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- California Dreaming
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:42:23 -0400
The swells are big ribbons coming in,  the surf is curling  high on the north side beaches and north sides of the outlying islands.  Gorgeous day,
and looking north deep clouds are  building up.  Sandy will effect millions in many ways. Already several businesses I deal with stateside
are riding this out and all is on hold. We are showing cruise ship cancellations for this week of course.  It is difficult for some folks to understand
the power of weather. Sandy will convince those doubters.
When you have the chance to drive away, do it.   Being prepared is the best medicine.
Take care all.  You will learn so much from your neighbors now.
Jane Higgins  on the Northwest side of  St Thomas
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- Aircraft and One Body Found Jane Higgins has forwarded a page to you from St. Thomas Source
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2012 20:21:19 -0400
It was a gorgeous day and seas were calm, and now this news,
I was just driving from town West to our house and saw police cars in front of the C.King Airport West End Hangars,  
Jane Higgins thought you would like to see this page from the St. Thomas Source web site.
Message from Sender:

I just drove by the West End Hangar

Searchers Saturday located the missing Piper Aztec airplane that disappeared Oct. 13 on a routine newspaper delivery trip between St. Croix and St. Thomas.


- Search Supended ; A Calm Morning
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 07:52:21 -0400
Good Morning,
It is very calm and cool this morning.  The sea is lying down, and the clouds are moving west to east in a steady flow.
All colors of blues/iris and periwinkle in the sky, and fresh emeralds  are reflected in the growing things on land.  
See report below from our web news,  The St Thomas Source, sad  news. 
Subject: Jane Higgins has forwarded a page to you from St. Thomas Source
Jane Higgins thought you would like to see this page from the St. Thomas Source web site.
Message from Sender:

Update on Downed Plane

At sunset on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for survivors of a downed Piper Aztec plane on a routine newspaper delivery flight between St. Thomas and St. Croix.


- Windier Darker
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:52:39 -0400
It is windier now, lots of clouds building up, sea is building, and it is getting darker earlier today.  Another day of searching.

- Now it's raining and No News on Downed Plane
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:25:51 -0400
It is  a dark afternoon. We just had a windy shower and the sound of water rushing into the cistern was welcome.  As it gets darker and
closer to dusk another day of searching has come and gone with no updated  news of Kirby Hodge the pilot and passengers missing since
5:25 a.m.  Saturday.  The  one passenger found alive says  much about the energy of all  still involved in the search.   So many thanks
are owed.   
  Jane Higgins on Northwest Side of Thomas.











- Update on downed Plane
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 02:24:28 -0400
Light rain showers just beginning now.  No wind.  Same sad news has been confirmed by the St Thomas Source online.  Jane Higgins on Northwest Side of Thomas.











- Rafael again
  • From: Ronnie <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 18:27:54 -0400
Looks like Rafael has been zig zagging and has zigged again. If he doesn't zag he should pass east of us around 2. He has sped up! Now 12 mph and also up to 50 mph winds with gusts to 65. 

Sent from Ronnie's iPhone 

- 3 missing, 1 dead in small plane carsh in USVI ...
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 14:50:47 -0400



I received this story from Scott Kurtz of the Weather Channel, I don’t want to believe it. Looks like  AP News    Jane Higgins


Missing Pilot USVI

  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:02:04 -0400



Jane Higgins  Northwest side of St Thomas



From: Kurtz, Scott
Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2012 2:08 PM
To: Weather Tidbits
Subject: 3 missing, 1 dead in small plane carsh in USVI ...



BC-CB--US Virgin Islands-Plane Crash,119

3 missing, 1 dead in small plane crash in USVI

Eds: APNewsNow.

   CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- At least three

people are missing and one person has died after a small plane that

was delivering newspapers went down in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

   The interim executive director for the island's Port Authority

says the plane went down just eight miles (13 kilometers) south of

the airport in St. Thomas. David Mapp said in a phone interview

Saturday that the plane had been delivering newspapers to the

island of St. Croix and was returning to St. Thomas.

   He said the plane had picked up a couple of passengers before it

returned to St. Thomas.

   Mapp said rescue crews are still trying to recover more bodies.

   He said he did not know what type of plane was involved.

   (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

   APTV-10-13-12 1338EDT


- Missing Pilot USVI
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:02:04 -0400
Per report from Anguilla, my husband the airplane mechanic with office in same hangar as Kirby Hodge reports from several people that the search
continues for Kirby Hodge and his Aztec down between St Croix and St Thomas.  Kirby flies the newspapers around 4 am every morning, wonder what the
weather was between St Croix and St Thomas at that time this morning?  If any one has any news please update.  A Caribbean Buzz R44 helicopter is over
the scene now. 
We are seeing some increase in wind and less sunlight , lots of cloud build up. 
Jane Higgins  Northwest side of St Thomas

- Rafael
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 07:19:52 -0400 (EDT)
Just when we thought it was all over. Looks like he will be a breeze. Hopefully nothing harsh. Thought the season had wound down. Good reason to be always prepared.

Ronnie Lockhart

  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2012 10:07:10 -0400
A series of straight down cistern collecting showers passed overnight and this morning and all the flora is glowing now.
Any gain in the cistern is a gift.  Skies are blue  and the horizon is crisp.  The quiet storm season is so far so good.
We are the usual lucky ones.
Jane Higgins from Fortuna in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

- September Sigh
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:09:13 -0400
With great relief we look past September 14 and stay alert but relieved to get this mid month past us. Travelling last week
to the same trade show in Florida every year in September was a piece of cake without historical fears.  The pressure of storm
season is deep rooted in island folks.  We were lucky enough to get some rain in the last few daysp; greening us up and saving
the call to the water truck this week.  There is a clear defined horizon, gorgeous sky and fluffy clouds, fantastic for a September day.
Fingers crossed and taking nothing for granted. 
Jane Higgins on the cool calm Northwest side of St Thomas

- 'Leslie' passing to the NE off the VI...., as has been forecast for quite a while now...
  • From: Herman <dspallas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 23:07:15 -0400

It is always amazing to read the Discussion (in this case the 23:00) this evening, keeping in mind how far we've come in forecasting the millions of parameters involved with weather!!!





- TS Leslie
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:48:19 -0400 (EDT)
After we all have been paying attention to Isaac, we now can turn to Leslie. It appears that Leslie will be passing north of us. Will be nice if it does. Keep posted.

Ronnie Lockhart

- Weather to the East, Captive Dolphins Coming to St Thomas?
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:48:21 -0400
Looking to the East and we see the need for more diligence in removing any loose or lightweight objects from the exteriors of our homes
by Sunday night again, just in case.  No reason not to be ready for anything that may come our way in the next few months.
The following is my personal opinion and appeal.
Our environment and our weather effects all living creatures including the magnificent dolphins that call the open ocean their home.
Coral World Ocean Park on St Thomas is proposing to enclose dolphins soon in hopes of making Coral World more financially viable.
I am amazed that anyone thinks capturing and enclosing free creatures of the sea will enhance their business.  The trend in tourism
is eco and animal friendly.  Why would Coral World go backwards to make a buck? The backlash protest to this proposal will cause
negative reactions to Coral World and St Thomas if this plan is implemented. 
See the article attached, and please do anything you can to help keep dolphins safe from us. Follow this link to sign a petition
fionastuart33 at yahoo.com  for more information on how you can support dolphins staying free.  This is a WEATHER ISSUE, as
you read on  imagine what would happen during a storm to the dolphins, and  the enclosure and foul water left behind.  Please let
our Department of Tourism know how you feel about captive dolphins on St Thomas by calling 800-372-8784  or  340-774-8784,
(requesting their email address by voice will be very effective.)
From our local on line media  The VI Source

A Dolphin Swim in the Works for Coral World
By Lynda Lohr — August 27, 2012

Plans are in the works for a dolphin swim at Coral World Ocean Park on St. Thomas, manager Trudie Prior said.“People want to be really close to animals,” she said. “Being a spectator at a small aquarium is not going to cut it.”

Prior said the proposed dolphin swim is also an effort to make Coral World more financially viable, after struggling for several years.

The goal was to open in the 2013-14 tourism season, but Prior said the summer of 2014 is more realistic because there have been delays in the Coastal Zone Management process.

She said the Planning and Natural Resources Department’s State Historic Preservation Office must complete a study to determine if there are any historic artifacts in the area before the project can go to public hearings.

Coral World already has a swim-with-animals attraction. Prior said its sea lion swim, which opened in 2007, is very successful.

The dolphins that Coral World plans to buy already live in captivity. Prior said several facilities across the Caribbean have breeding programs, and the up to 10 dolphins at Coral World will come from one of those programs. Prior said the dolphin swim will probably start with six dolphins.

“We’ll build a natural and normal social group with these dolphins,” Coral World curator Lee Keller said.

The group will have a matriarchal female and several young females as well as a couple of young males.

“A sort of bachelor group,” Keller said.

The dolphins will live in confined space in the ocean at Water Bay that’s about two acres in size. Keller said that concrete pilings will connect four-inch stainless steel mesh that serves as the pen’s walls.

Prior said it will have a sanctuary where dolphins who are tired of company can retreat.

“Nobody’s going to bug them while they’re there,” Keller added.

Additionally, the pen will have a maternity area where pregnant dolphins will give birth.

An area in the pen will have a liner that can filter water if for some reason the water in Water Bay becomes contaminated.

“And we’ll be able to lift dolphins out of the water in case of a hurricane,” Prior said.

Keller said in that case the dolphins would remain inside a building in transport boxes until the hurricane passes.

“They should be able to ride it out without any problem,” Keller said.

A viewing platform will sit adjacent to the pen so people who want to just look rather than swim can gather.

The cost of the project is roughly $7 million, and when completed, will add 24 full-time positions to the company’s current payroll.

The project has been controversial with many travel forum participants who live on the mainland signing petitions against it. Additionally, many V.I. residents also signed the petition. As of 4 p.m. Monday, 1,228 people signed petitions stating that they were against the dolphin swim.

“We can see the dolphins when we are out sailing,” wrote Marie Pohlman of Connecticut when she signed the petition. “We don't have to get personal with them in a pool. Let the dolphins live as Mother Nature intended, FREE.”

The petition drive was spearheaded by St. Thomas resident Fiona Stuart, who said the petitions will go to CZM, Gov. John deJongh Jr. and the Legislature. She’s also started a group called V.I. Dolphin Voices.

“I object to the captivity of wild animals forced to perform solely for commercial reasons,” Stuart said.

The petition reads: “We urge you to say NO to captive dolphins on St. Thomas. Keep wildlife in the wild!”

“Dolphins are highly intelligent, sentient beings that swim up to 100 km a day in the wild. In captivity they suffer restricted movement, forced human contact, artificial social groupings, being fed dead fish, exposure to loud sounds and the performance of unnatural activities in exchange for food rewards,” the petition continues.

“The proposed Dolphinarium is an open water facility in Water Bay, a problem area with sewage runoff from surrounding homes during heavy rains,” the petition says. “Captive dolphin waste sinks to the ocean floor and currents don't wash it away. This ‘attraction’ is proposed purely for commercial gain and teaches people that exploitation of animals is acceptable for the sake of turning a profit.”

Calling it a modern-day circus, Stuart said the Virgin Islands should take a leadership role in preventing the dolphin swim from happening.

Stuart said she’s also concerned about the planned location. She said there is little wave action in Water Bay as well as sewer runoff from Smith Bay in heavy rains.

“Sometimes there is human sewage floating in Water Bay,” Stuart said.

She said the dolphins will be swimming in an area already polluted, and their feces will further contaminate the water.

“Furthermore, they’re asking tourists to get into the water,” she said.

from the NorthWest sunny clear side of St Thomas, Jane Higgins   jhigginswear at islands.vi

- Isaac from Space , Category One Slow Mover
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:48:44 -0400
Counting our lucky stars today that Isaac did not hang around our little isle.  Hoping for the best for all under his lumbering power now.
We embrace  sunshine today and a gentle breeze.  Take care.  Jane Higgins on the Northwest Side of St Thomas.
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  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:11:52 -0400
Isaac lingers on and on and we haven’t seen sunshine in quite a few days.  Hazy, misty, and grey. We  island folk
don’t do well in this faint light.  Let’s look towards the East and pay attention, we are not done yet.
If you are on the mainland, DRIVE AWAY, it is the option none of us  have.  Just do it.  The longer you wait the
bigger the traffic jam.  Take a few days off, visit someone a few hours away, take a little ride, leave  Isaac’s bulls eye
while you can. 
Stay safe and don’t try to second guess Isaac, he doesn’t know where he is going or who he is going to mess up.
There will be copious amounts of rain as you can see from  his very long tail still pulling moisture up the island chain.
Send some sun our way please.
Jane Higgins  Northwest side of St Thomas

- Next weekend's end of August, beginning of September....
  • From: Herman <dspallas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2012 21:22:06 -0400

Models are consistent in their forecast of a Tropical Wave coming this Monday off the African coast and developing as it moves West
across the Tropical Atlantic during the upcoming week


- Rain Harvest
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 09:39:56 -0400
Good Morning,
We are soggy after receiving around 3 inches of rain off and on yesterday and last night.  Some of it was the
straight down into the gutter mode and now we are harvesting the rain by draining our extra cistern  on the
garden wall  into the main cistern via gravity.  Rain, gravity, wind, and sun, all free for the taking when we can.
The pool level is back up and probably well chilled at this point.
Remember to stay out of the sea for a few days until we get the water testing results.  Run-off can make you sick
and we have enough dengue, flu and crud going around without asking for more.
There is a slight breeze that feels fantastic . The horizon is not clear, and the Atlantic has calmed down.
Is Isaac one system?  or many?  multiple personalities?  and loading up now for another assault?  Haiti does not need a visit
from this crazy guy.  It is time to be prepared for any scenario. 
Dave is  right about Cantore and the Weather Channel screwing up the pronunciations of island names.  I yell at the TV
every time he says  “Dominican” in reference to the Dominican Republic, and they usually mis-pronounce Dominca has well.
Of course Anguilla has been said a few ways and Antigua seems to be too complicated as well. Good thing we are surrounded
by folks from all the islands to remind us of what is.  Did you know that 80% of St Thomas’ population is from other islands?
The mold count must be huge.  All the fans are on full time duty now. The greening up is startling.
From the North West side of St Thomas, facing the hazy horizon and calmer Atlantic,

- Wind gusts...
  • From: Herman <dspallas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 19:57:38 -0400

A few wind gusts in the 30 - 40mpoh range throughout the day, and one 42mph gusts at around 16:20...
Sustained winds during the day in the 20+mph range
As for rain, in the last 24 hours have only received 0.33"... was hoping to have collected more by now...

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- West End of Runway King Airport St Thomas 4:15pm
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 16:17:02 -0400
Here is the West End of the Runway at C.King Airport in St Thomas a few minutes ago.  Sure glad I’m not flying today. 
Jane Higgins   jhigginswear at islands.vi 
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- Dark Afternoon
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 15:18:22 -0400
Just took the dogs out and back inside in time for rapid darkening of skies.  That video from Coral Bay,St. John  was telling.  My last call night
was from a friend in Coral Bay looking for a tepid forecast, I think I underestimated the forecast abit after looking at this video.  Just getting
nastier right now.  Swirling low clouds and now the rain comes.  We’ve had power outages off and on and now on solar power with no
sun, so will cut this short.
I hear from the airport (South side) that the seas are high.  I would not want to be flying in this, ceiling is super low at the moment.
Jane Higgins from the North West Side of St Thomas, jhigginswear at islands.vi  

- Quiet
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:07:59 -0400
Good Afternoon,

It is very quiet here, a few gusts here and there, and the Atlantic is looking a little mean. Reports show 10-14 ft seas. No watersports today. Six a.m. brought a gorgeous pink sky
and hope for  rain.

The latest report from the aviator at C.King Airport in St Thomas says " It is pretty windy over here and the sky is pretty black to the south. So it looks like STX is getting some rain. The two Jet Center hangers are packed with airplanes, and the helicopter came home last night . " He also sent these pictures to entertain us, the Costa Concordia from space, it looks bigger than the island it is resting next to. There were early morning flight cancellations, but flights are resuming now. If the gusts go over 35 mph expect a disrupted flight schedule today.

We are playing tag with the sun and the solar panels. The cistern is hoping for another deposit.

From the cooler NorthWest Side of St Thomas, in the moldy part of Fortuna, facing the angrier Atlantic.

Jane Higgins  jhigginswear at islands.vi

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- Isaac & TD-10 - One view...
  • From: Herman <dspallas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:26:09 -0400

Isaac and TD-10 overview...

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- Isaac?
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 08:28:14 -0400 (EDT)
8 am advisory shows Isaac directly south of us. Nothing substantial as yet as far as rain or wind is concerned. Hopefully we will get some more rain. And hopefully he will continue to spare others in his path, especially Haiti.

Ronnie Lockhart

- Still here, more on the way
  • From: mantaray357 at yahoo.com
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:00:13 +0000
After looking at the NHC 5am update, it seems Isaac has slowed down a bit - 
12mph.  It's also a hair further south as well. The 'how close can it get' went 
from +/- 120 miles to just over 150 miles away. Intermittent showers over night 
kept me up & down with the hatches, but I was happy to have them open, fo'tru!

All forecasts show that we'll get most of the rain later in the afternoon, and 
again after midnight. Best guess on gusts down in 'the hole' in Red Hook is 
maybe 35. Got one line that likes to make noise about there, even though it's 
tied off.

Hopefully no one will get crazy thinking the worst is over...and start surfing 
or other silly water activities.

Be well, stay safe!

Capt Kim
S/V Slo Dancin
Near AYH, Red Hook
Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

- Thursday morning....
  • From: Herman <dspallas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 06:07:01 -0400

Wind picking up a bit here on the Northside... few gusts over 30mph since 05:00... rain only 0.03" since midnight.
Local weather discussion talks about conditions building up today and into tonight / Friday morning due to 'Isaac' still becoming a hurricane by the time it gets South of Hispaniola..

Storm seemed to have stalled a little, with the 'center' relocated a little further South in the 05:00 update.
Air Force Hurricane Hunter reporting low pressure of 1005mb so far on this night / morning's flight (05:52)..

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- 10:30 pm and wind is picking up
  • From: James Latham <latham52 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 23:28:23 -0300

Hello to all, just stumbled across this great site, and wanted to join in. Located in Mandahl overlooking Salt Pond. It's 10:30 pm and the wind has picked up a bit. Took down my wing turbine and tower at noon today, was cautious, but knowing I would miss some electric power generation , left the solar panels up. A little rain, cistern could use lots more.


- Orchid worry.....Is it Humid ... Current conditions
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 21:54:16 -0400
Harry Brandt sent  some sites for us to click on to, and I realize now why I’ve been sweating so much today.....
91% humidity!   See below.
We are gusty, and rainy off and on, and the younger shepherd continues to bark at the thunder.
I worry about the orchids tied to trees , and in baskets on the fence and remember that they are rain forest lovers and
all of this is normal for them. 
Wondering to about the neighbors that leave their dogs on chains tied to trees all year, thru all kinds of weather.  Same
thoughts every year when we go thru this cycle.  Am amazed that the  dogs are still alive.
here is Harry’s info........


Data is being sent from our Davis weather station at Mahogany Run. The data pushed to many sites but here are two that are easy to keep up with.


http://www.weatherlink.com/user/mahoganyrun/             This is the Davis site. It shows current data including rainfall. Mahogany run is on the North side

of St Thomas, home to one of the greatest golf courses in the world.


Here is the weather underground link http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=MD8627              

It shows  current data, historical and trending.  For some reason Weather Underground does not pick up the rainfall data sent from the station.


Stay safe, and remember your Caribbean neighbors, eventually we all get around to taking it one way or another.


From the gusty Northwest side of St Thomas, in Fortuna, facing the Atlantic, having just had a gorgeous sunset wild with high cloud tops and periwinkle auras....

Jane Higgins  jhigginswear at islands.vi





- Shut down news
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 15:08:20 -0400
The government announced that the ferry service between St John and St Thomas will shut down at 7pm  and the Port Authority is
shutting the ports at 8pm.  Some flights have been cancelled. We are on hold. 
Now back to the decks, plants, stuff, on perimeter, etc.    Storm scares always initiate clean up.
We just had a blow thru showers, kind of sideways.  So clothes on line had another rinse cycle.  Now it is extremely calm and grey.
Jane Higgins Northwest side of St Thomas

- Wednesday afternoon...and the much needed rain starts (Isaac)
  • From: Kim Caley <mantaray357 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:20:41 -0700 (PDT)

Sitting at a friend's house at the top of Cabrita Point (East End) ...the next bunch of rain just started...St John disappeared. 

From the 2PM NHC update, 15.8N, 60.2W moving due west about 18 knots (20MPH).  I know many folks around the island who aren't boarding up.  As for me, my extra anchor (wait, is there such a thing as an extra anchor?) is out, canvas wrapped or down...and will wait for the next break in the rain to head back to the boat.  Yes, I'm going to stay aboard.  No reason NOT to. The NOAA tropical storm wind probability is 40%, and as fast as this sucker is moving, it won't last all that long.  Conditions will deteriorate as the day goes on, and best guess the worst of it will be about sunup.  WHY does this stuff have to happen when I can sleep in?

Button up, buttercups - or break out the Joy soap and take a shower =)...with temp of 86 and heat index of 101F....cold shower will feel good.

Captain Kim
S/V Slo Dancin
Vessup Bay, Red Hook
"Be good, and you will be lonesome" - Mark Twain

- Gustier
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:28:55 -0400
It is getting gustier by the hour here on the Northwest side of St Thomas and seas are rising, white caps suggest
5-7 ft plus.  The gusts are really helping dry the laundry on the line faster than usual.  Getting the laundry done
before a storm is always a must.
A cruise ship has decided to go to Jamaica and Mexico instead of here, and that does not help our lowest scheduled
calls in August in many years, but I’m sure the passengers respect the Captain’s choice.
It is the memories of past storms, gusty winds and greying skies that drives us to do the necessary. 
Jane Higgins , Fortuna, St Thomas
Northwest side facing the Angier Atlantic
jhigginswear at islands.vi

- Hurricane Hunters...
  • From: Herman <dspallas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:09:16 -0400

Interesting track, though pressure slightly up ;-) 'Teal 73' flying in(to) storm at 1800Z for more updates..


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- Frenchies Know Best......
  • From: Jimmy and Linda Magner <frenchtownfishing at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:04:01 -0300
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, the boats were still out on the water and all eyes were on them.  Went down for my morning coffee and lo and behold, the ballpark has boats and the small ones are now pulled up.   Many are the people on this island who use these fishermen as their guage on whether or not to get ready.  Well, I guess they got the message this morning!
To Ronnie:   Thanks for the title of this email
To Jane:  It does help when we live with those in the know, doesn't it?  :)
Of course, our phone is ringing off the hook the last days with people looking for Yellowtail.  I'm afraid it's going to be quite a few days before we're back on the water again.
Blustery winds this morning but no rain as of yet.

- Christmas in August
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:36:09 -0400
Good Morning,
Like other Virgin Islanders I too see Isaac  going south of us on the computer and TV.  What I feel when standing on
the deck facing the Atlantic is wind in gusts.  Abit like Christmas winds , but with longer stalls between gusts.  This is  not a normal
breezy day.   The seas are building abit, with some white caps out there and the gusts feel good in this heat.  There is no reason not
to clear some things off the decks that could blow off on any windy day.  Time for some outside housekeeping.
The aviator is back at the airport today, and the word is that the list of planes to go in hangars has been set. King Airport in St. Thomas
is expecting gusts up to 40 mph later today and pilots are making decisions on where and when to fly later today and tomorrow.
The aviators and fisherman know better than all of we when to get ready.
Stay tuned. 
Jane Higgins   from the Northwest side of St Thomas in Fortuna, facing the Atlantic
jhigginswear at islands.vi

- TS Isaac
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:10:17 -0400 (EDT)
DO I have my head in the sand? I still see him passing far enough south of us not to have to board up the house. I am standing by though. Once again when I see the Frenchie's pulling their boats into the ball park in Frenchtown I know it's time. Until then I will wait. Will enjoy some more rain though. yesterday had a few nice showers. Hopefully more today.

Ronnie Lockhart

- 'Isaac' and '96L'...
  • From: Herman <dspallas at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:48:59 -0400

Hi Gert, nice to be back again after all those years ;-)

Today had some nice rain showers from a weak Tropical Wave coming through the islands... resulting in 0.23" on the Northside.
The quieter interlude that was forecast between the wave and 'Isaac' is playing out this evening.
Tropical Storm 'Isaac' expected to pass about 120NM South of the Virgin Islands by Thursday morning 11:00 local time, bringing winds of 30 - 40MPH, into Friday morning.
Curious to see how it will play out.

'96L' in the distance but models are indicating a possible turn to the West and Northwest thereafter. By then it is possibly Tropicl Storm 'Joyce':;
"... This disturbance will track nearly due west the next three days, then is expected to turn more to the west-northwest late this week, bringing it close to the northern Lesser Antilles Islands by Sunday. ...".
If the forecast and models holds true it would be around 550NM to the NE of the US Virgin Islands...


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- Isaac!
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 18:14:47 -0400 (EDT)
Getting calls and emails. Should we worry? Looks like we will get some rain, possibly some rain. Have to wait for the next coordinates to see which way Isaac is heading.

Ronnie Lockhart

- Greetings from St. Thomas!
  • From: Jimmy and Linda Magner <frenchtownfishing at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 12:50:11 -0300
First of all, I'd like to congratulate EVERYONE on the very successful Texas Society Chili Cook Off we had on Sunday.   Beautiful weather, fantastic turn out (I personally think at least 10 per cent or more of the island population) and last but not least, some of the best chili I've ever eaten!
Of course, all our eyes are staring to the east.  Preparations are almost ready for anything.  I know that some of the larger boats here in St. Thomas are being moved into the mangroves, some are going off to Puerto Rico and others are being moved on to moorings.  The fishermen in Frenchtown haven't pulled their boats yet but I suspect that if we see any sort of jog to the north, that will quickly happen.
We've got waves of rain and gusty winds this morning.  
Thoughts and prayers to all fellow islanders.   Take care out there!
J & L

- Rain
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 10:48:01 -0400
Just had the beginning of much needed rain.  Love that dripping sound into the cistern.  Will
re-read and take heed of Dave’s message today.  The aviation mechanic is down with dengue
and giving  directions from the couch.  That’s life ........ in the tropics.
From the Northwest side of St Thomas overlooking the Atlantic
Jane Higgins

- TD-9
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2012 07:51:22 -0400 (EDT)
Get ready for some rain. Currently forecast to pass 100 miles south of St Croix.  Getting more active out there. Lots of dust in the air still, might absorb some of it. Lord knows we need the rain. Stay tuned.

Ronnie Lockhart

- Nice and windy last night
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2012 08:40:22 -0400 (EDT)
Hope that's the end or Ernesto. No need to mess up a perfectly good outdoor wedding tonight! And, here we go again; TD 6! So far it looks south of us and may fizzle out however we never know.
To my friends in Cayman, watch out for Ernesto!

Ronnie Lockhart

- Update
  • From: 9123081512 at txt.att.net
  • Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 18:56:04 -0500
Good Evening St. Thomas.  
Tropical Storm Ernesto's outer feeder bands are Now affecting our Island. Dark 
ominous clouds have now cove

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- Update
  • From: 9123081512 at txt.att.net
  • Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 18:50:10 -0500
Well, no sooner than I made my Tropical Update, the skies opened and we are 
experiencing major T-storms and gusty winds on Northside, 

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- Update
  • From: 9123081512 at txt.att.net
  • Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 18:33:36 -0500
Well, no sooner than I made my Tropical Update, the skies opened and we are 
experiencing major T-storms and gusty winds on Northside, 

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- Update
  • From: 9123081512 at txt.att.net
  • Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2012 18:15:42 -0500
Good Evening St. Thomas.  
Tropical Storm Ernesto's outer feeder bands are Now affecting our Island. Dark 
ominous clouds have now cove

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- TD-5
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2012 08:04:59 -0400 (EDT)
Thankfully it looks like she will pass south of us this weekend. Hope we do get some rain after it passes. Don't want to mess up a grand wedding planned this weekend.

Ronnie Lockhart

- Weather Wonders
  • From: Kim Caley <mantaray357 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:10:48 -0700 (PDT)

Naturally I have been following with great interest the nasty rain looking things the past few days.  One thing that has been rather heartening are the water temperatures that have been recorded by the buoys listed with the National Data Buoy Center.  They are well below average for our area for this time of year.

Those sea temperatures along with just how darned DRY St Thomas has been (Ronnie, I bet you were happy with all the rain this morning!)...it seemed as I watched the radar today that the rain just....evaporated....as it came from St John toward St Thomas.  I am certain St John is in as dire a water need as we are here on St Thomas....and they got a LOT this morning about 6 AM.

We will all be keeping an eye on things, but don't forget that we have two deep trenches that sort of help keep water temperatures DOWN...which is what we want!

NDBC website runs off of a Google Earth platform, so just click on "Caribbean Sea" to get you in the neighborhood, then scroll down.  When you see them, you will be able to click on each individual buoy.  The red ones are not NOAA buoys, but you can still get their data elsewhere.  

Captain Kim
S/V Slo Dancin
Muller Bay/Red Hook
"Be good, and you will be lonesome" - Mark Twain

- Gray Day
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:28:26 -0400
Good Afternoon,
Passing showers, gray skies, and more to come.  Now is the time for weather watching again.  Stay tuned.
Jane Higgins  in Fortuna, Northwest side of St Thomas 

- Hello
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:42:59 -0400 (EDT)
That time of year again!! Invest 99l, Let's see what happens. Sure could use some rain. Cisterns almost empty!!

Ronnie Lockhart

- Power, Water, Dust and Boom!
  • By "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:41:40 -0400
Good Morning,
This report is coming from our solar powered office.   A pole and transformer went down early
this morning in our neighborhood after a rainy night. Power is off and on, and it is cloudy and cool. As hot and dry as June
was, July has turned out to be one of the nicest summer months we’ve had in our almost 20 years here.  The breezes and sea have
picked up, we’ve had enough passing showers to green everything back up and the hose from the backyard cistern will be downloading
into the main cistern today.
State siders may begin to envy  our cooler  summer temps  (I’ve been comparing our numbers with our  friends in Nebraska,
Colorado, Connecticut and Maine everyday) and it  might be time to realize that summer visits to the the Caribbean just might be the cooler ticket.
Crazy to think that our  friends in the Northeast may be sweating more than us. Living without air conditioning is our norm,
and our folks really wonder about that.
Water conservation has always been the Caribbean game;  ( with home cisterns instead of basements) as  we  keep our usage down by  
living the sailor’s lifestyle when  showering, flushing and laundry.  My 80’s something mother-in-law in Indiana, land of heat and drought
this summer has come to the  conclusion after receiving the biggest water bill of her life, that she too can cut back on water use.
They are on water restrictions and the water police are out  ticketing folks for lawn watering and car washing.  Amazing
and about time.  She told us  she realizes she can take a shower every third day and  do laundry and run the dishwasher once a week! 
This is the future and anyone in the Caribbean can tell you we’ve been living it  for years.  
The storm patterns are setting up; the booming thunder, humidity and weather from Africa is on the way.  The Sahara dust keeps us
safe , something to remember when missing the clear  skies.
It is time to check the batteries and pantry just in case.  We are still the lucky ones to hang onto this gorgeous life, and have the
parakeets chatter as our alarm clock.
Jane Higgins  on the Northwest side of St Thomas facing the Atlantic

- Such is the life on a fishing tournament!
  • By Jimmy and Linda Magner <frenchtownfishing at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:41:34 -0300
Good day, everyone!
Seems like forever since I last posted!
Well, yesterday was the annual Kingfish Tournament here in St. Thomas, held in Hull Bay.   The day started off with a little breeze, waves about 3-4 feet and a few clouds in the sky.   That was short lived.  We were headed south towards Buck Island (St. Thomas side) when the tropical wave hit us.   Very quickly, the 3-4 ended up being 10-12 and we were in the middle of it.  I can tell you that I've had my moments on the water while fishing and this was one of "those moments" that will go down in my history books of the "I don't like this....I REALLY don't like this....get me the hell out of this mess NOW" moments!  (And let's not talk about the motor quitting in the middle of all this!)  I know the weather brought a lot of the fishing boats in a lot earlier than the 12:00 deadline.
Anyway, aside from getting extremely wet, didn't catch anything that would qualify, we still had a grand time, as usual!   Kudos to the organizers for a wonderful tournament again and our congratulations to the winners!
Aside from the tournament, we were out fishing last week and came in with a lovely catch of Yellowtail.   Had a couple of sharks around us but they weren't the least bit interested in our catch.  They just breezed by and left us alone.
Other than that, life is good.   Take care and catch up with you again soon!
L & J

- Update
  • By 9123081512 at txt.att.net
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:28:09 -0500
Tropical Update Correction:  Invest 97L is 11.7N  47.1W.  Still moving W at 13 
Kts. Mbs 1011.  (Earlier location I gave, has been corr

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- Tropical Update STT - 06.29.12: Invest 97L - Possibly Ernesto?
  • By Cordelia Jones <cordelia667 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:53:16 -0700 (PDT)
Afternoon St. Thomas.
It appears we now have Invest 97L that is approx. 810 miles from the Windward Islands.  Its current position is "roughly" 13.4N  47.4W, moving W at approx. 15 mph.  It appears convection has become better organized, but with the SAL and dry air aloft, this Tropical Wave might have a hard go into tropical cyclone formation.  NHC/NOAA giving it a 20% chance of cyclone formation as of 2:00 pm (AST) advisory.  Early models mostly have this going S of us, but we all know it is too early too tell with these systems. 
$$ Delia Jones

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- Just making this address a contact
  • By Rob Kunkel <weatherstation.amaliaview at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:08:27 -0400
This is the only way that I know how to do it easily do it with gmail. tks rrk

- About Last Night, Water Truck Goes on Vacation
  • By "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 12:39:25 -0300
Yesterday, into the night, and  the early hours we had plenty  of rain.  The water truck drivers can now
book their vacations for the rest of May.  We have around 4 1/2 “ in the rain gauge (wine bucket) from yesterday morning.
The pounding thunder and lightening flashes do not disturb the old dog Max, but the youngster Macy barks in full
attack mode at every boom, and holds her rubber bone in her mouth fiercely shaking it at Mother Nature.  Hilarious.
The pepper seedlings are now hydroponic and the rest of the veggies soggy soggy.  The pool is over full and the cisterns
are getting there. 
Right now we have  low hanging foggy clouds, boomers and rain coming and going.  The river runs thru the driveway again
taking the gravel downhill.  The roads in town yesterday afternoon were pooling up and if this continues keeping brakes
dry will be a challenge.
We are hoping for some clearing later so we can use the water gained in the cistern to pressure wash the mold gained
on the outside walls, as usual, a give and take.
St Thomas Carnival ended this weekend after weeks of glorious fun.  My first trip down Main Street in  the Parade with
the Zumba Troupe was spectacular.  In almost 20 years of parade attending, we  have never had such breezy cool weather
as we did this last Saturday.  What luck, with 10-20 mph winds we barely felt the midday heat.
To see more of the Zumba Troupe in the 60th Anniversary of St Thomas Carnival Parade Saturday April 28 click
on our blog   http://stthomaszumba.blogspot.com/    , the videos at top of page are now posted on YouTube. Keep
scrolling down the home page and see pics of euphoric Zumbarinas.  Zumba = dance, exercise and fun.
Take care and let these May showers remind us of what to be ready for. 
From the foggy, soggy, cool, Northwest side of St Thomas, Fortuna, facing the Atlantic.
Jane Higgins

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