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- Grey skies
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 06:31:31 -0400
Did I do the rain dance too long??! Here on Culebra we're getting gentle, on
and off rains for the most part, the tourists are wondering where the sun is
(we tell them, go to the beach anyway and don't forget the sun block, it's
still out there somewhere) while we enjoy the greening of the island. Good
chance *gentle* might not apply over the next few days, we'll see what
happens. For now, I'll park on the side of the road rather than my muddy
drive and watch vegetable seeds sprout. 

- finally
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 09:12:23 -0400
We're having a true rain event, since late last night and it's still going
on, slowly, but it's here! You can almost hear the plants singing while they
drink. Hope this is hitting others as well. 

- RAIN!!!!
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2005 17:38:32 -0400
We actually had rain twice today, one short light shower in the early
morning and an actual 15 minute downpour around noon. Tourists looked a bit
disgruntled but ended up smiling as the rest of us were all running around
shouting "It's RAINING!!! YEA!" along with the promise that it wouldn't last
long. A few more of those lovely spits and hopefully we'll be out of the
fire hazard zone. 

- Culebra Rainfall
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2005 07:59:32 -0400

Good Morning,  I have attached a chart showing the 1st quarter 
rainfall amounts for '05, compared to average amounts over the 
years.  With less than 1/2 inch of rain for Feb.& Mar. it makes for 
a very dry island with an extreme fire hazard/danger.  It is 
certainly the driest we have records on.  Here is what NWS San Juan 
had to say yesterday:


We had a trace of a shower on our end of the island last night, 
while the town area had a decent shower.  Its nice to see rain in 
the area at least, hopefully the start of a trend.  We will 
continue those rain dances.   Enjoy,  William

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- Dry dry dry
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 09:40:25 -0400
With Semana Santa (Holy Week) reaching its peak, our little island is full
of visitors and families here for the holiday - the last big one for awhile.
In the meantime, conditions here are exceedingly dry and we have
unfortunately seen the results in a very large fire that threatened lives
and homes, destroyed property and generally scared the hell out of a lot of
us who saw the results up close and personal, overwhelmed with a feeling of
helplessness. Our bomberos (firefighters) and police were absolutely
incredible, with two trucks and water needing to be carried by truck, they
seemed to be everywhere, averting destruction on numerous fronts. The turn
out of the local community was the best use of the coconut telegraph I've
ever experienced and the memory of so many working together in crisis will
remain with me forever.
Thankfully, no homes were lost, though there was property damage, and the
residue of smoke inhalation by those working hard to contain the fire will
linger on. 
Please keep an eye out for tossed cigarette butts, or worse, intentional
acts of arson, as well as the potential for spontaneous fires caused by the
high grasses and dry conditions. Weedwhacking is the biggest prevention for
keeping fires away from homes. Simply common sense: lack of fuel, better
ability to control flames.
And don't forget the rain dances! 

- Culebra=Dry
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 07:20:00 -0400

Good Morning,

Culebra held it's Regatta this weekend in
light breezes, 10-15 MPH.  The island is
extremely dry, as are most of the island
chain.  Visitors, please be aware of this,
and watch those smokes.  Attached is a photo
of the start of the Regatta Saturday AM.

Time to start those rain dances,  William

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- Cool Mornings
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2005 07:29:45 -0400

Good Morning,  Culebra and the rest of the Caribbean continues to 
be influenced by the cold fronts from the North.  I took this photo 
from the Culebra ferry approching Fajardo, PR on Monday morning.  
The cold front had dissapated the normal cloud cover of this 
mountain range that includes the rain forest area of "EL YUNQE" 
National Park.  Culebra continues to have early morning temp 
readings in the lower 60's.  Very rare and especially for this 
period of weeks time frame.

Enjoy,  William Kunke

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- brrrr
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Sat, 05 Feb 2005 08:14:44 -0300
I woke up before dawn this morning too cold to even look for something else
to cover up with - luckily RatCat kept her position as a heater for my feet.
As the sky was turning to grey from black I looked at my weather radio and
it said 63 degrees - I shook it and it STILL said 63 degrees. Where is my
fireplace now??? 

- Good Morning, Wet January
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 07:59:39 -0400

Good Morning,  As the previous post have stated, we are experiencing an 
unusually wet January.  At mid-month Culebra has already received 4.1 inches of 
rain, and yesterday we had a gust of 37mph with one of the squalls passing 

Having just planted a dozen seedling trees, I am happy not to have to carry 
buckets of water around to them.  Culebra, plant a tree for the future.  Let 
the tourist complain, my plants are happy!!         Enjoy,  William
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- '04 Rainfall Data
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 01 Jan 2005 08:26:50 -0400

Good Morning,  I have attached the updated Culebra rainfall data.  
Interesting to note that we had the exact same amount in 1992 as 
this year.  We are thankful for a fairly easy year here in Culebra. 
  Enjoy,  William

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- Earthquake
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2004 06:07:23 -0400

Good Morning,

As proof that I am not crazy, I post the following news brief from the AP.  
Locally we felt the quake at 4:40 PM Saturday.  At first I thought the Navy was 
back doing practice on Vieques.

12-11) 19:40 PST ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands (AP) -- 

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake jolted the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin 
Islands and Puerto Rico on Saturday, the Puerto Rico Seismic Network said. 

Police and rescue officials in all three Caribbean territories said there were 
no reports of injuries or damage. 

The epicenter was 27 miles northwest of the main British Virgin Island of 
Tortola and 70 miles east of Puerto Rico. 

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- Happy Thanksgiving!
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Nov 2004 08:54:05 -0300
Whether American, ex-pat, or foreign country born, Thanksgiving Day is a
wonderful opportunity to take some time and give thanks. I am so thankful
for stormcarib, the community we have here in the times of sun, green
islands and stunning blue water, or rain and storms - all that is such a
real part of our every day lives. How wonderful to share our stories with
others who live so much of time outside; who don't NEED the weather channel
to tell what the weather is doing but who are grateful for Mr. Doppler! (and
Mr. Gore, for inventing the internet).
It's breezy and beautiful here on Culebra today and food is cooking all over
the island already. Must be why the chickens are being vewy vewy quiet....
Have a great day and let your own know how thankful you are for them. Aren't
we all just incredibly fortunate to live in such a beautiful place? 

- glory!
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 08:09:14 -0300
Tourist, friends and winter people are arriving and finding the beautiful
weather we are having right now. It's hard to believe it was so grey and
cold when it is now the weather of post cards and why we live in the

- frio!!!!
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 07:26:37 -0300
It was funny tonight to be at Dinghy Dock, huddled around the exhaust vent
of the coolers for heat - a friend ordering brandy (her first since winter
in some cold place in America). It's COLD here!!! But the rain (except for
some in the middle of the night last night) seems to be gone for now and the
ground and puddles have almost dried up...a few new potholes, a very green
island - and no hurricane hits for us this year! Let Thanks Giving continue! 

- a little crazy
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2004 21:02:01 -0300
Yesterday saw us with no ferries running, no planes flying 'til late in the
day and lots and lots of locals and tourists stuck on the wrong side coast
from where they wanted to be, Fajardo, Culebra, or Vieques, a couple
weddings messed up here and on Vieques. Lots of mud (but thankfully no mud
slides like the big island).
The sun comes out and five minutes later rain, a pattern continuing today
(making for some awesome rainbows). At least the electricity is still on
this morning, yesterday none for most of the day here. Wild seas and the
surfers wanting a wind switch...
But beside all of THAT..it's been pretty exhilarating if you like a bit of
wild weather...which I confess (if it's not a hurricane), I do. ;) 

- weird
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 18:38:42 -0300
The satellite looks clear...it's not raining, but the wind is going nuts. My
neighbor's roof tarp (from those bad old days last month) is sounding like a
blown out sail in a gale! If rain does come it's going to blow in the
windows I usually never close... 

- hmm
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 07:31:36 -0300
While I really believe this system only going to be a rain event, it was a
decision made with that weird feeling in the belly that was gurgling out
something that sounded like Leeeeennnnnnnyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.... 

- oops!
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 21:39:46 -0300
Actually, I missed Hurricane Thanksgiving Day officially this year (that's
what happens when you move to PR from the VI's...it's the little things!),
as it is the third Monday in October.
But anyone who would like to read about it, so you can remember next year,
here is a link. And I'm celebrating anyway!


- Hurricane Thanksgiving Day
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 21:33:14 -0300
I don't know which is more highly anticipated...the election results or the
end of hurricane season. We've had some dramatic storms here the last two
days and tonight lightening is flashing as I type, though no rain at the
moment. The ground is soggy but not to soggy for some of the costumed little
ones last night to do a bit of trick or treating. I think the costumed big
ones were just...oh never mind! 

- nice
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 09:09:52 -0300
It's grey and slightly raining (no watering the gardens this morning!), but
I can live with grey when we have this breeze and coolness in the air.
Except for the roosters still crowing, it feels like I could be in one of
those cold places we hear about all winter - sweat glands, take a break! 

- rain relief
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 08:14:23 -0300
After what seemed like days of becalmed (read *no*) air filled with waves of
no-see-ums that outnumbered the mosquitos, it rained for quite a while last
night, cleaning and cooling the air and bringing much wanted relief from the
flying critters. Today the water is glassy again, and the sky is brassy with
sun. Another wonderful day in Paradox. 

- Culebra Rainfall Data
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2004 14:26:38 -0400
Good Afternoon,  Attached is the latest rainfall data from Culebra.  September 
sure bumped up the figures, mostly all TS Jeanne.  William
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- a huge thank you
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2004 09:36:44 -0400
to the generous and kind people of Vieques who donated so much in the way of
goods, time, and totin' them loads! yesterday. We looked like the Caribbean
Beverly Hillbillies! It was wonderful to meet people I only knew from
Stormcarib in person, plus the strangers who kept dropping off yet MORE
donations and those who stayed around to schlep everything to the ferry.
I feel the huge wealth of meeting new friends, and hope our concerted
efforts are a blessing to those in Grenada. They certainly have been to me.
(Culebra pulled off some great donations as well but I sorta missed most of
that coming back from Vieques! Plus the tremendous efforts of the captains
dos, both in loading everything and the trip  ahead.  GO CULEBRA! WE ALL

- island to island mission boat?
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 06:14:14 -0400
Title: island to island mission boat?
The captain of the boat from Culebra that is going to Grenada (to fix his own boat and to take supplies gathered from here and the amazing people on Vieques) told me, after hearing how Vieques was responding to my post about taking things there... "I'll go to Grenada and do this, and if anyone would have a large power boat (he is a sailor but he and his wife can drive any boat and he feels a power boat would be the suitable craft for this) to donate for the period of time necessary, I'll go to ALL of the [hurricane stricken] islands and do the same." It would need to be large enough to carry construction equipment, gens, etc.
He and his wife have the captain's licenses to do the job, plus many years of boating experience. I asked him, what about fixing your boat in Grenada and he said....".Forget that, if I can do something for people in the spirit of these people (the amazingly generous Vieques people), I'll do it, and gladly. I can fix my boat anytime."
So if any one has any ideas about this (the boat he is taking is a borrowed one, yet another act of generosity from a friend on Culebra, and while it is sturdy and good sized, it is not something he can use indefinitely and not large enough for what came to mind - an island to island mission), let me know. This guy is one of those *can fix anything* types and his wife is a very strong, very capable woman. I told him, if we can get the right boat and do this, I'm in! The logistics would be a lot more complicated than the idea, but it could be done.

- tarps
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 22:40:07 -0400
Confirmed in the update from Grenada, and also heard today, tarps are a big
need, so if anyone in Vieques wants to send tarps down with the boat going
from Culebra, we'll be there Friday to pick things up when catching the 3:30
ferry back to Culebra. 

- cheese and bread!!!
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 16:31:19 -0400
Title: cheese and bread!!!
"There are many fine things which you mean to do some day, under what you think will be more favorable circumstances. But the only time that is surely yours is the present, hence this is the time to speak the word of appreciation and sympathy, to do the generous deed, to forgive the fault of a thoughtless friend, to sacrifice self a little more for others."
~ Grenville Kleiser (1868-1953) American writer

Huge amazement and gratitude to L & K from Vieques who sent us a chartered plane from there filled with all sorts of practicial food and other items to send down to Grenada! Much thanks to Linda for the use of her vehicle and to the airport guys who helped us load the car and were stunned at such kindness. To sum it up in the words one of the VAL men who helped, "These people have the generous hearts and spirits!" Indeed.

Linda and I will be coming to Vieques Friday morning on the ferry (weather permitting) and leaving for Culebra on the 3:30 (or 3, who knows?) ferry if there is anyone else wanting to send some LIGHT things - suggestions from Brian & Sue, two other fabulous people on Vieques who will be sending things along include towels, blankets, etc. back with us. The guys from here have said they do NOT want to take any cash donations with them, but will find out the appropriate and most dependable distributor(s) for money that are in place, and pass along the information when they learn more.  
There are really no words to describe our feelings here for the generosity we've seen today. Personally, it's the most uplifting experience I've had in a long time and has really helped my attitude a lot - and best, it's contagious!

- grenada trip
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 02:01:39 -0400
Some friends are taking a boat to Grenada (going back to repair their boat)
and we are getting together at Dinghy Dock Friday to gather donated items to
send along. Canned goods, rice, clothing are some of the things being
requested. Scrounging around I also threw in a can opener, some wooden
spoons, and some Adobo because everything is better with Adobo! With so much
tragedy all around us, I'm really glad we're getting an opportunity to do
something hands on and hope it will all go as planned. Departure will depend
on the weather, natch. 

- sun!
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 07:14:21 -0400
The sun is really OUT this morning, for the most part. But for some reason
(the big island? who knows, somebody but not me) we still have no water
(starting day 2) and the electric was on and off all evening til the wee
hours. Amazing since we had both (well, no electric for quite a while but
most of the time) all through the worst of what we got of Jeanne. Glad I
have my water bottles full. 

- Fri. afternoon
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 14:17:54 -0400
It's been a dry and overcast *day after* and we're busy cleaning up,
checking in with friends, and some of us even went to work today. The phones
are still wacky but the water came back on early this afternoon - or at
least mine did - weak pressure but enough for washing dishes and showering
and those other little things that make life so much better (and you know
what they are!). 
Hope all is continuing on its way to normal for everyone concerned. Welcome
home Jack & Francie!! 

- TS Jeanne
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 06:28:12 -0400
Good Morning,  Yes, it is nice to see some bright sky to the East this AM.  
Totals for TS Jeanne's 2 day/2 part (can you say bifercated) system are 21.5 
inches of rain with wind gust of 49 on the first day and 37 on the second day.  
Enjoy,  William
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- shhh
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 06:21:33 -0400
The rain quit unexpectedly last night, like someone turned off the tap with
a slow twist. I woke up around 4:30 to complete calm, though now there is a
bit of breeze. Over the top of a hill in front of me is the tip of a cloud
bright with sunrise reflection, so I'm looking forward to a day with sun!
Shhh if I'm wrong, I don't wanna know. 

- the FERRY????
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 18:44:41 -0400
Just got an email from a friend who lives here but is in Maine now, that the
FERRY is coming in from Fajardo, NOW. I can't believe it but some friends
who were in Grenada are on it and it's confirmed. Unbelievable....it's
raining harder than ever and thunder is shaking the air. She says there are
tourists on the ferry as well. They must be completely...uh...really anxious
to see Culebra. Geeze! 

- a lull
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 17:25:59 -0400
According to the wacky radar (why is the loop making it go NORTH with that
huge trail behind it, instead of EAST where we'd be out of it soon? I will
just look at it sideways and feel better)...there is a lot more rain to come
but it just stopped and is so silent I can hear the water rushing down the
roads...birds are squealing (not singing, squealing) in my yard. What a
great time to have a huge cistern, as the water is still off but there is
plenty to gather from the sky. 

- yawn
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 16:50:01 -0400
Just woke up from a mid-day *rainy day* nap. Tarps now cover the houses on
both sides of me in Las Delicias. A friend came by to see if I wanted to
leave but my place is pretty dry (one leak, one bowl). I think the basic
attitude is, make the rain stop, but aren't we fortunate to not have been
affected any worse than this (in comparison with other storm islands and the
states)? It is still raining, with some occasional thunder versus what it
was like earlier today. I just read that this is supposed to fade around
five o'clock and it's 10 of 5, so I'm READY!
Happy Birthday to Seabourne Kevin!!!! I was told he'd do a lot to avoid
attention on his 50th birthday, but this is ridiculous! 

- yes no yes no
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 12:17:50 -0400
Seemed it was over yesterday around 1 and then it certainly wasn't. The big
winds died down but the rain has continued. I heard the Zoni road was
closed, not sure by what or how. Water is making rivers in the streets but
people were starting to come out until about a half an hour ago when the
rain became much harder and thunder and lightening added in. Some markets
are open but it seems the restaurants / bars are still closed, or were a
little while ago. 
Who asked for a "little rain"? It couldn't have been ME!! 

- TS Jeanne Part 2
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 09:19:24 -0400

Good Morning,  Rainfall amounts as of 8 AM for Culebra are recorded at 15.7 
inches, and it is raining heavily since then.  TS Jeanne is definitly a 2 part 
storm: first the eye, with moderate rain (5") and winds at 40-50 mph (our 
highest recorded gust remains at 49 mph).  Then the "Blob" or whatever you want 
to call this slow moving thing that is following in Jeanne's path, with 
moderate winds at 20-30 mph, but heavy rain (10 or more inches so far).

All people and buildings in our area are OK, but the roads are severly eroded, 
with 3' ruts.  Enjoy, William
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- rain
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 23:05:38 -0400
Thought it would all be over at noon, silly us. The high winds quit, the
rain still hasn't. This evening came with lower winds, lightening and
thunder  and yet more rain. Electric was off here for a long time, on again
now. During the brief lull this afternoon took a quick, incomplete tour of
the island, a lot of water but only a few blown down sat dishes. Nothing
open anywhere. Then the rain started again and hasn't quit since. We've been
lucky and we are completely saturated. 

- TS Jeanne
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 17:50:56 -0400

Good Afternoon,  TS Jeanne continues to affect Culebra with showers and wind.  
Culebra's biggest gust was at 9:30 AM, of 49 mph, with many gust in the 40's 
throughout the day.  So far the rainfall amount for this event is 4 9/10 
inches.  As of 4:40 the electric appears to be stable. I do not observe any 
damage from the storm's passage in this area of the island.  One boat did drag 
anchor, but I'll mark that as poor seamanship, as all the regular boats held. 
Enjoy,  William,   (2nd attempt to send this)
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- TS Jeanne
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 17:37:25 -0400

Good Afternoon,  TS Jeanne continues to influence Culebra.  As is often stated 
by these correspondents, we are glad that most of it happened during daylight 
hours.  Our maximum gust was at 9:30 AM, 49 mph, with many gust all afternoon 
reaching the 40's.  This event so far has given us 4 9/10 inches of rain - 
mostly horizontal!  Electricity at the moment seems stable.

Enjoy, William 
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- 9:30 am
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 08:28:36 -0400
Winds are picking up after a small lull, but electric is on again for the
moment and the phones still work...good ol' tin walls are flexing but no
leaks! Sending this before power goes off again. 

- TS Jeanne
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 06:31:57 -0400

Good Morning,  As of 6:25 TS Jeanne is passing about 50 miles to the south of 
Culebra.  During the night we received 6/10 inch of rain and a max. gust of 30 
mph.  It appears conditions will remain the same till 11 - 12 noon today.  
Culebra, like the other local islands needs the rain.  Enjoy,  William
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- wednesday a.m.
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 06:14:07 -0400
Here in Culebra it's starting to get VERY gusty, just picking up in the last
couple of hours -  it has been breezy and has been raining all night and I
can't see the bay at all from my yard, it's  pretty whited out. I don't
really want to guess wind gusts, but I'll say I wouldn't go sailing today,
so it's got to be more than 30!
So far we still have electric and phone, so I'm happy! Hope we all do fine.
Thoughts are with those in Ivan's path today. 

- jeanne2
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 20:08:56 -0400
I guess I should add to that, not sound too relaxed, that I've seen storm
shutters are back up after some being taken down last week, lines were long
in my favorite neighborhood market with shelves getting cleared and the
attitude with anyone I've talked to weather wise is 'ready' mode. I suppose
with Jeanne coming up so quickly, and Ivan wreaking such chaos, we're very
much geared up to go, yet it hardly seems possible. 

- jeanne2
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 20:07:34 -0400

- jeanne
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2004 19:52:35 -0400
This morning COA was 10 miles away in 24 hours and now it's 58 (well, as of
5pm, so it's probably better/farther now). We had heavy bursts of rain and
wind mid-afternoon, the rain wonderful for my gardens and island, and now
complete calm. A call a bit ago from my brother in Florida who thought I was
in the thick of it and nothing to tell him but another calm and cool Culebra
night. Hopefully Jeanne will fizzle away, though the big island of PR has
reports here of much more than a fizzle. While people here were concerned
and they've stopped the ferries from the big island, it was almost
embarrassing to me to be worried after Charley, Frances and Ivan have done
such horrible damage to those so near to us. A minor close call and unless
the unexpected happens (and we know it can) for Culebra it seems to be adios

- Hot & thunder?
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 15:22:02 -0400
It's the end of the big party weekend, tourists are headed home and the
weather is changing, from hot to hot with some breeze and a lot of thunder
heads and actual thunder this afternoon (first I thought it was one of our
small planes taking off) though no rain yet. But the sky is still bright
blue above. Prayers and thoughts our with our down island folk. 

- a beautiful pre-labor day
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 21:37:54 -0400
Culebra is humming with music, laughter and a LOT of boats milling here and
there, a good respite from me watching the weather! From Frances preps,
boats are tucked into mangroves, my little shack is tied down, and the ones
I have talked too are just leaving everything in place for possible Ivan
intrusion and hoping for the best. Sending most positive hopes for those in
Ivan's path, and those recouping from Frances, and hoping it's not us next. 

  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 07:23:10 -0400
Such a well shared thought. I was in Maryland due to the death of a friend
while Frances headed toward the islands. Another friend from St. Croix was
also with me. Usually the weather channel was on in the background as we
were both far from home, and while we had prepped to be gone, we wanted to
know!!! We felt completely ignorned, either Charley, Gaston, or ANYthing
else seemed more important than the islands and Frances, even for a brief
minute. I depended upon this site (as ever!) and another for any kind of
understanding as to what might happen, and phone calls to friends. It was
incredibly frustrating. Maybe we don't generate enough money for their
sponsors to care about us? Because it is hard to accept that pure ignorance
is the problem. 

- Rainfall Data
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 01 Sep 2004 08:09:56 -0400
Good Morning,  Attached is the latest rainfall data for Culebra, 2004.  The 
August amount includes the 1/2 inch of rain we received yesterday from the 
outer bands of "Frances".  The biggest gust of wind we had yesterday was 35 
mph, so we were very fortunate about the passing of this storm to our North.   
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- Outer Bands of "Frances"
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 07:40:07 -0400
Good Morning,  This is a photo of the far outer bands approching Culebra from 
the NE.  This photo was taken a 6:15 this AM, looking almost directly East 
towards St. Thomas.

Thanks for all the reports from you "fellow islanders".  This site provides 
great info and insight to the weather.
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- quiet times
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 06:50:03 -0400
The weather here has been amazing, cool evenings and mornings, spits of
rain, hot days and great sunsets. I ran across this page in web surfing that
might be good to look over - though most of us are, I assume, pretty up on
things hurricane, it's never a bad idea to be reminded.


- TD#2
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 05 Aug 2004 07:10:43 -0400

Good Morning,  Yesterday afternoon Culebra received one inch of rain with peak 
gust of 28 MPH from a far outer band of TD #2.  It did "washout" the air, got 
rid of the sahara dust and hopefully broke this summertime drought.

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- lightening thunder and rain oh my
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 22:04:57 -0400
Thinking that the worst (which was nothing close to the worst we worried
about a day ago) was over, a couple of friends and I went out on an open
boat to secure an anchor line on a sailboat. We got to the area right as
unexpected rain began blasting us in at least 35 knots, a total white out
which we were lucky enough to go through on another friend's trimiran
anchored in the same area. Lightening and thunder and a beautiful rainbow...
Since then (close to sunset, now four hours later) we've had two more
lengthy hard rains and the air is cool and wonderful, the super high
humidity blown away, leaving a gorgeous night. The gardens are happy. 

- change in the weather
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 08:29:59 -0400
Even though TD2 is far south, it seems to be changing our sky and air this
morning. We went from brassy skies and calm at dawn to cloud layers now and
the wind is tossing off occasional microgusts. Much better than what we
thought might be headed this way. At this point I'll hold off watering the
garden and hope we get some splash from the system! 

- TD2
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2004 10:51:16 -0400
Title: TD2
It's official...and it looks like one to seriously watch. Getcher batteries and water jugs ready if you haven't yet!

WTNT22 KNHC 031444
1500Z TUE AUG 03 2004






FORECAST VALID 04/0000Z 14.0N  57.0W
34 KT... 75NE  75SE   0SW  75NW.

FORECAST VALID 04/1200Z 15.0N  60.5W
34 KT... 75NE  75SE  25SW  75NW.

FORECAST VALID 05/0000Z 16.5N  64.0W
34 KT... 75NE  75SE  25SW  75NW.

FORECAST VALID 05/1200Z 18.0N  67.0W
50 KT... 25NE  25SE   0SW  25NW.
34 KT... 75NE  75SE  75SW  75NW.

FORECAST VALID 06/1200Z 21.0N  69.5W
50 KT... 25NE  25SE   0SW  25NW.
34 KT... 75NE  75SE  75SW  75NW.


OUTLOOK VALID 07/1200Z 25.5N  71.0W

OUTLOOK VALID 08/1200Z 30.0N  72.0W





- Rainfall Amounts, '04
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 01 Aug 2004 07:21:10 -0400
Good Morning,  Attached are the updated rainfall amounts for Culebra through 
July.  We are below average by a couple of inches due to the dry months of June 
& July.
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- Light rain
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2004 06:22:01 -0400
After yesterday with a couple of hard rains in the afternoon and the early
evening bringing some quick rains with thunder and lightening, this morning
is giving us light but persistant rain and amazingly cool breezes. Beautiful
Flamenco beach with its camping sites and the guest housees are full of
tourists, but Culebra is great even in the rain - the only ones crying are
the chickens. 

- Rainfall
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2004 06:20:08 -0400
Good Morning,  Culebra only received 4/10 of an inch rain yesterday from the 
wave that passed, much less than our sister island of Vieques, but welcome 

Attached is a photo of the Moon & Venus this AM @ 5:30.
Enjoy, William
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- Culebra Rainfall
  • From: "William Kunke" <wkunke AT verizonmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 05 Jul 2004 07:04:51 -0400

Good Morning,

Yesterday Culebra received 3/10 of an inch of very welcome rain, with wind gust 
up to 34 MPH in the afternoon.  That rain puts Culebra at 14.4 inches for the 
year thus far, which is right at average for this time of year.

Today Culebra is back to haze (Sahara Dust), but that system that just came off 
the coast of Africa looks interesting.

Enjoy,  Bill
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- Clean skies!
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 15:23:41 -0400
An absolutely glorious day here on Culebra, where much needed rain yesterday
washed the dust from the sky, and gave us a double rainbow last night along
with a beautiful sunset and sunrise this morning. The water looks postcard
perfect and we are all enjoying the respite from humid, still heat. 

- slide on by
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 20:14:38 -0400
Well, watching THAT the last couple of days was interesting! Hope we get
some nice and needed rain from 94L, and that's all! Best wishes for the
crews of Flying Fifty and another sailboat from here heading for Florida
starting tomorrow. 

- and more rain
  • From: MJ <mjstark AT coqui.net>
  • Date: Sat, 22 May 2004 20:49:55 -0400
It's the general topic of conversation and the question, when will it stop
raining? I kept reading the reports from down island while we were in hot
dry weather and now it's here. Today I showed the radar to some people and
they said, Where are WE???? it was so covered in colors...
On the good side, my trees and herbs are bursting with growth and all the
brown hillsides are green and beautiful again. The down side, well, you all
know about that. 

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