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- Bark Up Call
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 08:04:11 -0400
4:30 am barking wake up to thunder right over our heads and plenty of rain.
Pool is topped . Cistern is way up. Time for a little clean up before next 
The coming monsoon trough from the southern islands looks ominous.
Clean up your drainage areas and get the mops ready. It must be October.

- Heavy Rain
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:25:13 -0400
Very heavy rain, gusts to 32mph, SW to NE, temps dropping to 73  degrees outer
deck, COLD ! We are under a flood watch. Today is a federal holiday and 
good news children are not in school buses today. Stay safe and dry and please 
don't drive in this. What is the news from downtown and St. John? BVI? 

- Windy, high seas
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:34:00 -0400
No rain today yet. Seas are still building and local report says 14-17 ft. Good 
to stay on land. Winds gusting at airport near 20 mph 88 degrees F .

- Lucky
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:51:43 -0400
We had a few rain bands last night. Temperature dropped 20 degrees in 
4 hrs late day yesterday. Had some thunder barking around 9 pm and then 
a quiet night. 

It is gray and a little gusty, and cooler, hoping for some solar gain today
to beef up batteries. Seas look rough here on the Atlantic. Good to
hear marine interests found safety. 

Take care and let us know your island conditions please. 

Jane Higgins, Fortuna, 
Northwest side of St Thomas 

- Pink Sky
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:21:58 -0400
First raindrops now. Really PINK  Sky. ....be safe.

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  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:12:38 -0400
Another reminder why donating to Storm Carib is important.
Thanks again Gert for all you do.

We are HOT, 93 on outer deck with humidity feeling like 105. Inside temp is 86,
and no a/c of course. We are beginning to feel some wind, gusts here on the
Northwest side of St Thomas facing a choppy Atlantic, whitecaps, guessing 
5-7 feet now. Horizon line has faded into haze. 

Our favorite charity Family Resource Center had a sold out sunset sail event 
planned for tomorrow, and we have moved that to Friday, October 7. Fingers 
crossed for clear weather then. Charter boats have moved into safe havens
and cruise ships have scrambled their port schedules. Flights down island 
have been cancelled.

Hoping the almost ripe starfruit stays on the trees. The cayenne peppers 
will have to come in before dark. 

Stay in touch, let us know how you are doing. We are off the grid with 
a fully charged battery bank.

Fortuna, St Thomas 

- Gusting Winds Divert Flights
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2016 16:59:25 -0400
We are having gusting winds from 29-41 mph from the east straight down the 
in St Thomas today. Spirit flight diverted to San Juan. The pilots are earning 
pay today. 

We have sideways showers coming and going. Not much solar collection for our 
off the grid jungle hut here on the Northwest side. We will run the generator 
for abit
to top off the batteries. 

It is cool....now 73 degrees. Awesome.

It looks like we are in the canyon between a system splitting off to Northwest 
and southwest . Assuming St John is getting plenty of moisture. 

Stay safe and dry. And yes, we remember Luis 21 years ago as our first 
experience . Little did we know what was coming 10 days later. 

Is ignorance bliss ? 

- American Airlines in St Thomas
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:39:14 -0400
From the aviator at Cyril King Airport , St Thomas, conditions going downhill.
AA usually takes off to the East. This picture is taken looking  to the East .
Good reason to take off to the West. 
> American Airlines taking off to the west

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- Raining Now
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:06:27 -0400
What was a sunny  blue sky ......now very dark and raining ! Yes....rain....
fingers crossed all stays calm. Those northwest of us pay attention

- Blue Sky Edged By Wall Of Rain
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:55:10 -0400
Reports of  blue sky at the airport right now (southwest side of island) with
a huge wall of rain towards the Southwest. 99L now looks like the lower
half of front we saw coming yesterday, buffing up to be something stronger
just south of us. 

We live off the grid and it is the cloudy days that make us pay attention
to solar collection versus power consumption. We will see if we need to
use the generator to beef up the battery bank or hope that daylight alone
between the showers will be enough. 

We had enough rain over night to download the auxiliary cistern . More
gifts from nature. We are 81 degrees on the outer deck compare to 93 
yesterday at this time. 

Grateful for the gifts of coolness and rain. 

Stay safe and dry. Let us know how it goes for you.

Jane Higgins , facing the calm Atlantic on the Northwest side of St Thomas 

- Natty Night
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:59:50 -0400
The aviator said last night when the nats covered the lit up surfaces, 
"looks like some weather coming" . Sure enough. Real temp on outer 
deck before 10 am ,right now is 94 with humidity making it feel 
like 107, only 84 in the house ! Breezy at tree top level, the Atlantic
side looks calm . 

You can feel the weather being shoved into the blob to the south and east
of us. St Thomas has had a cruise ship cancellation today and one tomorrow.
This is hard to take in the wake of a super slow summer. We can't blame 
the ships though, better to stay out of the way. 

Be  safe and let us know what you are feeling down island. 

Jane Higgins , Fortuna. The Northwest side of St Thomas
jhigginswear at islands.vi

- Storm Backing Up
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2016 12:20:53 -0400
We have been getting rain on and off all morning. Then some  clearing and
now without local radar working I would suggest the storm has backed up. 

Major cracking right over our heads and huge downpour. Very dark . 
We are under flood advisory til 1 pm. 

Thanks to StormCarib we can see what is happening.

Please no driving. The thunder jackets are on. 

Stay safe. Temp had dropped to 75. 

West end St Thomas. 

- Raining
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2016 17:24:42 -0400
We are getting it now. Lots of rain and thunder barking.

- Iguanas In The Trees
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:54:07 -0400
It is very windy, gusts to 44 mph, some iguanas in the tree tops looking for 
warm .

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- Storm Sandwich
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:46:50 -0400
After many anxious looks thru allot of weather data last night we 
finally slept . The first round of lightning, thunder, strong 
intermittent downpours started around 4 am. Lots of barking at
the boomers lasted thru dawn. Steel grey skies, 
with winds gusting to 44mph, and steady around 16 mph, make the 
rain more like car wash spitting now. We are a cool 79 degrees .

Looks like we are in a storm sandwich. Don't mind being in the middle .
The 2nd round south of us looks like it could merge with north bluster
creating some mess south of the DR and onto Jamaica. 

This is the deep down in the gut wake up call for all of us. Muscle memory 
reactions to the sigh of the gusts, the whipping tree tops, the rattling 
doors is involuntary. Now we know the train is coming and we need to
clear the tracks. 

Let us know how it is going for you? 

From the gusty Northwest side of St Thomas in Fortuna.

Jane Higgins 

- Finally Rain
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 15:04:29 -0400
Just a few minutes ago,the blowing rain started and the rush into the 
cistern is money in the bank. Rest now,  Mister Water Mon.

- Gusty Wait For Rain
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 12:19:52 -0400
The airport is reporting gusts from 16-31 mph. The seas are building here on 
The Northwest side of St Thomas in Fortuna on the Atlantic. Outer deck temp is 
92 with humidity feels like 102. Inside temp is 86 without a/c of course like 
most homes in the islands. We have not seen a drop yet. 

This morning we cleaned some drainage areas, checked the gutters and 
crossed our fingers for forecasted rain. We are so dry, looks like fall, with 
so many dead leaves in the air. 

The sheering winds from the northwest may blow it apart. This is a wake
up call, sea temps are high and the train is coming. Time to clean up our

Tonight is a long planned jazz concert in town, we are in hopes that the weather
holds off, but the need for rain may override all other plans. 

Let us know what  your current island experience is. 

Jane Higgins 
Fortuna, St Thomas , NorthWest Side 

- Happy Sunday Rain
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:14:59 -0400
At last rain ........!

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- TO THE FARMERS AND GARDENERS please sign this to save the bees
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 10:33:15 -0400
Without rain or bees we are nothing. 

This is absolutely awful: a new study found that beekeepers lost 44 percent of their bees nationwide from 2015 to 2016 -- and the US government knows that toxic pesticides are partially to blame. We are experiencing a loss of bees near our home in Fortuna, St Thomas. ALL islands must face this potential disaster now. 
Will spraying for Zika mosquitos destroy the bees ? 

That's why I just took action urging the EPA to ban bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. I think you should too.

Click here to sign the petition: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/neonics_epa_2016?sp_ref=211519889.4.169100.e.533979.3&referring_akid=.10322262.GZZ3_w&source=mailto_sp

Please pass this on to your farmer and gardener friends. Jane in St Thomas 

- Rain on De Coconut
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Jul 2016 09:56:37 -0400
After the long holiday celebrating Emancipation and Independence , rain enough 
to green us up.
The bees are back for a buzz and a drink. Thank you Mother Nature..
From the Northwest side of St Thomas facing the Atlantic. Grateful,Jane

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- Kaboom, boom, boom, RAIN!
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2016 06:30:32 -0400
We first heard rain around 2:30 am ,it may have started earlier. Allot of
lightening and thunder has followed and finally got us up before 6 am
to put the thunder jackets on the frantic dogs. It is cold, the outside temp
is showing 71. It has been raining on and off, steady, then pouring then
stopping. We are grateful for the moisture. This is a flashback to other
storms formed over our heads. We know this feeling. Local radar is 
out . Many thanks to Storm Carib for showing us the full picture. 

The lime trees are singing. 

Stay safe. Let us know how it is going in town Ronnie, please. 

From the growers in Fortuna, on the northwest side of St Thomas 
Atlantic side. 
Jane Higgins 
jhigginswear at islands.vi

- Rain Mojo
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 08:52:38 -0400
We did all the tricks yesterday to bring rain and you can thank us! 
Water mon topped off pool, we left the white clothes on the line last night
and  crossed our fingers and toes. After weeks of false forecasts and
passing green on the radar without a drop at last our mojo worked.

Woke up at 4:30'am to the fragrance and patter of rain. Had to 
open the doors to double check reality. Gentle drops turned into a 
quick downpour and one huge clap of thunder announced STORM SEASON! 

El Niño is adios and our pool was at 88 degrees by end of May. 
We are hotter than normal and the mangoes are piled on. 
The cucumbers and tomatoes are happy and we hope 
more rain soon come.

Grateful for the greening. 
Jane Higgins on the Northwest side of St Thomas 

- Last night's sunset
  • By Jane Higgins <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 08:13:59 -0400
Sunset was beyond the beyond last night from our deck. 
Pissarro skies. We are the lucky ones. 

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