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Monday, January 30, 2023



Oct. 15, 2001 – Don't look for any improvements in the weather until Wednesday, said Ernesto Morales, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Juan.
"It will start clearing, but we will still have the possibility of some showers," he said.
Morales said until then, the skies will continue to be cloudy and intermittent heavy rains will continue to fall. Thunderstorms are likely.
An upper level trough coupled with a tropical wave is causing the stormy weather. Forecasters do not expect the wave to develop further.
The weather turned rainy on Saturday morning. After a brief period of sunshine Saturday afternoon, the skies turned cloudy again. Intermittent lighting flashed across the sky and thunder boomed throughout the night.
In Coral Bay, St. John, resident George Kline said that .63 inches of rain fell between Sunday and Monday mornings. Since Friday, his weather station recorded a total of 1.57 inches of rain. He saw wind gusts that hit about 40 mph.
"This is our rainy month," he pointed out.
In Mariendahl, St. Thomas, Wilbur Lindesay recorded 1.1 inches on Sunday and 1.15 inches on Saturday.
Morales said that at Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, .65 inches of rain fell between midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. Monday.
At Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix, 1.80 inches of rain fell in the same time period.
A St. Croix resident reported a half-inch of rain on Sunday.
While the rainy weather cut into beach time for tourists, some residents were happy to hear the rain on their roof.
"But my cistern isn't overflowing yet," complained Lindesay.
V.I. National Park ranger Don Near said this was the perfect day for a hike down the Reef Bay Trail. This popular hike runs downhill from Centerline Road to the Reef Bay ruins, located at the edge of Reef Bay.
"It's a chance to see the waterfalls," he said, referring to falls that develop after heavy rains at the Petroglyphs, which are located a short way off the Reef Bay trail.
He said the park took eight people on a scheduled hike to the area even though the trail was slippery and the hikers probably would have to wade through guts to reach the Reef Bay ruins.
Near said he advised others who stopped by the park's Visitor's Center with questions about what to do to take an island tour with a taxi driver.
He said that while he enjoyed the rain, the run off from unpaved roads was fouling the harbors.
"And my road is getting pretty bad," he said of his unpaved road.

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