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May 05, 2005

St. Thomas Waterspout


Here is a photo from April 2005 of a waterspout over Charlotte Amalie harbor. There were reports of as many as six that day.

Posted by afinta at May 5, 2005 10:34 AM


Now that is a very cool picture. If these are common in the VI's, has there been any documented cases of any damage inflicted by a water spout? Are they as dangerous as a tornado, like here in Texas? I guess if you were on the cruise ship parked there, you might not want to know these things!

Posted by: CariBert at May 5, 2005 11:39 AM

Hey Bob! Yes - I think these do happen here, if not often, then fairly consistently during certain times of the year. I think they are generally classified as "weak" - that is why they occur over the water, but I saw some pictures while researching of some that looked much more like tornadoes. I don't know of any records of damage from a waterspout around here, but maybe someone else does?

Posted by: Anthony at May 5, 2005 12:19 PM

That happened the afternoon/night that Pete and I arrived in STT. There was a ton of (much needed) rain. Tough to deal with though when you are carting your luggage and waiting for the ferry out in the open. We arrived at the car rental agency on STJ absolutely SOAKED. Oh well. Cool picture of that day!


Posted by: Marcia at May 9, 2005 06:17 PM

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