The Latest on the Weather

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Current radar at 7:25am Tuesday

The weather we’ve been experiencing here on St. John over the past 18 hours or so has been crazy. We’ve had a ton of rain, and the amount of lightning I saw last night was unbelievable. Houses have flooded. Roads have closed. (As of 7 a.m., Centerline Road remains closed right after Supreme Corner, so you will have to take another route if headed to Cruz Bay.) People are without power. We know of at least one accident where a truck slid off the roadway, and at least two homes that were hit by lightning. It’s really been scary. And we still have more rain to go. Here’s the latest from St. John Weather VI: 

Good morning !
Happy Tuesday !
Showers before 8am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and noon, then scattered showers after noon. High near 83. East wind 17 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Scattered showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 79. East wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 45%.

A Tropical Upper Tropospheric Trough (TUTT) north of the area is interacting with moisture from a tropical wave to create cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms. Some clearing is expected Wednesday and Thursday before another tropical wave spreads showers and thunderstorms over the area on Friday and Saturday. Seasonal night and early morning showers are expected Sunday and Monday along with afternoon thunderstorms in western Puerto Rico.

St. John Weather VI, a Facebook page, is one of the go-to sites to get an accurate weather forecast when on island.

For those of you looking for an app on your phone, Wunderground is my favorite. It gives very accurate radar, tells you about the time rain is expected and gives a good summary of the week’s weather. It’s the app that I’ve been constantly checking as this storm sits over us.

Another good Facebook page to watch during this sort of weather is the US Virgin islands Tropical Hurricane Weather Station page. Click here to check that out.

Weather.com does not work very well here.

A positive from all of this weather (in addition to our overflowing cisterns) is that we had an absolutely amazing sunset last night. Check it out:

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And here’s a quick video we took:

And lastly, here’s a pic of the weather rolling in yesterday. This was taken at 1:13 p.m. at Concordia.

weather rolling in
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