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- Lucky 2016
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:16:41 -0400
We are thankful for good weather luck and drought ending rains in 2015 
and assume this morning's rainbow will bring us more luck in 2016.
Happy New Year Dear Caribbean neighbors. 
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- Orchid Weather
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 6 Dec 2015 14:36:00 -0400
This orchid just re-bloomed in our courtyard. Rainy, cool, cloudy, winter time 
weather.
The Sahara dust map looks out of place for December ....can one of you
weather gurus explain that ? We are enjoying the incoming sailors and snow 
birds. Happy Holidays 

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- FOG IN FORTUNA ST THOMAS WEST END
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 17:34:46 -0400
flooding rain, fog, wow fog, dinner plans cancelled, high seas, lots of thunder

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- Flash flood high surf advisory
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:23:22 -0400
Yesterday was a stellar day as depicted in Isabel's crisp pictures from St 
Croix. Today is the opposite as you can see from our Atlantic facing deck on 
west end of St Thomas. The east end may be sunny and bright? Expecting some 
seas to be 10/13'feet in the advisory. We are full up with the jet and yachting 
set ....hope thy find a calm spot. Woke up to a huge downpour that went on 
longer than needed. We have a new river running thru the gut.
 Expecting more. Stay safe and dry. 

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- Moonset Over Atlantic
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 09:05:10 -0400
The moon woke me at 5 am to show off before sunrise. This is looking west from 
the northwest side of St Thomas towards the Spanish Virgin Islands. Grand day 
for Thanksgiving, grateful for an uneventful storm season here in St Thomas. 
Hoping those still facing storm repairs will be healed  soon. We are the lucky 
ones. Thanks again to Gert and all of our island reporters.

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- Morning Sun on the Solar Panels
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2015 08:22:23 -0400
82 degrees at 8:15 am,77% percent humidity (feels almost dry ?). This is the 
time
of short days long nights and waiting for morning sun on the solar panels. We 
are 
in our first 9 months of living off the grid and learning to shape our lives 
and power
consumption based on the weather. By disconnecting from public power we 
reconnect
with nature. Looking forward to a few days of drying out. Time to plant more 
veggies.
Looks like more rain in a few days.


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- Thunder Jackets On
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2015 11:57:27 -0400
Super rainy, boomer weekend, a few times yesterday felt like a category 1 ,a 
little
solar charging this morning and now back to big shaking boomers right over head.
Stay safe, warm, well and dry. We are under a flood advisory. The super yellow 
sunrise was the clue for today. 

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- Rainbow of Rain
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 09:31:17 -0400
Loads of rain is our pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. 100% chance of 
more rain
coming with gusts from 20-30mph. Enough intermittent sun to charge the panels.
Stay safe and dry. 

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- Cold and Damp
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2015 07:32:26 -0400
76 degrees this morning......chilly! Rain over night, and the night 
critter orchestra was in full volume at 4am. 91 yup 91 % humidity
in the rain forest, west end St Thomas. The solar collector is
hoping for some full sun today. 


- BOOMERS ALL NIGHT LONG
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2015 09:22:42 -0400
Bark, boom, big boom, crack, , flash, repeat , most of the night. The shepherd 
was beside herself shaking, crying and barking. The terrier felt badly for the 
big dog. 
Very little sleep for the humans. Have you noticed that during stormy nights the
frogs hit a lower note? We received about an inch of rain and will take it 
any way we can get it. The lettuce and greens love this cooler weather.

Hoping for some sunshine to boost the solar collection system today.
We are showing 83 cool degrees and 88% humidity;  so , so tropical.

Being an hour later than the East Coast goes over very well in our home
office. Season is here .
from the damp,cloudy, cool northwest side of St Thomas 
Jane Higgins
jhigginswear at islands.vi 

- Distant Thunder
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:38:48 -0400
Here is sunset last night. Boomers all day with no rain, all the weather was
west of us in the Spanish Virgins. Hoping Patricia did not hurt the Mexicans.

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- Good Morning Islanders
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2015 07:45:37 -0400
Isabel's picture of sunrise in St Croix inspired me to take our sunrise 
picture. Out here
on the western end morning  light comes later. The seas were pushing a high 
surf and we
saw  riptides yesterday. Seawater pushed back up many feet onto Brewer's beach,
surprise surprise. The sea looks much calmer now and fall is in the air.

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- October Good Morning
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:46:14 -0400
From our deck this morning. It felt like winter at 7:00 am. We are so lucky. 

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- RAIN RUN OFF Saturated Saturday
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2015 12:17:48 -0400

Around noon today.  Fortuna, West End St Thomas 
Date: October 3, 2015 













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- MAJOR RAIN EVENT
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2015 11:14:41 -0400
Here on the West End of St Thomas we are getting a soaking. Morning temp was
82 early and now 74 degrees. No wind at all. The guts are overflowing as well 
as the back up cistern . The pooled is super topped off, the waterfalls are 
running.

We have had thunder since yesterday afternoon and now it is right over us.
As we are off the grid , we boosted batteries  with the generator, as this will
not be a solar collecting day. We do not know if power is holding in town. 

Lots and lots of rain .

 Take care and let us know how you are doing. Hoping that
Dominica is getting none of this. Bahamas let us know how we can help.

It is cold ! Amazing 

Jane Higgins in the rain forest
On the Northwest side of St Thomas in Fortuna 

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- Super hot
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2015 08:44:29 -0400
It is 8:30 am and the weather station on our outer deck is already showing 87 
degrees.
Super hot and still now. Very flat seas. Assuming the visitor northwest of us 
is 
pulling all the breeze and waves away.

I wonder how my co-workers in Maryland are doing? Looks like a recipe 
for flooding and erosion up there.

We swam in Lindbergh Bay yesterday, one of our favorite beaches near the
airport. The water was very hot. Probably the hottest I have ever experienced.

Our pool water is 91 degrees, like soup. 

Anything is better than a storm headed our way.

Reminder to the weather watchers, many thanks to Gert for this forum and I 
am sending my donation today.

Stay prepared. Warm tropical regards,
Jane Higgins

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- Road Rivers
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2015 09:32:26 -0400
On and off showers Friday led to saturation. Heavy downpours from mid island 
West for several hours mid day Saturday led to rivers on our road. We are 
grateful.
Dominica , let us know how you are doing? Jane Higgins , Fortuna ,St Thomas

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- 20 years After Marilyn
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:11:24 -0400
Dave's words remembering the aftermath of Marilyn echoed so many of our 
experiences.

I remember the neighbor that brought us his  last 1/2 bag of ice. The crew from
Four Star Air Cargo Puerto Rico that sent us groceries for the bbq almost daily 
for
weeks. Washing the airplane mechanic's grungy work clothes in buckets siphoned
from the cistern. And the celebration we had when the power came back on 
November
28,1995. Yes.....2 months plus several weeks without power. 

We were humbled  by the sheer force of nature, the kindness of everyone, and the
way most islanders  downplayed their own losses and needs. We will never forget
our harsh lesson. 

We think of Dominica everyday. We will continue to help.

With a little rain last night, today is humid, abit grey as we wait for the 
solar
power to build up. 

Stay prepared for the rest of H season. 

Jane Higgins from green Fortuna, West End, St Thomas
jhigginswear at islands.vi

- Rain
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 18:27:24 -0400
Rain started at 5:45 Pm Tuesday

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- ANOTHER EVENT FOR DOMINICA from St. Thomas Source
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:19:02 -0400


Jane Higgins thought you would like to see this page from the St. Thomas Source web site.
Message from Sender:

Another St Thomas event for Dominica

Walkers and runners are invited to demonstrate their support for the storm-savaged people of Dominica as they struggle to recover from the destruction caused by Tropical Storm Erika. An opportunity will come on Saturday, Sept. 19.



- Drought buster
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 17:52:35 -0400
It has been raining off and on all day, the pool is almost topped.THANK YOU
West End Fortuna St Thomas

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- Pouring In Fortuna
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 12:09:03 -0400
It has been raining steady for last half hour in West End Fortuna St Thomas

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- Stormy Sunset
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 18:42:38 -0400
Temps dropped, we are having loads of thunder and grateful for the rain on the 
west end.
Dominica..........we are all working together for you.......we are ONE 
CARIBBEAN.

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- Dominica, thunder dawn
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:31:24 -0400
We woke up around 4 am to tremendous thunder, so close at one point
that the lightening and boom came at the same time. Out came the thunder 
jackets for the dogs and the south to north event over our heads lasted til 
about 5:30 am with a few drops of rain. 

Wide wake , the plans to help Dominica formed.
There are drop off  sites on St Thomas and we will take our donations to 
Fortress Storage
by Saturday Sept 5. 
> We will gather  small lightweight personal hygiene items  and lightweight 
> foods
> (Small,bags of nuts, etc) for many people. The main runway 
> has been destroyed and all items will  probably be barged in, and some 
> airlifted to villages 
> In the hills,that have damaged bridges where  many people are trapped . 
> We are asking our friends to put together  small travel size items,
> shampoos,soaps, menstrual pads, toothpaste (super expensive in the islands) 
> ,baby wipes
> (work great when you don't have clean running water, )
> toothbrushes, small wash cloths(easy to wash out by hand) ,pillow cases can 
> become 
> purses and carryalls ; combs, small brushes, hair ties, bandanas.... think 
> what you would want 
> if you were hot and sweaty and dealing with flood clean up. This will be round
one of many future donation drives for Dominica.
We are 100 degrees on the outer deck, and have power to run fans and a fridge 
to 
make ice and store food in, how lucky are we?
> We all know Dominicans, they will survive, rebuild and it will take all of us 
> to
help them. This will be a long road, and if you have ever driven there,it is a 
bumpy road.
I will never ever forget the calabash forest or the huge crabs along the rivers.
We will return to Dominica for sure. We wait  to hear that our friend was able 
to talk
to his Mother in Dominica.
Pay attention and take care..
From the West End of St Thomas. 


- Shared from BBC News. DOMINICA
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:54:44 -0400
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-34091475


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- Well?
  • By Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:59:26 -0400
Seems like she is leaving us. Hoping still for some rain.

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- Tucked In
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:01:46 -0400
Sunset ,Fortuna,west end St Thomas, the orchids and arugula have been moved to 
the kitchen counter. We are ready for some rain. We hope our friend gets thru to
his Mom in Dominica soon and hears she is safe. Take care and be safe. Temps 
have dropped dramatically with light showers and isolated gusts over the 
afternoon.
Dominica let us know how we can help.

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- Here she comes!
  • By Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:46:42 -0400
As we await Erika, I wonder if she will be as bad as we think. or just some heavy winds and rain? Hope she passes with no problems.
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- 9AM airport closing Jane Higgins has forwarded a page to you from St. Thomas Source
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:36:29 -0400
Here is corrected info.   9am tomorrow for C.King airport closing among others ...

Subject: Jane Higgins has forwarded a page to you from St. Thomas Source

Jane Higgins thought you would like to see this page from the St. Thomas Source web site.
Message from Sender:

Here is the latest update on Erika closings in USVI

A listing of services available and closures for Tropical Storm Erika. The listing will be updated as new information arrives.



- Airport Closing at 9 pm
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:10:05 -0400
Aviator says the C.King airport in St Thomas is closing at 9 pm tonight FYI.

NOW IS THE TIME TO DONATE TO STORM CARIB......PLEASE 
windy and hot here...going out to trim a few more palms 

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- Look ,Observe, Use Common Sense
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:14:47 -0400
The aviator in our house pontificated at length last night about those that 
would choose 
to 2nd guess Mother Nature by putting off storm preparedness. The simple truth 
is,
if you want to sleep well the night before any kind of storm you button up 
before dark.
When I saw him checking StormCarib at 2:30 am during the Danny threat I 
realized 
something was still in limbo. When do you decide to spend the 3 hours it would 
take
to bring the solar panels down from the roof? What is your criteria ? Do you 
believe 
the solar installer saying they can take up to a Cat 2? 

Many in the islands like us have gone off the grid, or are on net metering due 
to
outrageous power bills and poor electrical service. Let us know what your 
criteria is
and what you plan to do with your solar or wind generator set up during storm 
threats.

We first installed inverter #1 with panels enough to run the pool,office, pump 
and washer
In 2009. It took about 1/2 hour to bring those panels down and now we have gone 
off the
grid and have allot more panels to contend with. We will see what Erika brings. 

We observe stronger winds than any normal August day this morning, with gusts 
up 
To 10mph. Not much , but we are tucked up tight into a hillside and it is only 
Christmas 
winds that usually stirs our shutters. It is super hot today. The south side of 
the island
seems flat around the airport, our northwest location here in the jungle hut in 
Fortuna 
is very hot ,95 degrees on the outer deck, and winds are coming and going. The 
Atlantic
side is showing some chop. 

Be prepared, observe and use some common sense and sleep well. Pace yourself,
no matter what, we have to deal with the train off Africa at least til November.
Jane Higgins  jhigginswear at islands.vi
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- Danny Boy is gone. Hello Erika
  • By Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:40:33 -0400
She is set to pass straight over us on Thursday afternoon
Erika.gif
Ronnie Lockhart


- Think Danny got the message!
  • By Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:58:24 -0400
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- PORT CLOSING UPDATE from St. Thomas Source
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:01:50 -0400


Jane Higgins thought you would like to see this page from the St. Thomas Source web site.
Message from Sender:

Port closing update

The West Indian Company Ltd. (WICO) has announced the following cruise ship cancellations due to Hurricane Danny’s proximity to the U.S. Virgin Islands:



- NOTHING WRONG WITH READY
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:38:05 -0400
BRING GOOD LUCK, BE READY, NO WORRY IF YOU ARE. DANNY IS CLEARING 
A PATH FOR HIS SEASONAL BUDDIES TO FOLLOW. PILOTS ARE TYING DOWN
PLANES,SAILORS ARE TUCKING IN AND WE WILL TEST THE SOLAR PANELS.
DANNY, CALM DOWN PLEASE,BUST OUR DROUGHT ,PLEASE. 



- Sand bags
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 09:22:21 -0400
Alert / Warning
Meteorological - SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT

...This is an
ACTUAL SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT ALERT...


Issued By:  VITEMA
Affected
Jurisdictions:  St. Thomas, Water Island Counties

Headline:  STT Sandbag
Distribution 8 AM - 12 PM Today and Sunday - DPW-Subbase, Tutu Fire Station,
Bordeaux Fire Station

The Department of Public Works is distributing sandbags
today and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to noon, at:  

 Public Works, Subbase  


Tutu Fire Station  

 Bordeaux Fire Station  

 

Sandbags are limited to
10 per family and on a case by case basis for businesses.  





- Oh Danny Boy
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 08:56:38 -0400
You are truly different that most storms. You gear up to a 3 now back to 2 and soon 1 then TS. Don't like that you keep coming our way. Please do slow down your  strength and go somewhere else!! We will have some wind and rain. Should be OK. Get sandbags from Public Works today if you need them.

Ronnie Lockhart

- Danny Boy
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:29:41 -0400
Still looking to head south of us at the 5am forecast. Upping to a Cat 1 over the weekend and back to a TS by Monday when he passes south. Let's hope he has manners and stays far south.

Ronnie L

- Swaying to the North.
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:13:38 -0400
Looks like Danny will still pass South of us, but much closer that I thought. Stay tuned.

Ronnie Lockhart

- Danny
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:38:26 -0400
Seems like it's time for me to gear up and start reporting! Looks like Danny may be heading our way. So far it looks south of us.  Say tuned!!

Ronnie Lockhart

- Boomers ,rain, and Chili
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2015 15:06:47 -0400
Just in time for our 31st annual Texas Society Chili Cook Off in St Thomas 
after months of
drought comes gentle overnight rains, then more rain and sudden drop in temps 
and 
some of the nearest loudest thunder boomers the dogs have felt compelled to bark
at in years. We are so grateful for the greening up. We hope Puerto Rico and 
St. John 
And St Croix are feeling it too. Let us know,
jhigginswear at islands.vi in the rain forest of Fortuna. West End St Thomas 

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- Green Enough For Iggy
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 12:56:06 -0400
Just enough greens left for Iggy today

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- Cool moist morning
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 09:51:35 -0400
We dropped to 77 degrees earlier this morning  during a long splat of rain, yes 
rain. Many
thanks to Mother Nature, we won't have to water this morning. The horizon line 
is sharp, the sky crisp and filled with cotton ball clouds. We can see clearly 
now.
jhigginswear at islands.vi
From super lucky Fortuna ,the Northwest side of St Thomas
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- Fortuna Raindrops
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:00:41 -0400
I hope you can see the raindrops at top of picture...grateful in St Thomas
Jane Higgins West End jhigginswear at islands.vi

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- THUNDER JACKET TAG TEAM
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:47:20 -0400
SUNNY MORNING TURNED TO THUNDER BOOMING BLOWING RAINY AFTERNOON.
TEMPS DROPPED 8 DEGREES IN LAST HOUR,WIND 5MPH. SMELLING GREENER
ALREADY.
>> Macy and Jill look worried but feel so much better with their thunder 
>> jackets on !
>> Bad thunder......go away. WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE EARPLUGS FROM
THE RAINY,DARK,MURKY, NORTHWEST SIDE OF ST THOMAS,jhigginswear at islands.vi

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- Sunday Pineapple
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 08:42:07 -0400
Here is our 3rd pineapple in 2015. Feels lucky. We are 84 degrees with 
82%humidity,
Winds at 2mph with "gusts " to 6. Sahara dust obscures the horizon. Sounds like
summer in St Thomas. jhigginswear at islands.vi        Fortuna,West End

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- Hot HOT HOT TOMATOES
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 15:18:12 -0400
Today's catch. Super hot, 103 on outer deck. Sahara dust is back. We are 
looking for a cool siesta spot. Our neck of the forest is really green due to 
lucky showers in last few days. Trying to keep up with the threshy birds
in tomato eating competition. They poke right thru the netting, so harvesting 
pinker than red. The puppy thinks they are apples, her favorite snack. 
The night birds have been really noisy, they must sleep all day.

Stay cool, Jane Higgins jhigginswear at islands.vi  northwest side of St Thomas

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- Horizon Line Gone Mon
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2015 09:47:51 -0400
Lucky Fortunate West End St Thomas received at least 4" of steady rain 
overnight.
We are emerald green,quenched and grateful. Humidity 89%,temp 87 degrees, so
let's not do the heat index math. Wind at 2 mph with "gusts" to 6. So much
moisture leaves us no horizon as shown in this picture from our deck facing 
NorthWest.
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- Coconut Harvesting
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 08:51:52 -0400
Storm prep list should include cleaning up the coconut bombs. Let's be ready.
87 degrees on outer deck before 9 am,reading 88%humidity,another balmy day on 
the
Northwest side of St Thomas in the rain forest. jhigginswear at islands.vi
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- BLTS SOON COME
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 16:14:44 -0400
> Here are tomatoes on a 12ft x 4ft area....all in troughs......had to move 
> them to
> the East cooler side of the house. Bacon ,lettuce and tomato sandwiches soon 
> come.
> Netting going up tomorrow to protect against threshy birds. From the 
> northwest side 
> Of St Thomas. jhigginswear at islands.vi.   HUMID IS THE WORD FOR TODAY
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- RAIN BUCKET JACKET
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 09:18:34 -0400
> The northwest side of St Thomas , in our Fortuna neighborhood hit the jackpot 
> Friday and Saturday receiving 7 1/2 inches of rain. Some other folks had
> very little. Some streets were flooded . Joyous singing from tree frogs,
> chattering from the parakeets and the hum of new skeeters is the
> evidence of the rain revival. We are grateful. The almost ripe tomatoes
> will be juicier and the lime trees will be able to hang onto their blooms.
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> We are cooled off, dust free.  Greening back up now. Happy cisterns.
> jhigginswear at islands.vi
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- Glorious Rain
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 14:05:28 -0400
Listening to the tapping of raindrops into the cistern. The thirsty  tomatoes 
are having 
their first natural shower. Glory Hallelujah....thank you Mother Nature. 

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- : Ring Around The Sun May 10
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 13:37:24 -0400
> From our deck on Northwest side of St Thomas ,1:30 pm.....slight 
> breeze,weather station reports
> 99 degrees. 
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- Orchids Like It Hot
  • From: Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 5 May 2015 09:24:23 -0400
At 9am it is 88 degrees on the outer deck in early May on the Northwest side of 
St Thomas.
What was the rain forest area is now the super dry crispy crunchy falling 
leaves side of
our little island. The Sahara dust map says it all, and the water mon is 
running up and down
the hills answering the cries of empty cisterns. We are not sure when Mother 
Nature will
step up. All waste and grey water now serves the gardens.

Our Zumba Troupe survived 93 degree heat during our dance down Mainstreet for 
the 
Carnival  parade on Saturday. It was Hot,Hot, Hot.  

Our orchids obviously love this weather. Hopefully the tomatoes that are set on 
won't drop
off. The iguanas are coming in closer every day,and scorpions are looking for 
cool spots.

Stay cool and safe. 
Jane Higgins, jhigginswear at islands.vi 
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