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November 13, 2003

The Great Deluge

Yes - it has been raining here on St. Thomas (and St. John, St. Croix, Puerto Rico) for what seems like weeks. But since last Saturday night at the Taste of St. John we have had several major downpours. For the first time in 3 years both chambers of our cistern are full to overflowing, which is great, but it would be nice to see the sun! As if right now it looks like yet another round of heavy rain is moving this way from Puerto Rico. You can read more about the rain on the St. Thomas Source. Let's hear some of your rain stories!

The Webcam at the Crystal Palace, Wednesday 5:30 PM

Fish Bay, St. John (this photo was sent by a friend via LA) - Tuesday or Wednesday

Posted by afinta at November 13, 2003 09:57 AM


Great pictures, Anthony. How do you post pictures on here? We have been very fortunate not to run into any bad rainy weather while on the Island, even though we always visit during the "off" season. By the way, is it still the "off" season, or is it now the "on" season? Crummy weather if it is "on" season!

Posted by: Bert at November 13, 2003 03:47 PM

Hi Bert,
You can't post pictures through the comments, but if you are an author, there is an uplaod feature. It is all point and click. I actually do it the old fashioned way though - upload the file via FTP and then write in the link with HTML. It's easier than it sounds.
I guess the season really starts on Thanksgiving - so yes it is still off season but I am sure there are a lot of miserable vacationers around.

Posted by: Anthony at November 13, 2003 04:53 PM

Never have I see rain like this around here! The Mother's Day flood in '69, it rained all night long and it flooded downtown. In the 80s it rained everyday at 4 pm and then after a few weeks of that, it rained all night long. Another flood. I have seen some flooding now, but not like before, they may actually have done something about he culverts! Still, there are areas that are impassable! I feel sorry for the tourists! They are out there shopping though!

Posted by: Ronnie at November 13, 2003 05:01 PM

Here in Alabama, I've just finished reading "Belonging", a light novel set in St. Thomas in the 50's, and in which tropical storms play a role. Between that and checking the message boards, I feel like I'm there soaked to the skin with you! Stay safe; we are thinking of you.

Posted by: Neysa at November 13, 2003 06:59 PM

OK this is crazy - it is about 8:15 PM local time and some heavy rain, with thunder and lighting is moving in. From what I can get from weather news sites there is a pretty stationary low sitting off the east end of Hispaniola and it just keeps pumping the moisture this way. We are starting to spring leaks in our apartment, and we don't even know where the water is coming from! It is just dripping out of the walls.

Posted by: Anthony at November 13, 2003 09:17 PM

My rain gauge says we have had about 18" of rain here at the top of Kingshill on St Croix. It's raining again as I write this. The parts of me that have not begun to rust are getting moldy. But on the positive side, the cistern is FULL, the electricity has stayed on, the rain will stop eventually and I'll still be living in paradise. If we were stateside, the weather could be bad for months. I refuse to complain or let it get me down.

Posted by: Ric at November 13, 2003 09:51 PM

This is all Anthony's fault because he bought water last week!!!!!!!

Posted by: Eric on St John at November 13, 2003 10:21 PM

Well at 10:15 it is coming in the front door! We had a sheet of about 8 feet coming over our retaining wall.

Posted by: Anthony at November 13, 2003 11:20 PM

The rain gauge says we got about 5 more inches last night on Kingshill. The electricity was off for about 1-1/2 hours during the night. The roads at the bottom of the hill are getting worse. Not so much flooding but rock & mud slides. So far everything is still passable with the van. The Triumph has been parked for the duration.

Posted by: Ric at November 14, 2003 09:48 AM

Must be strange stuff going on worldwide. In Los Angeles area "Watts" after lots of rain and hail a couple of days ago.....I pick up the newspaper today and on a couple of streets they had accumulated about a feet of hail stones making it look like winter in Watts. Pictures provided a weird image of weird Los Angeles

Posted by: allan at November 14, 2003 11:21 AM

Still raining on St. John, where the roads are becoming impassible in many places because of water and rock / mud slides. Centerline Road, near Bordeaux, was _almost_ blocked by huge boulders that came down with the cliff side, this morning. Public Works crews are working to clear the debris. I'm sure it will all be okay when the sun comes out!

Posted by: Brad at November 14, 2003 12:10 PM

DPW has been very visible here on St. Thomas and seem to be doing a great job. They are out there in the downpours clearing roads and doing eveything they can.

Posted by: Anthony at November 14, 2003 01:08 PM

Radar looks like it's moving north; does that seem to be the case? I'm thinking of you all there; hoping your homes, businesses and families are safe. I would imagine, even after the rains, there will be concern for the structure of some hillside structures. What gives with the weather this last month? Fires and ice in LA, hurricane winds here in the midwest, torrential rains in the USVI...

Posted by: Marcia at November 14, 2003 03:12 PM

Marcia, I had the same reaction. Were we all bad. Just after we fires out here we get this rain albeit not like the VI's, but enough to start mud flowing......

That image of the ice in South Central. Amazing!!!

Posted by: Allan at November 15, 2003 11:49 AM