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TROPICAL STORM BRET: The Rain Went South of The Virgin Islands … But Its Outer Bands Affected Our Upper Atmosphere

STORMY WEATHER: The skies threatened on St. Croix for two days but never produced much moisture. Here is a picture from taken on Miracle Mile in Estate Golden Rock on Tuesday.

HRISTIANSTED — If you thought that the skies above St. Croix looked a little more gray than normal on Monday and Tuesday and wondered if it had anything to do with Tropical Storm Bret in Trinidad nearly 541 miles away — well, the short answer is — it did!

According to WJKC-FM Isle 95 Chief Meteorologist Rob Carolan the cloudiness the Virgin Islands experienced yesterday is a direct result of the workings of Bret off the coast of Venezuela.

“Bret is in the process of decaying well to the south of you,” Carolan told the Virgin Islands Free Press. “It’s degenerated into a tropical wave due to a strong wind shear in the southern Caribbean.”

Carolan said that the National Hurricane Center in Miami stopped tracking Bret as it fell below tropical storm status.

“It fell apart near 12.0 North and 67.3 West at 5 p.m. AST (Tuesday),” he said. “So what’s happening is the cloudiness is just drifting into your area from the southeast.  All the precipitation is way way off to your south.”

The voice of Virgin Islands weather radio for decades has worked for Accu-Weather and is currently working with Isle 95 and all of its sister stations in the territory.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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