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- Day 26 - Another Beautiful Day
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:13:50 -0400
We were with friends today who were remembering the sudden 4 hour storm that gave us all that torrential rain, and dramatic lightning / thunder show. That was back in May. Since then we’ve had sparse, very brief showers. No saturating rain, as a result, many areas are now sporting brown instead of the usual vibrant green.  Thanks to the glorious splashes of the bright, Flamboyant trees in many places, it 
Helps us to forget that there’s actually an ongoing drought. I read the post from the correspondent in Nevis and they have begun rationing water. We do not get potable water, or city water as I like to call it. We are not within the range. We are at the mercy of rain, or water trucks. 

There are numerous waves getting ready to step off of the west coast of Africa and so is a lot of Saharan dust, which has the tendency to dry up the rain before it can get anywhere near land. I know that it’s a matter of Time. As long as we do not get more than we can handle.

Late this afternoon, my husband and I stopped by at the Buccaneer Beach for a quick, refreshing swim. The sea felt rather warm after the heat of the day, but very nice. On the way back, we stopped at our friends place to get some mangos from their beautiful tree, which got a beating from Hurricane MARIA in 2017. It has made an amazing recovery. We received a box full of mangos; which should last us quite a while. Then at home, we made it on time to catch the end of day photo. Sunset was at 6:58 p.m. Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel
  
 




- Day 25 - Part 2 Photos belong to Part 1....A Fuzzy, Wuzzy Day
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2019 19:37:55 -0400
First photo of the day



Last photo of the day, no visible sunset

- Day 25 - A Very Fuzzy Wuzzy Day-Part 1
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2019 16:10:59 -0700

What a day for dust! It does not feel like dust, but it’s visible in the foggy conditions. The middle of the day is the hottest. I drove by a couple today who looked as they had hiked all the way from the wharf. I opened the window to greet them and asked if it was not very hot for them. No, they loved it. As I drove off I thought they must have had a long Winter and came to thaw out. Another lady I met and had an opportunity to talk with was from California. She had such a grueling schedule back home that she had to get away to get some rest. She chose St. Croix just by reading about it. She was very happy with her choice. She took down the information for the website to keep informed. 

This morning’s first photo was quite fuzzy,and the end of day photo as well, but in between I’ll share some photos, which I took on the way to the Hardware Store. On and off the sun shone through, but most of the day it was fuzzy. The forecast for rain is now for Friday. Enjoy your life. Be well, and may God bless us all.

Isabel

P.S. I shall send the photos separately. I started out by selecting the first photo and writing, and was not allowed to attached others. See you in Part 2



- Day 24 - Hot Prediction
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2019 23:28:17 -0400
Sounds like Europe is warned about intense heat coming from the Sahara. We have been feeling it here as well. Lucky for us the sun sets early. We were told once that it’s too bad we don’t have longer daylight hours, but it’s a relief to have an early end to a very hot day. I wouldn’t change that for anything.

The word for the season is prepare as if the one hurricane that could hit is meant for us. Many people cannot understand the logic of this. If the weather is nice day after day, there’snothing to fear. A hurricane gives advance warning that it’s on it’s way, but even so, with HUGO, the locals here were convinced that it was either going to the north or to the south of us. As a result, the precautions taken for a hurricane that size, were minimal. HUGO went down the backbone of St. Croix. As a result, the precautions taken for a hurricane that size, were minimal. Approx. 95% of the houses were severely damaged or totally destroyed. It was not enough to criss cross the windows with masking tape. 

Let’s pray and hope that it’s going to be a quiet season and that no one has to suffer the consequences of a slow moving, torrential, strong hurricane. The photos I’m sharing today are of the Steeple Building in downtown Christiansted. This building was refurbished, renovated, clock set to go and chime the hours, when along came hurricane OMAR and to this day, years later, it’s still silent. This is one of the museums in the historic section. And the second one is of the end of this busy day. Enjoy!  Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel

Question: 
Does anyone out there know what causes the dirty streaks on buildings?

End of day photo

- Day 23 - Sun Day
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2019 20:01:41 -0400

How can one compare a gem with a gem if it’s the same gem ? Yet, it’s possible since no two days are alike. This particular day was hotter than yesterday. The fiery rays of the end of the day photo probably reflects it best. 

The satellite imagery for our area shows a mess of blue/purple little blobs heading towards the islands below us. What that all means I’m not sure. There’s rain in the forecast for Tuesday. I hope. Our turtle watch with the Red-Footed Tortoises is constantly being postponed; we’re hoping for next Friday, unless it rains. This is an outdoor event so we cannot have it if it’s raining. Well, we need the rain. We can always postpone again. 

Hope you all had a wonderful day. For some of you it definitely was not a Sun day SUNDAY. Some places are quite soggy! The farmers are at their wits end. If you haven’t seen the movie “The Boy Who Harvested the Wiind”; it is the exact opposite problem in this place in Africa. The people were forced to move away before they starved to death until this boy came up with a brilliant idea! See it if you can! Enjoy the photos! Be well. May God bless us all.  

Isabel

This is a night flower. I snapped this photo at 10:30 last night.

One of the “bluest” days in recent memory.

Hot day, fiery end of day sky.



- Amazing Sunsets
  • By Dahlia Knowles <dahlia.griffin at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2019 15:17:34 -0400
Hi everyone! I am new to posting on stormcarib and look forward to sharing info 
weatherwise on Saint Croix.
Hats off to Isabel.... I always enjoy your posts!
This is a picture of how beautiful our sunset was yesterday with the Saharan 
dust layer. I spent an afternoon at the beach with friends and it was 
sweltering hot but the water was like a big bathtub! Today the dust seems to be 
a lot lighter. There is a water truck in my area and he seems to be on the roll 
now since we have not been having much rain. Rain please and thanks! Looking 
forward to posting some more!!!!

JPEG image


Sent from my iPhone

- Day 22 - Celebrating on the Ca1
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2019 23:36:26 -0400

Weather wise, the day was pretty much the same as yesterday with the exception that we got a wee bit of rain this morning. This was the day that we were planning our daughter’s birthday family celebration on the Cay according to her wishes, but not if it rained, she said. We had a great time at the beach there and took some photos of Christiansted Town which I’m going to share. 

I continue to see devastating storms and floods not only in the US mainland, but in other parts of the world. All I can think is that Mother Nature is reflecting the rebellion of mankind. When we see the terrible things said and done. It’s no wonder the Weather is “upset”.

We cannot complain on this side. We had a wonderful day and I hope you did too. 
The sea was choppy today but the 1 minute ride, which the captain of the little ferry said was really only 40 seconds, was quite enjoyable. Here are some photos taken from the Cay. Enjoy! Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel






End of the day

- Day 21 - Is it Summer Yet?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2019 18:49:32 -0400
It’s always Summer here; now heading into deep Summer with the hottest months ahead and lots of fuel for the hurricanes with sea surface temps quite warm. There is finally rain in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday, but that does not mean anything. It seldom rains as forecast. Running low on cistern water, so the Water Truck delivered 6000 gallons in two trips. We take a lot of showers, and do laundry quite often, and use the dishwasher, but only at a minimum. We should do well for a while now. Our grandson is pet/house sitting for 5 weeks, daughter and granddaughter are going off in a week for Orientation at Northeastern and a short vacation in NY before they return for another month before school starts. That in itself will insure enough water for quite sometime. Parting is such sweet sorrow! Thanks to Face Time we can still see each other if we wish to be seen, otherwise, we just have short conversations, text, or email if necessary. We’re never far 
away. 

Our baby banana #1 is doing very well as you can see from the photo. So is #2 but I don’t a current photo. Then as you see the end of the day photo shows that we are still embedded in Saharan dust. Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel



End of day photo

- Day 20 - Fuzzy Days
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 23:48:08 -0400

The drought continues. The Saharan dust snuffs out any rain possibilities. Though it seemed as it would rain, it didn’t.  I finally had to clean the car windows before someone wrote “Wash Me” on it. They’re not going to stay shiny for long. 
There’s no rain in the forecast for more than a week. 

A young man, fresh out of high school, left for the Air Force Academy in Colorado, via New Jersey to visit relatives and he complained that it was gloomy, rainy, chilly....He already missed our tropical paradise! It is so easy! Soon our grands will be heading out, one to Baltimore and the other to Boston. They’re hoping it will be a quiet season so they don’t get stuck by a hurricane. It was interesting to hear from the students who left after Hurricane Maria left her devastation. They had to continue, the seniors, it was a critical time preparing to College, etc.. They said they would’ve preferred to stay and make do here with all the hardships of no internet service much needed for their senior year. The famous Buccaneer Hotel allowed these students of Good Hope/CountryDay School access to WiFi.  So, let’s hope they will not be deterred by any storm, or have to leave earlier because of one. Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel
P.S. I had to write most of this post without a cursor. I lost it and could not retrieve it. Wasn’t easy. You will notice a mistake or two that could not be corrected. 



End of Day 20...And this Coral Pink is the color of our house.

- Day 19 - The Difference .....
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 19:37:38 -0400

These lazy, hazy, days of our Summer have a lot to do with Saharan dust, and the beginning of a train of tropical waves crossing from Africa. They’re not affecting us as much as they can later, but we’re having the cloudiness, and the breeze that often signifies an oncoming rain, which passes just below us. The dust can cause problems for those suffering from Upper Resiratory ailments, but it has to be really dense for that to happen. Uncovered cars exposed to everything, sport a film of Saharan dust all around. Last night we got one huge, heavy shower that lasted for about a minute. Good way to wash the cars, and I’m sure the plants were happy. It got a smile out of me even at 1:00 a.m.

I want to share some photos taken at the Christiansted Fort in February when family and friends were visiting from NY. Notice the difference? It’s a lot clearer; the sky is bluer, as well as the sea. Mind you, for us locals, it can feel downright chilly, especially at night. That’s our winter after all. So, here are some photos taken from the top of the Fort with views to town and the Cay. That lovely little beach is visited by most visitors; I should say all visitors, on the one minute Ferry.
There’s a Jazz Concert from the bandstand on the last Friday evening of each moth which locals and visitors alike enjoy immensely. The Fort was our defense “donkey years ago” whenever we were threatened. Take a look at those canons!  Be well. Be Happy. May God bless us all.

Isabel





- Day 18 - Keeping in Touch
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:20:47 -0400

It’s so wonderful to get emails from our Stormcarib friends. Several people responded to my “mysterious flower” - the Plumeria! Thank you so very much. Now, whenever asked, I can immediately respond. This also gave me a warm thought, that people are reading the posts and enjoying the photos. 

I like to read the other posts as well and I am glad for St. Lucia, who like us, have been waiting for rain and they got it, real RAIN ! I know how they feel. If only it would come in our direction. Every night I fall asleep to recorded rain, but there’s nothing like the real thing. The days, however, continue to be very pleasant with a delightful breeze. 

Early this morning, my east deck provided the first two photos and the west deck the third. Again, the purple flowers are unknown to me. It was very early 
when I took the photo, so the flowers were still closed. They grow on a vine, they ooze a milky liquid wherever a branch is cut or broken; very invasive plant. Unlike other plants, I discourage it’s growth in other parts of the garden. Thanks again for all the information received, plant websites, etc.  Be well. Enjoy life one day at a time and may God bless us all.

Isabel



End of another day! The clouds have been keeping us cool with the breeze.

- Day 17 - It’s Looking Good
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:09:59 -0400
Hopefully, it will rain. The waves are crossing below us; until they move up we cannot expect much, but we keep hearing abut the approach of one that can bring us some rain. Soon we’ll be begging for it to stop, right? That’s the way it goes. 

Now, what I heard today is worrisome. There have been several quakes in the mid-Atlantic. That’s why the tsunami signs were posted a few years back. We are overdue for a strong enough quake to cause one. I checked out the Quake Feed and, in fact, there were several in the 5. range. As long as the sirens are ready to go! They should have a drill for the man on the street, I know that store owners are not going to close their stores and run, but they would have to drop everything and run towards the hills if the real thing happens. Somehow, I don’t think people believe that there can be a tsunami, but it happened before and it can happen again. I encourage you to see THE IMPOSSIBLE, a movie about the true story of a family on vacation in Southeast Asia when the massive tsunami hit that whole region. 300,000 + people got killed; the family survived, but HOW!!!

Today I want to share with you a favorite place when I was in elementary school. This scrawny kid loved reading and writing. One goes with the other, right? Both allowed me to get lost in a world of my own. And then, there is the mysterious flower, which no one can identify. I would like to know it’s name if anyone out there knows. Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel

This was my library when I was growing up. Now it’s for government affairs. We have a larger library now, on King Street.

This is the mysterious flower that grows in abundance.

- Day 16 - Perfect Weather for Dads
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2019 19:07:55 -0400

Hello Dads, family, friends of Stormcarib, I hope you are well and happy after a day according to your heart. Our weather here was comfortable; not hot at all. A cloud cover on and off was quite helpful. We are in the tropics, so we will have tropical days of high heat, scorching sun, but today there was even a breeze to make it extra pleasant. 

I have noticed that many tropical waves are coming off the coast of Africa. These have the potential later on to become those pesky storms that can form into hurricanes. We have to pray and hope that we can be avoided. However, whatever happens in Africa, weather wise, ultimately affects us in one way or another. Rain, we need, so let it be. Too much of that is not good either, but none of us is perfect, so we cannot expect the weather to be tailored to our needs. 

Without further ado, let me share some photos, which will be interesting to some and not to others maybe, but as I was at my sink at midday I noticed how the white Bougainvillea had grown and couldn’t resist. White Bougainvillea is not as common as the other colors, especially the red. The cloud cover above reflected the kind of day we had; not bad, considering the patches of blue and the sunshine that always manages to come through.. Enjoy life one day at a time. Be well, and may God bless us all.

Isabel



End of Father’s Day photo. Just snapped it!


- Day 15 - Cloudy, Sunny, Breezy...Some rain
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:57:20 -0400

We’re halfway through the first month of the hurricane season, and I invite all who want to visit to do so now. The season has been very friendly so far. We expect it to remain this way for some time as there are no visible threats. If you’re living in one of those rainy, flooded States, come on down, take a break. The problem is, you may not want to return. We want rain and it just might do so when you arrive, but have no fear, it doesn’t last long. This morning it was so delightful to see it raining for a change. It didn’t last long. We had spurts throughout the morning; that was it. The clouds and breeze kept the day comfortable. 

I wish all the real, good dads out there, a well deserved, happy Father’s Day. This one day is reserved especially for you. May it be celebrated with a great meal of your choice, and lots of laughter, if possible. Men can also receive flowers, even though it doesn’t seem manly. I’m sending you the Pride of Barbados; I wish I could say “of St. Croix”.  Enjoy your day tomorrow. Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel







- Day 14 - Flaming Trees
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:43:14 -0400
It is still dry here. We haven’t had any real rain for a spell. I did notice some possible change in the weather in the near future. Today the wind was a bit stronger on our hill. That could mean there’s some rain on the way. There’s a rain forecast for Sunday, but that often fizzles to nothing.  Maybe this particular wave means business. We certainly can use the rain. My husband wants me to measure the cistern in case we have to order water. In other words, I need to know all these things for when he’s no longer around. I asked, “what makes you think you’re going first?” It could be me. Anyway, I will measure the cistern water, just in case. 

Our Flaming Trees, or Flamboyant Trees as are known here, are finally bursting with blooms. This is kind of late for us. Ours usually bloom in May. The largest and original tree, which I have named the “LENNY TREE”, after Hurricane LENNY (1999), was so badly beaten up by Hurricane MARIA, that it no longer has its attractive canopy. I did not take a picture of it this time, but there’s one at the bottom of the property with a view of the sea in the background, which looks very sparse. It must have suffered the same fate.

The Flamboyant trees are also called Royal Poinciana. I believe that every island in the Caribbean can boast of having beautiful varieties. It is an awesome sight, when you round a curve and there’s a breathtaking view of one or several trees in a row as if on fire, Perhapas that is why they’re referred to as “Flaming Trees” on some islands. The great part about these trees is that they have hundreds of buds ready to open on cue, for the next three months.  Be well. Enjoy life one day at a time. May God bless us all.

Isabel





- Day 13 - The Day of the Iguana
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 19:39:26 -0400
It seems to be raining everywhere on the planet, except here! We’re having refreshing breezes and beautiful sunsets, but no rain. Just hope it doesn’t come on Saturday. We’re going to have a “turtle watch” party. Seven turtles for seven guests. They will be released on the lawn and each person has to keep his/her eyes on the turtle. They can be very fast.

There are four tropical waves crossing the Atlantic from Africa.They still seem too low for us to get any rain, but there are many more coming along. It looks busy. 
I couldn’t help taking photos of our signature view today. I’m sure you won’t mind, and, of course, the Iguana!  Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel






- Day 12 - Noni, mango treat, & a beautiful end of day
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 19:33:39 -0400
Who hasn’t heard of the Noni fruit? Interesting heal-all, that is, if you dare to venture near it. Hurricane MARIA took down the Divi Divi Tree in the tortoise domain and replaced it with a Noni plant (tree?). Thanks!  It has grown and it provides the shade lost by the missing Divi. An advantage with the Noni is that when the ripened fruit falls the turtles eat it up. They have no taste buds, it seems, but then they eat centipedes, lizards if they can catch them, and carrion (any small dead animal). They’re not picky in the least. They carry a solid roof on their backs, so the hurricane was no challenge for them, except that wind irritates their eyes and they always stay indoors on a regular windy day. They have two “houses” one on either side of the compound. Today they enjoyed their first mangoes; that’s always a special treat. 

I could not resist the setting sun. It shows the kind of day we had. So I took a picture, but there’s a round spot above, which I cannot figure. It’s not the moon, nor a saucer, probably some reflection.. enjoy!  Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel

The Noni




- Day 11 - Breezy
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 19:48:24 -0400
What a wonderful feeling to have that fresh breeeze all around. Amazing! We cannot see the wind; we see the palms and tree branches moving gently about, you feel it on your face and blowing hair, for those who have hair. And then, the wind can be gentle most of the time, but comes that rare event when the wind can blow to 185 mph+ and many people lose their houses, or parts of them. Up to this day, there are those who still have not had much help in the way of repairs. Some people are losing hope. There’s always so much Red Tape when it comes to individual cases; some just fall through the cracks.

I recently heard a disturbing comment from a friend just returning from a farewell for a  FEMA worker. Apparently, they will not be able to handle anything stronger than a Category 3 ! Hurricanes IRMA and MARIA were in the Cat 5 zone. I remember placing them in level 8! I pity anyone who gets hit by a hurricane this season. 

Today, I stopped at the wharf to take a picture of the little island, The Cay, on which is a lovely beach and a hotel. That’s where the one minute Ferry goes back and forth.  And for the sake of some of Storm Carib fans, the Red-Footed Tortoises.  Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel


They are having a Hibiscus supper, soon they shall start having mangoes.


- Day 10 - Mangoes, Saharan dust, and the Hurricane Season
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 19:21:00 -0400
They go together. Each is plentiful, and as the weeks progress the H season becomes more noticeable. Our fuzzy, hazy days have a lot to do with the Saharan dust blowing in this direction. Somehow, the heat seems more intense. 

There are so many mango trees all over the island, privately owned, as well as government, and in the wild, that bags of mangoes keep coming in my direction. Yummy! I’m glad because we never had any luck growing a mango tree. On second thought, it’s better to receive them than to clean up fallen mangoes each day. Our Red Footed Tortoises like them too, so, our friends who know this, usually have a separate supply of the fallen battered ones, for them.

I’ve received some feedback about the photo of the Italian bread I posted yesterday. They turned out quite well, I must say, but I really don’t have the “hands” for kneading. I followed the tutorial on YouTube, except for the kneading part. My standard mixer with dough hook takes care of that part. Lucky me. 
Be well, and may God us all.

Isabel




- Day 9 - Hot day, friendly evening
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 00:08:23 -0400
We were so busy rushing around getting ready for a dinner party at home that it felt hotter than ever. We usually remain in the garden where it’s cooler than on the deck, until the sun is low and it’s no longer so hot. After the guests left we had one of those quick passing showers with promises of more to come. I noticed something that could produce some rain, but this could be only wishful thinking.  I see on the news how some people cannot get any relief from rain and flooding. It’s a continuous event in their lives. I don’t think I would like that at all. It must be very difficult. Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers. Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel


The Colombian Vine one night


- Day - 8 Grapes and Bread in the Mix
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Jun 2019 23:37:56 -0400
This has been quite another day, totally different than yesterday, yet the same in many ways. What was the same was the heat, especially at midday.  I know that the banana baby loves it, and it benefitted from lots of “gray water”.  We have friends who collect their kitchen and laundry water in a cistern built especially for watering plants. We don’t have one so we have to use a more rustic method, we have another young banana plant growing in a large square pot. And an avocado tree growing in a brown ceramic pot. That one is doing better ever since I dug in a coupie of used tea bags. Something I learned from a video on YouTube.  
Today, I could not help focusing on our seagrape tree. I found out that it was the first plant that Columbus saw when he sailed to st. Croix. These plants grow in a more sprawling, shady manner all along coast. They can grow to 50 ft and ours was at that height when it stood defiantly against the onslaught of Hurricane MARIA.  It came down, but was not uprooted. When I saw it, I was not sad at all, I was glad, because now I would be able to reach the clusters of grapes without any problem. Well, it looks as if we are going to have grapes this year. Grapes equals wine, so my next thought was Italian bread and I baked two of them. Will share photos. A busy day, all in all.  Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel





- Day 7 - No Rain in Sight
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2019 19:10:27 -0400

Since May 1 we haven‘t had any continuous soaking rain, just brief showers which hardly touch the ground.  Not a good time to plant anything, even older plants like the crotons, if they don‘t get enough water, they die. Yesterday we planted a banana baby, off shoot of the mother plant. We got it from a friend and it can onlly sit in a bag with soil or so long.  So, it was planted and we just water it when not using the Washing Machine, the outflow is channeled towards the plant. We shall see. Just hope we get some real rain soon. A while ago we got some drops, you could measure at least an inch between drops on the floor outside. That ain’t much at all.  Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel


The banana baby 


- Day 6- Hot Days on Sail
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Jun 2019 19:58:37 -0400
It was another most enjoyable day for people with sail boats! Being on the sea wasI used to enjoy speed boats, but anything that sways or rocks slowly made me seasick.  In 1971, we made one of the last transatlantic trips on the Bremen going to Germany from New York, and returning on the Europa. The latter ship was a bit smaller than the former, so returning was a very difficult trip. We ran into some very rough seas and the ship was like a matchbox toy in the water. I had to get several shots, the motion sickness was so severe. Many passengers were likewise affected. So, no ships for me, no sailboats, at the moment the most I would do is a 1 minute Ferry Ride to the Cay where there is a very nice beach across from the boardwalk. Any visitors coming this way should check out the Hotel on the Cay. I am perfectly content with being a landlubber. There are quite a few waves getting ready to step off the coast of Africa. There’s hope for rain down the road. We planted a banana baby that needs it. Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel





- Day 5 - Hot and Humid day
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2019 18:58:32 -0400
A great day for air-conditioned people. We don’t have it, so we rely on fans. You can be be sure that I take any chance I have to step into a cool building if I’m out there. Unlike yesterday, same time, the sky to our north is kind of foggy. There seems to be some unstable weather over Puerto Rico, stretching back to the islands. However, the sky above us is bluer, just slightly fuzzy. I notice more boats in the harbor, as when they are seeking refuge; but then they could just be island hopping. They’re close to Brian’s open air night club, so even if they are not there they can enjoy the entertainment. Last night was Kareoke. I’m surprised the neighborhood dogs did not set up a howling! The evening is very pleasant, the heat of the day is done. Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel







- Day 4 - It’s getting hotter...
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2019 19:07:49 -0400
The threat in the Bay of Campeche has decreased considerably and there’s nothing of significance out there.  Yet, we know we have to prepare for the worse while hoping for the best. Today, for example, I baked a YouTube bread recipe. Followed it step by step. The two long breads looked good, but I should have kneaded the dough more in my mixer, perhaps. So, I stashed one away in our large freezer for future reference, in case of a disaster. The other will be picked on until it’s finished. Otherwise it was a very nice 4th with a spectacular “See you tomorrow” by the sun.   Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel




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- Day 3 - Beautiful Weather
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2019 23:46:29 -0400
The Hurricane Season is the best time to visit. Well, yes and no. Yes, if you check out the Atlantic and make sure all is clear. No, if there’s a storm almost at the door. Well, believe it or not, it happens.  I received an email days before Hurricane Maria  arrived. The woman said she had tried calling the hotel to confirm their reservation for Saturday and was unable to reach anyone. I was surprised they wanted to risk the trip with a hurricane in the vicinity. They looked forward to this first trip to St. Croix so much that not even an approaching hurricane could change their plans. So, I offered to stop by the hotel and give them the message. They said they would contact them. The couple arrived on Saturday. The weather was beautiful and they enjoyed themselves taking pictures of the surroundings. She kept me posted. On Monday, they were advised to leave as the hurricane was aiming for the island. They managed to get the last two seats on the last flight out. Whew! Talk about a close call! Very early on Tuesday morning the rain began,  and it rained and RAINED !! I found out not too long ago that Hurricane MARIA had record rainfall totals like none other in recorded weather history. To this day some folks are still trying to get their houses repaired. 

To anyone planning a trip here at this time or during the next months, please stay tuned. Be well and may God bless us all.

Isabel




- Day 2 - Second Storm?
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Jun 2019 21:08:55 -0400
Here we are, folks, and already a second storm threatening. Invest 91L is far away over the Yucatán Peninsula with a 60 percent chance of developing into a cyclone. Whatever the case, It‘s going to bombard Mexico, perhaps Texas with the full effects of gusty winds and torrential rain. As for us here, the weather is more tranquil now. We do look forward to more rain; the drought has caused multiple fires. The Art Farm to our south has suffered a lot of damage. The tropical waves coming off the coast of Africa are at a lower Lattitude at the moment.That’s not going to last. Eventually, they will be on our level.
While these waves produce much needed rain, they can also become deadly cyclones if the right ingredients are present.

The Colorado State U predicted a slightly below average season, which means 13 named storms, 5 hurricanes, and 2 intense hurricanes. The Caribbean was forecast to have a 39 percent chance of seeing at least one major hurricane. That does not mean that it will impact St. Croix, but we must be prepared as if we are going to be. 

It has been a long weekend of graduations, including our senior, so I shall say good night. I will check in tomorrow. Be well. May God bless us all.

Isabel



 

- Hurricane Season 2019
  • By Isabel Cerni <isabelcerni at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2019 12:59:03 -0400
Helloooo Storm Carib Family and friends! 

Would you believe it? Another season of suspense! However, the first predictions are not too bad, but rather confusing. On April 5th, CSU predicted a “below average” season, on May 6th, Weather Underground predicted a “slightly above” average season, and on May 23, NOAA predicted a “near average” season. So, what is “average”, I was asked! I will cover that tomorrow. For now I can tell you that on May 1st we had a vicious “non-discript” storm the likes of which we only see during a tropical system akin to a Tropical Storm. It was worthy of a name; huge lightning bolts, earth shattering thunder, and torrential rain, which lasted several hours . The NWS never mentioned it. But these past days we have had what they referred to as the “first official tropical wave” of the season from Africa. In the meanwhile, on May 20th, ANDREA, the first name storm, a Depression, formed below the Bahamas. It dissipated in a cold front soon after. Stay tuned and be prepared. It’s never too early. May God bless us all.

Isabel



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