08:21:26 -0400
Good morning all,
Well, here in Cruz Bay, on STJ, we really did not have much of anything from Maria...a little wind, a few gust and only some moderate rain.  Nothing really heavy or extreme...We're spared again !  It is cloudy and a little breezy here this a.m., but in looking at the radar and water vapor images it should seem like we are getting poured on !  Nope, just clouds for now .
Today is the 10th year after the tragedy of Sept 11th and there is much  media coverage of the events and ceremonies occuring today. Keep this in your mind today whatever your day may bring.

- non-storm
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2011 16:32:01 -0400
Hey all,
It has actually turned out to be a beautiful, breezy day here in Cruz Bay...not much rain or wind... go figure... All is well

- Maria
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2011 10:38:52 -0400
Good morning all,
A rather sunny and breezy morning here in Cruz Bay...we were able to get Bootcamp in at 9:00 am  ( yup, with me on crutches leading the way ! )  with only 1 quick bit of rain and now the sun is back out again.   The National Park building is closed and ferries are starting to move to the creek.   I'm not sure if ferry/barge service is still running ?  They were reportedly were going to suspend service this a.m.   Or if the Airport is still open...All in all things are pretty quiet around town...we DO expect  heavy rain and gusty winds, but the towel brigade is ready !!!
Stay dry and safe  : )

- what
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2011 20:03:31 -0400
Okay... all of a sudden we had aHUGE downpour, THUNDER..all kinds of stuff...All at the same time I decided to take my 'maiden voyage' to the Marketplace, with my cast boot and crutches...I thought, well there are flat walking areas and elevators...did NOT  anticipate the slippery tile and rubber crutch tips....got a few errands done and used a shopping chart..that was conveniently located on the level I was on..to get to my Suzuki.  I was laughing and cursing all at the same time !
Let's all keep an eye on Maria...she looks like a 'cryer/rain-maker' and a fast mover and shaker..........."there's something about Maria  " (West Side Story )
Pain 'relief' and football on tap !

- Labor Day holiday
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 08:04:44 -0400
Good day all....
The past few days have been quite warm, VERY sunny, but yesterday we had a nice, drier breeze, thanks to Katia passing well to our North..  We now have Invest 95 out to our East to keep  an eye on  This system is sitting quite low at the time and is rather large in size...will keep an eye on it...High surf advisories in effect, also from Katia,  I'm sure surfers are going to get some action out there!
Today is a holiday in the USVI and PR...Labor Day...and the 'unofficial' end of summer in the  the States...Unfortunately, TS Lee wil be putting a damper (pun intended ) on many holiday BBQ's and get togethers...
Today there is a 'parade' out in Coral Bay and supposedly the car races are going to be banned this year...we'll see.    As for me, it will be lack- luster as I am hobbling around on crutches, with a heavy cast boot on my left leg... a little injury while training a client at the gym...boo hoo !  The Islands are definately  a challenging place to have limited mobility...lots of hills, no sidewalks,  lots of stairs, no elevators except for the Marketplace...I have a hard time having to SLOW DOWN !  Me no likey  : (    My husband had to kind of 'carry' me to the beach...how humbling ! Oh well , it could be worse : )
Have a great day  !!!

- Super Saturday
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2011 12:34:20 -0400
Hi All !
 Yes, so far it is a super Saturday...it wasn't too hot for Bootcamp class this a.m. we actually had a breeze and a gentle rain shower to cool us off !  This time of year alot of residents take their off Island adventures...so I'm cat sitting for a few of them...Early on, on one of these cat care posts, one of my charges zipped out the door before I had a chance to even think...and Miss Margaret has been on the loose since...but she is a wanderer and does this often according to her 'parents'...and just now I had to chase and fetch my friends dog...Rayne...who was spooked by people at her cottage !   BUT, it is sunny and not too humid.
My husband left for Mass. yesterday to help his parents secure their beach house...people saw him on the ferry and asked why he was leaving and he said he was chasing the storm and  didn't get enough of Irene the 1st time  and wanted a 2nd chance with her !  tee hee...Despite all the hype, Irene does seem to be loosing some energy (maybe from my husband chasing her ! ) We'll see...
Have a great day !

- Post-Irene
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 06:48:43 -0400
Good morning all,
We have had continued off and on rain, wind, thunder and lightning from passing bands of Irene. It really is a large sized storm. Phone service (land line) service it still spotty and c-phone service is improving as is Internet connection.  This a.m. I am now seeing a little sun to the East...we'll see it it  stays ! Hope everyone in her path stays safe !!!  Oh...and how about the Earthquake on the East coast of the US ?
Have a good day

- Wind, rain, noisy night; still continuing
  • By crabbys at earthlink.net
  • Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 08:17:11 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Wind gusts continue here up between 25 to 30 knots from the tail of now 
Hurricane Irene.  Many people are without power and internet; most damage is 
limited to vegetation (tree limbs; we lost several banana trees).  It looks 
like there are at least three boats on shore in Coral Bar -- right near Island 
Blues.   Don't know how hard they came up.

Overall, most folks came out okay; the storm is still continuing this a.m. with 
wind-driven rain and wind gusts.  So far, we've picked up 5.7 inches of rain 
from Irene.

- Still have power; gusts here now up to 35 knots
  • By crabbys at earthlink.net
  • Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 20:36:29 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Well, we decided to board up the east and south facing windows, and that was a 
good decision.  We continue to get rain along with wind gust reaching 35 knots 
-- not as impressive as Bethany Man, who is getting 55 knot gusts, but pretty 
alarming when you think that something could potentially be flying your way in 
it.  We still have power out here in Carolina, although it did sputter a short 
time ago -- really just about hanging in there.  
Our neighbor, who is visiting, stopped by for dinner.  He came wearing a rain 
parka and carrying and umbrella, and he was still wet.  Only walked a few doors 

I am on dial up at the moment.  We just cannot get through via ATT.  

Hope things don't get much worse. 

- rain, some wind, power loss and internet issues
  • By crabbys at earthlink.net
  • Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 18:24:20 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
We've really been having trouble connecting to the internet; there are power 
outages around the island, but we still have power here in Upper Carolina 
(Coral Bay area). Rain in buckets.

East Ender reports that they are now getting blasted from the Southeast as the 
storm moves through.  Glad she has her storm panels up and dinner prepared -- 
in case the power goes out.

Bethany man says he's had gust of over 50 knots at his still from the northeast 
and torrential rain.
He hasn't have power for some time.  Mammy Peaker also lost power awhile back. 

Gifft Hill man says it's really gusty there, lots of rain, about a 1/2 inch an 

I will post as long as I can access the internet. 

Be safe.

- Emailing: 004 (2)
  • By "crabbyswatersports" <crabbyswatersports at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 13:53:14 -0400
It's been raining pretty steadily for the past hour or so. I'm screwing down my wood shutters on Crabby's as the wind kicks up from time to time. The attached photo(taken a short time ago) shows Coral Bay people scurrying around for storm prep. Well, it will keep the rain out of their drinks. They make me feel like the pig that built the brick house, I'd rather be partying with them but I've got too many things to do. Hope everyone stays safe-Crabby

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- Irene
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 12:20:59 -0400
Hey all
Irene has apparently been upgraded to a hurricane..Right now Cruz Bay is very dark and some rain is coming in...I've got yo turn my Suzuki around in the driveway so rain doesn't pool TOO much in the floors...according to NHC we were not to be impacted until tonight through Monday am...but MoM Nature has her own set of rules.......Boats in Cruz Bay harbor did not move or many did not secure extra lines, WE DID,  so hope all fairs well.  The cats are getting a little fidgity, but are liking the breeze...Satellite radio is having some issues...But for now all is okay

- "Last boat in before the rain: Hurricane Hole"
  • By crabbys at earthlink.net
  • Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 12:04:20 -0400 (EDT)
Some of the boaters in Coral Harbor moved their vessels into Hurricane Hole for 
safety.  This photo is of a boat under sail getting into the hole just as one 
of the large rain bands from TS Irene moves in from the east (looks like the 
horizon, but it isn't).   Many vessel either elected to remain in Coral Harbor, 
didn't have time to move out, or the owners may be off island.  It is getting 
darker and very overcast, and the wind is starting to whisper.  Here it comes; 
another "turn on the fire hose" round of rain.  Very heavy, but little wind at 
this point. I will keep posting as warranted.  

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- heavy rain, lightning and thunder
  • By crabbys at earthlink.net
  • Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2011 02:01:11 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Just after 1:15 a.m. AST, someone turned on the firehose!  There are continuing 
bands of "open faucet" rain coming down.  If this is any indication of the next 
day and a half, we are in for a very wet Irene.  The bad part is, we went 
directly to a storm warning with the storm nearly here, and it appears folks 
may be doing some of those final preps in this off-and-on heavy rain -- never a 
fun or safe thing.  Storm warning came at 7 p.m. last night, and that was just 
at dark.  And now the thunder and lightning is gearing up. Be safe!!!  Hope the 
power stays on.  

- Tropical Storm Warning up for TS Irene
  • By crabbys at earthlink.net
  • Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 19:27:54 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Tropical Storm Warning for US Virgin Islands
Statement as of 7:00 PM AST on August 20, 2011
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...Tropical storm forms east of the Leeward Islands...tropical storm
warnings issued...


summary of 700 PM AST...2300 UTC...information
location...14.9n 58.5w
about 190 mi...305 km E of Dominica
about 215 mi...345 km ESE of Guadeloupe
maximum sustained winds...50 mph...85 km/h
present movement...W or 280 degrees at 22 mph...35 km/h
minimum central pressure...1006 mb...29.71 inches


watches and warnings
changes in watches and warnings with this advisory...

a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Puerto Rico and the
U.S. Virgin Islands...Vieques and Culebra.

The government of Curacao has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for
Saba...St. Eustatius...and St. Maartin.

The meteorological service of Barbados has issued a Tropical Storm
Warning for Dominica.

The government of Antigua has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for
Barbuda...St. Kitts...Nevis...Antigua...Montserrat...
Anguilla...and the British Virgin Islands.

Summary of watches and warnings in effect...

a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Puerto Rico...U.S. Virgin Islands...Vieques and Culebra
* Saba...St. Eustatius...and St. Maartin
* Dominica
* Barbuda...St. Kitts...Nevis...Antigua...Anguilla...Montserrat
* British Virgin Islands

tropical storm conditions could occur elsewhere in the northern
Leeward Islands tonight and early Sunday.

Hurricane conditions could occur in the Dominican Republic late on

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

For storm information specific to your area in the United
States...including possible inland watches and warnings...please
monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service
forecast office. For storm information specific to your area outside
the United States...please monitor products issued by your National
meteorological service.


Discussion and 48-hour outlook
at 700 PM AST...2300 UTC...the center of Tropical Storm Irene was
located near latitude 14.9 north...longitude 58.5 west.  Irene is
moving toward the west near 22 mph...35 km/h...and a motion toward
west-northwest at a slower rate of speed is expected during the
next 48 hours.  On the forecast track...Irene will pass through the
Leeward Islands early Sunday...and move into the northeastern
Caribbean Sea on Sunday.  Irene could approach the Dominican
Republic late Monday.  

Data from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft indicate
that maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph...85 km/h...with
higher gusts.  Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48
hours and Irene could become a hurricane on Monday.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 120 miles...195 km
...Mainly to the north and east of the center.

The latest minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force Reserve
hurricane hunter aircraft was 1006 mb...29.71 inches.


Hazards affecting land
wind...tropical storm conditions are expected in the Leeward Islands
tonight into early Sunday.  Tropical storm conditions are expected
to begin Sunday afternoon in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Hurricane conditions are possible over the Dominican Republic
by late Monday with tropical storm conditions possible by Monday

Rainfall...Irene is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations
of 4 to 7 inches in the Leeward Islands...Puerto Rico and the
Virgin Islands...with isolated maximum amounts of up to 10 inches. 
These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud
slides in areas of steep terrain. 

Storm surge...a storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1
to 3 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast in the
warning area.  Near the coast...the surge will be accompanied by
large and dangerous waves.


Next advisory
next complete advisory...1100 PM AST.

Forecaster Blake/Brennan

- Tropical Wave Expected to Bring Heavy Rains, Gusty Winds Beginning by Sunday Night
  • By crabbys at earthlink.net
  • Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 14:23:34 -0400 (EDT)
Just forwarding this from local emergency management re: tropical wave moving 
through over the next few days.


Tropical Wave Expected to Bring Heavy Rains, Gusty Winds Beginning by Sunday 

Alert / Warning


Issued By:  VITEMA
Affected Jurisdictions:  Virgin Islands

Headline:  Tropical Wave Expected to Bring Heavy Rains, Gusty Winds Beginning 
by Sunday Night

VITEMA is continuing to closely monitor a large tropical wave located about 400 
miles east of the Lesser Antilles and moving westward to west-northwestward at 
about 20 miles per hour.  

According to the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center most 
recent update, shower activity associated with this system continues to show 
signs of organization, however, there is no evidence of a surface circulation 
at this time. Slow development of this system is likely, and a tropical 
depression could form over the next couple of days. This system has a high 
chance, 80 percent, of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours. An 
Air Force reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this 
system later this afternoon, if necessary.  

The National Weather Service has forecasted the system would bring 
intermittent, localized heavy rains and gusty winds to the Virgin Islands, 
particularly St. Croix, on Sunday afternoon into Monday.  

VITEMA is urging the public to be vigilant and to monitor the progress of this 
system as it moves across our region. Stay tuned to local radio, TV, NOAA 
weather radio and VI Alert for updated information, watches and warnings. For 
preparedness information visit www.VITEMA.gov ("http://www.vitema.gov/";) .   

Audio Recording URL:  

- Eye to the EAST
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 10:55:47 -0400
Good day all !
We've had typical summer weather here on STJ lately...warm temps, warm water, occaisional showers...   It's amazing that on an Island this small, how much the weather can vary...by even a few miles..  It could be raining buckets in Gifft Hill and be completely dry in Cruz Bay,  and  Coral Bay... all at the same time !   Likewise,  the streamer clouds have their own particular paths, which determine what beaches will have sun...
     It did feel a little warmer than usual at Bootcamp class this a.m.   a little more moaning and groaning and more water drinking and red faces, and little breeze...but we did it !   ( Last Saturday we did it in the big rain and thunder and lightning...yikes)  There was also a splash and dash out at Maho Bay this a.m.  Wow is St. John an active Isle!
    Okay ...onto what we are looking at...Invest 97L has become more organized and NHC has it as 80% chance of developing...It seems that what we can expect HERE is some heavy rain showers and some wind,  but there is still uncertainty as to it's path and strength...SOOOO we could get :  nothing,    a little squally weather ,  lots of squally weather...Invests 98 and 99 seem to have fizzled for now...
Have a great Saturday !

- Someone turned on the wind machine
  • By crabbys at earthlink.net
  • Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2011 20:06:04 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Around 6:15 this evening, the wind started to really pick up out here in Coral 
Bay.  We are getting gusts up near 40 knots, and we are nowhere near the center 
of this storm.  Must have some pretty strong outer bands.  We have had some 
heavy rain bands come through, but most of the day has been pretty dry.  

- Storm damage
  • By "crabbyswatersports" <crabbyswatersports at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2011 11:29:39 -0400
It's 11:30 AM and the sun is out here in Coral Bay. Now it will probably rain again in another hour or so because that seems to be the pattern today. Gusty winds occasionally but I'm guessing less than 30 knots and maybe the sustained are around 15 knots. My flag pole with the large American flag out in front of Crabby's is tilting at a 45 degree angle and it looks like the image from the world trade center. Mostly it was due to years of rust on the bottom holding bracket and it picked last night to give way and not so much from the strength of Emily. I've actually had two families come in this morning and rent snorkel gear but they just got in last night and they are going to the beach today no matter what. They may have fun in the surf but no tan today. Well, I guess the storm still has a few hours to make it's closest approach but if it stays like it is now everything and everyone here will be fine. I hope this is the last storm of the season, Hey, no harm hoping-Crabby

- Tues am
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2011 06:32:23 -0400
Good morning all,
We had some pretty heavy rain showers ...off and on starting around 3 am.  None right now . We are under a Tropical Storm Watch and should expect some more consistent rain and wind later this afternoon and evening. The system will pass south of the Virgin Islands...Emily appears to be somewhat less comsolidated this am...is still following along her predicted course...so this is probably a 'practice run' for us here on STJ.
On another note...there are several waves coming from the East and the Monsoon troff has shifted somewhat to the North...Stay Tuned !

- what is up ?
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 16:57:09 -0400
Hey all,
Not much information going on down here...not a good sign..a TS or not a TS...NHC...budget cuts ? Folks are somewhat preparing , but not taking things seriously due to the info we are getting/or the  lack there-of..
At any rate..had a swim at Gibney beach...smooth, warm, mmmmm.   A bit breezy at the house, but nice, the cats are not melting as much... Skipper is sleeping in the  'mail' basket and looks quite comfy.. maybe they will have a good can of tuna for dinner..meow    : )   Time to 'clean' the inflatable pool...!

- td #5 or not
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:24:05 -0400
Hey allbut ,
I'm a little concerned that NOAA/NHC hasn't given much more info or an update regarding status.  We are all assuming that a TD #5 has formed or perhaps a Tropical Storm has formed . Radar looks to be showing edges of the storm coming close to the lower Islands all ready...What gives ?
So far..today has been an absolutely gorgeous day here on STJ.  Got to hang some laundry out on the line and...it DRIED !. Got to go for a swim and sun...towel brigade is in place and gutters cleared..cat food FULLY stocked...According to Crown Weather, we will not be impacted..if we are...until Wed...but start to think about what you need for 3-4 days if the 'electricky' is out...
: ) lowcalval

- Sat on my a** day
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 19:36:41 -0400
Hey all,
Well, no...I didn't sit on my butt all day...I taught my bootcamp class, walked my friends dog up the hills of Cruz Bay, washed towels in anticipation on the storm....why wash 'storm towels'..just because...went to Gibney Beach...lovely today..all right ...the cats are chashing a moth or other flying thing around  the kitchen and making a BIG production....gottta go !

- fair weather Friday
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 15:23:49 -0400
Happy Friday all
What a weird weather week here in Cruz Bay...Thunder rumbles, wind gusts, down pours at night and during the day...bright sunshine for about an hour then a down pour..and then again...every time I start to pursue and outdoor activity, the rains come and then boom...sun ...It's funny because at the gym at Gifft Hill School you can see the weather coming across the hills and then the down pours begin, but do not always make it to Coral Bay or all of Cruz  Bay.
Today was an exception in town...the sun came out and stayed out and I was able to get some outdoor chores done. Cleaning the 'inflatable' pool, propagating some plants and moving others around...I'm so ready to power wash the deck, driveway, and other concrete surfaces. Just have to borrow a power washer  : )
The cats have been melting on the floor and staying close to the fans...and generating LOTS of cat fur, but, well, what's a cat to do ?
Okay now, keep your eyes on the storm system out East along the Monsoon troff...(I don't recall the Atlantic having a Monsoon troff in the past , just the Pacific) but just be aware that it is out there.  Let's hope for fair weather this weekend...oh...and next week  . )

- stormy Saturday
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 16:45:55 -0400
Hey all....
Long time no words from me.. Today here on STJ has been a weird weather day...Thunder and heavy rain in Cruz Bay in the early  a.m... things cleared out enough for Bootcamp class at 9:00 am with just a very welcome sprinkle at the end.  The sun came in and out and there were some bigger rains, but we still managed a brief dip in the Intex pool and a quick BBQ hotdog on the grill.   Then again some rain... which has allowed my husband to begin to create a sub-whoofer system for his man's world and for me to continuue to read a book. Ahhhh...the Radar looks kind of ominous for the evening. It's quite dark here right now.  I think it's a good night for making Chili in the crock pot and checking out the new 'sound system' in Man's World.: )
Stay  high and dry !

- More and more rain, lobsters and screen repair
  • By crabbys at earthlink.net
  • Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2011 18:28:35 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Yet another downpour here in Coral Bay.  We have gotten just under two inches 
of rain so far today -- on top of close to an inch the day before. And all this 
is falling on pretty wet ground.  It seems as if the rain just keeps popping up 
out of nowhere on the radar.  Hope this finally moves out.  

Our beach lobster boil did take place -- mostly during one of the drier spots 
of this whole mess.  About four dozen people showed up to eat Maine lobsters, 
steamers, clams and oysters on the half shell, and various other goodies.  
There was also a gas-powered drink blender.  A good time was had by all in 
spite of the overcast day. 

We haven't had a chance to fix the screens yet from the "big blow" several days 
ago, but will have to get on it before the next batch of mosquitoes arrives.

- The wind blew, the kayaks flew.....
  • By crabbys at earthlink.net
  • Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2011 16:37:51 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Holy cow!  A passing tropical wave really kicked us in the butt a short time 
ago.   Heavy potted plans were overturned and large screens blew out up here 
above Coral Harbor.  There are reports of winds measuring over 50 mph on 
several spots across the island and some trees down.  Several of the kayaks 
down at our watersports business blew of the rack into the parking lot.  We 
knew there was a chance of a wave coming, but nothing like this.  The wind and 
rain has been stronger up here than we have seen in some tropical storms!  

- Rain from now til ...
  • By crabbys at earthlink.net
  • Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2011 19:08:51 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
The rain moved in this afternoon and has been falling fairly steadily ever 
since.  We are totally socked in with low-hanging clouds, and the temperature 
has fallen to around 70 degrees.  The wind has begun to pick up a bit from the 
southwest -- no surprise since that is where this blob of weather is moving 
from.  The forecast has very high changes of rain right through Tuesday, then 
things should improve.  Everything is starting to feel damp and wet, and the 
frogs are singing up a storm!!

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