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- Water Truck Brings Rain
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 16:13:03 -0400
You can thank us for buying water to top off the pool this morning. IT IS RAINING!
Like being in a car wash, whirling around, wind peaks up to 10 mph. See the big
drops in the picture. We love to watch it run into the gutter down into the cistern.
 
Power went out and is now back.  Temp dropped to 83 outdoors and pressure
is dropping ; showing 29.91.  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY . 
 
Jane Higgins jhigginswear at islands.vi  on the Northwest side of St Thomas
US Virgin Islands
 
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- Tomato Mourning, Clearing Coconut Bombs
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:56:22 -0400
We celebrate Independence Day in the US Virgin Islands today,
Happy 4th of July!  Weather station reports just now 99 degrees
outside, and 88 degrees inside with 60% humidity. Seems almost
dry when the humidity goes under 70%. The pressure is steady at
30.05 , wind at 4 mph and peaking at 11 mph.  The horizon line is
visible and there is some blue above. The Sahara dust map tells us
more.  The sea is choppy.
 
The super hot dry weather has forced the pulling of tomato plants;
we mourn for them.  A few survivors show some new blooms, and the
water mon is on the way tomorrow to top off the pool. We are dry , dry,
dry, teased  by multiple drops of rain several times in the last few days.
 
Wayne the coconut guy showed up today to clear the nut bombs.  We all
know what season we are in now for sure! Pictured here, first time ever
we’ve seen him use the safety belt. Good thing!
Jane Higgins on the dry northwest side of St Thomas, Fortuna way...
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- Iggy is Looking for Some Rain
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:46:55 -0400
My very patient younger shepherd Macy pointed out this young iguana in balance on
a palm frond below our deck.  We are looking for water just like he is.  Sometimes when
it is really hot and dry like this the iguanas end up swimming in the pool.  Crazy life we
live  here in the islands with our critter friends . 
 
Hot and crazy, the 4 pm weather station report from our outer deck reads like this;
Outdoor temperature is 101 degrees, OUCH, inside is 87, humidity is down to 67%,
pressure is 29.99 and with winds at 2 mph, peaking to 6 and this is still JUNE!
 
Dear Grenada,  send us some of your showers please.  The tomato plants will be the first
to be pulled if we don’t get some serious rain soon. We had a passing shower for about
2 minutes today.  Looking for more. 
 
Jane Higgins  jhigginswear at islands.vi   from HOT FORTUNA, Northwest St Thomas
 
 
 
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- HOO MID
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:58:32 -0400
Good Humid Morning Islanders,
Our weather station at 9:50 am shows 90 degrees outside, 88% humidity, what a combo!
82 degrees inside, pressure dropping 29.98, winds at 3 mph peaking to 6 mph.  This sunset
picture was taken Wednesday night after our first good rain shower in a while.  It is misting
is is so moist out there.  We are waiting for more  rain and are thrilled
to see the horizon line today among the clouds.
 
Jane Higgins  jhigginswear at islands.vi    Fortuna, Northwest side of St Thomas USVI
 
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- RAINING!!!!!!!
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:32:34 -0400
IT IS RAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY NOW!
Jane Higgins ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF ST THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS

- Hazy, Dry, Parakeets On Patrol
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:04:01 -0400
Good Morning Islanders,
Here in the rain forest of St Thomas, Fortuna, on the Northwest side we are looking for
some rain.  The parakeets are after  juicy fruits and the trees are are curling and
begging for moisture.  The birds do fly by dips into the pool for a drink and
the bats are on duty at dusk lowering the mosquito population.
 
The 9:40 a.m. weather station report is:
Outdoors  92 degrees with 74% humidity (the  Sunday  3pm report was 103 !  in the
sun on the cement wall where station is mounted)
Indoors   82 degrees  (my perfect temp)
Pressure is 30.01
Winds at 2 mph peaking to 6 mph, although taller tree tops are swaying , so would
suggest the winds are a little higher
The horizon is non-existent, the skies so dusty; the aerial photographers will be taking a pass on us today.
 
Finally, after months of coaxing, this morning  the feral mom cat was put in the crate to have her
spay surgery.  What an exciting start to the day.  We hope her release goes as smoothly.
 
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- Water Mon Again!
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:26:53 -0400
The water truck delivered again this morning.  We need a good rain.  The garden’s
gluttonous water intake is the  price we pay for tomatoes, herbs, peppers and fruit.
 
Our weather station report , 10:15 am; 86  degrees outdoors ( a little cooler) 81 indoors,
78 % humidity (cloudy, just had a sprinkle of course as the water truck drove away)
wind 1 mph, peak at 5 mph, barely a breeze.  Pressure is at 30., cloudy, overcast,
is it dust? or moisture? 
 
The Sahara dust chart looks intensely red, more than usual coming  soon
to us with a blob of moisture enclosed . Considering that we just bought water assume
we’ll have a few showers this weekend, and you are welcome.
 
Meanwhile  Tim (Dunkin) Duncan and the SPURS are ON FIRE!  One more to go...
...and the sounds of World Cup Soccer in the background. 
 
With a clearer horizon from the Northwest side of Fortuna, St Thomas,
US Virgin Islands,
Jane Higgins
 

- Rain Dance?
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:59:36 -0400
Good Morning,
The weather station from our outer deck is placed around
650 feet high up the hill from Atlantic side.  We are not
on the windy side of the island, as you can see from our
wind speeds. 
Report this morning as of 9:50 a.m. is
outdoor temp 92
indoor temp 82 (glad for that!)
humidity 77%
winds at 2 mph peaking at 4 mph.
We are less hazy than yesterday and  not a good
day for taking pictures, that is for sure.
HOPING FOR RAIN, going to do a rain dance today
and see if it helps. 
 
Fortuna, Northwest side of St Thomas,
US Virgin Islands
 

- Very Hazy
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:32:45 -0400
Good Morning,
Weather station report 10:20 am
97 degrees outside 84 inside
72% humidity
Pressure 29.98
Wind at 2mph peaking at 7
 
Super hazy. Dust has settled again on windows.
Waiting for a rainy rinse.   Looks like
more dust is coming up the island chain.
 
Northwest side of Fortuna, St Thomas
US Virgin Islands
 

- rolling blackouts
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 08:32:47 -0400
Good Morning,
Good thing my office has solar energy as we are on rolling blackouts.
Weather station reports  8:25 am; 90 degrees outside, 80 inside,
80% humidity, pressure is 29.94, wind at 2mph peaking at 5 mph.
In other words HOT AND HUMID.  The horizon shows haze resting there.
 
Solar energy also ground the coffee beans this morning. Good to go
back into the garden. Found a tomato worm and looking for more.
 
 
on the Northwest side of Fortuna,
St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
 

- Cooler, Windier ,Looking for Rain
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2014 11:05:49 -0400
Saturday morning report is a little later than
weekdays; weather station on outer deck reports at 11am
90 degrees outdoor, 83 indoors,
68 % humidity, pressure is 29.94
cooling clouds building up, wind is average 4mph, with
gusts up to 11 mph, hoping this will bring some
rain up the island chain to us.
 
Out to baby the lime and starfruit trees now.
 
Have a great weekend. 
 
Northwest side , Fortuna, St Thomas,
US Virgin Islands 
 

- Cooler
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:32:42 -0400
Good Morning,
The weather station on our outer deck 9:05 am report today is
Outdoor temp 85 degrees  COOLER than yesterday
Indoor temp  81 degrees
Humidity 77%, we could use a passing shower for the veggie plants
wind speeds 2-5 mph gusting 6-9 mph
Hazier horizon than yesterday, nice to be on the cooler side.
 
Go Tim, Go Spurs, Tim Duncan of St Croix is  the MAN in B-ball! 
Jane Higgins
from the Northwest Side ,
Fortuna, St Thomas US VIRGIN ISLANDS

- Horizon Line
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:17:31 -0400
The horizon is back.  Glorious skies. The 9:05 am weather station report from
our outer deck in direct sunlight ( in Fortuna, NWest side of St Thomas ) says 
95 degrees, with 73% humidity, winds holding at 3 mph and peaking at 9 mph. 
The pressure is 29.92 and the inside temperature is 82 degrees. 
 
Looks like the Sahara dust has fallen south.  Gratitude for our view may be based
on the clarity of the horizon.  So fickle!
 
The brown bag on the counter houses some ripening tomatoes.  The thresher birds
are vexed. 
 
Jane Higgins
St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
 

- Super Haze
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:41:00 -0400
The Sahara dust has removed the horizon line. We have a slight breeze; about 4 mph,
and outer deck temperature is 90 degrees already!  Early morning gardening helped
work up a sweat.  This is my favorite bloomer in the courtyard today. The dust chart
looks serious.  And we just washed the windows of course.  Take care, stay cool.
 
Jane Higgins , Fortuna ,Northwest side of St Thomas facing North
 
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- Bertha
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 21:39:34 -0400
Bertha is a bad name, used up, we remember Bertha......
let’s get past her as fast as we can.
Jane Higgins

- June Jump Start
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 15:16:12 -0400
Gardening today and thinking about all those plants in pots that would have to move
just “in case”.  Now is the time to start putting them in the ground! Hot , humid,
hazy. It must be summer. Second crop of tomatoes are turning red.
Let’s all remember our latitudes.  
Jane Higgins
Fortuna, Northwest side of St Thomas
US Virgin Islands

- A Little Late But......
  • From: Jimmy and Linda Magner <frenchtownfishing at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 21:46:29 -0400
Greetings, everyone! 

I honestly did try to get this email out four days ago but due to some confusion on my part with reference to email addresses, it never made it to this site.  Many thanks to Gert and Dave for straightening me out!  So here it is, a little late but hey... 

Hip Waders and Raincoats!​!

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May 10 (4 days ago)
to gert
Greetings from wet, drenched, soaked, flooded, overwhelmed, swamped, inundated and towel brigade overworked St. Thomas!! 

It's been such a long time since our last post but feel that these last few days here are worthy of an honorable mention today.

We were warned that we would have days of rain but after this last dry spell, I don't think anyone really believed it would actually happen.  Well, it came in with a vengeance.  Apart from a few hours break, it has been pretty well non stop rain since Wednesday. 

Once it started, knowing what was being said, I put my trusty orange "Home Depot" bucket outside in the middle of the yard, determined to see how much we'd actually get.  Well, it's Saturday, 12:30 p.m. and I've just taken a measurement and am up to 9.5 inches, with no signs of let up yet.

Flooding has been an issue on the island also, including the infamous boulders rolling off the hills onto roads, washouts, stalled cars, boat bailing and ... I think you get my drift!

On the positive side, the island is turning green again and my cistern is full!!

It's been said that this is going to continue until this coming Wednesday.  I'm thinking if that's true, this island will be floating off on its own!  ;-)

Hope all is well with everyone!

L&J

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