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- Culebra Rain
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 07:36:14 -0400

Good Morning,  I attach a photo of our rain gauge showing 2.5 inches of rain in the past two days.  That is more rain than in the past two months.

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You will also note the green starting to show in the grass.  A wonderful rain, that mostly had time to soak in. Thank You to all the rain dancers.

Today dawns clear and sunny, looks to be a nice weekend.

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Enjoy,  William

- Happy April
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 07:03:53 -0400

Happy April islanders, perhaps some April showers?  Let's hope.

As the chart indicates, Culebra received only 0.9 inches of rain in March.  A very dry start to the year with only 3.1 inches.

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With beautiful sunrises and schooners anchored in the bay we will not complain too much.

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Wishing you all a Happy April and some rain if you need it.
Enjoy,  William

- Cool, Dry Culebra
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 07:22:30 -0400
Good Morning,  Culebra has been mainly cool and dry this month.  We did get 0.5 inches of rain last week, but it was sucked in so fast, it barely ran down the hill.  As for comparison for Nevis, Culebra's coldest temp was 67 this month.  Mostly the temps are 70 at night.

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I am attaching this photo of Culebra's famous Flamengo Beach, taken as we flew back from PR.  Despite it's green appearance, it is very dry in the undergrowth and we are at high fire danger.  This danger is expected to last at least another week.  Please be careful with your flammables.

Enjoy,  William

- Culebra Rainfall Data, February
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2014 07:41:06 -0400

Good Morning,  Attached is the rainfall data chart for Culebra, showing that 2014 is just about average.  The grasses have started drying out, with sunny, windy days this month.

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Thanks to Harry in Nevis for his data, it's nice to compare.

Here is our sunrise this AM, looking over the Culebra hills to St Thomas showing well (14 miles distant) in the sunrise beneath a heavy cloud bank.

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Happy March to all you islanders, Rabbit, Rabbit to Joanie in Anguilla.

Enjoy,  William

- Sparse Rainfall
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2014 07:32:52 -0400

Good Morning,   Culebra's rainfall total for January was 0.9 inches.  This happens to be the exact same amount as 2013 January.  So the start is the same, we will see if the year duplicates itself.

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This morning started out with cloudy skies and "sprinkly" rain.

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We wish all our fellow islanders a safe and happy 2014.
Enjoy,  William

- Culebra: Year-End Rainfall Data
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:07:29 -0400
Happy New Year,

Below is the rainfall data for 2013, showing December to be over average at 5.3 inches of rain, with a total rainfall of 42.9 inches for 2013.  That is somewhat below our 26 year average of 45.64.

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Rainfall in Culebra was distributed somewhat evenly throughout the year, with no major storms.  The island is super green for this time of year and I think it can attributed to less animal grazing and planting of trees over the years.  Below is an aerial photo of Cuebra taken in the 80's.  You can see a lot of brown areas that are now green and covered with trees.

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Enjoy 2014 and plant more trees,  William

- Merry Christmas From Culebra
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2013 06:48:47 -0400
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Culebra rainfall for December thus far is 4.3 inches, already an inch more than our average.  More predicted with this system that is over us and this morning seems to have some circulation to it.  As always, our final report on the end of the month.

Merry Christmas to our fellow islanders.  Nice to have all the Brits back, enjoy those boxing day footie games.    William

- Happy December
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2013 06:10:25 -0400
Good Morning,

We are glad to see the end of hurricane season without any significant storms affecting our area.  Yesterday and through the night Culebra received 2 inches of rainfall.  The dry creek bed is running pretty well this AM.  This brought our total rainfall for November up to 4.2 inches, more in line with the norm.

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With the NWS radar looking like this, Culebra is sure to receive some more rain today and into the week.

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We wish all our island friends a happy and safe holiday season.
Enjoy,  William

- Surf/Wave Action
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 06:50:36 -0400
Good Morning,

Culebra is experiencing lots of surf and wave action, especially on the North facing beaches.  Our Flamengo Beach is red-flagged the past few days.  The combination of a cold front and "Melissa" to our north has caused this action.  Yesterday I took this video of the action/sound of the surf,  Enjoy,  William

Bill's Daily Notes & Photos:


- Culebra Morning Skies
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2013 06:53:08 -0400
Good Morning,

Another cloudy morning, this time with lots of color. Too cloudy the other day to observe the eclipse, now it's too cloudy to observe this comet Ison, that is chasing the sun. Here is a great interactive web site for tracking the comet:


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- Solar Eclipse
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2013 07:48:58 -0400
Tomorrow, 3 November, our edge of the Atlantic may view an early morning solar eclipse if the horizon is clear. Below is a chart showing the stages and times with relation to San Juan, PR.

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- Culebra Rainfall Data
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 07:08:45 -0400
Good Morning,

Culebra had on/off showers most of yesterday afternoon and into the evening. As these clouds indicate, we have broken cloudiness this morning. The prediction is for a rainy weekend, but there is a lot of shear in the area, so Culebra may just miss the bulk of the rain.

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Below is the rainfall data for Culebra thus far, 2013. 
4.6 inches in October brought our total to 33.4 inches, which brings us up to the more normal range for the year.

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Below is a photo of the International Space Station (ISS) as it transited over Culebra on Wednesday night.  Luckily the skies cleared for a wonderful viewing.

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Bill's Daily Notes & Photos:

- Culebra Thunderstorm
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:20:21 -0400
Good Morning,  Last night Culebra experienced a huge, crackling thunder and lightning storm.  We received 0.50 inches of rain, but the lightning was the real show stopper.  Amazing to us that power was maintained throughout.

Yesterday morning prior to the storm we went snorkeling and got these photos to share,   Enjoy,  William

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- Culebra Rain
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 07:08:18 -0400

Good Morning,   Yesterday afternoon Culebra had 5 hours of thunder, lightning, and 2.20 inches or rain overall.  Enough rain to get the dry creek running all night.  All this moisture is a blessing to our lime crop and mystery orchid.  A beautiful sunrise this morning promises some drying-out time.

Enjoy,  William

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- Culebra Rainfall Data
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2013 06:05:09 -0400

Good Morning,  I attach the updated Culebra rainfall data.  September started out with "Gabriel" giving us 4.80 inches of rain, and yesterday on the last day of September we got 1.20 inches of rain dumped on us.  Our yearly total is now at 28.80 inches.

I also attach some underwater photos to enjoy,  William

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- Evening Rain
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2013 05:38:04 -0400

Good Morning,  Culebra had a rain cell from the south stay for a bit last night: shifty winds, minimal rain, lots of lightning.  This southerly air flow has made the last few days very hot and humid.  We also some volcanic ash came with it also, but could not find the Montserratt volcano website.  Turns out the site is down and they are posting their info here:

We hope to return to a more easterly air flow soon.  I have attached a couple photos of the flowers that thrive in the hot/humid air.

Enjoy,  William

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- Culebra August Rainfall Data
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2013 06:38:24 -0400
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Culebra's August rainfall was just below average and our total for the year is staying below average also. However we seem to have enough rain for the plants to prosper. The bushes and cactus are growing and blooming like crazy right now.

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- Above, Below, & In Between
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 07:13:08 -0400
Good Morning,

The weather in Culebra has been very enjoyable, with lots to see around the island.
This morning we had a beautiful light column emitting from the sun rise.

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Yesterday we had an early morning snorkel trip to enjoy these views:

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And in between on land we have these purple buds to enjoy:

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We wish all islanders a safe September.  And especially to Isabel in St Croix, a very happy anniversary day with plenty of sunshine!

William

- Culebra Weather
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:56:47 -0400

Good Morning,

Yesterday morning the radar indicated that Culebra would most likely have a rainy day. We went snorkeling early and had a wonderful time with clear water and plenty of light to catch some nice underwater photos. 

So, just a cloudy day until the late afternoon. Then some dark clouds came up from the south and produced this water spout over the water in the channel between Culebra and Vieques. Later during the nighttime we received thunder, lightning, and almost an inch of rain (.90 inch).

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- Culebra Skies & Seas
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2013 16:33:46 -0400
Good Afternoon,

Culebra has had fairly clear skies this week.  Lots of sun, heat, humidity at the peak of the day, but then cooling off in the afternoon.  Clear skies should help in the observance of the asteroid showers in the next few evenings and real early morning hours.

Our seas continue to impress and here is our newest video of snorkeling on Culebra.   Enjoy,  William



- Culebra Rainfall Data
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2013 06:12:31 -0400
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Above is the updated data of Culebra, PR rainfall. We had 3.3 inches of rain for the month of July, which is just about average. We are at 16.7 inches of rain for this year thus far. A bit behind average, but things always seem to level out as the year progresses.

Below is a photo of a Peacock Flounder, with it's colorful edges:

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Bill's Daily Notes & Photos:

- Fair Weather Day
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:09:53 -0400
Good Morning,  Here is the radar image of TW Dorian passing well to the north of PR this morning.

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We are all happy that it did not affect anyone adversely   The rainfall Culebra has received this month has brought out a lot of new growth and plenty of green.  We dropped some squash seeds into our compost pile outback at the beginning of the month and they have really taken off.

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This is the Butternut variety and we wishing for lots of gourds.

Enjoy,  William

Bill's Daily Notes & Photos:

- Falling Apart is a Fine Thing to Do
  • From: MJ <caribemj at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:03:19 -0400
While Chantal never posed a dangerous situation here, not getting the expected high winds and rain is a good thing! And not seeing Haiti affected, even better.

Life is good!

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"Being good and kind, that will carry you through the world." ~ Alvin, gardener at Biras Creek

My blog:   http://islandwomanculebra.blogspot.com/


- Chantal
  • From: MJ <caribemj at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:49:14 -0400
For all of you down island, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Vincent - for any boaters in the path - here's hoping Chantal is as gentle as the name implies, leaving no harm in her wake.

Let's be sure all preps are made and done, no matter where in the zone you are!

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"Being good and kind, that will carry you through the world." ~ Alvin, gardener at Biras Creek

My blog:   http://islandwomanculebra.blogspot.com/


- June: Culebra Rainfall
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2013 06:49:10 -0400

Good Morning,

Rainfall for Culebra in June was 7.50 inches.  That is more than double our average for June.  However for the year Culebra was far behind, so this helps a lot.  Now everyone is cutting grass and dealing with mosquitoes.

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As seen in the photo, our sunrises are still fighting with the Sahara dust to shine through.  When the Sahara dust suppresses any storm development we are glad.

Enjoy,  William

- Culebra Rain
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 06:58:58 -0400

Good Morning,

In the past two days Culebra has received 2.3 inches of rain, most of this was run-off due to our previous heavy rain of last week.  This morning we have breaking clouds and even a patch of blue (enough to paint a Dutchman's pants).

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With these rainy days I have had time to work on my editing skills with underwater videos.  I attach the link for the latest work,  Enjoy,  William


- waves
  • From: MJ <caribemj at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:56:05 -0400
We're getting wave after wave of strong rain here for the last...6 hours? with a few bits of sunshine in between. Ok, I think the pond is full now.

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"Being good and kind, that will carry you through the world." ~ Alvin, gardener at Biras Creek

My blog:   http://islandwomanculebra.blogspot.com/


- Crazy rains
  • From: MJ <caribemj at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:29:47 -0400
These are the amounts of rain we got yesterday around various parts of our tiny island...needless to say, it was a wee bit wet around here!

Punta Molinos 4.52"
Bahia Tamarindo 4.68"
Punta Melones 5.56"
Punta Soldado 5.64"
Ensenada Honda 5.56"
Playa Larga 6.40"
Playa Zoni 6.60"
Los Corchos Reef 7.73"


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"Being good and kind, that will carry you through the world." ~ Alvin, gardener at Biras Creek

My blog:   http://islandwomanculebra.blogspot.com/

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- Culebra "Gulley-Washer"
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:58:52 -0400

Good Morning,

Yesterday Culebra received 3.80 inches of rain.  Most of the rainfall occurred between 1-4 PM, at times at the rate of an inch an hour.  A good gulley-washer and Culebra was in need of the moisture and full cisterns.  I notice some "swirly" things to our North, I wonder if this moisture blob will hook-up with any of that for further development?

The Bormiliades sure appreciate the rain:

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Culebra still has a cloudy cover this AM, perhaps a shower or two left in this wave.

Enjoy,  Bill & Carole

- Culebra Rain
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 07:11:34 -0400

Good Morning,

Culebra received 0.20 inches of rain last night from this passing wave.  We had some gust of close to 25 mph.  On the radar it appears we have a good chance of getting some more rain later today.  I love seeing the raindrops glisten on the flowering trees in the morning after a rain.

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Enjoy your day,  William

- A day late, hopefully a hurricane short
  • From: MJ <caribemj at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Jun 2013 06:57:17 -0400
What a crazy world weather wise this year! Knockin' on wood and prepared for the worst, I wish us all the best of weather this season!


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"No more hurting people. Peace." Martin Richard, forever 8 years old

My blog:   http://islandwomanculebra.blogspot.com/

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- Culebra, PR: Rainfall Data
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2013 07:03:52 -0400
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The rainfall in Culebra for the month of May is 2 inches.  This is only half of our monthly average, and we have received only 5.9 inches for the year thus far.  The rain we received in May was in the form of good soakers, no "gulley-washers", so that part is good.

I have attached a couple of flowering photos taken this morning.  Enjoy,  William


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- Refreshing
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 06:27:49 -0400

Good Morning,

Culebra received 2/10 inch of very refreshing rain last night.  I believe it was the first part of a tropical wave we have had this season.  Very welcome rain and made for a beautiful sunrise this morning:

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I have been able to enjoy some snorkeling with the Hawksbill Turtles here in Culebra, and finally got around to making a video.  Hope you enjoy it,  William


- Culebra Rainfall (or lack thereof)
  • From: William Kunke <wkunke787 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 1 May 2013 06:55:35 -0400

Good Morning,

 Another clear/dry day for Culebra.  Our rainfall total for April was 0.3 inches, the least amount of rainfall for this month since 1997.  In 1997 we had good rains in the months before April, more than 7 inches.  This year we only have a total amount thus far of 3.9 inches.  Rain is predicted for this weekend, lets hope May brings rain.

I have attached some Culebra photos: first is today's sunrise and then two Hawksbill Turtle photos taken last week while snorkeling,  Enjoy,  William

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