Friday, August 29, 2014

Good news weather-wise (fingers crossed)

I just read Dr. Jeff Master's ( blog post dated today at 15:28 GMT and titled "The Tropics Go Quiet World-Wide". Here's a choice bit of it:
"...there are now no named tropical cyclones anywhere in the world--an unusual situation for what is traditionally one of the busiest days of the Northern Hemisphere's tropical cyclone season. This quiet period appears likely to extend though the weekend, as I don't expect any new named storms to form anywhere in the world through Sunday."
This is much preferred than this same week in 2005. Today is the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which hit Mississippi on August 29, 2005.

Savouring the peace and quiet of our anchorage today.

So it goes!

Monday, August 25, 2014

97L is up on deck

Well, the last possible storm wasn't much out of the ordinary spot of funky weather we occasionally have (I am NOT complaining). I think the weather dudes were just excited about having something to talk about. It did become a named storm (Cristobal) so that's another one off the list...

But now we have Invest 97L out there. Here are the 2:00am models from

I think we will leave our storm anchors down for the moment :)

So it goes...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Invest 96L = OK

Hurray! The storm passed through with hardly a notice. We had a couple of very short-lived squalls during the night. When I got up at 3am to check the weather Willow jumped down from her bookshelf and growled at the lightning. Very distant lightning and no thunder.

Here's the 8:00am (2014/08/22) models and you can see that 96L is now placed north of the islands.

It has been raining solid for about an hour now. Hoping for a lull so we can bail out the dinghy without getting too wet.

We plan to pick up one of our storm anchors today and leave the other down through the weekend.

It's quiet now.... Hmmmmm... should I go outside or finish my coffee?

So it goes...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Yet another disturbance... 96L (updated)

Well, fortunately the previous possible storm, 94L, just fizzled out due to dry air and wind shear.

But now there is 96L.  Doesn't look like it will cause us any harm but we will still be placing two extra anchors today because you just never know what the butterflies will do...

The models have been creeping northwards and we hope this trend continues. Here's the 8am models (8/21/2014) from

2 pm update:  Both cats came outside while we were setting out our storm anchors. Willow seemed very anxious. She is very sensitive about storms. I'm hoping that her actions were not saying "big storm soon come" but instead "there is a can of tuna on the table... open it... feed me".

It's summer... So it goes...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Another Interesting Disturbance

We have another tropical disturbance of interest, Invest 94L...

Yesterday's opinion was that it should enter the Caribbean on Saturday. It is a long ways away so who knows? It is definitely something to keep an eye on... again :)

Monday, 11 August 2014, 2:00am

Tropical Storm Bertha was a big disappointment to many people on the island as they were hoping to catch some rain to fill up their cisterns. We did get enough to make the land green again.

So it goes...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Depression today?

Shucky darn... Still an "invest" but expected to become a depression later today or tomorrow. It is quite far away (1600 miles) so a bit early to start fretting but it is definitely worth keeping an eye on.

The 8am (29/07/2014) from the National Hurricane Center

Above is the 2am models (I like the GFS) reported by Looking forward to the 8am updates.

So it goes...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

New Supermarket in Christiansted, St Croix

Sea Side Market, the new grocery store in Christiansted, St Croix has finally opened. It has replaced Schooner Bay Market which closed several months ago.

It is basically across the street from the Canegata Ballpark, just down from the laundramat, short walk from ACE/Gallows Bay Hardware.

Prices vary. Many things are higher than Pueblo but a some are similar or lower. Even if we buy something that costs a bit more, we save on the time that it would have taken walking up to Pueblo in Golden Rock.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Amazon Instant Video: Free 1-month trial

I received an email this morning about a Free 30-Day Trial of Amazon Prime Instant Video and watch the HBO Collection.

I wonder if this will work for us. We have never seen the last 1/2 season of the Sopranos...

Join Amazon Prime - Instantly Stream The HBO Collection on Prime Instant Video

So it goes...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bastille Day - 14 juillet

Today, the 14th July, is the French National Holiday (la fĂȘte nationale française), which we call Bastille Day.

Here's a video of the fireworks display in Carcassonne 2012.

It is very good footage (only 2 minutes to give you a taste) but nothing like being there in person with the beautiful colors, the sounds of the rockets taking off, the percussion of the soundwaves striking your body, the oohs and ahs of the crowd... Good stuff. The French can really put on a show :)

We will definitely be having Pastis for our sundowner this evening.

So it goes... Whoosh... Whee... Bang... Pop-a-dee-pop-a-dee-pop... Vive La France!

Monday, June 09, 2014

That's the way I like it

I have (tropical weather) as my Firefox homepage and I was so happy to read Dr Jeff Master's headline tease to his blog this afternoon...

Quiet... No threat... I want to read more of the same over the summer months!

So it's going :)

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Wishing everyone a happy summer

Yes, I know that the first day of summer is not for a couple of weeks but today is the first day of what I like to call the "summer season" in order to avoid the "H" word.

The various forecasts for tropical storms seem to be lower than recent years and I hope that the few disturbances predicted will be a long ways away.

I have just modified my Firefox browser to have as my homepage.

Be prepared & stay safe.

So It Goes...

Monday, May 12, 2014

PFDs - Inflatable Life Jacket Testing Video

Check out Boat Bits. It has a very interesting video by Voile, a French sailing magazine, where they test inflatable PFDs with the test subject staying in the water until the life jacket inflates.