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Juanita
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I have heard from several people that we can expect very high winds, one person even said hurricane force winds, over the weekend. I have checked the usual weather websites, and all I have found is 15-20 knots and 40% chance of rain. One site said "breezy and pleasant".

Does anyone know what's really expected or an accurate weather site? Thanks.

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Topic starter Posted : March 20, 2008 11:42 am
Ronnie
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I just heard about swells and 14 foot seas. Have not seen any yet! Maybe on the North side.

RL

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Posted : March 20, 2008 11:57 am
East Ender
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There was a VITEMA representative on the radio yesterday who used the "near hurricane force winds" line. The storm in the north Atlantic has gale force winds (NOT hurricane) and is a very big low pressure area. The swells have been building- Ronnie, there is a picture of Hull Bay in the paper this morning- and are supposed to peak today, I heard. The south side is very nice, though!! 😉

I used caribwx.com and looked at some of the other weather sites. It is cold and breezy out there!

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Posted : March 20, 2008 12:04 pm
pilatesgal318
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Wish I had a video camera to shoot the surf at Botany Bay/Mermaid's Chair today....if you think the waves are big at Hull, you should see Mermaid's!!!! Unbelievable!!! Looks like a Caribbean blue version of Hawaii!!! Not as many surfers out at Botany today as the surf looks much more churned up than yesterday (don't know the technical surfer term for this...). In case you guys are wondering where these places are that I am talking about (as it seems many people who have been on STT for years don't know what the heck Mermaid's is!)....we are on the far West End....like, if we went any more west, we would literally be in the water...

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Posted : March 20, 2008 4:15 pm
GoodToGo
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Which direction tends to be the leeward side for big storms blowing by STX?

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Posted : March 20, 2008 5:13 pm
global
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I know there's no such thing as safe place to live when in comes to natural calamities.

However, in your opinion, just weather-wise, which part of STT is "safer"?

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Posted : March 20, 2008 5:24 pm
East Ender
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GTG: The swells from winter storms in the north Atlantic (today's discussion) generally affect the north facing shores. If you are talking about hurricanes, it is a whole different deal.

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Posted : March 20, 2008 6:21 pm
migiz
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Thanks East Ender.

I'm interested in both and given you've spoken to winter storms I should ask are there any sides of the island that tend to be more protected during hurricane season (assuming they tend to track to the same side of the island consistently.)

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Posted : March 21, 2008 9:40 pm
Trade
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Hurricanes are pretty much an equal opportunity batterer. Strong construction helps no matter which area you're in.

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Posted : March 22, 2008 12:28 am
East Ender
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As Trade says, hurricanes ARE the original equal opportunity batterer. There is a steep learning curve here on weather. Briefly, if a storm passes you to the north there is a different set of problems than if it passes to the south. It has to do with the the Coriolis effect, the right forward quadrant and other stuff. Hey, I'm not a meteorologist and I didn't stay in a Holiday Inn last night! 😉

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Posted : March 22, 2008 1:00 am
charlotte
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East Ender, just think... you could have had a V-8...

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Posted : March 22, 2008 4:26 pm
Trade
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LOL

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Posted : March 22, 2008 11:50 pm
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