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Hello Hurricane Season

June 1, 2012

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Anyone near a radio or newspaper today knows that June 1 is the start of hurricane season.  An old rhyme puts it fairly accurately: “June, too soon. July, stand by. August, it must. September, remember. October, all over.” (Although this year with two named  storms before June 1, one starts to wonder, and we all know […]

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Wet Weather

January 12, 2012

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I stumbled upon an interesting piece of news recently on the National Weather Service – San Juan website. It turns out that 2011 was the wettest year in 113 years of record-keeping in Puerto Rico, with 89.5 inches of rain recorded in the San Juan area. And on both St. Thomas and St. Croix 2011 […]

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Hurricanes at home

September 14, 2011

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Hurricane Earl

People who don’t live in the Caribbean often ask me what it’s like to experience a hurricane. The US media in particular goes wild over storms, hyping their size and destructive power but overlooking important subtleties. Each storm is different, and the differences matter.  Some storms are compact, with hurricane- or tropical-storm force winds extending […]

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