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"It's significantly drier compared to the last four or five days," said Scott Stripling, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in San Juan.
Even though the weather has been drier, high winds have continued to whip across the territory.Winds over the open seas in the area have been at 18 to 25 knots the last several days, Stripling
A small craft advisory has been issued.The advisories are declared for winds at 20 knots or more.Winds that fast can create waves ranging from 5 to 6 feet and make waters extremely choppy, Stripling
On Wednesday, Stripling
said, an area of moisture is expected to move over the Virgin Islands.
May is usually a wet and windy month, Stripling
said.In May, the trade winds pick up more tropical moisture from the Atlantic Ocean.Upper-level troughs - areas of low atmospheric pressure - mixing with the moist trade winds create unstable weather conditions.
Rainfall has been close to average this month, Stripling
said.So far in May, there have been 1.71 inches of rainfall on St. Thomas and 4.55 inches on St. Croix.
The winds have been a bit stronger than usual, Stripling
said.An area of high pressure north of the Virgin Islands has intensified the winds.
Jeanne Strengthens Into Hurricane
The storm plowed northwest across the middle of the island and exited near Vega Baja, said meteorologist Scott Stripling of the U.S. National Weather Service.
Articles | Michael Behar | Writer & Editor | Boulder, Colorado
For a wind check, I called Scott Stripling, a fellow kiter based in Puerto Rico who is a meteorologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Stripling has contacts at Cuba's Instituto de Meteorología (Institute of Meteorology), renowned for its forecasting prowess. (Fidel Castro pumps gobs of cash into the national sciences.) Stripling managed to obtain climate records from his colleagues in Havana.
The data was intoxicating: In an e-mail, Stripling said the north coast gets slammed with consistent 20-knot winds from November through April.
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scalp is a gruesome battlefield.
Rivulets of blood seep from thousands of BB-size puncture wounds.
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financial roundup on a wall-mounted TV while thumbing through e-mails on his
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Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter
Vice Chair: Scott Stripling, Meteorologist, National Hurricane Center
-- Scott Stripling of the ...
-- Scott Stripling of the Miami Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.
He discussed a beach restoration project that he worked on in Miami Beach.
He also discussed the Surfrider Foundation Campaign against plastic litter in the oceans.
Plastic is so prevalent in oceans that it kills over 100,000 sea animals each year.
He is part of a group restoring beach dunes in the Miami Beach area.
He emphasized the importance of planting beach vegetation to hold beach sand.
He also emphasized the damage sea walls do in causing beaches to erode.