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Phizz
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Does anyone know rainfall averages between east end and west end of STX?

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Topic starter Posted : November 7, 2013 4:07 pm
LiquidFluoride
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west a lot more, east a lot less..... the east has standing cacti all over and the west has all of the "rain forest" (for good reason).

people out east from time to time have to purchase water for their cisterns, more often than those out west who don't seem to as often.

that's probably not as accurate number wise, but seems like a pretty good summation.

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Posted : November 7, 2013 4:42 pm
JulieKay
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We lived out East with a 14000 gallon cistern and on average buy a truckload of water once a year. We lived in the woods and lots of vegetation - not just cacti - but definitely on the whole drier than the West.

It seems like the worst months are always February - May. For some reason those months the rest of the island will get rain but we won't. Throughout the summer and fall though I would say we average 3 - 6 inches a month, with some larger storms dumping a lot more. Wintertime always varies.

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Posted : November 7, 2013 4:55 pm
LiquidFluoride
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We lived out East with a 14000 gallon cistern and on average buy a truckload of water once a year. We lived in the woods and lots of vegetation - not just cacti - but definitely on the whole drier than the West.

It seems like the worst months are always February - May. For some reason those months the rest of the island will get rain but we won't. Throughout the summer and fall though I would say we average 3 - 6 inches a month, with some larger storms dumping a lot more. Wintertime always varies.

wow, I have 60,000 gallons and ran my cisterns dry this summer (pool and horses and a family of 7... haha) I guess it really depends on water usage eh?

after this last week or so I've got one cistern completely full (30,000 gal) and all of Nov is still in the "rainy season"

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Posted : November 7, 2013 5:03 pm
Bombi
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weather data http://www.us-virgin-islands.climatemps.com/

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Posted : November 7, 2013 6:06 pm
Bombi
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just 10,00 gallons, 2 people and a small garden, we haven't bought water in over 4 years, low flow everything and conservation. On the East End of STX

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Posted : November 7, 2013 6:08 pm
JulieKay
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We do/did have a garden (we're moving) and we do some watering. We tried to dig a well a few years ago but it came up dry! Lots of people on the East End have wells but where we are it just didn't work. So we just ration water.

We also have/had a pool and sometimes had to add water when it evaporated too much so that took water out of our cistern too. But generally it takes a few months of no rain to have to buy a truckload of water.

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Posted : November 7, 2013 7:06 pm
Phizz
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Thanks, people, but I am really looking for some hard data. Had a question from a tourist today who was amazed at the difference between the east end and the west end, and wanted actual rainfall statistics -- ie 30" annually at Point Udall vs. 45" annually in F'sted (these are not real numbers). Does anyone keep these numbers?

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Topic starter Posted : November 7, 2013 8:33 pm
Yearasta
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doubt it...in the absence of a weather station the island relies on spotters

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Posted : November 7, 2013 9:25 pm
JulieKay
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doubt it...in the absence of a weather station the island relies on spotters

Agreed. If data even existed I wouldn't trust it because half the time the stations are down. Some of them read 28 degrees last winter and 104 degrees this last summer, both of which were waaaaaaay wrong.

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Posted : November 7, 2013 10:23 pm
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I live on West Scenic Drive overlooking the LaVallee area, have a weather station, and we have had 46.9 inches of rain so far this year at our house. Maybe someone else with a home station will post their data for comparison purposes. FYI, I believe at the end of April we had about 8 inches for the year and May more than doubled the total. In the last 7 days we have had 6.37 inches and November is typically one of our rainiest months.

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Posted : November 7, 2013 10:25 pm
JulieKay
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I live on West Scenic Drive overlooking the LaVallee area, have a weather station, and we have had 46.9 inches of rain so far this year at our house. Maybe someone else with a home station will post their data for comparison purposes. FYI, I believe at the end of April we had about 8 inches for the year and May more than doubled the total. In the last 7 days we have had 6.37 inches and November is typically one of our rainiest months.

I should say I distrust the automated stations. I have several friends who monitor stations and I trust them, like what JE reports here.

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Posted : November 7, 2013 11:01 pm
Ca. Dreamers
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We live Mid Island high up.

I placed my rain gauge in service November 1, 2012.

November 1,'12 - June 30, '13, I recorded 26.4 inches.

July 1, 13 - November 7, 13 we've had 25.3 inches.

We have 2 15,000 gallon cisterns which I rotate use and have not ever had below half in either one despite pool additions, water using wife, and thirsty lush plants.

CD

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Posted : November 8, 2013 12:34 pm
Phizz
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Thanks CA Dreamer and JE. Any reports from far east and west?

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Topic starter Posted : November 8, 2013 2:05 pm
trainwreck82
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Can't believe I never thought to do this, I actually set up a full-featured linux-powered weather station on campus for a project in college. I'm going to have one up and running on STT Northside as soon as I can get parts shipped here, thanks for the thread. Will throw a live webcam/mic on it too, getting into the winter the waves in Hull Bay are getting large and loud.

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Posted : November 8, 2013 3:18 pm
bjears
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Good Morning- YTD Judith's Fancy 41.25

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Posted : November 9, 2013 9:33 am
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