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- Not much in Cruz Bay either
  • From: "John Fuller" <jfuller at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:31:08 -0400

Lovely day Sunday in Cruz Bay.  Waiting for Raphy’s tail and some welcome rain. Afternoon was sunny with some nice wind gusts from the W and SW which warned us that if it ever came with rain we’d better button up our west-facing house. Finally about dinner time rain blew through the kitchen windows and we lowered the shields as quickly as possible to keep dinner dry.  Spotty blows of rain continued through the night, but we got nowhere near what Coral Bay reports. Here we measured .22” at 6:30pm and then this morning only another .28”.  So far Rafael has added only ½” to the driest year we’ve measured since 1997.


- Rain and a little wind from tail of Rafael
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 06:47:35 -0400
The tail of Rafael showed up yesterday giving us an additional 1.6 inches of 
rain during the past 24 hours.  The wind picked up a bit in the afternoon -- 
gusty more than anything else.  There was a power pole issue out here in Coral 
Bay that coincided with the wind gusts; electricity was cut to about half the 
island for about an hour or so. 

Waters on the north shore at Maho Beach were really churned up with waves 
breaking and not much space left to sit on the beach due to the high water -- a 
huge departure from just the day before when the water was glass flat in that 
area.  But many other area of the ocean here were not all that impacted by 

Clouds still around this morning and some more showers forecast.    Thanks for 
the rain; we can use it.


- Cloudy, light showers. Barely a sign of Rafael here.
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 07:13:40 -0400
St. John really dodged the bullet.  Tropical Storm Rafael stayed to our east 
and that has made a world of difference.   No wind to report at any time during 
the overnight, and only 0.36 inch of rain here at the house in the last 24 
hours.   This a.m., we are looking at a storm whose center is already to the 
north of us and moving away.   The local forecast is for cloudiness and showers 
today.  Not what we expected from Rafael, but good news!  No clean up to deal 
with, just putting all the stuff back out.  Think we will wait a little while 
to do that. 

Beautiful Cereus Cactus were blooming last night on Ajax Peak and elsewhere.  
Birds are very eager to feed this a.m. on seeds and at the hummingbird feeder.

- So far pretty much a non-event
  • From: "John Fuller" <jfuller at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 06:57:19 -0400

Good morning from almost sunny Cruz Bay. Little or no breeze overnight, only 1/100” rain here but it is looking to sprinkle. Several ferry boats are still snuggled in “the creek” but it looks like ferry service has returned to something like normal. Surely should as the sound looks quite calm. Apparently Rafael jogged to the east and is moving away from us on its trip north.  We can be grateful and still hope for some rain.  We were treated to a particularly beautiful sunset last night. A reward for the effort of bringing in wind chimes, plants and deck furniture.


- Brock creek hurricane hole
  • From: Doug Benton <crabbyswatersports at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 16:34:06 -0400
Well, everyone seems to be taking Rafael seriously.this photo is Borck creek by 
estate zootenvaal , 8 boats in here about 1 pm, a total of about 40 all together
In princess and otter creeks. Nice day so far. We will keep you informed if 
anything interesting happens- Crabby

JPEG image

Sent from my iPhone

- rafael
  • From: "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 06:58:08 -0400
Greetings from Cruz Bay.
We had a few showers last night, but this morning there is a little sun.  No wind...quiet for now.  The ports will close at 8:00 am this morning and we are expected to have stormy conditions through Monday.  Wind speeds of about 50 mph are expected here so time to put some things away !  Break out the towel brigade !  More later !

- Sliver of moon; showers moving in
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 06:10:32 -0400
Just before 6 a.m.  New day trying to come on with much cloudiness around and 
showers. For a short time, a patch of sky cleared, and we could see a sliver of 
moon.  Once daybreak comes, time to restack the outdoor chairs and move things 
inside AGAIN!!  John Fuller is right!!  If he had only left his outdoor stuff 
inside, and if we only had done the same.  I blame it on trying to make the 
place look more "normal" for visiting relatives.  Wait 'til they see what they 
will be sleeping with for the next few days!  And here goes any extra space we 
had inside.  

We are under a tropical storm warning and, unfortunately, very close to where 
the center of TS Rafael will pass.  The Coast Guard has ordered ports in the US 
Virgin Islands closed at 8 am this morning to all incoming and outgoing traffic 
incuding ferry service.  We hope to stay on the good side, but a jog of only 20 
miles could put us smack in the middle.  Please remember to protect your pets.  

- TS Rafael
  • From: "John Fuller" <jfuller at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 20:30:44 -0400

It’s our fault! I apologize. My wife had me re-hang the wind chimes that had been put away for the last 6 weeks or so. The deck chairs are out, pretty much what we put away for the storm way back that never materialized is all put back in place this morning. And BOOM, we get an incoming TS same day. I’ll start bringing in things, get the cat box back in place and hope that we just get the much needed rain.


- Chilly morning
  • From: Val Donaghue <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 07:12:57 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Good morning all,
This a.m. it's 49 F here in Boston...BRRRRRRRRRRR ! It's sunny and bright and 
typical of early autumn weather,  well, maybe a little cooler than normal. Some 
of the leaves are startibg ro turn color as well. We did get a little weather 
from Issac and waves from Leslie, and this brought us the cooler weather.
Now for the tropics...the Invest still hasn't become a TD yet but is expected 
to later today.  This system is still expected to head north-east and away from 
all land.  There is a menacing looking blob soon after that system...so 
continue to keep a watch out there to the East.


- watching Invest 98L
  • From: Val Donaghue <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 07:16:31 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Good morning  from Boston MA !
I woke up to 58 degree temps this morning. Brrrrrrrrr! But bright and sunny 
with temps to the 80's today.  
Invest 98L has a 90% chance of development and is a huge sized system.. All 
models this morning (2 am) have it going off to the North and into the 
sea...let's hope it stays on that course. It's always a little nerve wracking 
to be away during this period of time.  So..We all should keep an eye to the 
East !

- soupy Saturday
  • From: "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2012 14:26:40 -0400
Hey Folk,
Today has so far been one of those ‘I wish it would just rain’ kind of days.  Overcast to dense clouds...humid...all 6, yes 6 cats are sticking to the floor, counters, table...Okay,  so kitty # 6, her name is Joy, just kind of ‘showed up’. Maybe someone left her here knowing I’m rather cat friendly..(.ha ha.. or should I say meow-meow) and I didn’t know what to do. She is soooo sweet and lovely, obviously well taken care of previously.  I had been feeding her outside for a few days, but she obviously wanted to be an indoor cat.  So in she came.  It’s been a little challenging, especially with Eva the Diva. Eva wants to be her friend but, is a little aggressive and Joy has been spending a lot of time in the closet....ho hum.  I’m convinced it WILL work-out.
Okay, weather wise, cloudy, humid, warm, a brief shower,  very little breeze in Cruz Bay. Right now things look relatively unthreatening from the East.  We have Invest 97L and another wave coming after that. Fish storms ? Anyway, so far so good .
Have a great Saturday!

- Ports reopen in USVI
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:44:57 -0400

This just received: 

Alert / Warning
Transportation - Transportation - Not Otherwise Categorized


Issued By:  VITEMA
Affected Jurisdictions:  St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Water Island Counties

Headline:  US Coast Guard Opens All US Virgin Islands Sea Ports

The US Coast Guard has opened all US Virgin Islands sea ports.  The Captain of the Port of San Juan has notified all 
waterfront facilities and the maritime community that Port Condition ZULU (closure of sea ports) has been lifted for the US Virgin Islands, authorizing ports to resume normal operations. 

The US Coast Guard is advising all vessel and facility operators to monitor the situation closely and take the appropriate actions to minimize the risks associated with wind and sea conditions. 

Audio Recording URL:  http://www.vialert.gov/Public/DownloadAudio.aspx?parentid=3288076&type=3

- Isaac seems to be gone. Thank goodness for the quiet.
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 07:06:32 -0400
TS Isaac kept things very noisy and windy last night.  The winds just kept on coming.  The worst of it here was around  2:15 a.m.   We clocked wind gusts of 44 knots here at the house, and we know the folks on Seagrape and Bethany had winds in the 50s; must have really been flying (they had already experienced 63 knot wind in the afternoon).  But, expect for ripped leaves and other small branch debris, there does not seem to be any real damage.   Port is still closed at this time; expect it to reopen later today.  Now things are quiet.   Total rainfall for the storm is currently 1.4 inches -- nothing near what was forecast, but the wind made up for it. 

Here is what the waves looks like yesterday along the Coral Bay waterfront -- just across from Crabby's.  Normally, there are no waves at all, and certainly no sea spray.  The boat had been having some previous issues, had been put out on a mooring but did not hold during the high winds. 

For everyone Isaac visits down the road -- take care and be safe. 



Sent from my iPhone

- Getting stronger at this moment
  • From: "Crabbys at earthlink.net" <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:18:11 -0400
Isaac seems to be giving us a little something to remember. Wind gusts of 48 
knots have been reported in the Coral Bay area and closer to town in Bethany. 
Wind gusts near 40 knots in this clip. Promise I won't send any more!!

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- Video clip of Isaac blowing
  • From: "Crabbys at earthlink.net" <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:38:27 -0400
Isaac continues to blow 35 knots plus here above Coral Harbor in gusts with 
rain. No real damage to report at this time. Hope you can view the clip. 

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- non-Issac
  • From: "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:08:39 -0400
Good day all...and yes it is good...here in Cruz Bay we had a few heavy, but quick rains and some breezes overnight.  The wind did pick up a little this a.m and we continue to have some refreshing bursts of wind.  The showers have mostly gone away and we are currently having some hazy sunshine.  Also..to note...the ferries and car barges are still not running. I don’t know when they are to start.  Also, the main Post Office service counter was also closed this morning as were many businesses.  Everyone is having a ‘snow day’Winking smile ....okay I guess I lied ..it’s now very dark and about to rain.
I guess I must have left the windows to the Suzuki down !!!  Yup, a quick shower and gust of wind.
So, if you are coming into town for business, check to make sure the business is open, such as banks, stores, etc...
As for Joyce, the next tropical system, it is tracking way to our North.  However..the conga line off of Africa continues to dance along !

- Wind has picked up a bit but nothing major
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:04:01 -0400
Wind from TS Isaac  picked up around 8:30 a.m.; we are now continuously getting 
gusts of 25 to 30 knots up here on the hillside.  While the wind is mainly out 
of  the south and east, the gusts tend to "mix it up" moving the trees in a 
variety of directions seemingly all at once.   We did put up a few shutters on 
the most easterly side of the house; the wind is usually the worst coming from 
that direction, and we don't know if things will pick up more as the storm 
center passes later today.  Several boats in the harbor did slide a bit due to 
wind and waves, but the owners were able to get out there to reset the tackle.  
One man took the time to help out another whose boat was getting too close to 
the shoreline rocks.  Nice to see that kind of community spirit.  Overall, 
nothing too wild to report.   We are getting occasional rain showers and 
wind-driven rain as part of this system, but nothing all that big. 

- Daybreak over Coral Bay
  • From: "Crabbys at earthlink.net" <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 06:11:42 -0400
Coral Bay as TS Isaac passes this a.m. Wind out of the south and east at 17 
knots; 75 degrees F.  

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- Not much to report, and that is good news.
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 04:31:18 -0400
Nothing dramatic here to report during the overnight.  We've had off and on 
very brief periods of heavy rain (so far, the storm total here above Coral Bay 
is under half an inch) and very little wind (13 knots up here on the hillside 
-- a high of what you might see on a normal day).   Center of the storm is now 
forecast to pass us late this morning, which is earlier than previously 
forecast.     No electrical problems at all. 

- ? Issac
  • From: "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:49:33 -0400
Well..so far there has been nothing...a few showers, a little wind.  Not much more..Satellite Imagery looks mighty impressive, but so far, none of the Islands are reporting anything significant.  Still...we can’t be too complacent.  STJ is not to expect Tropical storm conditions until Thursday, late morning.  I haven’t seen many storm preparations going on, maybe tucking a few objects away, but no storm shutters, or major last minute preps..so..I guess we’ll be good here on STJ...
More as we see what does or does not happen !

- Ports to close this evening in advance of Isaac
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:02:50 -0400
Ports closing in advance of storm; last ferry leaving St. John at 7 pm tonight; 
final service from Red Hook STT to STJ at 7:30 pm.  

Alert / Warning
Transportation - Waterway Disruption or Delay


Issued By:  VITEMA
Affected Jurisdictions:  St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Water Island Counties

Headline:  US Coast Guard to Close Sea Ports in the US Virgin Islands at 8 PM 
Tonight; Ferry Operators Adjust Schedules

The US Coast Guard will implement Port Condition ZULU at 8 PM tonight  for the 
all sea ports in the US VIrgin Islands, officially suspending operations and 
closing ports to incoming and outgoing vessel traffic until otherwise directed 
by the Captain of the Port.  

As a result of the port closure, ferry operators have adjusted schedules: 


A)  Cruz Bay, St. John, hourly with final service at 7 PM 

B)  Red Hook, St. Thomas hourly until 7 PM with final service at 7:30 PM 

C)  Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas: No change in schedule  

- Thunder, clouds and some quick showers
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:43:19 -0400
Photo, below is of storm bands beginning to move in from TS Isaac.  Thunder is rumpling more continuously in the distance. We've had a few very quick showers.  Feels muggy. 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for this area for the next three days; heavy rain and localized flooding is forecast as the storm moves through.  Sandbags are now available on all three main USVI islands -- on St. John at the Transfer Station in Susannaberg. 

The Governor's office just issued the following curfew statement (a curfew IS NOT being ordered at this time):
Alert / Warning
Other - Other - Not Otherwise Categorized


Issued By:  VITEMA
Affected Jurisdictions:  St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Water Island Counties

Headline:  Governor Will Not Impose Curfew for Tropical Storm Isaac; Government Offices on St. Croix Only to Close on Thursday

Governor John P. de Jongh Jr. announced today that he will not impose a curfew for Tropical Storm Isaac based on the forecasted track of the weather system, as well as on recommendations of the VI Police Department.  The governor also announced that government offices in the St. Croix district only, will close on Thursday. St. Thomas and St. John district offices will operate under its regularly scheduled hours.  

Continue to monitor local radio and television, VI Alert and NOAA weather radios for severe weather information and for possible instructions from emergency management officials.  

- Still scurrying, "waiting for the waiting"
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:18:02 -0400
It has been overcast since early his morning and now is almost entirely gray; 
air was very still but we are beginning to get a bit more of a breeze coming 
out of the south and east.  Storm prep continues, and the quiet air has made it 
easy to break a sweat.  Got stung by several Jack Spaniard wasps yesterday 
afternoon, and that really set the tone for that run of storm prep.  Leg calf 
is still swollen and warm to the touch, but "time to move the outdoor 
furniture!"  Soon I hope to be just waiting.

Here in Coral Bay, some of the boats did move into Hurricane Hole, but quite a 
few remain in the harbor.  With rain forecast to begin later today, doing 
anything will become more of a chore.  It has been so hard to get a true fix on 
how much to prepare.  The system that is now Isaac has been forecast at times 
to be anywhere from a solid hurricane to a weak tropical storm when it passes 
here.  Rule of thumb -- it is always easier and much more responsible to put 
something away or secure it than to have it fly through your sliding glass door 
-- or end up on the rocks.   I wish everyone in Isaac's path well, including 
those along the island chain and up the road.       

- Issac is alive
  • From: "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 06:22:54 -0400
Good morning all,
We now have Tropical Storm Issac almost on our doorstep. Surprised smile  We are under a Tropical storm watch as well as a Hurricane warning.  Issac should impact our area Thurs-Fri with 6 or so inches of rain and winds 50-60 mph...Issac is showing signs of intensification this a.m. with increased thunderstorm activity and falling pressure... Time to check things out, put away loose objects, clear the gutters, buy the rumWinking smile, etc...
Yesterday was off and on showers to down-pours, sticky and humid.  Looks like the same for today ...
Will report more when we know more.

- First rain
  • From: "Crabbys at earthlink.net" <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 08:05:47 -0400
Rain ahead of storm moves into Coral Bay, St. John.

JPEG image

- super Saturday part II
  • From: "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:10:42 -0400
Hey All,
Yup, I started a note , but, well....it went away..So. here we go again...I got up and put on my Chef Boyardee hat to go make fresh pasta at Sam and Jack’s Deli at the Marketplace here in Cruz Bay...all went well and came home to find my hubby doing some heavy kitchen cleaning...hmmm...well I pitched in for a while until we decided it was time for a break.  So I made sandwiches with the left-over Prime Rib from Mike Bowman’s Awsome dinner nights at the Tamarind Inn, and off to Trunk Bay...(ya  I know )....Then back to home to the ‘pool’ ..no bumper car activity todaySmile  I love these Emoticons.
So...we DO have to keep an eye on Invest 94L.  Many experts and meteorologists are watching this system closely as it may impact the Islands late next week.   Ohh, and there is now a ‘new’ and fabulous kitty that has decided to come by our house for love and food.  She is a Calico/Tortoise shell, lovely kitty....a new member to the family ?   # 6 oh nooo....Cat faceCat faceCat faceCat faceCat faceCat face
Happy Saturday !

- super Saturday so far
  • From: "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2012 16:38:45 -0400
Good afternoon all,

- Comfortable weather; 94L has our attention
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2012 11:36:24 -0400
We really have been having a beautiful summer -- still have a nice trade wind, 
and have gotten enough rain to keep things green.  

But it is August, and the water is warm -- so storms have plenty to feed on.  
Now Invest 94L has our attention.  Current models bring the storm into our neck 
of the woods late this coming week, with projected sustained winds at that time 
to be over 100 knots.  Not what we want to hear.  But it is still early, and 
things can change a lot. A good time to start putting things away vs. waiting 
until the last minute. 


- wet wednesday
  • From: "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 06:28:38 -0400
Good morning all !
Well,  here in Cruz Bay we had quite a lot of rain overnight and into this morning.  It came down pretty hard at times and also was accompanied by a little thunder and lightning.  The temp feels a little cooler also.   Yesterday was a nice sunny, bright and clear day,  but, I should have known it would rain overnight because I left the windows down in the Suzuki  Surprised smile...I guess it will be a damp ride to work this a.m....
Nothing to worry about from the East or from the South...it’s pretty quiet right now, but stay aware !
Happy Hump Day !!!!

- Happy Friday
  • From: "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 06:30:02 -0400
Good morning all,
It has felt particularly warm  and humid here for the past few days.  There has been little breeze ‘in town’ and a good amount of haze...not Saharan dust, but ash from Montserrat as was reported.  Last night and into the early morning we has some flashes of lightning and  distant rumbles of thunder and a brief shower.  Now we have hazy, early sunshine..,
TD #7 looks like it will pass to our south just as Ernesto did...maybe a shower and some clouds but not much to be expected, likewise,  Invest 93L has a 50% chance of development, but models right now have it going out to sea...Thumbs up... We are heading into the most active part of H-season ( Aug 15-Oct 15) and NHC has just increased the number of predicted storms in the Atlantic...sooo    Keep an eye on the sky !!!
Cat faceCat faceCat faceCat faceCat face

- all quiet...except the roosters !
  • From: "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 07:00:12 -0400
Hello from Cruz Bay,
The weather has been pretty typical and consistent here.  It’s been warm-hot, hazy and not much of a breeze. We did get a chance to do the rental villa photos on Sunday, as we had a ,window of opportunity, for decent skies... So we packed up the Suzuki and went to the gas station for gas...but it was closed...no gas...waiting for delivery  I don't know smile   So back to the house to load up the other Suzuki and off we go. The shoot was out in Coral Bay and when we left Cruz Bay the skies were bright and light blue, at the Gifft Hill area the clouds were coming over the hills as they usually do there and  then the skies brightened again coming into Coral Bay.   We were able to get all of the interior shots done, but as we started to set up for the exterior/outdoor shots showers moved in and didn’t look like they were leaving soon.  So we pack off and off we go back to Cruz Bay...Driving along south shore road, all of the beaches were really busy, lots of sun-seekers, and this is August !! and yes, now the sun was out on the North Shore.  For a small island the weather conditions can be very different from one side to the other.
Got back to the house and decided a dip in our Intex inflatable  pool was in order  (this thing is great) Well...floating around turned into ‘bumper-car’ activity...my inner-tube type of float against the Barcolounger...One big bump too many and over the edge of the pool I went.  The edge of the pool gave way with water flowing over the edge and me sliding down the hill on my inner tube. Kind of like sliding down a snow covered hill Surprised smile....Now we’ll need to add some water to get things up and running.
As for other activity....Florence is not a threat even for a little rain, but now we have Invest 92L which is still several days away, and difficult to predict this early out.  Ernesto continues to menace the Western Caribbean,  hopefully all will fare well.  Stay aware...now is the time to keep an eye to the East !
good day!

- Ernesto
  • From: "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2012 08:08:03 -0400
Good morning all,
Here in Cruz Bay we had some wind and some good rain overnight....just enough rain to test the roof patching my husband recently undertook...and , well...still a few small puddles.  I guess when you fix a few leaks the water will find another place to come in  Winking smile !  It looks like we will have  mostly cloudy weather today...so that means the rental villa photos we were going to do will need to be postponed until  we have better and more clear skies.  You need those nice blue skies and sunny conditions to show off a rental villa to it’s best !
There are a few waves still coming this way from the East...one in particular looks quite large TD #6...let’s keep an eye on this one for next week.
Have a great Saturday!

- Windy, thump night
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2012 02:24:15 -0400
The outer edges of Ernesto began passing through last night about 6:30 pm, and 
the gusts of wind continue here in Coral Bay.  They are in the 23 to 25 knot 
range at our house, but are likely higher at other more-exposed spots on this 
side of the island.  I am awake at this time of night due to the wind-related 
gusts knocking things around outside.  There are moments of quiet; at one 
point, the nearly-full moon broke through, illuminating a sea of clouds.  
Amazing what a system with a center so far off from here can do.    

- Ernesto's outer bands reach Coral Bay
  • From: "Crabbys at earthlink.net" <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 19:11:17 -0400
Rain, wind gusts and fog move into Coral Bay (on the eastern side of St. John) 
as outer bands of Ernesto move through.

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- Thunder in the distance; nice fresh breeze as Ernesto passes far to the south
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 18:06:41 -0400
The center of TS Ernesto will be about 300 miles south of us when it is 
forecast to pass during the overnight and tomorrow a.m.; but this is a big 
disturbed area.  We are already hearing thunder in the distance, have some very 
large cloud formations in the area, and have a nice fresh breeze along with it. 
 We are forecast to have 90 percent chance of rain tonight, but nothing big or 
scary out of this storm. 

The  one coming down the road just behind Ernesto looks like it is organizing 
and is BIG.  Keep an eye on that, and get ready with storm preparations.

- 'what's shakin'
  • From: "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 06:49:27 -0400
Whoa.........did the earth really move yesterday around 1:30-1:45...the Earthquake was reported as a 4.1 and boy..did it feel like that !  Otherwise, it’s been warm, humid, clouds and sun...typical summer weather. It doesn’t look like we here on STJ will experience much from Ernesto.  A little more rain would be nice, but we’ll see what transpires.. There is another large wave, now Invest 91L off to the East to keep an eye on.  It seems to be following along the same path as Ernesto...Now it’s off to work at the gym ! Have a great Friday !!!!

- Aug 1st
  • From: "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2012 14:28:30 -0400
Hello all !
Well here we are entering the busiest part of Hurricane season.  St John enjoyed some abundant and much needed rain  over the past few days and here in Cruz Bay we had some good showers over night once again.  It showers pretty much on a daily basis up on Gifft Hill where the gym I work at is located.  It’s a small gym located at the Gifft Hill School upper campus and is open to the public for a small membership fee...of which 100% goes back to the school for various programs etc...We also have the MOST excellent personal trainers....(not toot my own horn) toot-toot  (tee hee)Winking smile ...We have had a a fairly busy off-season here with a good numbers of visitors as well as businesses reporting better numbers than last season.
After the recent rain it has become more humid and I think the mosquitos are going to make a large appearance.  The water starved little ants however, have been marching in armies....ahhhh....life in the tropics !
Let’s all keep an eye to the East on still..Invest 99L..this system is expected to develop into a depression possibly by Thurs then who knows what.  The Atlantic is becoming quite active and there are several more blobs coming off of Africa...The protective Saharan dust has drifted Northwards, leaving a gap of protection....Sad smile.....
All right...the sun is shining, it’s  quite warm,  the Northeast swell seems to has receded..time to go for a dip in the Deep Blue !
Eyes to the East !

- Fwd: Practice round
  • From: Doug Benton <crabbyswatersports at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:51:32 -0400
Retrying earlier message Crabby, Doug

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From: Doug Benton <crabbyswatersports at earthlink.net>
Date: July 31, 2012 8:39:05 AM AST
Subject: Practice round

Hi all. I have a new iPhone and just learning some of the capabilities. We have had almost two inches of rain overnight, still raining with some lightning now at 8:15 AM. Wind gusts up to 25 knots.Just a lousy day to be on vacation.This photo is of Coral Bay from upper Carolina. I hope you won't hearing bad news from me too often this season- Crabby Doug

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- Rain aplenty; looking at invest 99
  • From: Phyllis Benton <crabbys at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:31:55 -0400 (EDT)
A tropical wave passed us during the last day, leaving a good amount of much 
needed rain -- and that continues. We have had periods of very heavy rain; 
received about two inches in the past 24 hours.  And we've been told by the NWS 
to expect more rain through tomorrow. 

Invest 99L is down the road; keeping an eye on that.  If it does come this way, 
we expect to see it Sunday or Monday, depending how fast it moves.

- YAY..rain
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2012 19:42:52 -0400
Hello all,
Whooooo, thank goodness Carnival is over  here on STJ ! ( well Cruz Bay ‘proper’ )  And it did go out with a bang, and thunder and lightnig and ...yes...rain. Unfortunately, rain also in my kitchen..gotta find those leaks .  My Internet service was out for a few days...duh..no explanation..and power was out today for some parts of the Island..my gym and the Gifft hill area...
OKAY...last night the music from Carnival Village was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO loud and also alloying.until 2:30 or so in the morning..but it’s done.
On another note...  Very humid and hazy today...cats are melting again...the cats at the ACC (Animal Care Center ) where I volunteer are doing better with the heat.  We just got 4 more new kittens in and we expect more to come.  What to do...
Have a great night !

- End of June update
  • By "Val Donaghue" <lowcalval at earthlink.net>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 06:53:22 -0400
Hello all!
Greetings from St John .  Here on STJ we are just about to begin Carnival in FULL swing.  Festival Village opens tonight and stays open... with lots of music until July 4th....which means little sleep  for us here in Cruz Bay...and then of course there is the parade on July 4th...whoo hoo ! 
The weather has been HOT...did I say HOT...hardly a drop of rain at all, hazy with lots of Saharan dust and more on the way. The small weather system to our East doesn’t have much of a chance to develop and there does not appear that there is much on the way...I think a collective rain-dance is in order  : )  Right now all 5 of my cats are melting on the floor in front of the fan and it’s not even 7:00 a.m.   It’s going to be another ‘cooker’....Stay well, and enjoy Carnival .

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