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- Oct. 29 - Another Name Storm?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2020 23:59:38 -0400
That’s right! It passed, or rather it’s passing through here on it’s way to getting named. This will be a more southern storm. In the meanwhile Hurricane ZETA walloped DC as a Depression with an all-day event, where my grandson is studying at GWU. He said storms always manage to find him no matter where he is. This new system entering the Caribbean is quite elongated; we probably can expected sporadic showers every now and then. May God bless us.


Isabel.
               Early this morning

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- Oct. 28 - An Active October into November
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:00:56 -0400
We are getting spotty showers every now and then. The plants are happy and so are the tiny tree frogs. The more it rains the louder they sing and compete with each other. There’s another area of concern being monitored south of Jamaica, and there’s a very fiery-looking wave entering the Caribbean Sea. Our rain percentage is up to 60 for tomorrow, if so, we can be having some serious rain. Jamaica has some serious flooding concerns in the near future. Be safe everyone, from the virus and from the weather. May God bless us all.

Isabel,
                              Looking out.....

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- Oct. 27 - So Far, So Good!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2020 23:52:33 -0400
We have some days of rain in the forecast, but that does not always materialize due to circumstances beyond the Weatherman’s control. At the moment the vegetation is growing so fast with past rains that you can see it growing even as you trim. Everything gets overgrown very fast in the tropics when it rains. Our gardener does not have a fixed schedule but when he comes he does an impeccable job. We are so thankful that we have not had to deal with any storm this year, so far, but as Dave said, we still have a few weeks left in the official season which runs until Nov. 30. May God bless us all.

Isabel,
               Tropical colors:    Blue and green

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- Oct. 26 - Hurricane ZETA!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2020 23:40:40 -0400
Who would have thought we would get this far into the Greek Alphabet. We contacted a friend in Greece and told him about it but he didn’t seem very impressed. They don’t know much about hurricanes and much less about giving them names. I must say that’s one crazy alphabet. I’ll take the A, B, C........ any day. ZETA wants to copycat DELTA. WHAT a pity! Hopefully that’s it now. A Tropical Wave is coming our way. We expect rain from overnight tonight and for the next couple of days if it does not fizzle. Let’s hope this one does not become something in the near future. May God bless us all.

Isabel
               On and off rain showers this afternoon

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- Oct. 25 - Tropical Storm ZETA heading to LOUISIANA?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2020 23:40:17 -0400
I feel sorry for that region so battered already and now another storm. I hope and pray that everyone will be safe. We are surrounded by all kinds of colorful satellite imagery, but only getting a spotty shower once in a long while. I am currently watching with the regional meteorologists the upcoming wave from Africa which is forecast to pass through the Caribbean by next week. Not much is being said about it because it’s still far away and TS ZETA is dominating the weather updates. May God bless us all.

Isabel
                      Benji is posing..

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- Oct. 23 - Tropical Depression # 28
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2020 00:00:57 -0400
This one is going to have the “Z” name..The Gulf States have to be on guard again. We had beautiful weather again today, but we too have to watch for possible threats from Africa, those would be November storms. May God bless us all.

Isabel
                 Busy Pier!

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- Oct. 23 - The “Z” Storm is forming
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2020 00:01:09 -0400
95 L is on it’s way to becoming a name storm! There doesn’t seem to be an end to this season! We have been truly fortunate so far. We are still prepared to prepare for anything that can come our way. We have to keep looking towards Africa. May God bless us all.

Isabel.
      


End of Day photo —- My first successful Pano photo


- Oct. 22 - Hurricane EPSILON, the Last One ?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 23:23:04 -0400
There is something looming for the beginning of November for the Caribbean, but the meteorologist Ruben Garcia of Puerto Rico said it’s too far away to even report on it, but if it shows with time that it will be something of concern, it will be monitored closely. I’m still hoping that EPSILON will be the last one. May God bless us all.

Isabel
                    Today’s weather

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- Oct. 21 - Hurricane EPSILON must be the last!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 23:28:06 -0400
So we hope. This season has been beyond active. Nine hurricanes! And many more storms than predicted at the beginning of the season. From here on we should be calming down. We have had some beautiful weather, with just a brief shower now and then. It does not look as if the two waves crossing are coming to us; they look a bit low. Covid -19 on the other hand is picking up again in many countries. Our territory had one more death this past week bringing the total to 21. We still wear masks. I’m so accustomed to wearing it that I probably will just continue even after Covid is gone. May God bless us all.

Isabel

       High surf on the reef most likely due to the effects of Hurricane EPSILON.

  End of Day photo                              I see an angel!  How about you?


- Oct. 20 - No New Threats
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020 23:36:37 -0400
We still should keep an eye on Epsilon as Gert said. This can change rapidly into a threat as has happened in the past. I could not believe how fast that happed with LAURA. There are two waves currently crossing the Atlantic, hopefully they are harmless. This certainly has been a very, very busy season. May Epsilon pass Bermuda and disappear somewhere... May God bless us all.

Isabel,
                    The Weather Today

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- Oct. 19 - Tropical Storm EPSILON
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2020 23:44:01 -0400
Who would have thought it would get this far! And can even go further! This season is a copycat of 2005. The “Z” storm was the last one then and the NHC is watching a disturbance in the Caribbean that can become the “Z” storm. That should be it, right? We shall see! May God bless us all.

Isabel
                         Today’s Weather

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- Oct. 18 - Drying Out!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2020 23:35:48 -0400
After a couple of days of heavy rain on and off we very able to dry out on Sun Day! There some rather large looking waves coming from Africa, but Dave does not expect them to develop out there, rather, they could do so in the Caribbean. 94L does not seem to be moving around much, but it does have a high chance of being the next name storm. We definitely should not become complacent at this time. Anything can happen. May God bless us all. 

Isabel
             A beautiful SUN DAY indeed!

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- Oct. 17 - Lots of Rain today
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2020 23:46:38 -0400
I think we got our share, perhaps even more than the 2 inches. It is raining now again as I write this update. There are a couple of other blobs heading this way as well, but the two potential name storms that the NHC is watching should be of concern to many people beyond our shores. May God bless us all.

Isabel,
               To our west a morning rainbow and to our south a hilly view from our post office. The rain clouds had descended leaving a foggy trail.

 The afternoon was mostly clear as one can appreciate from our porch.

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- Oct. 17 - Heavy Rain
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2020 06:50:23 -0400
Flash Flood Watch until 8:00 p.m.! This is part trailing moisture from 93 L. Goes to show how massive a hurricane it would have been had it not been shredded by high winds aloft. Will post later. Have a blessed day.

Isabel



- Oct. 16 - WET !
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2020 23:25:26 -0400
Well, 93 L has dropped some rain on us this evening.. I was thinking how blessed we were that it did not turn into a name storm of major proportions. Strong upper level winds took care of that. October has become very active as predicted. So, we’re not out of the woods as yet. May God bless us all.

Isabel,
                              Early this morning

First Rain from Tropical Wave 93L

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- Oct. 15 - Flash Flood Watch until Friday 8:00 p.m.
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2020 23:31:04 -0400
At the moment it’s quiet and clear. I was just outside looking up at the starry sky. However, Ruben Garcia, Meteorologist from Puerto Rico said the rain is coming. 
We should be getting 1/2 - 2 in, while STT, STJ, and PR should be in the 2-3 in range. We’re ready. May God bless us all.

Isabel,
                 A white Teddy in the sky!

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- Oct. 14 - 93 L Arrives Tomorrow
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2020 23:45:49 -0400
It still seems far away, but should be here by late tomorrow according to the NHC. 
Gert has also given us a “heads up” about it as well. Wind shear and some dry air has inhibited this system from becoming a name storm. We have been truly fortunate to have escaped any strong storm this season, however, it’s not over. We must watch and pray that we can survive it and COVID-19. There is information coming out about the development of a name storm in the South Western Caribbean which could possibly track towards Hispaniola, Cuba, and Florida. Other minor disturbances are starting to emerge, as well as more waves from Africa. May God bless us all.

Isabel
                        A Rain cloud

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- Oct. 13 -Strong Tropical Wave Approaching
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 23:50:41 -0400
G’night, All!  According to the National Hurricane Center 93L has been reduced to a strong tropical wave. It will arrive in the Lesser Antilles on Wednesday, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Thursday with heavy rain and gusty winds. It will move on to Hispaniola on Friday. The GFS model had this TW as developing in the Caribbean. It bears monitoring. May God bless us all.

Isabel,
               Anywhere within that mesh a storm can develop.

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- Oct. 12 - Still Watching 93L
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2020 23:44:47 -0400
It has a 30% potential, but the strong wind shear should prevent it from developing. We are expecting rain from this system by Wednesday/ Thursday.
Be on guard. Stay prepared. May God bless us all.

Isabel       
                                                 Our Watch dog Benji



                    Today’s Weather - Our post card

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- Oct. 11 - Watching Invest 93 L
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Oct 2020 23:57:10 -0400
Wind shear will be our saving grace. If it passes that unfavorable area unscathed then we can be looking at the next Greek name storm. If it’s sheared we can still expect some rain out of it. Whatever happens let’s hope it does not go to the GOM. May God bless us all.

Isabel
            We did some fruit picking at a friend’s house after church this morning.


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- Oct. 10 - The New Tropical Wave in the Tropical Atlantic
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Oct 2020 23:56:43 -0400
We are keeping an eye on it. Today it dropped from 20 to 10% potential. It could already be experiencing wind shear. Would be good if it can make it here with more rain. We shall find out in the coming days. I heard today that 2005 also had a record number of storms the last one being ZETA. We would have to have three more to break that record. Well, no thank you, that’s one record we can do without. May God bless us all.

Isabel 
                      Tents :     Preparing for a musical event

“Isn’t she beautiful” said one plant to another.

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- Oct. 9 - A New Threat in the Tropical Atlantic
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2020 23:26:52 -0400
Here we are at the second peak of the hurricane season and as if on cue along comes another system from Africa with cyclonic potentials. However, from what I’m hearing it’s going to run into unfavorable conditions by the time it gets nearer to us in about 5 days. So, we just have to wait and see and pray that it does not blow up into something big. May God bless us all.

Isabel
            Our Weather today: Lots of puffy clouds

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- Oct. 8 - Another Cape Verde Storm..?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2020 23:26:11 -0400
It’s not over til it’s over. There are more tropical waves moving west on the African Continent, heading for an Atlantic splashdown. Gert os keeping an eye on one possibility for us, that is, coming in this direction. We are about to enter the second peak of the hurricane season. Let’s watch and pray. May God bless us all.

Isabel
                  Today Rio sneaked a snooze on the Master’s chair!

Outside Benji seems to be hiding from the mysterious green ball. .

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- Oct. 7 - Hurricane DELTA,-the Final Punch of the Season?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2020 23:35:44 -0400
It seems to be quieting down out there in the Tropical Atlantic, but what a horrific assault on the Mexican Peninsula, especially Cancun by DELTA. And now it moves on to hurricane-weary Louisiana and Mississippi, the magnets of the season. Let’s hope and pray more that this will be the last, or at least, that whatever else comes will be milder. Our concern right now in St. Croix is about the earthquakes; there were three of them today between St. John and St. Croix. Is there a BIG one, perhaps, in the near future? May God bless us all.

Isabel
                          Today’s weather:

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- Oct. 6 - Major Category 4 Hurricane DELTA!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2020 23:30:38 -0400
They are bracing for it on Cancun. Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers. We all have had to suffer impacts in the past and know very well the stress and anguish we feel at an oncoming storm especially a major hurricane. Let’s hope and pray we don’t have to face one this season. May God bless us all.


Isabel

Late this afternoon:


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- Oct. 5 - Hurricane DELTA !
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2020 23:53:22 -0400
The fourth storm of the Greek Alphabet, the twenty-sixth for the season so far! That’s a record. Is it ever going to end? Sorry for the folks In the Gulf States. One can only hope and pray that DELTA does not intensify rapidly. Those are the worse. We are surely enjoying all the T waves and spin offs of the storms that pass us. And, it is much cooler! May God bless us all.

Isabel,
               Morning rain from the Post office. Dog driver in the car!

Late afternoon passing shower:

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- Oct. 4 - Storm #26- Soon to be DELTA
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2020 23:38:55 -0400

This is really going to the extreme! Twenty six storms with more to go. The only thing that can stop this barrage of storms must be a dust storm. Right? Well, I just saw an update on YouTube about a Saharan Dust storm that will go all the way to North America. I really feel sorry for Louisiana and Mississippi. This latest threat  is expected to increase to a Cat. 4 hurricane. We have been getting rain in passing from all the systems to our south. Earlier tonight it rained quite a bit from potential storm Delta to our south. The Cayman islands are in it’s path. Be prepared, folks! May God bless us all.

Isabel
                        Today’s weather


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- Oct. 3 - Four Active Systems in the Tropical Atlantic
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2020 23:22:50 -0400
They all mean business. So far, their business has not been with us. We are thankful that we at least get some rain when they are passing by. Today was mostly overcast, with a shower here and there. We expect this trend to continue with the next potential storm half way across the Atlantic. TS GAMMA is thrashing Mexico. Florida could be the target for the one following. There seems to be an endless flow of tropical waves from Africa. We pray that we can escape the “major”hurricane that was predicted for the Caribbean. May God bless us all.

Isabel
                   Rain is great for the bananas

And for the double hibiscus flowers the turtle so love.

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- Oct. 2 - GAMMA.? Who would have thought..!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2020 23:49:50 -0400
The twenty fifth storm of 2020 followed soon by the 26th! It passed us to the south today sending a bit of rain our way. It is also going to become a name storm. And as SuperDave said in his post today it’s not over yet. Other waves are falling off the coast of Africa. This is not the time to let our guard down. Remain well prepared and ready for action if needed. May God bless us all.

Isabel


Today’s rain from potential storm Delta, which passed us to our south


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- Oct. 1 - Sporadic Stormy Weather Prevails
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2020 23:05:43 -0400
Yes, we are expecting this kind of weather for a good part of October judging from the reports I’ve been hearing.  We are getting the much needed rain. And yet, the sun always come through. We watch in suspense as once again this time the Greek storms are heading for the Gulf States, and perhaps Florida which is deemed as “high risk” this time around. We wish everyone well. Be well prepared and stay safe. May God bless us all.

Isabel
                                         The Porthole of our house on the hill.

Night photo of Colombian Vine


- Sept. 30 - A September without a hurricane!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 22:39:18 -0400
Can’t believe it, but it’s true. We managed to get through the month without a devastating storm. Will that be the same for October? This time the waves are coming this way. Our rainy season is finally here. Rain, lightning, thunder is becoming a common thing. Right now we are having another mini wave hammering at us. A bigger system is coming over us this weekend as has been shown by the experts. All eyes are on the Western Caribbean for a potential storm. Be safe everyone. May God bless us all.

Isabel,
     End of Day photos: Doesn’t it look as if the sun crashed an exploded.?

 Stormy Night (NOW)


- Sept. 29 - More Tropical Activity
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 00:01:17 -0400
All eyes are now focused on the Western Caribbean for the potential development of the vigorous tropical wave which passed us on Sunday night. We got heavy rain and gusty winds. Another vigorous-looking system will be approaching the islands by the weekend. According to some experts there should be at least two more cyclones. We pray that that will shall not be the case. May God bless us all.

Isabel
           The tall tree, African Tulip was cut by half twice for the view


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- Sept. 28 - Heavy Rain at the moment
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 23:14:46 -0400
As I write we have a strong tropical wave overhead. It is visible on the satellite imagery. We haven’t had this type of weather for a long time. It’s almost verging on a Depression type, but I could be exaggerating. It is definitely the kind of rain that leads to flooding. The forecast is for this to continue during the next few hours. The next days also have a high percentage of rain until the system moves away. This system is being monitored for possible development farther on in the Caribbean. The wind is quite strong as well.. Hope everyone is safe. This would be unexpected for those who don’t get the alerts. May God bless us all.
(Covid-19 update: We had another death in the territory, the 20th.)
Isabel
                      Featuring some of today’s clouds

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- Sept.27- Stormy Weather Now!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2020 00:05:48 -0400
The cold cloud tops have descended. It is very cool. I wonder how much the temp dropped. Gusty wind and heavy rain. It is nice to have this kind of weather at night when most people are at home. However, rain is in the forecast for the next days. We haven’t had rain as often as in past rainy seasons, so this is most welcome. For the second peak of the hurricane season something more is expected, possibly a storm/hurricane to the Caribbean, and unfortunately another one forming in the Western Caribbean which will be heading to the GOM again. Perhaps that will be it for the Season. Be careful out there. Wear your mask, the person next to your out there could be carrying the virus! May God bless us all.

Isabel
                        Rainy Sunday morning

Fresh orchids
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- Sept. 26 - Enjoy the Tropical Daze
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2020 23:51:54 -0400
Weather models insist in upcoming tropical cyclone through the Caribbean. That information is from NOAA via one of their weather experts to the Hispanic
Community. Perhaps this is the major hurricane that was predicted early on in one of the hurricane season updates. This is expected to come from Africa over the Caper Verde Islands as shown in the cone. Another formation is potentially possible within the Western Caribbean as well. It’s not over as yet, folks! Don’t let your guard down. May God bless us all.

Isabel
                 It was a   b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l  day!

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- Sept. 25 - Quiet Atlantic! Taking a Rest..?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2020 22:58:41 -0400
This is so peaceful. Sunny days, blended with puffy clouds, sometimes rain, always the evening concert of the happy tree frogs. Hard to think that this is the most active month, but there is a second peak, let’s not forget. October promises to be active, perhaps even November. We should just bask in this awesome quiet and hope it remains so. In the meanwhile I have grown accustomed to your face wearing a mask. Will I ever see your smile again? My grandson and his mom were taking a selfie on the Brooklyn Bridge, with their masks on, and he wondered why they were smiling at the camera; in addition they were wearing sunglasses. So much for facial expressions. Right now safety is the key. May God bless us all.

Isabel,
                Basking in the last sunbeams

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- Sept. 24 - Sinking Air in the Atlantic
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 23:06:44 -0400
That’s what is keeping anything else from developing, according to Ruben Garcia, meteorologist, but that will not last, he said, and when they resume they will track more to the west. Scary! It reminds me of the major hurricane that was forecast to go through the Caribbean. Let’s hope that does not materialize, especially if it’s a Cape Verde hurricane. Be well, be happy, and may God bless us all.

Isabel

                                 At 6:00 a.m. this morning

            Lots of rain middle of the day 

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- Sept. 23 - Winding down, or just a Respite?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2020 23:36:32 -0400
I just heard Jewell say that it’s not over yet. She thinks October will still bring something. There is a second peak in October so that explains it. 
I shall be content with regular rain showers. Hard to believe that our much feared September has been such a lamb. LAURA gave us some rain, but that was it as far as Caribbean activity. Or? Perhaps someone can refresh my memory. Let’s relax for now and hope that the hurricane season will come to an end soon.
May God bless us all.

Isabel,
                    Our Ollie seems to believe that he is a black panther.

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- Sept. 22 - Surprise Weather!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 23:17:11 -0400
We had just been back home and were settling down for lunch when it started getting very dark to the West. Then we heard rumbling thunder. It was getting closer and closer. We were so happy to think we would get a good saturating rain. The pets were very uneasy. Finally the big dog-Rio Grande because he is so big, left us and went to the downstairs apartment, our hurricane refuge, curled up against the door. He is scared of thunder. The power outage happened just as I was going to lay myself down to sleep a good siesta, hoping for the sound of soothing rain pouring down on the roof. I was disappointed that the rain had bypassed us. However, it did rain heavily on other parts of the island. This must have been the trough that I heard about last night from the weatherman in the Dominican Republic. So, late this afternoon I had to water our newly planted Avocado tree. End of Story. May God bless us all.

Isabel
                The surprise weather
 
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- Sept. 21 - Quiet September?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 23:33:51 -0400
Has St. Croix ever had a September without a storm? I will have to do some research. Maybe someone out there can find the info before I do. I am trying to refurbish our lawn which got overrun by weeds. If the weeds are removed the grass fills in the spots. Hope it works. Rain would be a big help, but this has not been a very wet “rainy season”. Hopefully there will be other tropical waves in the wings, not storms. WILFRED was looking promising for a while, coming this way as a Depression with lots of rain, but it dissipated today. We may still get some scattered showers. I’m sorry for the Gulf Coast which is constantly being bombarded. Tropical Storm BETA is commanding a lot of attention; with reason, it’s dumping up to 15 inches of rain in some areas. Hope everyone is safe. Water is more dangerous than wind, so I heard. May God bless us all.

Isabel
                    From the porthole in our hallway downstairs.

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- Sept. 20 - Time to Relax..?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 19:04:54 -0400
That sounds great! According to one of my favorite weathermen, Ruben Garcia from Puerto Rico, there’s nothing threatening during the forceable future. The weathermen and us can relax for a while. Of course that might only be a week or so. We’re still grateful for the respite. I was happy when I heard that Bermuda was going to be spared the wrath of Hurricane TEDDY. We had a similar experience in 2017 with IRMA and MARIA. Many people lost electrical power for almost a year. It was a very trying time, but when we consider the beauty of the islands and the peaceful life which we can enjoy for 99% of the time, surely, we should be able to deal with some “trying times”, right? May God bless us all.

Isabel
                  The weather today

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- Sept. 19 - RAIN courtesy of Hurricane TEDDY !
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 04:48:05 -0400
That was quite a torrential RAIN!  It could not have been from anything other than TEDDY! And how grateful we are. It seems that a rain-band swirled over us when it was at it’s closest approach. It lasted long enough to saturate the thirsty soil and even make its way to the bay where a huge area showed the runoff. That was great for us, but how about Bermuda! Another Impact? We know that the folks there have been keeping an eye on this one and that they are more than ready. I hope everyone will be safe. As for us, will WILFRED be a threat? We shall find out. I just hope it does not go to Bermuda! Seems to be a hurricane magnet there! Be well, everyone! May God bless us all. (P.S. the sea is roaring!)

Isabel
        
 Powerful Hurricane TEDDY gave us some RAIN when it passed our longitude.
Then it was all clear.

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- Sept. 18 - TS WILFRED, followed by SubTrop ALPHA & TS BETA !
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 23:26:03 -0400
What a day! In addition there was a 6.8 earthquake on the Mid Atlantic ridge at 5:44 p.m. It was the third 6+ one on that fault. I don’t know if it was felt by anyone as it was far away, but the fear is of a tsunami occurring. It probably would affect everyone in the region. This being such an unusual year. It would not be surprising if we are surprised. I bet Greece was surprised by the rare hurricane IANOS which hit them today. Thanks to the link posted by the  correspondent in Barbados I learned more about it. From now on there can be a surprise per day. May God bless us all.

Isabel,
                                 Early morning rain...
 
“Pride of Barbados” Mix

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- Sept. 17 - 90 L in the Gulf will be the Last Storm on the List
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:13:11 -0400

The last storm on the list! Then the Greek Alphabet, beginning with “Alpha” which was already mentioned as a potential storm in the near future. With all the waves on the African continent heading to the Atlantic we could very well surpass the 25 storms in the forecast for this year. We have been spared so far and hopefully this will continue. Every now and then we get some good downpours, but we have not had as much rain as we usually do at this time. However, that is far better than two or three feet of rain, which Hurricane SALLY dumped on Louisiana and neighboring states. It was almost stationary, the worst thing that can happen! So, let’s prepare for the worse while hoping for a good end to this season. As I mentioned before, the hurricane season does not go according to the NHC calendar. Be safe. May God bless us all.

Isabel

 This sailboat seems to have been abandoned. It’s been three weeks. 

This is the tail end of a panoramic photo failure. It was a good shower though.

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- Sept. 16 - All Eyes are on the Potential “W” Storm
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 18:54:48 -0400
I just heard what could be good news for the Caribbean. Dare we believe that the “W” Storm is not coming this way, but rather, will follow in TEDDY’s path? It would mean that we dodged the bullet again. However, TEDDY could be headed for the eastern seaboard. Not good either, the best would be if he went out to sea away from any land. All we can do is watch and pray. May God bless us all.

Isabel

               It was another one of those days.....Hope we get rain soon for the 
 avocado trees we planted today. The little solar gadget powers one of our lamps.

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- Sept. 15 - NEXT ! Our Tropical Wave/storm/hurricane..?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:10:15 -0400
In that case, may it remain a tropical wave. It came off the African coast yesterday morning and it is forecast to move along straight west. As usual, it’s too far to tell, however, there is a good chance that TEDDY will influence it when it gets closer and prevent it from developing. That would be great. The storms are bigger this year. Let’s keep the folks in the Gulf Coast in our prayers. In Bermuda they seemed to have fared well. Some folks had to do without power longer, while others could even retain Internet. As one correspondent said, they now had their eyes on TEDDY. They are resilient. Having viewed the video I could see that they were well prepared. Bravo! Hope the same can be said about us. May God bless us all.

Isabel,
             This afternoon...
 
Our senior cat, Tammy, sunbathing...

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- Sept. 13 - A Time to Watch and Pray
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 23:32:55 -0400
It is extremely busy in the Atlantic, but the one we have to watch now is just coming off the coast of Africa tomorrow. Sooner or later one of them will come through the Caribbean. Will it be the “V” storm? It seems that Depression #20 will be TEDDY. I told my niece that I will get her a Teddy bear for her birthday if he came this week, but he decided to take a northerly track. Great for us! Until the season is finally over, we will be in continuous suspense. Let’s remain focused and prepared and let’s keep Louisiana and Bermuda in our thoughts and prayers. May they get through safely. May God bless us all.

Isabel
                Fire and Smoke.? No, it’s the sunrise!

       Beneficial rain today!
 
Entrance to the Secret Garden (Lower level)

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- Sept. 12 - The 20th Tropical Depression of 2020
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2020 23:40:52 -0400
If #20 had continued on the westward track, it would have been a full fledged hurricane. I always have to remember that a major hurricane is forecast to go through the Caribbean. Thankfully, this one is turning to the north. That does not mean it cannot change it’s route again. Anything to our east cannot be trusted until it’s well out to sea. I feel sorry for the folks in Bermuda who apparently have to deal with the ravages of Hurricane PAULETTE. We know what it’s like. Stay safe and be well. There are many other waves traversing the African continent on the way to the Atlantic. A reminder that the hurricane season does not go according to the NHC calendar. We have a long way to go, so let’s stay prepared and ready for action if we get seriously threatened by a major hurricane. Covid-19 continues taking lives and there seems to be no end to this pandemic. Our territory now has 19 deaths. May God bless us all.

Isabel,

The recently transplanted banana plants are thriving with the rain. 

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- Sept. 11 - BIG RAIN today!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2020 23:51:46 -0400
It sure was a welcome surprise to be suddenly showered with an intense rain for a good part of the afternoon in Christiansted, but further West it rained even more, enough to flood certain areas.  A sneaky tropical wave must have come in under the radar. Rain was long-overdue. Now we are waiting to see what’s going to happen with that vigorous wave heading west towards us. Is it going to turn off before it reaches the Caribbean? Watch and pray! May God bless us all.

Isabel,
                      
Rain !
 

This bird at the tippy top of the African Tulip tree was enjoying the rain.

End of Day photo:      Departure of the rain clouds


- Sept. 10 - The Peak of the Hurricane Season!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 23:42:00 -0400
 Here we are! We’ve arrived at the top! Unfortunately, Godzilla is also at the top. We aren’t going down, as a matter of fact, we could be up here for quite a while. There is a slew of disturbances, potential storms coming off the coast of Africa. At the moment the one that is of most concern for us just came off the coast this morning and the NHC is giving it a 90% chance of becoming a Depression in the next few days, a definite name storm. The bad news is that it also has a good chance of keeping on the westerly track towards us in the Caribbean, unless the TW close behind it which is on a northerly track can pull it along, according to Meteorologist Ruben Garcia. We have to hope and pray that it does just that. We won’t find out for a while as the original forecast was to have it move west for a while before it is pulled up. There are a lot of nervous folks in our vicinity as can tell by the comments made. All we can do is to be well prepared for the worse while hoping for the best. Watch and pray. May God bless us all.

Isabel

 This is our LENNY tree, which was a very young tree when it was flattened by the storm in ‘99. Trees must be straightened as soon as possible, or else...... See the Pink Poui fallen tree in the background.? That was courtesy of MARIA. We could not straighten it up, but another tree is growing out of it and blooms every now and then. These trees are in our lower garden, or as someone once called it -The Secret Garden.


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- Sept. 9 - The Suspense Grows!
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2020 23:35:41 -0400
On our little islands we are all holding our breath waiting to see what the new tropical wave coming off the coast of Africa tomorrow will do. It was forecast to track west towards us. Well, should we let out a sigh of relief? Or is it too soon? In todays update it shows that the wave which will have a very high chance of developing is going to turn to the north.!! Now, of course, we were told not to be too hasty, but rather vigilant and prepared. That can change, plus behind it is the one that might very well come straight west. And behind that heading to the coast is another and another...We definitely are not out of the woods. We still have two and a half months of Hurricane Season. May God bless us all.

Isabel,

It looked promising late this afternoon, but no rain.

Spider Lily at night

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- Sept. 8 - The Next Tropical Wave 90% ??
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2020 23:55:06 -0400
It is not even off the coast of Africa as yet and it already has a 90% chance of developing. The worst yet is that it will be taking a more westerly track towards the islands. Sure, it is too early to tell, but as Meteorologist Ruben Garcia explained it so well today, the chance of it coming this way is more a possibility than not. He urged everyone on the islands to monitor this disturbance very closely. Unfortunately, it is aiming to become a powerful hurricane which will gather steam as it tracks towards the islands. Heads up, everyone! The “S” storm could be our knockout punch for the season. Let’s watch and pray and hope it will not be a direct blow, better still that it will be steered away from us like PAULETTE and RENE. May God bless us all.

Isabel,
             Let’s enjoy this fine weather while we can...


End of Day photo.                   No, it’s not fire on the hill!


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