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- Finally
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:05:05 -0500
We have been having amazingly beautiful wether the last few weeks: breezy, bright blue skies, a few fluffy high clouds - simply beautiful. However - very, very dry for the last 6 weeks or so, especially down here in the south! No rainfal to speak of, tanks are dry, gardens drying out, etc.
Finally, last night and today saw some good rain! Started here in the south late last night/early morning hours - hard, solid rain till around 8 or so this morning, then some pretty steady lighter showers all day with a few breaks. No flooding anywhere that has been reported, but rivers are actually running again and our garden has perked up a bit and our tank is getting refilled (which is excellent cuz our running water reliability has been low the past few weeks!)
We are very happy to see the cooler temps and the lovely rain! I know our visitors don't like it - but water is life and we needed some liquid sunshine!!
Stay safe out there everyone and have a great day!!

- Crazy beautiful
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:15:34 -0500
Hello out there!
Well, it has been crazy beautiful around here in the south of the island for the last 2 weeks. Simply beautiful. Barely a drop of rain one night last week and that's been it.
Clear blue skies, high fluffy clouds and this weekend brought the sea breeze to keep us feeling cool. It;s been great! We do, of course, always welcome the rain - especially
this time of year as memories of the drought of '09-'10 come to the forefront. While I know our visitors love this weather (and we do too!!), the rain is necessary, both to keep the island lush
and to provide all of us with enough water for living!
That said - this is a welcome change in the weather and a sign that winter is almost here! It is just perfect outside!! Headng out to take the dogs down to the beach - fun for all of us!
Stay safe out there!

- Holy Rain Batman!
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:20:54 -0500
A quick update on weather down here in St. Lucia!! It is sunny and breezy right now here in the south of the island with some high clouds. Yesterday was a very different story though!
We were actually off island for the past few weeks and supposed to be returning yesterday, Nov. 12. We left Miami in a little sprinkle rain there and had a somewhat bumpy flight down - some clouds and rain throughout the Caribbean. However, when we got within about 20 or so minutes of SL, the bumpiness increased and we were told to strapin and please not leave our seats for the duration. We circled of the southwest coast of the island for a few turns and then were diverted on to Barbados! Turns out visibility and thunderstorms were so bad over the island, they shut the airport. BA and ourselves were re-directed to Barbados. We sat on their tarmac for about 1 hour, then pushed back to attempt SL again - we were turned back at the end of the runway. Then spent another 2 hours on the tarmac in Barbados before trying again. BA went about 45 minutes before us - the pilot informed us he would wait to hear from the BA pilots on whether the could get in to the airport. Meanwhile, we were receiving updates from friends at home about the crazy relentless heavy rains all day! Flooded roads, flooded homes, power outages, etc. Not comforting while waiting on flying in!!! BA made it, so we attempted about 5:45/6pm. Turns out we had a beautiful view of the sunset along the storm clouds while flying across and the rain had died out, with the visibility very clear along the southern route (although still thunderhead clouds and overcast) - a straight shot flight, about 25 minutes, a few extra  turns while checking out approach and then prepare for landing! We were down safe and sound, no problems around 6:20 or so. The ride home was interesting - major flooding along the main highway through Vieux Fort, lots of deep puddles along the way, overflowing gutters, all the good stuff. Our friend who picked us up noted it had started in the wee morning hours and had lasted non-stop all day till around 5 or so. Seriously crazy rain!!
ALl in all, we made it, with a slight diversion. The island is drying back out. Looks like not much out there on the satellite pics. Looking forward to some sunshine - and the beach, after we unpack!!
Stay safe out there!

- Updates....
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:22:15 -0400
Well, Rafael passed this past weekend and did little damage to the island - minor flooding, some downed trees and branches, that's about it.Thanks goodness! The good news is that everyone's tanks are filled up and the foliage got some much needed greening!
By Sunday, we were back to beautiful blue skies and hot, hot temps - all normal here. This has been a pretty quiet and fairly dry "rainy" season for us, which is both good an bad - good points: no damages, no lost homes or roads, etc.; bad points: perhaps not enough water supply for the dry season. So - while I've said it before, I will say it again - I know our visitors only want sunshine, but the rain showers are necessary too.
Today is a showery day - pounded rain early this morning (2 am hours) and woke up today to passing grey clouds and passing blue skies. The tempuratre is down a bit today, which is a relief and the passing showers are keeping it cooled off. It's quite nice, for a change!
Stay safe out there all - 1.5 months to go!

- Rafael video - take 2
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 14:54:54 -0400
Here is a youtube link of the video - swells had calmed down quite a bit when this was shot.


- Wet Day
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 14:38:45 -0400
Soufriere is faring well so far.  The river is not swollen.  The rain has stopped for the most part although there are occasional showers or a light drizzle.  The soil is saturated with puddles everywhere thankfully I have not heard of any landslides in the area.
On the other hand, Rafael is pushing water up creating small swells that have been reshaping (eroding) the beach from yesterday.  I attached (and I hope it plays) a video showing waves crashing into the road/sea wall along the waterfront in the town.

Take care all the islanders north of us.  I hope Rafael brings you the rain you need and causes little or no damage at all.


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- Its raining Possums and Mongooses
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 11:37:15 -0400
Its raining cats and dogs ( or should we say Possums and Mongooses as we are in the Caribbean) the rain started yesterday a.m and has not stopped since, schools closed early just in case. There was no wind at all yesterday but in the middle of the night we were woken up by some seriously heavy rain and strong gusts. Rafael was venting his fury.
 Luckily we awoke to no damage, everything was just sodden,  at 11.30am its still raining! Luckily I live at the top of a hill so no real problem with flooding. I am sure some areas of the island are having to bale out as we speak.
Take care everyone and dare I say - keep warm there is a definate chill in the air.

Susan Beckwith

- Rain
  • From: George Smiley <zoukwe at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 00:48:26 -0400
Early hours of Saturday morning, and heavy rain falling in north of St Lucia. Has been overcast & raining all day Friday, so by 6pm rivers were already swollen. Guess many islands will be getting serious amounts of rain from newly christened RAPHAEL.

- TS Rafael - soon to be named I think
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 18:25:40 -0400
Today was a grey, rainy, drizzly, drawn out day.  The rain started coming down from last night and has gone from heavy downpour to light shower to barely noticeable drizzle for the ENTIRE DAY.  It has not stopped raining - in Soufriere at least.

Reminds me of TS Debbie. (shake salt, knock on wood etc. etc.)

The sea remained calm in the bay for the better part of today but by late afternoon was downright choppy.  The horizon looks angry with white caps all along.  I hope there are no sailors out in these conditions.  I took this pic about 5:30pm as the swells started to roll in.  When the swells really get going it shoots up through the boards on the jetty.

Rain, rain go away
We have had enough today!

Stay safe all.

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- Heavy rains and strong winds
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 09:30:38 -0400
Last night I was woken up by some pretty strong winds and heavy rain, it made such a noise that my husband and I both jumped out of bed wondering what on earth was going on. The wind appeared to be coming from the front of the house ( North) whereas it normally comes from the East. It has rained constantly since and it is not pleasant out there.
I am keeping an eye on Invest 98L as it approaches us, as it is a pretty big depression, I guess we are already experiencing its early effects.
Take care,

- Invest 98
  • From: Christopher Jenkins <chrissjuk at aol.com>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:10:26 -0400
Well, it has been quiet for the past couple of months but as we know too well October can provide plenty of weather.

Invest 98 is closing down on the Windwards and as often happens the models show paths from one end of the islands to the other. But it seems a big wave and so we are likely to get rain and possibly strong winds regardless of where the centre is.

I have copied the latest bulletin from Rob Lightbown's, of Crown Weather. His comments on storm force winds suggest we need to keep a careful eye on this system and be prepared.

Take care all.

Chris Jenkins

Invest 98L Located Just East Of The Windward Islands & Barbados:
Of more concern is Invest 98L which is located about 400 miles to the east-southeast of the Windward Islands. This disturbance is fairly robust and continues to become better organized. Additionally, tropical storm force winds are occurring on the north side of the circulation and this system has a fairly good chance of becoming a tropical storm either today or at the latest on Friday. So, the Canadian model may have been on something a couple of days ago and I should have given it more weight.

Invest 98L is expected to track very near Barbados later this afternoon or this evening and then across the Windward Islands late tonight into Friday morning. Residents and vacationers on Barbados and in the Windward Islands should be prepared for tropical storm conditions with wind gusts to 50 mph, heavy rainfall and very rough seas from this afternoon through tonight and into Friday. Since this is a pretty large system, much of the Leeward Islands will also be affected by strong winds of up to 40 to 50 mph, heavy rainfall and very rough seas from this afternoon right into Friday.

Once Invest 98L is in the eastern Caribbean on Friday it is expected to turn sharply northwestward and track across while intensifying to a moderate to strong tropical storm. I think a track right over Puerto Rico seems plausible on Saturday with tropical storm conditions likely across Puerto Rico and the US/British Virgin Island on Friday night through Saturday.

Once this system is past Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands it is forecast to turn north and north-northeastward and potentially intensify into a hurricane and possibly impact Bermuda right around Tuesday.

- Water Spout
  • From: Paul Clifford <zionlionfarm at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Oct 2012 12:44:31 -0400
On Saturday we were enjoying the beach at Anse L'Ivrogne (Choiseul) on
a beautiful afternoon when at about 2 PM when we saw a marine
phenomenon - like a tornado surrounded by heavy dark clouds -
approaching us from the NW at great speed. It disappeared as quickly
as it formed and seconds later we were hit with a torrential rain
shower, strong gusty winds blowing from all sides and visibility
reduced to about 30 meters.

Then, suddenly, all the rain disappeared leaving a sunny bright blue
sky with some high-altitude clouds.

Seemed to us it was something in between the "tornadic" or the "fair
weather" water spout... as described on the NOAA site

Not the usual liquid sunshine day... Bless up! Paul

- Passing Storm...
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:32:24 -0400
Well, Sunday was fun!!! all that rain and wind and thunder and lightening - and today, Monday - you can barely tell it happened! So far, no reports of flooding or damage, will wait on the 7pm news for any final word. Arond here in the south, we had no real damage or problems. some downed branches, some over run drains, the usual with some heavy rain. Several power outages throughout Sat night, Sunday and Sunday night. The last one we had was around 1am this morning and to be honest, it was great. Absolutely pitch black all around, some candles and a flashlight/torch and we were good. It was wonderful. There was, fortunately, a great breeze/wind all night, so sleeping with no fans or A/C was not a problem. Power was restored some time overnight. Didn't even notice till later this morning!
Today has been mostly overcast and still some good strong winds - it has been a real relief from the unrelenting heat and dryness of the last weeks. I do wish it was gong to continue for a few more days, but it doesn't look like it. Looks like we will be back to hot, sunny skies again tomorrow! I will enjoy my cool, grey day today! The garden has perked up measurably, just from the one day of rain. Needless to say - it has been a very dry "rainy" season so far - we could really use more rain. I know - it's not what our visitors want to hear! But, we depend on rainwater for just about all of our water needs on the island -empty rivers mean empty taps! So, whoever up there may be listening, send us a few more rainy days - although, if possible, please make them like yesterday and not part of any tropical storm!!! Just regular rain is fine! Thanks, powers that be!!!
As always, stay safe out there friends!

- WOW!!
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2012 15:25:32 -0400
WOW!!! Holy Rain Batman! It has been a wet and wild morning/day here in the south of the island! It started raining around 2am - heavy, wild rain and hasn't really let up all day! We have had a few quiet periods, but basically, the whole morning and day has been grey, wet and windy!  Our towel barriers were over come this morning and we have wet living room rug - yuck! Our balcony was flooded and drains around the house are over filled. There are some branches down around the neighborhood, drains have overrun all around the neighborhood here - fortunately, no real flooding in our area that we know of yet. I would imagine other areas of the island that are prone to flooding have definitely had some - it has been a lot of rain and with the dry weather of the last few weeks - the ground is very dry. This was not soft, saturating rain - so the runoff would be heavy in the rivers and streams and low lying areas. Hopefully, there is no major damage - we won't know till tomorrow though, with the news reports.  In our area though, just over run drains and a small river down our street for a while this morning - that dried back up for a while, but the rain has started back up - so who knows! That blob hanging over us on the satellite pictures is pretty big - looks like probably rain all night. And let's not forget that wind - it has been whipping around something fierce. I am sure there are a fair amount of trees down. We have had 2 powers outages already - and I would not be surprised by another tonight. Needless to say - it has been a surprising weather day - this passing storm hasn't even rated as a tropical wave. This is why we love rainy season - you just never know!
Stay safe and dry out there. Great day for some Sunday NFL and hot cocoa!

- All quiet!
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:59:18 -0400
I hope I dont speak too soon but we are getting towards the end of September and nothing major so far in regards to weather. We are experiencing a lot of rain today and thunderstorms but nothing too bad and its needed to water the garden and fill up the tanks.
Lets hope that the quiet continues!

Susan Beckwith

- Blob of a Tropical Wave
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:37:58 -0400
Good rainy morning!

On Friday night there was one "out-of-the-blue" lightning flash and one loud clap of thunder but no rain and I could see the stars over most of the sky (so little cloud cover too!) Strange weather.

It has been EXTREMELY HOT for the past few days.  There is an old patois saying that bad weather will follow every period of intense heat.  The tropical wave I have been watching announced its arrival with some loud thunder that woke me up this morning.  A cell came through with gusting wind and rain, made for a lazy morning.

Overcast and grey now with more rain in the forecast.

Stay safe and dry.

- Beautiful - send some rain!
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:07:37 -0400
It has been quite a while since ther has been an update form St. Lucia! What can we say, no news is good news! It has been absolutely stunning here for the last 2 weeks or more. Very sunny, very hot and very dry! While the weather, I am sure, is great for our visitors - and us locals alike - it really has been stunning! We do need some rainfall. We rely on rainfall for so much of our water supply, that long periods without - especially in the rainy season - it starts to freak us out and bring back memories of recent droughts, most recently 2010. No one wants a return of that! Hopefully, we'll see some rain again soon, to both cool things down and green things back up!
Meanwhile, it is stunning around here - clear, sunny HOT days and clear, only slightly cooler nights. Paradise.
Stay safe out there folks! Season is not over yet!

- ps Isaac
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 19:06:27 -0400
Minutes after I hit send on the last post, there was a complete power loss in Soufriere.  All services from LIME were down (landline, mobile, internet and cable) before the power outtage. Power was fully restored by 11PM.  Considering that the public was not prepared and damage was minimal, we fared pretty well in Soufriere  because the river did not overflow its banks (Thank God!).  However there was a some damage to report on the sea front. 
A few boats sustained some damage: The bow of one water taxi got a beating after one of the lines broke and slammed repeatedly into another vessel which was tied alongside.  Another dive boat was washed up on shore at Jalousie.  A fishing canoe was reportedly under water at Grand Caille (these boats don't sink to the bottom but float just below the surface.  It should be recovered soon if the fishers have not done so as yet.
The small wooden platform at the end of the "L" shaped jetty broke apart.
And of course beach erosion continues!
A few trees fell over however but I have not heard of any major landslides.

Today, the sea swells continued rolling in and started lifting the teak boards on the L jetty prompting the Foundation to remove them.  Rough seas lasted all day and kept most boats on shore or on their moorings.  The few tour boats that ventured to Soufriere with tourists had to contend with rough seas and captains and crew had to time the swells for passengers to disembark and board the vessels.

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- Isaac
  • From: George Smiley <zoukwe at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:30:32 -0400

SLU SW Coast

Boats moored on SW coast St Lucia, 22/8/12.

The passage of Isaac was another reminder that the computer models often have to be taken with a pinch of salt when preparing. Isaac's westerly track, and its reluctance to follow the models' NW curve meant it stayed closer to some of the southern Windwards than expected. St Lucia wasn't even under Tropical Storm watch (as far as I know), but the conditions would have become serious for us if Isaac had not only defied the generally predicted course, but had also done one of those "stall & intensify" maneuvers (Remember TOMAS?). Erring on the side of caution is the best preparation when dealing with boats and the sea!

- The Day After
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:24:46 -0400
Well, it is the day after our brush by Isaac and what is there to say? The rain bands have pretty much passed and left us with no major damage; some flooding in areas that pretty much always flood when we have some heavy rain and probably a few of our low-lying rivers that tend to jump their banks after some heavy rains. Otherwise, no reports of major damage, which is great! Looks like things are back to business as usual here - our neighbors are all out and about in their yards and at work, construction has started back up down the road, etc. The seas are still quite heavy - we are about a 10 minute walk from the beach and we can hear the seas crashing on shore - sounds wonderful! We are having some pretty good winds here in the south and it's keeping things nice and cool (for us!) along with still grey skies, but that will probably clear some by late today and most likely the sun will be back strong and hot tomorrow! Today is a yard work and dog washing day for us!
Stay safe out there!!

- Isaac has gone.
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:26:46 -0400
Its dry now and overcast, got a lot of gusts of wind this morning but that seems to have stopped now. We have had a few heavy showers but it seems to be brightening up here now, Marigot Bay instead of its usual crystal blue is now a lovely muddy colour, this mud stretches far out to sea and is the run off from the land from all the rain we had yesterday.
Marigot is a "hurricane hole" and very sheltered, you cannot hear the waves crashing, last night that was all that I could hear waves crashing onto the beach and into Doolittles Restaurant as there was a large swell caused by Isaac.

Susan Beckwith

- More pics of yachts in rough seas
  • From: Christopher Kessell <kessellc at candw.lc>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 23:31:18 -0400
Here are a few more showing how the boats were being pitched around!! There was someone in the cockpit of the rough looking steel boat in the last two pictures.

- Heavy seas and strong winds
  • From: Christopher Kessell <kessellc at candw.lc>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 23:22:06 -0400
The wind started blowing from the South West just before lunch and by afternoon had setup a nasty chop that was rolling straight into the usually protected Rodney Bay which caused most of the yachts normally anchored in the bay to seek shelter in the Lagoon and Marina.

However there are some unoccupied boats or a few captains that either couldn't move their boats or decided to ride it out! Not my idea of fun thats for sure!!

The wind was around 25 knots steady and the seas were at least 4' as some of the boats disappeared completely from sight with only the masts visible.

I have attached some pictures of what it looked like.


Chris Kessell

- Dear Isaac
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:37:13 -0400
Come on now Isaac, the Leewards need the rain not the Windwards!  It has been raining on and off from 2AM.  Whenever there is a system, I have two concerns storm surge since the office is located on the waterfront and our boats need to be secured.  AND flooding since the river has not been properly desilted and a new bridge has been constructed which WILL deflect flood water down the street I live.  
On the office front:  I checked the weather station at the office this morning several times and noticed SW winds.  I thought maybe something was wrong with it seeing as it hasn't been cleaned yet and the battery needs to be replaced.  However the wind was definitely blowing in from the sea and the swells started moving in.  Boats were hurriedly relocated to safer moorings and anchorages or pulled out completely.  The Pitons and mountain ridge in Soufriere have been invisible almost all day now with the clouds lifting for brief periods.

On the home front: River is approaching flood stage IMO.

Lights are flickering so time to shut down!  Will continue this post with pics later.


- Isaac part 2
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:04:50 -0400
Well, as all my fellow StormCaribers have noted - mostly just a steady rain all day. Here in the south, the rain picked up this afternoon - still not blindly heavy or anything, but heavier than a drizzle. Also, went into Vieux Fort this afternoon and as we were returning, you could definitely note that the rivers had risen signifigantly - so there must be a lot of rain coming down in the interior (duh, being a rainforest and all!) I expect that some of our lower lying rivers are ready to jump their banks - if they haven't already. I also expect we'll see/hear of some reports of flooding, possibly Soufriere and Dennery, which always seem to flood when we have this kind of rain. Will keep you posted on that!  And it is quite cool outside- about 73F this afternoon. (for us, that's downright cold - wore a jacket when we went into town!)  So, I am bundled up and watching movies all day!
Stay safe out there!!

- Isaac and number ten
  • From: "Frans van Santbrink" <fransjr at dageekz.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:56:04 -0400

Hi all,


Isaac has been busy dumping a whole heap of water here. It is mostly light rain but steady all day long. It actually started during the early morning hours..

Once in a while a bit of a breeze accompanies the rain, and a few peals of thunder and a bit of lightning

At this time the wind is coming from the wrong side, but since it is not strong it is not an issue.


So if it remains like this is fine, just wet… L

I also hope number ten knows it’s place and moves on up towards a northerly direction J but keeping our eye on ut though



God Bless,


Frans van Santbrink

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- Isaac
  • From: Christopher Jenkins <chrissjuk at aol.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:31:40 -0400
Well I've kept checking the radar and wondered why St Lucia and Martinique have 
been getting all the rain, seeing this is a Leeward Island storm. Plus here in 
the North we've had gusty winds most of today from the West / South West. Seems 
Isaac has two centres, one to the North as per all the models and one to the 
South, around the North of Martinique, South of Dominica, that may now be 
winning out as the centre "relocates". This would throw all the existing 
modelling out. I love the fact that we can use technology to plan for the 
weather but sometimes it is just nature's right to have the last laugh. And 
maybe the weather I can see and feel is of more benefit to knowing what's going 
to happen than modelling software!
All power to the Storm Carib contributors - live and direct every time!!

Take Care


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