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- Dog Days and Sunset
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2022 19:39:32 -0400
See how flat the sea is. Our breezes are sciroccos now. Yesterday the heat 
index around 3 pm showed 112 F degrees. Today 105 F . This is new. We have been 
here
29 summers and I have bragged  how much cooler our summers are here than my 
home state of Nebraska . We do cool down every night. It would be so difficult 
if it did
not cool down.Most of us Virgin Islanders don’t have air conditioning due to the
high cost of electricity. We get by with fans. Tropical we are. 

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- I've gifted you a Washington Post article: Warming oceans fuel earlier Atlantic hurricane seasons, study finds
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2022 18:27:03 -0400
My Washington Post subscription allows me to share access to great journalism. 
Check out this gift article, at no cost to you: The authors tied the earlier 
start to human-caused climate change https://wapo.st/3wa0DwW


- Clear Horizon
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2022 18:41:02 -0400
Clear horizon shows the breakup of Sahara dust. Blue clear skies are 
a welcome change. This is truly the only time of year when we welcome
Sahara dust to tap down storms. Will our protective layer come back ? 
All eyes East to Africa. We hope for a gentler next 6 weeks .  The 
preparing goes on and on. Provision, prepare, be ready. Exhale. 

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- Prepare
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2022 09:01:28 -0400
If you are prepared, you can exhale. 

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- Poor Man’s Orchid
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2022 07:48:41 -0400
This tree was almost bare a month ago with iguanas taking every last leaf.
After much needed rain, fabulous again. Iggy has plenty now. 
We are very humid, greening up . Back to our normal tropical 
showers pattern. The water Mon can rest now. Time to continue to
pick up those loose items all around the house. 

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- Rain Glorious Rain
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2022 12:20:32 -0400
We had thunder boomers over night and now some serious rain off and on. 
Thank you Mother Nature 

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- Forecasters Lower Outlooks Slightly But Still Predict Above-Average Hurricane Season | St. Thomas Source
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2022 07:35:30 -0400
https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/08/04/forecasters-lower-outlooks-slightly-but-still-predict-above-average-hurricane-season/


- Sargassum Disaster Declaration Prompts IRS to Provide Tax Relief to St. Croix Filers
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2022 07:29:15 -0400
As with other weather disasters, Sargassum creates crisis for the tax collector.


https://viconsortium.com/vi-disaster_preparedness/virgin-islands-sargassum-disaster-declaration-prompts-irs-to-provide-tax-relief-to-st-croix-filers


- Despite slow start, NOAA still predicts above-average hurricane season
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2022 18:12:47 -0400
My Washington Post subscription allows me to share access to great journalism. 
Check out this gift article, at no cost to you: The agency hasn’t wavered on 
its prediction of a busy season in the Atlantic, including 3 to 5 major 
hurricanes. https://wapo.st/3zA7dxr


- Thanks to Barbados
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2022 07:54:24 -0400
Thanks to Jurgen,
See link on Barbados page explaining whirling Sahara dust.
Our horizon line is clearer today, Northside sea is up , choppy.
Occasionally a light breeze blowing thru.
Fabulous morning.


- Swirling Sahara
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 14:43:44 -0400
Have we ever seen swirling Sahara Dust ? Can someone explain that ? 

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- earth :: a global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2022 08:12:00 -0400
Deja Vu all over again ? 
https://earth.nullschool.net/


- Bryan Declares State of Emergency on Sargassum as Problem Becomes Acute on St. Croix; FEMA Teams Expected in USVI to Assist With Local Response
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2022 08:12:25 -0400
Sargassum interfering with de-Sal plant on St Croix…

https://viconsortium.com/vi-government/virgin-islands-bryan-declares-state-of-emergency-on-sargassum-as-problem-becomes-acute-fema-teams-expected-in-usvi-to-assist-with-local-response


- Charlotte Amalie, Us Virgin Islands Severe Weather Alert | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2022 11:48:06 -0400
Seas up…..sailors beware 

https://www.wunderground.com/severe/vi/charlotte-amalie


- Latest Earthquakes
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2022 07:36:36 -0400
A whole lot of shakin' going on

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/?extent=-45.58329,-126.38672&extent=50.06419,-2.63672&listOnlyShown=true&timeZone=utc


- Thunder Dogs
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2022 09:05:18 -0400
No beach yoga today. We are getting much needed rain. Low level winds.
Lots of thunder. Dogs are not happy. We will take it ! 

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- Patio Sunset
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2022 19:41:03 -0400
Fingers crossed, the drought seems to be breaking. We’ve had enough 
rain to fill the auxiliary cistern from shower stall gutters.
Downloading water into main cistern is a joy. 
All the plants have perked up and the hills are no longer
crunchy brown. We are expecting more rain in a wave overnight. We are
cooler than most friends stateside. We are the lucky ones.

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- Here is the picture from last post
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2022 20:37:42 -0400

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- Sargassum in Crown Bay Marina St Thomas
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2022 18:57:00 -0400
Bad for boats and lots of others , stinks, holds metal toxins, etc etc 

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- Heat Index 95 degrees
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 11:55:31 -0400
Pineapple #5 for 2022…they love heat …..good ting. 

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- St. Thomas and St. John Get Rare Visits from the World's Biggest Turtles
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2022 07:17:46 -0400
Leatherbacks return to the USVI. Good News.


https://viconsortium.com/vi-community_center/virgin-islands-st-thomas-and-st-john-get-rare-visits-from-the-worlds-biggest-turtles


- 96 Degrees in the Shade….Water Mon On The Run
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2022 14:41:08 -0400
Our heat index is 96 degrees right now. And most of us don’t 
have air conditioning. The bush and trees are burning up.
The hillsides are brown . We have not had to buy water for our cistern 
for 2 yrs and 2 months. Today we did. The spits and spurts of rain in last 
week would never had been enough. Our Island guests can’t imagine 
how we cringe when water is wasted. We all need to live like sailors 
12 months a year. 

It should rain now. We hope. 

Do you remember the summer of drought in 1995? 
Then Hurricane Marilyn came by in September .

We must learn from the past and prepare for the NOW. 




- Big Wash
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2022 08:37:56 -0400
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- Charlotte Amalie, Us Virgin Islands Severe Weather Alert | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2022 08:36:44 -0400
Rip Current Warning 
https://www.wunderground.com/severe/vi/charlotte-amalie


- Here It Comes
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2022 07:57:37 -0400
At 7:10 am we had a good 3 minute shower. We have been waiting many weeks
for this rain.Probably too late for the avocados but the passion fruit and
starfruit will be so happy. We are looking forward to a day of passing 
showers. We have wind in small gusts, then quiet. Our seasonal memories 
are kicking in. 

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- Charlotte Amalie, Us Virgin Islands Severe Weather Alert | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:29:34 -0400
Small craft advisory…gusts to 35 mph 

https://www.wunderground.com/severe/vi/charlotte-amalie


- Charlotte Amalie, Us Virgin Islands Severe Weather Alert | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:29:34 -0400
Small craft advisory…gusts to 35 mph 

https://www.wunderground.com/severe/vi/charlotte-amalie


- Another Look
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2022 12:58:02 -0400

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- Charlotte Amalie, Us Virgin Islands Severe Weather Alert | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2022 19:21:54 -0400
Small Craft Advisory……we are windy in small gusts now and see more clouds
than we have had in weeks. It is raining in our ocean view. 
Wishing the best of luck to the Southern Islands. 

https://www.wunderground.com/severe/vi/charlotte-amalie


- Heads Up
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2022 14:25:17 -0400

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- Bonnie’s European Model
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2022 14:22:11 -0400
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/JLQ5DEAF65F2NEK2NB26UFKCP4.gif&w=916


- earth :: a global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2022 13:29:42 -0400
You can see 3 formations 
https://earth.nullschool.net/


- Sunset Tonight
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2022 20:45:45 -0400
Amazing. Hot, hot, super dry, Sahara dust, sweaty beach yoga and 
then this. There is beauty all around. The parakeets are coming in close. 

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- Raining in The Ocean
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2022 19:25:30 -0400
We will take it 

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- Nature's Miracles ......We'll Take It
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2022 09:22:50 -0400

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- Iggy Sez
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2022 13:59:00 -0400
It is SO DRY .....send rain please. 

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- New Research Finds High Levels of Heavy Metals in Vegetables Grown in Sargassum-Enriched Soil
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 17:05:59 -0400
Sargassum has been a very intrusive part of our environmental lives. 
Some of our farmers thought it would make good fertilizer. Wrong. 

https://viconsortium.com/vi-agriculture/virgin-islands-new-research-finds-high-levels-of-heavy-metals-in-vegetables-grown-in-sargassum-enriched-soil


- Dry, Dusty June Has V.I. Parched | St. Thomas Source
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 07:53:55 -0400
https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/14/dry-dusty-june-has-v-i-parched/


- Sahara Dust Sunset
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2022 18:55:42 -0400
We are super super dry. Last measurable rain was May 23. Every drop 
is collected from our roof top. The last time we bought water was May 2020.
We measure the cistern level about every 3 days.The pool is down and
we will have to use the pool cistern for a little top off tomorrow and get some
moisture to the pineapple plants. We dumped a few potted plants today, just not
worth the water. We keep seeing some teasing rain forecasts for next week
after next week. Then ten drops will blow by. The last time we saw this 
kind of drought was the month before Hurricane Marilyn Sept 1995.
Let's do a Caribbean rain dance and thank our lucky stars we live
here .  We will call the water truck, soon come. 
Don't miss the big moon Tuesday.

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- earth :: a global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2022 14:08:43 -0400
Alex looks loosely formed, oblong 

https://earth.nullschool.net/


- Newest Forecast Predicts ‘Well Above-Average’ Hurricane Season | St. Thomas Source
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2022 09:31:10 -0400
Excellent Preparation List 
https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/02/newest-forecast-predicts-well-above-average-hurricane-season/


- Newest Forecast Predicts ‘Well Above-Average’ Hurricane Season | St. Thomas Source
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2022 09:31:10 -0400
Excellent Preparation List 
https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/06/02/newest-forecast-predicts-well-above-average-hurricane-season/


- Hello St Croix
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2022 13:42:18 -0400
Great to hear from you Isabel.  I second that thought. The cistern is 
feeling neglected. 

Stay well.


- Horizon line
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 25 May 2022 18:00:27 -0400
This is the clearest horizon line from our deck in months. Sahara 
dust is moving around. We will take it.

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- NOAA projects above-average hurricane season, greater U.S. risk - The Washington Post
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 24 May 2022 16:33:27 -0400
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2022/05/24/noaa-atlantic-hurricane-outlook-2022/


- Reducing Human-Caused Air Pollution Has Troubling Effect: More Hurricanes in the North Atlantic Basin, New NOAA Study Finds
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 24 May 2022 09:30:40 -0400
https://viconsortium.com/vi-hurricane_season/virgin-islands-reducing-human-caused-air-pollution-has-troubling-effect-more-hurricanes-in-the-north-atlantic-basin-new-noaa-study-finds


- RAIN......VACCINES =SHUTTERS
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 14:01:51 -0400
Good Monday Morning,

We are doing a rain dance and GRATEFUL for our first good rain
in a quite a while this morning. The wine bucket rain gauge shows 
1 & 1/2 inches, you can literally watch the hillside green up.
Yippee!!!!
The tomatoes and cucumbers say Gracias. 

Meanwhile, I am recovering from a 2 week rough stint with Covid. Because 
I have an underlying long term illness my doctors deemed me medically
ineligible for vaccination. I all want is to be vaccinated. Like walking 
thru a mine field, being masked and careful all the time, Covid sought
me out and pounced. I was very ill with newest variant, among the
thousands that have posted positive since our Carnival wound down
a few weeks ago. I did not go to Carnival this year.I hated to miss it. 

The good news is for the  vaccinated  and boosted. My husband and 
close friends all tested negative throughout my illness. 

LIKE SHUTTERS DURING A HURRICANE, VACCINES WILL PROTECT YOU. 

Would you ever think about not being prepared for a storm coming? 
Then why not stay prepared for more Covid to come, and it will... by....
putting some shutters around your body by being vaccinated. Please 
protect folks like me in your family and on your island by being vaccinated.

It only makes sense and is well proven.

We are thrilled for the rain . Hoping for more, soon come.

Let's take those steps to get ready for storm season. 

Jane Higgins
 NorthWest St Thomas 


- Hurricane Preparedness Week May 1 to May 7 | St. Thomas Source
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 May 2022 08:02:51 -0400
https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/05/03/hurricane-preparedness-week-may-1-to-may-7/


- WATER SPOUT WARNING NOW Charlotte Amalie, Us Virgin Islands Severe Weather Alert | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 1 May 2022 13:51:22 -0400
WATER SPOUT WARNING NOW.  ALERT TO MARINERS AND SMALL AIRCRAFT
scroll down for English 
https://www.wunderground.com/severe/vi/charlotte-amalie


- Mocko Jumbies in The Rain….Carnival Parade St Thomas
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 1 May 2022 08:04:03 -0400
https://youtu.be/sXFVaeiCjMg


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