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- Sunrise/Sunsetv
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 22:10:43 -0400
Aug. 14 - Today water was delivered. We haven’t had rain in quite a long time. 
The showers that pass through hardly touch the ground judging by the dry lawn. 
There is rain in the forecast for the next days; we hope they materialize. The 
month is getting hotter by the day, but there has been a nice breeze. Makes it 
bearable. The little magic cooling box has not arrived as yet. Well, it’s 
always warm here so it should come in handy at any time of year. No threats 
anywhere in the Atlantic, let’s pray it stays that way.  May God bless us all.

Isabel


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- Sunny, hot day
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2018 23:37:23 -0400
Aug. 13 - Another busy day. I noticed briefly that Invest 98L near the western 
Caribbean vanished. So far so good. On the other hand, our kids/grandkids in NY 
are getting the tropical weather. They even had power outages yesterday. We 
wish we could get a bit more than the brief showers we get each day. Tomorrow 
the water truck is coming to deliver a double load. We are expecting a tropical 
wave on Friday from the once yellow X in the eastern Atlantic. Maybe we’ll get 
some real rain. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Sailing Weather
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2018 22:12:32 -0400
Aug.12/‘18 - Gale force winds early afternoon were perfect for sailing. The 
rest of the afternoon  was cooler, with a good rain shower in the evening. The 
threat from Africa dwindled to nothing. At the moment it’s quiet in the eastern 
Atlantic. So far this August compares well with 2013. There are still those out 
there with hypothetical forecasts concerning this season. The one I saw today 
brings the “E” storm from Africa straight through us! So, let’s keep an eye on 
the West Coast of Africa and pray that no such thing  emerges and heads this 
way. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- The Yellow “X”
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2018 22:46:02 -0400
The suspense to our east is struggling. It has dwindled down to a weak system. 
If it survives all the way here it may no longer be a tropical wave. The 
environment has not been conducive for the formation of storms. So, perhaps we 
can breathe easy, however, as long as the yellow “X” remains on the map, 
there’s still a chance for renewed activity. The days are hotter. The real feel 
of 92 when we returned from the beach was 104. The sea was cool/warm and would 
be good fuel for any potential hurricane. Let’s hope the “E” storm does not 
make it. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Atlantic Activity to Our East!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2018 22:32:28 -0400
Day 71 - This system bears watching, especially if it’s a slow mover. It’s 
midway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles. We shall know by the beginning 
of next
week if it means business. So, let’s look ahead and review our supplies and 
whatever we still have to do. Monitor the system! Have aw good qnight and may 
God bless us all!

Isabel


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- From Morning to Evening
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2018 21:56:43 -0400
Day 70 - The weather has been typical, tropical heat, evenings cool, but it can 
be sweltering day and night as the days pass. A new report came out that the 
Atlantic Ocean is not going to be as cool as thought, which would mean more 
activity. Again, all that is needed is to be prepared. Are we? May God bless us 
all

Isabel


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- Tropical Storm DEBBY
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2018 22:15:42 -0400
This was T S DEBBY’s one and only day to shine as a 2018 storm. 
Tomorrow she dissipates in the vastness of the North Atlantic.  
What else does the Atlantic have in store for us? The “E” storm will definitely 
surface somewhere. It’s just a matter of Time. Are we ready? Our little solar 
light on the garden compass has been keeping vigil since Hurricane MARIA, and 
the well lit street below complements the surroundings. There is music in the 
cool air. All is well, that is, except for the blue tarps on some of the roofs. 
There is much unfinished work, hoping that the season passes by. May God bless 
us all.

Isabel

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- SubTropical Storm DEBBY
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2018 22:29:15 -0400
Storm # 4- DEBBY (97L) formed in the Atlantic this afternoon. It is not 
expected to last long; at most a couple of days as it dissipates in the cooler 
waters of the Atlantic. If only they would all be this harmless. We continue 
having hot, hazy days. I can hardly wait to receive my little cooling box in 
the mail. The evenings are relatively cool, outside on the decks. The heavy 
showers we got a couple nights ago was no consolation to those who still do not 
have solid 
roofs. I pray nothing fiercer comes around. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- August 6: What’s Next ?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2018 00:27:36 -0400
Another day almost over! This one started after midnight with rumblings of 
thunder in the distance, then rain! We haven’t had a soaker like that in a long 
while. The lawn immediately reacted today with a fresh green color. It was 
especially humid today, with reason. The deep moisture was being evaporated by 
the sun. The color gray was back. In yesterday’s post I mentioned August 2013 
and wanted to compare this August with that one which was special in our life. 
Let’s see what happens. There really is nothing out there, at the moment.
So for those of us, locally, who wish to beautify our gardens  with some 
souvenirs from last years’ storms, look at what one person did with pieces of 
utility poles she collected! Let’s enjoy each day. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- SAL and Sunshine
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2018 22:33:22 -0400
Day 66 has been a black and white day, actually Gray! The sun shone through 
intermittently, but otherwise, it was gray( see photos below) No rain in spite 
of the heavy clouds. I am in suspense as to how this month is going to develop. 
According to the experts at CSU it’s going to be a below average year. Perhaps 
it will be like
2013 when our kids secretly planned a 50th celebration for us on Sept 1st. That 
with the peak of the hurricane season approaching!
Thank God it went well. Family and friends came from the mainland, had a great 
time and left before Tropical Storm CARLOS approached. It was a below average 
year. We were extremely thankful. Is it going to be the same this year? We 
shall compare. May God bless us all.

Isabel

 

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- Invest 97 L Way Above
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2018 21:48:12 -0400
Hi again! This system is somewhat crazy judging from the many twists and turns 
it’s projected to make on it’s way down, not to us but probably more over 
Hispañola. It may not develop into much, but must be monitored. Closer to us, 
NOAA informs us of “ a tropical wave just east of the Lesser Antilles; it is in 
a very moist environment that is supporting scattered showers and 
thunderstorms.” The Southern Leewards and Windwards shall be affected. I think 
we can all benefit from some rain. Today we had some light showers with heavy 
clouds hanging about most of the day. I look forward to some earnest to 
goodness rain with the wave to our east. I hope it does not go too far south as 
this last one did. Have a good night, everyone, and may God bless us all.

Isabel


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- Tropical Wave to the South
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2018 23:36:30 -0400
Today we got a few drops from the 
Tropical wave. It was too far to our south. We really, plants included, are 
begging for rain. We got a good refreshing breeze at least. There’s another big 
TW trying to cross the Atlantic. It probably will be smothered, I hope. We are 
still having a lot of dust on our cars, but the sky is clearer; it could mean 
that the end of the Saharan dust is near, I hope.Be well, be ready wherever you 
are. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Keeping Watch
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2018 23:17:58 -0400
The tropical wave I heard about on the radio is farther south  than I thought. 
I was hoping to get some rain out of it. The August update for CSU remains the 
same. That’s encouraging, only 10 storms, 4 hurricanes and 1 major hurricane. 
The days are quite hot. I hope the Air Cool works for me The dust seems to have 
lifted judging from the photos. We should be seeing an increase of activity 
this month. I worry about those who are still waiting to have their roofs 
repaired. I hope it gets done soon.
May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Good Weather for Paving
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2018 23:42:37 -0400
What a day! The road which was once the “worst road on the island” was paved 
today. AND the weather was perfect for it. AND perfect timing for guests in the 
evening coming to a farewell party for our grandson who is leaving for college 
on Saturday. They didn’t have to deal with that other road again. It was 
perfect timing again for the next couple of days we should be having another 
tropical wave passing through. May God bless us all. 

Isabel

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- End of July 2018
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2018 22:38:36 -0400
It was very hot when the sun shone, but we also had a refreshing  breeze, 
especially  on our hill. The dark clouds in the photos did not drop any rain. 
Our lawn is parched and thirsty, so hopefully the next tropical wave, Thursday 
into Friday, will give it a good soaking. That may not be good for our road. 
The work on the road will be completed tomorrow. August- will you be a lion or 
a lamb? May God bless all.

Isabel 

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- Day 60- So Far, So Good
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2018 21:55:35 -0400
Here we are, rather quiet for the extreme forecast of an early, intense, and 
short season this year. But let’s not be too complacent. The storms will come 
eventually, not many, we hope, but they will and we must continue preparing for 
the worse. Remember, it only takes one. At the moment, the tropical wave 
closest to Cabo Verde has the best potential as it has no hindrance, however, 
the wave ahead of it is embedded in dust, so this one could have the same fate. 
We have been treated to an early morning shower just about every day. You can 
tell that August is near. Our fifty foot Sea Grape tree fell over with MARIA, 
but not uprooted. That was a big favor. Now I will be able to reach the fruit. 
We did a lot of garden work this morning, so I treated myself to a 
Cranberry-Zinfandel refreshing
beverage. Try it, you’ll like it. Have a good night. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- A.M Showers/Evening Lace
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2018 23:15:41 -0400
Our Sunday was real sunny. It started out with heavy clouds and showers. The 
rest of the day was sunny, breezy,  and very pleasant. I get the feeling that 
more tropical waves are going to get through. They are lining up. I just hope 
everyone’s ready. We were warned early enough. Our Governor made a dire 
prediction last year that from now on the hurricanes are going to be as 
powerful as IRMA and MARIA. I just hope he’s wrong. It is so peaceful now. Work 
is ongoing on roofs, but blue tarps are  still part of the scenery. We really 
need a break this year for the sake of the many who cannot be fully ready for 
another impact this year.
Below the regrown and recovered trees make up the black lace on the afterglow 
of the setting sun. 
What a gorgeous blessing by the parting sun! May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Another Tropical Wave
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2018 22:05:02 -0400
Hello again! What a day this has been. It started out with a furious sky, heavy 
clouds ready to burst, and they did somewhere else down the road. Then it 
became very windy with the surf building. Sure! It was the tropical wave which 
I saw approaching the islands last night. So here it was, with most of it’s 
life choked by dry air. Then later in the afternoon the sky was almost 
cloudless and so very blue! So when you see a blue sq., that’s a piece of our 
late afternoon sky until small puffs of white clouds spread out here and there. 
Now looking farther east I noticed a lot of activity getting ready to splash 
into the tropical Atlantic, and behind that a trail of many more tropical 
waves. August is right around the corner. Let’s hope and pray that the Saharan 
Air Layer still present can continue to hinder formation of storms. May God 
bless us all.

Isabel

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- “Big Changes..”
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2018 00:33:22 -0400
July 27 into 28. Where did Friday go! Wow, Time is going by too fast for me.  
It’s already tomorrow. However, I was reading that CSU downgraded the number of 
storms for this season. Now it’s 10 instead of 14. 4 hurricanes instead of 7, 
and only 1 major hurricane. But on the other hand AccuWeather is predicting 
12-15 storms, 6-8 hurricanes, 3-5 major hurricanes, 3-4 U.S. landfalls. What a 
difference! Now I’m not sure if this is their latest forecast. I couldn’t find 
anything else. On the other hand, it’s not the number of storms to be concerned 
about, but the one that could impact us. That’s why no matter what the 
forecasters say we have to  prepare for the worse while hoping for the best. 
May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Morning Rain/ Sunny P.M
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2018 22:42:11 -0400
It’s not easy to open a manual gate with one hand while holding an umbrella 
with the other. This morning was especially rainy-ish. It was just bad timing 
with opening  
the gate which should run on electricity, but is now on manual as we wait and 
wait for the “gateman”.  Otherwise, the rest of the day was great. Well, it was 
not great for Bella, the cat, our daughter’s pet. She’s away and Bella is 
missing her. You can tell by her face. I’ve been checking, scanning the 
Atlantic Basin for any signs of trouble and so far it seems as if July will go 
out like a lamb; that is, unless the protective dust vanishes. May God bless us 
all.

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- A Fine Day for Road Repair
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2018 22:10:54 -0400
The road that everyone feared is 80% done, just the final touches now and it 
will be a road well traveled, I fear. When the rainy season begins the road 
will be tested. It won’t be long before 
we have to face the peak of the season. I wish everyone well in the Caribbean 
and the mainland, which  will be equally threatened. We cannot become 
complacent. We have to stay in a preparedness mode. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Busy Season Ahead?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2018 22:16:54 -0400
The dust has lifted for a second day in a row. It was such a beautiful day that 
we headed to the beach.  Clouds threatened but did not break.Hadn’t been there 
for a while. Judging from the many waves crossing the tropical Atlantic with 
dust alongside, let’s imagine twice as many waves without dust alongside. It 
could mean a very rainy “rainy season”  or a very stormy one. Brief showers 
pass by occasionally. Is this a good time to grade a dirt road? I wonder.... 
work on our road begins tomorrow. Perhaps it can be paved before any heavy rain 
arrives.. August is approaching. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Clearer Skies Today
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2018 23:32:23 -0400
We had a couple of showers, badly needed. Soon enough we shall have more than 
enough. I see a train coming from the east. The waves  in the tropical Atlantic 
are trying to get through; however, the accompanying dust is still inhibiting 
any development. Can this continue? Not according to the past yearly patterns. 
What does that tell us? The closer we get to August the better prepared we 
ought to be. We are still working on a few things around the house. I just hope 
we will be ready enough and that goes for everyone here and in the region. May 
God bless us all.

Isabel

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- S U N D A Y
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2018 22:12:58 -0400
I hope is was as nice a day as mine was, still is;  I’m baking at this hour. I 
got so caught up by Jenny Jones on YouTube, that I wanted to bake the cinnamon 
rolls, the crusty rolls, whole wheat bread, etc. Jenny and I have similar 
personalities. I always get a laugh out of each baking lesson. AND it keeps my 
mind off the hurricane season for a while. I’m still keeping an eye on Africa 
though; concerned about that particular wave.  Chances are it will dry up like 
so many, hope so. 
Be happy, don’t worry, I tell myself and tell you now  May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Keeping an Eye to the East
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2018 21:57:52 -0400
Out of Africa, every hurricane season, come the monster storms that cause 
destruction, chaos, death, and disruption of life in general. It’s not Africa’s 
fault by any means. These are atmospheric conditions that circle the globe and 
this particular time of year is the most active. But what do I know, I’m not a 
meteorologist. All I know is that they come from the east and head straight 
towards the Caribbean. Sometimes they miss us and travel above us to the 
mainland, or south of us as the two killers MITCH and MATTHEW did. 
Unfortunately, they more often than not impact land. According to NOAA NOW: “A 
tropical wave is starting to move off the coast of Africa this afternoon 
accompanied by thunderstorms”. Notice the wave to the right. If this wave is 
not hindered by dry air, it will be marked by an X, if it continues to move on 
it will be labeled an “Invest”and will be closely monitored by the National 
Hurricane Center (NHC). Let’s hope this wave gets snuffed out and does not mean 
TROUBLE for anyone. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Quiet Reigns
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 22:47:42 -0400
50th day of the hurricane season:
So far only ALBERTO, BERYL, and CHRIS have appeared. Only BERYL started as a 
tropical wave from Africa. That was rather early. It was predicted that the D 
storm will come off of Africa as well, however, it will veer off to the right 
away from land. We hope and pray. We are content with dusty clouds and magical 
patches of blue like today. If only it would last. Those of us on the islands 
know that we must always prepare for the worse while hoping for the best. One 
year there were 19 name storms and we were not impacted, just the wind, rain, 
rough seas. Be ready dear neighbors in the Caribbean. Be survivors by taking 
all the necessary precautions. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Moving along
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 22:43:00 -0400
This morning we had a brief, but heavy rainfall. The rest of the day 
It was quiet and dry thoughj the threat was often there. Many hurricane 
forecasts are circulating out there, some mild, some active, some down right 
scary. The interesting thing would be to find out which, if any, of them was 
the most accurate. In the meanwhile we can stock up on supplies and be ready, 
just in case. May God bless us all.

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- Huh? Correction:
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:09:17 -0400
The mystery subject code of my update is Day 44/45!  Sorry about that!

Isabel

- Day _[wrtr
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:59:22 -0400
I was “shocked” today by a prophesy concerning the 2018 hurricane season. We 
can neither believe nor disbelieve a prophesy but give it time and in this case 
be doubly prepared. Last year thousands of people died with the passing of 
Hurricane MARIA through Puerto Rico. This year, accordingly, the same will 
happen in another area. Someone once told me that they were concerned about 
such a scenario. So, the prophesy is not far fetched. It can happen and my fear 
is that the civil authorities can become overwhelmed because people prefer to 
stay in their comfort zones while they are risking their own lives to save 
theirs. I think the right approach is to give a time limit for evacuating 
safely, after that, everyone for himself. The prophesy urges us to PRAY with 
the hope of mitigating such a disaster! It is so quiet now that it‘s easy to 
forget we’re in the hurricane season, yet prepare we must. May God bless us all.

Isabel
  

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- Surprise Showers Today
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:02:39 -0400
Clouds loomed and threatened, but it was not until late when they broke mostly 
to our north. It was nice and breezy. We are not seeing anything, like an 
Invest that causes concern. I did notice a large tropical wave coming off the 
coast of Africa. Like many before, it will probably be choked by the dust. When 
the dust is absent, that’s when Wave Watchers begin to worry as they can move 
unimpeded over the tropical Atlantic. This could very well be a below normal 
year. That would be a welcome relief. We just have to remember that it only 
takes one, last year we had two. We always have to prepare for the worse. May 
God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Dust Storms in Africa!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:58:23 -0400
Great, if they keep all the storms from developing !! BERYL could have been a 
superstorm! We must keep an eye to the east! Now I am keeping an eye to the 
Northeast where “severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall” are in the forecast 
for tomorrow afternoon. I just alerted the kids and grandkids.
And this is the second time I’m writing this so have a good night and may God 
bless us all.

Isabel

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- Windy A.M. Sunny P.M. Rainy Night
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2018 23:02:29 -0400
What a day! In between all that we watched an exciting Final soccer match 
between France and Croatia. Now, we’re having some heavy rain showers. On radar 
it looks as if this can continue. There’s also rain in the forecast for 
tomorrow. THAT we can definitely use. Hope everyone had a wonderful Sunday. 
Have a good and may God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Day 44: Quiet on the Horizon
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Jul 2018 21:53:55 -0400
The tropical wave I mentioned yesterday gasped its way through stifled by the 
dry air that was inhibiting any chance of showers. The threats were there, 
clouds, wind, no rain. This month is typically quiet, but the typical has 
changed and we don’t know what to expect this year. That’s why we should be 
ready for the unexpected. I’m always happy to hear that someone else got her 
roof repaired. Happy day! This gives a feeling of security. We hope it works 
and don’t have a Cat 6 lurking in the wings! G’night!
May God bless us all.

Isabel


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- Tropical Wave Coming By?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:23:49 -0400
So I thought I heard from the local weather man as I was looking for a station. 
I miss getting the forecast from NOAA radio,  but the new weather radio I have 
is so complicated! Sometime this weekend the tropical wave should arrive. I 
thought it was this evening when it suddenly became stormy looking, but it 
passed by quickly. The grass, the weeds are growing so much with the rain that 
soon the sound of trimmers and lawnmowers will be invading the air. I did my 
bit of trimming around the edges with my battery powered trimmer. It!s light 
weight and I stop when the battery Is done some 20 minutes later. Now all I 
need is a small electric lawn mower to finish the rest of the lawn.  I cannot 
get the regular one going; it requires a lot of pulling to get it started, and 
it’s a small one!
The woes of a petite gardener-weather lady! Have a good night! May God bless us 
all.

Isabel 

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- The Weather Lady
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:04:23 -0400
I am known by some as the “Weather Lady” but I don’t know it all. This morning I was surprised by a sudden down pour. Where did that come from. I asked myself. The rest of the morning was partly cloudy, but by noon the blue was back!  Blue sky, blue sea. We hadn’t seen that in a while with all the dust. Of course my first comment was “Oh, oh, the dust protects  us by suppressing hurricanes and tropical storms from development according to a report by NOAA. It can extend from 5000 to 20,000 miles in the atmosphere and can be transported several thousand miles sometimes by strong winds blowing one hundred million tons of SAL each year across the Atlantic. It’s bad for people with asthma, good for suppressing storms, bad for our blue sky and sea, good for replenishing nutrients in rain forest soils as it does when it reaches the Amazon River Basin. Wow! Thanks NOAA! Good to know. I recommend NOAA NOW. May God bless us all.

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- Nice Weather
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 23:41:05 -0400
Visitors should be enjoying themselves these days. No rain in sight. Saharan 
dust came in after the storm passed  and behind it another wave. So there was a 
mix of sunny, hazy, cloudy, and breezy during this day. Perfect for outdoor 
plans. The Northeast coast on the other hand is feeling the effects of  
Hurricane CHRIS offshore and soon that of BERYL, which seems to be following in 
his path and has a 50% chance of redeveloping. So far we are good to go,  storm 
free, after two hurricanes in July; very unusual. Let’s enjoy as we prepare for 
whatever “names” are coming this way. May God bless us all.

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- A Quiet Spell Ahead
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 23:56:06 -0400
Looks as if it’s going to be quiet for a time. Nothing threatening to our east 
out of Africa. The dust moved in again after the storm; that was what inhibited 
BERYL from exploding into a bigger hurricane. A Super Storm by the name of 
MARIA was tormenting Japan and menacing others. We know about MARIA; how can we 
forget. My cousin in Puerto Rico said that all traffic lights are still down 
and it’s one big traffic nightmare getting about. She is selling her house and 
moving to s senior village in Florida. Wise move, unless something hits there. 
For the moment CHRIS is the only feature and it’s going up and away. Let’s 
breathe easy remaining in a mode of hurricane  preparedness. May God bless us 
all.

Isabel

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- Remnants!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2018 22:26:12 -0400
Since just before 1 a.m. the remnants of BERYL arrived and all through the 
night it rained on and off, I was told. I slept. It was so soothing to hear 
rain on the roof 
In the morning. There were sporadic wind gusts, otherwise the remnants grew 
more sparse, however, we could be getting trailing moisture for a while yet. 
Some waves are crossing the tropical Atlantic as is normal at this time of the 
year. There’s nothing
of concern at the moment. We can be sure that the NHC is watching. and as soon 
as they spot danger we are informed.. All we need to do is to be prepared, do 
what is necessary now so that we don’t have to rush around the last minute if 
there’s an approaching storm.Be well, be happy ! May God bless us all.

Isabej

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- Remnants of BERYL
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2018 23:26:22 -0400
The sun day today will become the rain day for tomorrow.  BERYL will be passing 
60 miles to our south
Rain is forecast to begin after midnight. BERYL is speeding along st 23 
mph.That being said
we probably will not get much rain, perhaps 2 - 3” , however some is better 
than nothing.

Another wave “fell off” the African coast according to Dave, but all eyes are 
on BERYL and CHRIS. Is that the potential DEBBY? Time will tell. May God bless 
us all.

Isabel

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- The NOW T.S. BERYL
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2018 22:44:47 -0400
At the supermarket this morning, there was an air of hurricane preparedness. 
People were taking BERYL seriously. As far as they were concerned, there was a 
hurricane on the way. Outside the store there was a sign posted : “limit 3 
cases” referring to the picture of water bottles. When IRMA impacted St. Thomas 
everything was sent there leaving a severe lack on St.Croix days later when 
MARIA hit. I was told that the ice plant was also sent to our sister island. 
Fortunately, Plaza Extra Supermarket was producing enough ice to fulfill 
everyone’s needs. There were always long lines for ice. I think we all learned 
from the experience of hurricane MARIA. This 2nd storm of the season has 
already been down graded to a Tropical storm, but according to word from 
Dominica, they were told to expect up to 12” of rain. So much water has proven 
to be deadlier than wind. If we get the same amount or less, we would have 
flooding everywhere, flash flooding in some areas, and havoc in general. We are 
not out of the woods until T. S. BERYL passes us. At the moment  NOAA is saying 
that the “Greater Antilles” should expect locally heavy rainfall, gusty winds; 
it so happens that the Lesser Antilles come before. While we don’t want copious 
amounts of rain, we do need it and hope we get some out of this system. We’ll 
know more on Sunday. Have a good night and May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Hurricane BERYL
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2018 00:10:52 -0400
We all have BERYL on our minds. No wonder! It has not been that long since 
MARIA and this early in the season we’re again going to experience another 
storm. As anyone can imagine, it’s worrisome. I hope and pray that the 
correspondent Lisette and the people of Dominica will not be severely impacted. 
As for us, for. the Time being, life goes on as usual. This coming Sunday is 
the annual MANGO MELEE. Will it be able to take place? Much work goes into this 
event. It’s quite an experience. Mangoes are hanging from my brother’s tree 
“like Christmas bulbs “, and they’re sweet and juicy. I got my supply, but the 
ones in the bowl are from a dear friend whose tree got partially destroyed by 
MARIA; the surviving part produced a good amount. What will become of the fruit 
in season? This is a yearly dilemma. Now, according, to Dave another potential 
storm came off the coast of Africa. This one might veer more to the north.  
It‘s going to be very active, I fear. I noticed that the 11 p.m. update has 
BERYL more to our south, and the whole day should be reasonable for the Mango 
Melee. Sunday night into Monday seem to be action packed. We expect wind and 
rain. At least, we hope for the rain. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- T. S. BERYL
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2018 22:31:24 -0400
Well, well, our 4th TW has turned out to become a tropical storm. What does the 
rest of the season have behind the scene! Thankfully, the wind with this storm 
should not be too terrible when it arrives in the Lesser Antilles. It has to 
battle strong winds aloft to make it through intact as a storm. At most we are 
to expect gusty winds and heavy rain from Sunday into Monday. This could be the 
saturating rain some folks are waiting for with this system. As I write, we are 
having some showers from another source. T. S. BERYL is still over 1000 miles 
away. It will try for hurricane status and will seem to succeed but only for a 
short while. It’s a bit too early to be stressed out by hurricanes, a T S is 
all we can handle for now. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Happy 4th of July. SURPRISE !
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2018 22:18:33 -0400
Last night after I posted my update I was surprised to see that NOAA is 
investigating a system (95L) off the coast of Africa, that bears watching. It 
is moving WN W right towards our region. It already has a 50% chance of 
developing and could already be a Depression by tomorrow. The good news is that 
as it approaches the islands, this weekend, it will run into an area “not 
conducive” for development. It looks impressive! Please monitor this system and 
be prepared just in case. We have to pray that we have the strength to deal 
with whatever comes our way this season. Below are some graphics courtesy of 
NOAA. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Interesting Clouds.
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2018 00:23:28 -0400
Today should have been a rainy day judging from the fat, pregnant 
clouds, but not a drop, or was that a drop I heard. Fortunately it was a very 
enjoyable day for the many who had off for Emancipation Day, a local holiday. 
Everyone must have been at the beaches today having a great time in the 
beautiful sea. Last time I was in it, the warm pockets of sea were beginning to 
overwhelm the cool ones. Which means that the fuel was being readied for the 
hurricane season.  I call the warm sea “hurricane fuel”. 
A Very Happy 4th of July tomorrow everyone. May the day be filled with fun and 
good cheer and thanksgiving for our country. 
May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Over the Weather
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Jul 2018 23:57:01 -0400
The dust dried up the wave. We got a few drops and that was that . A good thing 
that it did not rain; the house below was getting a new roof after all. There’s 
so much reconstruction going on right now
in this race to be ready for the rainy season and possible disturbances. In the 
midst of all this activity it was announced that the former Hovensa Refinery, 
now Lime tree is about to reopen for business. More info can be found on Stx 
Source. Talk about openings, I met the owner of the new restaurant 17/64. 
That’s right! 
Those are the coordinates for St. Croix! That was very clever. It turns out my 
grandson just tried it out with a group of friends and they were impressed. He 
was happy to hear that. I must visit that place. It sounds good. Have a good 
night everyone. May God bless us all.

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- Day 31: Another Beautiful Day
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2018 22:03:31 -0400
The tropical wave headed this way has not shown any signs except for some 
clouds this evening. It has been a better day than most this past week; less 
dust, more sunshine. A perfect start to July, the second month of the hurricane 
season. This month has always been on the quieter side. I hope it remains that 
way. August should see more waves and perhaps storms. It would be good if 
everyone could be ready for the beasts from the east. Keep us in your thoughts 
and prayers. May God bless you and us all.

Isabel

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- Clearer Skies
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2018 23:47:54 -0400
The wind was so strong at times that I believe it just blew the dust away. A 
Tropical Wave is expected in our local area Sunday night into Monday. It will 
be a relief. However, the dust will return after the wave until the next week 
when another wave will approach the islands again bringing an increase of 
showers. That’s great! We need a breather from all this dust. Looking around 
the globe, there are many things far worse than dust, so we’re not that bad 
off. The worst part of it is the ailments it enhances in some people. I must 
say that with all the medical challenges after the hurricane we still have good 
medical attention. I’ve had the experience. Very serious medical attention 
should be addressed on the mainland if possible. And so it goes. We look 
forward to a calmer season, but are mentally/emotionally prepared for the 
worse. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Dust, Dust, Dust
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2018 22:35:44 -0400
When is this dust going to clear!  Do we want it to clear? Remember, it would 
mean a dust free environment. Beautiful and ready to receive hurricane 
personalities.  
What a dilema! The waves are many! One forecaster has already gone so far as to 
say that the 3rd name storm is passing through here, but if he is as far off as 
with his prediction of ALBERTO, we have nothing to fear but fear itself.
May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Under the Weather
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:51:29 -0400
Some blame my congestion and other people’s health woes on  the Saharan dust. 
That could very well be; warnings go out to people with Upper Respiratory 
illnesses to stay indoors. Easier said than done. I am carrying on with my 
regular schedule making sure to drink enough fluids, and rest. I went out for a 
walk in our “park” a while ago  and I noticed that even though the youngest 
Flamboyant tree came down, it is blooming! And everywhere I looked there were 
flowers. That’s up lifting.  I should get well fast. I pray that everyone in 
the Caribbean and Mainland are prepared for the season. Last year was practice. 
NOAA is preparing us for the worse. Be well, be brave, and may God bless us all.

Isabel


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- Hot and Hazy
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2018 20:56:19 -0400
One of those typical hot, hazy days of a long Summer, our 5th season, the hurricane season! It would be great to know that everyone is ready, but it’s not the case. This morning I was so happy to see our neighbor’s on the street below  getting their partial “blue roof” stripped off to replace it with a new, permanent roof, I thought. Later, I noticed that a new “blue roof” was replacing the other,  except, that the whole roof was being covered! Not good! Those roofs cannot sustain a storm. A warning was issued  already that people with “Blue Roofs” must be prepared to evacuate in case of a storm. They are only temporary solutions. We have to hope and pray that the storms stay away. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- The Moon Loop
  • By Isabel Cerni
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:43:43 -0700

Last night I took two pictures of the moon and did not see them until a moment ago. One of them has an affect called the loop. Whatever that is, I don’t know. It’s rather interesting. The day itself, today, was very hazy, once more a layer of Saharan dust swallowed us. Dark clouds also prevailed but no rain. Nevertheless, there was enough sunshine for visitors to enjoy their tours and beach days. 
The waves coming off the coast of Africa are traveling below the dust to South America. Soon that will change. I suggest everyone take a serious look at NOAA’s press conference on YouTube about this hurricane season. Are we ready?
May God bless us all.

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- “Jump up and Kiss me” weather plant
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:47:04 -0400
All the rain from the TW woke up the green onion type plant and it bloomed as 
it does after a good soaking. Suddenly the little white flowers bloom; how it 
got the name “jump up and kiss me” is beyond me. The rain continued as 
scattered showers, one intense shower woke me at 4:30 a.m.; Sunday morning was 
lacking the sun in the early hours, but It turned out to be a very pleasant day 
after all. Hope yours was too. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Rain, Rain, Rain
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2018 21:46:39 -0400
The rain was heavier and of longer duration with TW #2; it just came long after 
I thought it had passed,. Our cisterns should be benefiting  greatly from it. 
There is still a chance of rain as it trails off. Lots of flooding was expected 
with this.   We’ve had two in one week. It could be that the dust has lifted 
enough. I noticed a large one coming off the coast of Africa. I sure hope that 
one chokes in the dust. It’s going to be a very busy season judging from some 
predictions. Are we prepared?  May God bless us all.

Isabel


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- Cloudy, Rainy...
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:34:58 -0400
We did not get as much rain with this second wave, at least not in our 
neighborhood. However, we were able to have a very nice, happy  birthday picnic 
at the beach in spite of the unfriendly face of the weather. We almost canceled 
it. Glad we didn’t; it was so beautiful, the turquoise sea just calmly waiting 
for us. We enjoyed it and were still able to follow the World Cup during our 
picnic. Armed with umbrellas, we headed out in the evening to the birthday 
dinner; we didn’t need them. A great day was had by all. Hope your day was as 
good as ours. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Tropical Wave #2 Approachibg
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:46:00 -0400
This wave should reach our area by Friday evening . Locally heavy rain is expected. This information is from NOAA Weather Radio. I recommend that everyone get a radio with batteries. Very important.! The information we hear is for our region, not somewhere on the mainland. That makes us better prepared. We know what to expect. I’m glad we’re having more rain, but my joy is dampened knowing that so many are without proper roofs. Today the headline on the Daily News was tough but necessary. HAVE A BLUE ROOF? BE PREPARED TO EVACUATE IN THE EVENT OF AN APPROACHING HURRICANE. I don ‘t have the newspaper on hand but that was the 
message. After last year’s experience we cannot be too careful. Some surprises are bad, like MARIA, but some 
though little are very good. Our coconut tree finally has little ones 9 months later! May God bless us all!

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- Overcast Skies
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:39:30 -0400
After the passage of the first real tropical wave of the season, the skies 
remained overcast and threatening, with spurts now and then,  but nothing like 
yesterday. The blue tank below the deck was just about empty. It sounded hollow 
almost to the bottom. And then came the TW and filled it up again! That was 
some torrential rain even in short spasms. It was like turning a faucet all the 
way and then off. Long duration rain like the one along the Gulf Coast
can be deadly, 12” of rain in 30 hrs. However, we have to prepare for flooding 
here when the going gets rough.! It never fails in those flood prone areas. 
Much has been done to alleviate it, but there’s so much rain during the rainy 
season. My lizard friend outside the kitchen window has no fear of anything. He 
just lives with his eyes on the next catch. Hope you had a good Wednesday. May 
God bless us all. 

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- A Taste of the Season
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:45:49 -0400
The tropical wave arrived as if on queue. It was a reminder that we are in the 
hurricane season and under other circumstances this tropical wave would have 
become an Invest as the experts investigate the system, that being a clear 
conclusion, it would be labeled a TD, the start of a Tropical Depression, then 
as it intensifies  it becomes a Tropical Storm and given an identifying name, 
then at 74 mph winds onward, earns it the respect of the biggest, extremely 
dangerous phenomena, the much feared Hurricane, which can strengthen to a 
Category 5, the most catastrophic, known for total destruction of property and 
loss of life. The names IRMA and MARIA will never be used again precisely 
because of the trail of destruction and death behind them. We hope and pray we 
don’t see the likes of them this season. We are very grateful for the rain 
today; it’s not over as yet, more rain is expected on Wednesday. Soon the 
yellow lawn will be green again. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Tropical Wave
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2018 23:26:43 -0400
According to NOAA Weather Radio a tropical wave  will enter the eastern 
Caribbean on Tuesday bringing thunderstorms and much needed rain. We hope it 
does not fizzle. It has been hot and dry. Other than that it’s best not to look 
too far ahead; just do what we have to do and enjoy each day as best as we can. 
 May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Father’s Day Weather
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:22:42 -0400
It was hot and dry, and very happy.
Hope all the Dads out there had a happy one too. I heard on the weather radio 
that a tropical wave will be arriving in our region Tuesday into Wednesday.  
That would be a blessing. There is one wave after another fighting the dust; 
only this one is officially  making it through in quite a while. The ground is 
begging for rain. I hope the Southwest got a good soaking from the once 
Hurricane BUD. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Overcast and Humid
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2018 20:54:44 -0400
The day started out rather cloudy, but there wasn’t much of a chance for rain. 
Just made it very humid. So, for a wedding early afternoon, well, everyone was 
sweating; maybe except the bride who arrived a titch late in an air conditioned 
chariot. I was running about for more than an hour making sure everything was 
done and the church was ready for the bride. The groom was eying the wall 
clock. I had already handed a roll of paper towel to all the groom’s men. They 
were from the mainland, not accustomed to tropical humidity. The hot sun 
decided to shine down through the west windows making everyone on that side 
rather uncomfortable. However, everything moved along smoothly with a few tears 
here and there. Hey, perhaps that’s why weddings and funerals are the same for 
some people?  So, thankfully,  no rain and everyone was happy and I was 
exhausted. Hope you all had a great day. May God bless us all.

Isabel 

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- Hurricane Season - Day 16
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:43:06 -0400
The sky/air was cleaner today as we can see from the early morning signature 
photo. Half the month is gone already.! Yikes! And I keep reading about how bad 
it’s going to be. So many people are unable to get ready for another storm. 
According to NOAA it’s going to be an average, or above average season. We only 
have to worry about one impact and we hope that does not happen. Last year we 
were swiped by IRMA- we lost power for 16 hrs but others never regained it 
before MARIA’s impact. In between those two JOSE came along the same track as 
IRMA; mercifully it moved up a bit avoiding the already stricken northern 
Leeward Islands, however, it had a long tail that stretched a few hundred miles 
drenching us with torrential rain which caused floods everywhere. 
So, last season was about one of the worst ones ever. Let’s pray that we can be 
spared this season.
May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- World Cup Weather
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:32:58 -0400
It was great in Russia where the games are being held and it was great here. I was even inspired to prepare Russian Chicken Kiev (seepidtk There was even a refreshing breeze on our hill. Somehow it did not feel as hot as other days. However, everything’sceis dry. I look to îthe east for a TW that would bring us some really good showers. We need the rain, not continuous, so that the folks rebuilding will have the daytime to work. It’s a desperate race.
I finally got a new Weather radio! It helps. Nothing’s happening in our neck of the woods, but Hurricane BUD was one of two Cat 4 storms that spun up on the Pacific side bringing Monsoon rain over the Southwest. They haven’t seen rain for months.  In the Gulf is 91 L looking very much like the previous Invest in the same place. Perhaps it’s the next name storm?? This time headed towards Louisiana and Texas. It’s very active there. Stay well and have a good night. MAy God bless us all.

Isabel




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- “Two Cat 5 Hurricanes in 10 days”
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:07:23 -0400
Last year that was perhaps the most often used phrase. Another haunting phrase 
was from the governor during his evening update, “this could  be the new norm”; 
meaning that the hurricanes from now on could be in the catastrophic range. 
Already this year the eastern Pacific has seen two Cat 4 hurricanes, the first 
two storms of the season! Are we ready ? Just in case. We should always be 
ready for the worse while hoping for the best. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- The SAL Very Noticeable..
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:30:20 -0400
Another very “foggy looking” day
With the Saharan dust cover. Just today we were saying how the dust is a  
blessing in disguise. Some waves manage to get through somehow. Good and bad. 
We need the rain, but on the other hand if there is a chance of formation, 
that‘s not good. At the moment the NHC is tracking just such a wave, or Invest 
91L.i suggest you take a look. It’s late and I may have misread “1 Active Storm 
in the Atlantic”.

Hurricane MARIA did a great pruning job on our local red plum tree, which we 
have for many years. It finally gave us a bountiful
harvest of big, sweet, juicy plums.
The yellow plums are due later,  around August,

Ready or not, the storms will come; hopefully no impact.May. God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Still a Disaster Zone...
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2018 23:46:09 -0400
Even though it’s 9 months since Hurricane MARIA, disaster services are being made available again to the local community by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. On the other hand, the race is on by the people desperate to get their roofs repaired, but it’s like molasses going uphill. All construction workers are busy, hard to get consistent ones from what I’ve heard. Some workers start a job and drag it on, probably doing other jobs at the same time. There’s a lot of stress, especially at this time. My own sister’s roof lifted a bit on one side, she has to get it repaired before another storm, her husband is bed ridden. Even the estimates are slow.
Perhaps it will be a calm season, I pray.
May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- A Wonderful Sun Day
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2018 19:17:54 -0400
Hope it was wonderful for you also. We actually had a cloud cover, which is 
nicer than a blazing day. More than nice also, was the reappearance of Charlie. 
He was missing since last Thursday and I felt so bad. He is the baby tortoise 
which we had been keeping enclosed for his safety. We have not discovered as 
yet how he got out. His bigger brother, Sunny, keeps him company but sometimes 
he gets to mingle with the older ones.

There is some construction work going on next door. In reality it seems that 
people are using every moment they have to work on repairs. Before we know it 
we are going to have more and more tropical waves from Africa. At the moment 
they are very sparse because of the Saharan dust; they are emerging much lower 
where it is dust free; one wave after another. We must be ready by July. I hope 
and pray we will not have a repeat performance like last season. May God bless 
us all.

Isabel

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- Getting Ready
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2018 00:23:38 -0400
It’s been another busy day, as you all are I’m sure. We are still doing minor 
repairs. We were told by the “gate man” to leave the gate closed during a 
hurricane, just tie it to the post at the closing end. It took the brunt of 
MARIA, but it shaved off the paint in many places. So, the gate is getting a 
face lift. Here we are 9 months since and recovery is far from complete for 
many people. There are many houses with blue tarps, or blue roofs, which are 
installed and meant to last at least for one year. Also, a hen taught her young 
brood to scratch on one of the little slopes behind the house causing loose 
soil and stones to collect on the walkway. Now a “retaining wall” is being 
built, plants and ground cover added to hopefully strengthen the slope. RAIN we 
will eventually get, most likely in abundance and if it passes slowly that 
means landslides, and flooding in certain zones. Well, I hope that won’t happen 
too soon, in the meanwhile, I’m happy with the occasional rain shower of the 
“watering can” variety. Taking a walk in our lower garden (photos below) does 
wonders, and beautiful sunsets are always a blessing. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Getting Ready
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2018 00:11:31 -0400
It’s been another busy day, as you all are I’m sure. We are still doing minor 
repairs. We were told by the “gate man” to leave the gate closed during a 
hurricane, just tie it to the post at the closing end. It took the brunt of 
MARIA, but it shaved off the paint in many places. So, the gate is getting a 
face lift. Here we are 9 months since and recovery is far from complete for 
many people. There are many houses with blue tarps, or blue roofs, which are 
installed and meant to last at least for one year. Also, a hen taught her young 
brood to scratch on one of the little slopes behind the house causing loose 
soil and stones to collect on the walkway. Now a “retaining wall” is being 
built, plants and ground cover added to hopefully strengthen the slope. RAIN we 
will eventually get, most likely in abundance and if it passes slowly that 
means landslides, and flooding in certain zones. Well, I hope that won’t happen 
too soon, in the meanwhile, I’m happy with the occasional rain shower of the 
“watering can” variety. Taking a walk in our lower garden (photos below) does 
wonders, and beautiful sunsets are always a blessing. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- Power Outages
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2018 23:53:44 -0400
We had two outages today. The first one coincided with a brief rain shower, so 
I blamed that, however, then there was the sound of sirens from vehicles 
speeding eastward. Later we heard there was a fire. It’s still not clear why we 
lost power. All I know is that my cinnamon rolls  were in the oven, and were 
only half baked. I put them in once again in the afternoon and they turned out 
quite good. A couple months ago, one evening, someone crashed into a utility 
pole  and we had a power outage for about 4 hrs. The second outage today 
happened at midday while we were at a birthday lunch. It coincided with rain of 
longer duration. We were happy;  everything is so dry. When you have an 
electric gate it has to be switched to manual during an outage. None of us like 
pushing/ pulling the gate, but if we want to get out or in, it has to be done. 
Thank God for little hardships. I pray that this season will be kinder. The 
last one brought us a lot of real, big hardships. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- The Battered Flamboyant Trees
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2018 23:46:51 -0400
I cannot help admiring how the trees are in full bloom after such a vicious 
beating. For a while we thought the bare branches were dead. Not the case, they 
are all blooming now with promises of months of those beautiful orchid-like 
clusters. When we walk down the steps to the lower garden, it’s another world. 
The damage was cleared with help to fill up 30yd bins. There was a lot of 
garden debris after Hurricane MARIA. Now it’s quite a sight pleasing to the 
eye. We’re so happy the trees survived.

Talk about survival! Some people are having trouble coping with the Saharan 
dust. This heavy, dusty air does not bode well with those suffering from Upper 
Respiratory problems. In Guatemala the search and rescue had to be canceled 
partly due to poor air quality and
no further signs of life. It is heartbreaking to see. May God bless them and us 
all.

Isabel

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- A Cloudy, Dusty Day
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2018 17:22:50 -0400
Hi! To that headline, I should add hot and dry! The air felt “heavy”, but now a 
light, refreshing breeze is making a difference. We’re hoping it rains soon. 

So sorry about the volcano eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala. So much suffering 
there. That’s one thing for sure, when it comes to slow creepy, crawly lava, no 
amount of protection can save one’s homes. It cannot be stopped. Volcanic ash 
is a huge problem as well. We all have our disasters, don’t we? I just hope 
everyone gets as much help as we do. Let’s keep them in prayer and may God 
bless us all.

Isabel


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- Looking Ahead
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2018 21:42:51 -0400
We are getting all kinds of predictions about this hurricane season. It goes 
from “calmer” to 
“Very active” or similar to last year.  There is nothing we can do about  the 
forecasts, but there’s a lot we can do to prepare for s storm. We should be 
good at it after the last season. It’s the incredulity of the rapid succession 
of two Cat. 5 hurricanes within a short space of time that has left people 
baffled to say the least. I think those who can, will leave at the first sign 
of tropical trouble.we hope that we can cope with whatever comes if anything; 
we’re not going anywhere

Our gazebo in the lower garden fared well but the Pink Poui tree came down. It 
did not make it to its full stature of 75ft and we had to trim it down even 
more to pass through to the gazebo. However, it’s still producing those lovely 
pink flowers as if say, “I’m down,  but not out.” We can learn from that.
As we look ahead we can prepare and be ready for a challenge or  two . May God 
bless us all.

Isabel

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- 9 Months Later...
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2018 20:32:56 -0400
Our proud, beautiful, Divi-Divi tree, which stood for many years in the middle 
of our driveway came down with Hurricane MARIA. Though it was not uprooted it 
would not revive. Instead it began drying out. It was a sad sight after such an 
abundant shady canopy for the tortoises  below. But then, one day we noticed 
new foliage on the ground, among them baby D trees, and a Noni Tree. A cancer 
healer, an overall medicinal tree. It grows to 20-30 ft with a wide 
circumference. Lots of cool, shady areas for the Red-Footed Tortoises! So we 
lost our beautiful Divi, but we got a variety of plants in exchange. Now all we 
need is rain, a soaker. It’s been very hot and dry. Hope all is well in your 
neck of the woods. May God bless us all.

Isabel

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- HOT days, Cool evenings
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2018 20:39:39 -0400
That is, on our hill. Hello again, we’re going to be keeping company every day, and I hope I can send you some brighter photos, but it has been very hazy due to the Saharan dust as usual st this time.
A blessing in disguise. No SAL in the Gulf where ALBERTO made its way 
slowly towards the panhandle from Cuba where it sat around for a while. 
Seven people got killed there and in Havana alone, according to a report on WU, there were 100 mudslides. My husband, who was there many years ago, cannot visualize 100 mudslides. Perhaps it has deteriorated since he was there. ALBERTO’s tentacles killed two in NC and two in Virginia. For a subtropical system it caused tremendous damage and a total of 11 deaths. That means that the rest of the season can only get worse. We shall continue hoping and praying for the best. May God bless us all.

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- HOT, Hazy Day !
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2018 16:52:54 -0400
It’s enough to wilt even human flowers! Nevertheless, it did not hinder me from 
trying another of Jenny’s bread recipes; this time Crusty Rolls. We do not have 
air conditioning, even so, our WAPA bill came to $600. (accordingly using a 50 
day cycle.) I found out from a woman I know at a housing project that she 
received the same  
bill! She was horrified! Electricity is great, but beware of spotty outages 
that play havoc on fancy electronic appliances like our GE wall oven!  We have 
already spent a mint on repairs.$100. an hour just for trouble shooting to find 
the source of the problem. So, to avoid any further trouble we turn the circuit 
breaker on and off to use the oven. It’s a nuisance, but worth it. Ahhhhh, 
electricity! What delicacies come out of that oven!
So much for that! I have to feed the tortoises! Have a wonderful evening. May 
God bless us all!

Isabel

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- Hurricane Season 2018
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2018 19:24:56 -0400
Hello, StormCarib family and friends beyond!

We are in suspense this year as to how the season will develop. The CSU indicated a less active year. The Weather Channel said that because of the cooler waters in the Atlantic there should be less activity in the Caribbean, however, in 1989 when all went north, HUGO, came straight to St. Croix, causing massive devastation. “It only takes one”.

I am concerned about all the folks who are still working at getting their houses repaired, especially the roofs. Workers are hard to find unless it’s a big job. Those who have smaller jobs have to wait or try to get it done themselves. It’s a race not only to prepare for the season, but to rebuild as fast as possible. The temporary blue roofs are not going to hold even with a minimal tropical storm. RAIN will be a big issue this season if ALBERTO is any example.

The official number of deaths in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane MARIA is staggering — 4,600!

As was reported on WU “ future hurricanes will be stronger, slower, wetter” .  Not good at all. So, we hope and pray, if possible, that everyone in the Caribbean be spared, especially those who suffered catastrophic damage during the last season.

May God bless us all,
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