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- Rain, rain, flood, slide
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 14:54:07 -0400

Whatever this system is, it's causing flooding and landslides in Saint Lucia. You can view some pics on St. Lucia News Online on fb

- Bad storms and rain
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:44:48 -0400
I was woken up in the night by a really bad thunderstorm, it was literally shaking the house!

This morning the same thing, heavy rain and a bad storm, fork lightening all around the house, the storm was right on top of us. Lots of flooding. Plaintain and banana trees down.

Rumours going round main west coast road is blocked due to a landslide down by Canaries but not sure how true this is, although it would not surprise me.


Susan Beckwith

- Boomers
  • From: "Sonia Cazaubon" <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:10:22 +0000

I cannot say good because last night about 2:30am an explosion jolted me from 
my sleep.  Still disoriented I saw another bright flash and then a boomer shook 
the house. Those two claps of thunder it seems were right over the house.  I 
figured the heavens were having a rowdy wet fete party around Soufriere taking 
plenty photos with flashes going off like crazy and then banging into things 
trying to #touchthepitons. I hope to see their pics tagged #saintluciarocks. Lol

Took me a while to fall asleep after that. It is not a good thing to be jolted 
awake from deep sleep. I always say be prepared... but I wasn't prepared for 
that.  By the looks of it should rain on and off all day. I like rainy days 
like this: light rain on and off, cool with a gentle breeze. Keeps me from 
doing laundry though because my clothes won't get dry.

Have a peaceful day all!
Sent from my BlackBerry® device from Digicel

- Monitoring 96L
  • From: "Sonia Cazaubon" <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:18:51 +0000
Good night to all,

Eyes right, monitoring 96L. Be prepared!


Ps. If you live on or are planning on visiting the islands, take all precaution 
to avoid getting bitten by mosquitos.  Last I saw, nearly all islands have 
confirmed cases of chikungunya now.
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- RAIN!!!
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:13:04 -0400
Whew! We have had some great rain in the last 24 hours here in the south!! Rain started here in the south yesterday afternoon with a passing shower/downpour around 4, and continued off and on all evening and through the night. This morning, was woken up to heavy thunderstorms overhead - pretty continuous heavy thunder and lots of heavy rain. Been pretty steady rain all morning since early, and no signs of letting up for a while! Yeah!! Cisterns are filling up, grass and plants are getting greener, foliage is coming in again, rivers are starting to finally flow freely again  - life is good here on the island!  I'm sure our visitors are a bit bummed by the rain and grey skies, but for us - we are thoroughly happy to see the water flowing on the island again!!
Stay safe out there!

- Torrential Rains and no TS
  • From: Paul Clifford <zionlionfarm at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 07:55:54 -0600
Since 1 hour.

Very heavy rainfall in the SW - Choiseul and La Pointe-Delcer at the foot of the Gros Piton.

L'Ivrogne River flooding over.

- TS Warning lifted
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:25:22 -0400
Well, Bertha was a bust for St Lucia overall. Very, very little rain, especially here in the south. A few showers this morning and one fierce short downpour - then blue skies! The TS Warning was just lifted, looks like that's all we'll get. We desperately need rain, and Bertha was looking like a gentle rain bringer - unfortunately, she turned north and gave us very little. Hopefully our northern neighbors will get a good soaking - as all of us islands are in severe drought, every little bit helps.
Happy Emancipation Day! And Stay safe out there!  

- Raining Hard in Marigot
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:19:40 -0400
Just had some very heavy rain and the power was cut, back up now but just bought some more candles.

People are on their rooves doing some last minute checks otherwise we are OK.


Susan Beckwith

- Overcast and Still
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 06:27:30 -0400
Woke up to the sky being overcast and still, no breeze at all, had a few small showers in the night,

Bertha is due to hit us later today so I am guessing this is the calm before the storm, we already have a few more boats in the bay, sheltering from the impending storm. Lets just hope its a bit of much needed rain and thats it!

Take care


- Rainy day yesterday and 93L
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:01:34 -0400
On Tuesday I posted about the heat and the rains came on Wednesday.  Today it is sunny, cool and still.

93L just needs to start moving north now for the forecast model tracks to verify.

Be prepared

- Rainy morning.
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:35:27 -0400
Keeping an eye on the depression which is situated to the West of us, seems to be well organised, but the NHC say the thunderstorms associated with it have calmed down a bit, they say it has a 70% chance of forming in the next 24-36 hours.

Woke up to heavy rain, again much needed for the garden. 

Looks like a day indoors today, although it did brave it this morning to plant some basil in the garden.

Take care everyone


- Rain
  • From: Paul Clifford <zionlionfarm at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:13:43 -0600
3rd shower in last hour at the SW foot of the Gros Piton in the dry Ladelin communities.

- Pressure Cooker
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:34:43 -0400
Oh my goodness, it is hot, Hot, HOT in Saint Lucia.  How are the other islands faring?  My grandma always said in patois "apwez chaleur chaud se mauvais temps". Translation - bad weather follows a heat spell.

Hoping the GFS track verifies taking the system to the northern islands that are parched.  We could use some rain in Saint Lucia, not a deluge though.

Be prepared

- Finally, some rain for us in the south!
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:44:00 -0400
Finally!! Finally got some rain here in the southern tip of the island! Dark clouds starting rolling in around 3ish, and brought some rain. Had some intermittent showers all afternoon and tonight, the heavens opened up for around 30 minutes and soaked everything really well! Thunder, lightening, and heavy showers - it was great! And it has passed by already, at least for now.
Sat pics show much more activity to the north, which is great as the north of the island desperately needs rain, even more than us here in the south.  Always amazing to me how very different the weather and rainfall can be between north and south of this quite small island!
Hopefully, the showers will continue off and on all night and we can get some good soaking and maybe fill a few cisterns. Will take much, much more than this to get us clear from the drought situation and fill up the reservoirs!
Stay safe out there!!

- Rain and lots of it
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:10:07 -0400
Woke up to rain and it has continued nearly all day, really heavy, great for the garden but this is not the main part of Tropical wave/depression two. Have bought some candles just in case Lucelec cut the power or we get a strike. Cooking a nice stew and having a rum and coke, lets hope its nothing.

Take care everyone


Susan Beckwith

- Need Rain!!
  • From: Chris Reed <reedprincess at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:38:24 -0400
 Greetings for the first time this season!! We here in the south of the island (Laborie side) are still bone dry, and desperately need some rain!
Got super excited late yesterday seeing some dark clouds on the horizon - turned into about 5 minutes of rain for us in the south, enough to wet the road, but nothing else. :-(    A short drizzle this morning - not even enough to move to close any windows at all - and that's been it for us here in the south! Send some rain our way!
Not even one ounce concerned about the fizzled out TD2 - downgraded to a tropical wave this morning, and the NOAA has issued it's last advisory about it today at 11:00am. Thank you wind shear and dry air! (not really). I doubt we'll see much if any rain from it, as it's north-east of Barbados by around 500 miles, and dissipating slowly but surely. Maybe the northern islands will see much rain - they need it too!
We really do need some rain around this island - good, sustained, many days of rain (not all in a row, but a few each week)! Down here in the south, we lost several fruit trees, and the hills are still a mix of brown and green.....not as severe as the north end of the island, but still quite bad....a lot of rain would help all of us!
Still have some grey skies this morning, but at least down here, not expecting much of any rain at all. Just a little cooler temps, which is always welcome!  
http://www.meteo.fr/temps/domtom/antilles/pack-public/animation/animMOSAIC2.html   Local area rain map, updated about every 15-30 minutes. Surprising no one - nothing over St Lucia for now! lol
Stay safe out there!

- Carnival ends, rainy season begins
  • From: nada sonia <nadasonia825 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:28:59 -0400
Helloooo! (Said in the signature voice of our local soca artist Mongstar)

Where did all this rain come from?  I'm not complaining because the dam here needs the water but I wasn't expecting this much rain till later tonight. I guess TD2 is fast moving according to NHC.

Whether or not the system remains a TD (I think), opens up into a wave (quite a few wunderground members think) or develops into TS Bertha (dear Lord no!) is irrelevant to us in St. Lucia now because we are getting buckets, BUCKETS of rain from before dawn (kept me in bed).  Actually it has been raining off and on from yesterday with one very heavy downpour after the 'vaval' (carnival street parade) ended.

My concern for all this rain is for Soufriere which is like the rain magnet on island leaving the north and south dry.  The trees on the hills here did not get brown this year as compared to other years which is why I say Soufriere did not experience a drought unlike the rest of the island.

I think this pre TD2 rain is moistening the path for the depression and it will struggle through the islands with more rain.  Let us not get caught off guard!


- Tropical Depression
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:21:36 -0400
I see we have a tropical depression to the east of us, predicted to come across Martinique on Thursday afternoon, lets hope it stays as a depression and fizzles out, definately one to be keeping an eye on.

Weather has been extermely hot, with little to no wind, we have been planting the garden to supplement our income, things are growing nicely but we do badly need some rain.

Hope everyone has a great day!


- Rain!
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:59:27 -0400
Been a wet day here in Marigot, luckily for us, I managed to collect some water and wash some dishes as we have had no pipe borne water for over 5 days, despite assurances ( since Thursday) that water was on its way. Path of the course here. 

A few thunderclaps overnight last night and a few heavy showers but not enough really to replenish the dam with badly needed water. 

Lets hope the wet weather continues.


Susan Beckwith

- Dry and no water in the pipes!
  • From: Susan Beckwith <suebeckwith123 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 10:26:52 -0400
Season has now started, we are experiencing lack of water here in St Lucia, in Marigot we have had no water for 5 days! Called the local water company there have been two fractured mains in this area, caused by the ground cracking and moving, these have been repaired now but it will take days for the water to replenish - not been able to shower at all as there has not been any rain so feeling very uncomfortable and dirty. My daughters school is closed as are a couple of restaurants in the bay!


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