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- Fwd: So he passed...
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 09:45:34 -0700

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From: Ronald Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
Date: Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 4:36 AM
Subject: So he passed...

Isaias passed still as a strange disturbance. We did have some slight winds and rain. He was upgraded to a hurricane last night. Hit the DR and is now on his way up the Bahamas chain.  Hope they are as lucky as we were.
Next up is some formation off of Africa. Don’t think it’s coming our way, but you never know.

Ronnie




- Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands Severe Weather Alert | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:36:18 -0400
Boaters beware...happening now, we just had 2 series of the loudest
crackling thunder right over the far West end of St Thomas, it was not
raining , sounded like long winded firecrackers.

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


- From The Tower DR Airport
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 10:42:19 -0400
From the aviator, from the tower now at airport in Dominican Republic 

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- Curfew Lifted in USVI
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 07:57:01 -0400


- Cloud Race and Curfew
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 07:22:17 -0400
The clouds are racing from SE to NW to join their newly formed center
of circulation. We are so relieved that the fire drill went well. Seasoned
muscle memory reactions cleared the decks, put up shutters, and 
checked the perimeter. After IrmaMaria (and all those others in the 
last quarter century) we have a stronger roof and enough ingrained 
survival skills to face what is coming. Some rainy gusts and downloading 
of the back cistern into the main was as much excitement as we wanted. 

We are on curfew til noon. Thank you, thank you for the break. 

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- Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands Weather Conditions | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 18:39:35 -0400
lots of rain now 
https://www.wunderground.com/weather/vi/charlotte-amalie


- A Lull
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 13:01:01 -0400
trying to send picture again , gusty, high seas , passing showers 
> 
> We have a lull in wind and just picked starfruit before Mother Nature did.
> 

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- A Lull
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 12:53:43 -0400
We have a lull in wind and just picked starfruit before Mother Nature did.

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- From the Top of St Thomas
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 10:58:35 -0400
overlooking Magens Bay, Peterborg peninsula and Hans Lollick island
now. 

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- Drill-Potential Tropical Storm 9
  • By Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 11:56:53 +0000 (UTC)
Greeting! So strange for the storm not to be named as everyone is so worried. Isaias looks like he may be named sometime today. Meanwhile we sit and wait. Hopefully it will be just a little wind and some rain.

Ronnie Lockhart


- White Caps
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2020 07:42:24 -0400
Looking to the Northwest, Atlantic side, white caps coming in now. We off 
the  gridders may have to run the generator to beef up battery bank.  

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- Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands Severe Weather Alert | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 20:16:48 -0400
be ready by Wednesday afternoon  
https://www.wunderground.com/severe/vi/charlotte-amalie


- Last Minute Harvest
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 18:33:05 -0400
Besides bringing everything in from decks, clearing perimeters, there is always 
the 
last minute harvest of veggies, orchids in the bathroom, etc etc as you know.
We are having sultry hot scirocco winds.Heat Index was 100 today. Be ready, 
Be safe .

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- Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands Severe Weather Alert | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 06:26:40 -0400
get ready, looks like big rain event
https://www.wunderground.com/severe/vi/charlotte-amalie


- Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands Severe Weather Alert | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 06:07:53 -0400
Boaters beware 
https://www.wunderground.com/severe/vi/charlotte-amalie


- Green Acre
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 09:09:29 -0400
We had enough rain yesterday to download the small extra cistern into the
main cistern. We are cooler and greening up. The skeeters are loving it. 
Looking SE to see what Mother Nature has in mind for us. Covid pantry
is synonymous with storm pantry now. Pay attention. Stay well. 

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- Paradise Found
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2020 07:32:33 -0400
Cooler, greener and a clear horizon. Better chances of rain coming. Lucky. 

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- clear horizon
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2020 19:27:41 -0400
I can see clearly now.....

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- Saharan Air Layer (SAL) - GOES-16 Split Window - Latest Available
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2020 20:16:06 -0400
a hole in the dust gave us a clear horizon and fabulous sunset,
only 88 degrees at 8 pm...whew 
http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/real-time/sal/salmain.php?&prod=split&time=


- Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands Severe Weather Alert | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2020 20:15:37 -0400
temps dropped, loads of rain....off the gridders may need to run that 
generator tomorrow , greening up...

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


- #3
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2020 07:27:25 -0400
Pineapple #3 for 2020...hazy cool morning, greening up from frequent showers
over weekend. Finished last bit of shower roofs just in time for any incoming.
Isabel...is the ruckus in the kitchen what we call " pantry pets " ? Our terrier
is in charge of security. 🐕. Pay attention now. Maybe next round of SAL will
do us some favors. 

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- Sunrise, Sunset
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2020 19:02:52 -0400
What a glorious day in St Thomas with cooling showers. 

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- Sahara Dust Moving
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2020 07:05:05 -0400
https://www.washingtonpost.com/resizer/Z3i7dJAsI8EfeGQQMQLIUhEho0M=/480x0/arc-anglerfish-washpost-prod-washpost.s3.amazonaws.com/public/LGMDV72GNVEINHDL3EYNGREDNE.gif

- Charlotte Amalie, Virgin Islands Severe Weather Alert | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 07:22:09 -0400
looks like some weather coming Friday 
https://www.wunderground.com/severe/vi/charlotte-amalie


- Cool Deer Morning
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 07:13:28 -0400
We are 10 degrees cooler and forecasted to have more rain.Bob the deer came
to snatch some starfruit early this morning. We have smaller cay deer and larger
mule deer. Do you see deer on your island ? We are greening up from yesterday's 
rain.  

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- Passing Showers
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2020 18:11:02 -0400
We had a few passing showers cooling us down. The greening up is
happening. We are so lucky. 


- Hint of Blue
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2020 07:30:14 -0400
We saw a little blue and pink at sunrise this morning. Cloud formation is 
visible.
Dust is much lighter today. The deer came early to nibble on starfruit again. 

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- Sunset
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 19:24:45 -0400
This is usually the gorgeous sunset shot. We can see that sliver of moon.
We saw a hint of pale blue sky towards the south in the late afternoon.
We are lucky to have a bit of breeze. Super hot today, heat index was 101F . 
Unheard of in June . 

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- Ocean View
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2020 07:22:01 -0400
Good Morning from the dusty NW side of St Thomas. There is the slightest 
breeze that we are so grateful for. Air conditioning is a fantasy. 

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- Hazy Skies in USVI and Caribbean Caused by Large Saharan Dust Plume Moving Over Atlantic Ocean, NASA Says
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:19:59 -0400
We have a slight breeze that we find amazing, copter drops on remote beaches 
leave tourists exposed to all of this, yachts and aircraft covered in it...not
remotely like our Dept of Tourism images. Very very hot . 


https://viconsortium.com/vi-climate/virgin-islands-hazy-skies-in-usvi-and-caribbean-caused-by-large-saharan-dust-plume-over-atlantic-ocean-nasa-says-

- Morning ?
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2020 07:24:21 -0400
No sunset, no sunrise, no horizon, no outer islands. 

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- Dust
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2020 13:31:07 -0400
In our 27 yrs here, never this much dust. Awful. There is an island out there.
Check your solar panels and rinse your plants if you can. 

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- Sahara Dust
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2020 07:27:01 -0400
No horizon line from the pool deck and the little island in our view has 
disappeared.
Pilots beware. There will be allot of aircraft washing. Will keep an eye on
the solar panels too. Hard to use what little cistern water that is left to 
rinse
off the panels. Imagine all this dust on your veggie garden? 

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- Saharan dust will stretch towards the US, putting the hurricane season on pause - CNN
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 17:38:06 -0400
https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/17/weather/tropical-forecast-update-hurricane-saharan-dust/index.html

- hot hot hot
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2020 13:24:20 -0400
Our  heat index right now is 96...really? June 12....how will August feel ? 


- Rain
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2020 18:12:56 -0400
We had a few passing showers today. Grateful to not have to use our
precious cistern water to water the plants. Our dump is on fire and
the East end is crispy dry. 

The Saharan dust graph looks hopeful today to allow a few more showers. 

We will take any moisture we can get. 

Stay well. 


- Pineapple Summer
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2020 07:16:07 -0400
Hot,  humid, clear horizon, ......looks like the pineapples are happy.
As always Caribbean people are facing the seasonal " get ready" 
list. Our pantries are full from Corona Virus isolating. We continue 
to fix, paint and secure the leftover damage from Irmaria. 

We are so lucky to live among the most gracious folks on the planet. 

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- Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands Weather Conditions | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 28 May 2020 09:07:44 -0400
gusty, super close thunder, loads of rain....DROUGHT BREAKER 🤙🏽
https://www.wunderground.com/weather/vi/charlotte-amalie

- Rain At Last
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 28 May 2020 08:38:01 -0400
Temps just dropped. We have been hearing thunder for 24 hrs and now finally
the rain is here. Drifting West to East. It  smells so fantastic.In the last 45 
days 
we have had new gutters installed (only had a temporary gutter up since Irma),
 re-surfaced the cistern and re-plumbed both cisterns.Ready to collect that 
rain. 
I think the water man can rest today. Wishing some rain comes your way. 

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- Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands 10-Day Weather Forecast | Weather Underground
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 May 2020 07:34:31 -0400
Drought breaker ? 
https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/vi/charlotte-amalie


- Clear Memorial Day
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 May 2020 09:35:18 -0400
That horizon line has not been this defined in weeks. Fingers  crossed that
the easing of Sahara Dust will  clear the way for some rain. We are the 
hottest, 
earliest ,driest in our 27 yrs here. The pool is at 90 degrees already. Very
tough on the veggies, but the beans and tomatoes are trying. 

The next 6 months will test us . We are so fortunate to 
live this Caribbean life with the most gracious  people on the planet.

Let's honor those that faced so much defending our countries.My Dad in
WWII flying over Europe. My Uncle in the S. Pacific in hand to hand 
conflict. We must honor the commitment of all of those
that serve in so many ways. Courage can't be measured.

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- IN STORM SEASON .....As tankers head toward the Caribbean, growing Iran-Venezuela ties draw U.S. concern - The Washington Post
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 23 May 2020 10:17:09 -0400
How will a hurricane season affect these tankers and military in the Caribbean? 

Subject: As tankers head toward the Caribbean, growing Iran-Venezuela ties draw U.S. concern - The Washington Post

largest US military presence in the Caribbean in a decade

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/as-tankers-head-toward-the-caribbean-growing-iran-venezuela-ties-draw-us-concern/2020/05/21/1b35e048-99e7-11ea-ad79-eef7cd734641_story.html

- Tired of COVID-19? Get Ready for Hurricane Season | St. Thomas Source
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 May 2020 13:00:56 -0400
https://stthomassource.com/content/2020/05/07/tired-of-covid-19-get-ready-for-hurricane-season/

- Unusually active Atlantic hurricane season is predicted - The Washington Post
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2020 13:24:57 -0400
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/04/02/above-average-atlantic-hurricane-season-predicted-including-possible-major-hurricane-strike/

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