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How much rain did we get yesterday?

It's 79° Fahrenheit  84% humidity. Mostly  cloudy skies
Wind out of the North East at 2 mph  
Barometric pressure is 29.92 and rising  
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had  .4.16 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: some showers in the area  The Satellite Photo shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for Mostly cloudy skies with scattered showers in the morning...then numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 83. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

On this Friday April 15 No ships

At the top of the news on Friday April 15  
How much rain was it.  Here at WSTA we registered 4.16 inches of rain, 6.08 for the month and 9.02 for the whole year since January.  On Water Island at my own rain gauge we registered 3.94 inches of rain.

St. Croix Coastal Zone Management Commission met yesterday and approved plans that will move forward with the closure of the Anguilla Landfill.  This will come in three phases over 6 years.  First step is the installation of gas and storm water collection system along with retaining walls.  Then they will rearrange the slope of the landfill mountain and eventually cover it with artificial turf.

Senate Committee on Economic Development, Technology and Agriculture is meeting on St. Thomas at 9:00 AM to take up the Next Generation Broadband initiative.

The St. Thomas Administrator Barbara Petersen says the task force will demolish the former Squirrel Cage restaurant – Postponed – now it seems there are many stumbling blocks.  There is an old member of the ownership family living in the building.  It has historic roots that date back 200 years and the roof is a design of which there are only 5 like it on St. Thomas.  And inspectors found asbestos in the building – so they can’t just knock it down, the asbestos has to be removed carefully first. On the other hand, it is in terrible shape, a fire hazard and in danger of falling down on its own.  Drive by, it is the ugliest thing on Norre gade.

Governor John DeJongh likes the new digital data buoy that was dedicated yesterday. The new buoy will be installed some 7 nautical miles south of St. John and deliver real time information about wind, air temp, ocean temp, wave height, ocean currents and salinity.  It will transmit data directly to a web site. This is part of the Integrated Ocean Observing System and eventually there will be 15 digital Buoys that serve the whole region around the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The Governor said the NOAA data buoy will expand the territory’s capacity to predict weather and improve maritime safety, service tourism and aid port operations. The Governor complimented the University of the Virgin Islands  Center for Marine and Environmental Studies for leading the way in developing this set of data buoys.

Rolex regatta was good for tourism. More thgan 1000 participants came to St. Thomas for the sailing event and with an average of $250 per person per day they spent some 1.125 million dollars in St. Thomas. The event also garners press for the Virgin Islands with journalists in St. Thomas from the US, UK, and Canada and stories in Sail magazine, Seahorse and scuttlebutt and lots of web sites carried stories.

Lost and Found Jevon Petty of Frydenhoj, your wallet and important cards are here at WSTA – Anyone who knows Jevon Petty have him come in and claim his wallet.

This is the Annual Territorial Crime Victims Week and on St. John the Dept. of Human Services will host a Community Bazaar from 4:00 PM  until 8 o’clock at the National Park Ball Field with music drumming, songs, dance, massages, poetry and vendors. Refreshments will be served.

Governor John DeJongh is speaking today at the Our Town Frederiksted Luncheon at American Legion Hall in Frederiksted.

UVI Theatre has their main stage production of “Old Story Time,” by Trevor D. Rhone, at the Reichhold Center. The show will be on stage through April 19th  Tickets for “Old Story Time” are available from the Reichhold Center call 693-1559.

WAPA reminds College freshmen and sophomores that the application deadline for the Alva McFarlane Engineering Scholarship is Monday April 18. Complete packages are  due by 4 PM on Monday.

Police Department making Good News on St. Croix and St. Thomas as officers visit schools for the Week of the Young Child.  The K9 and bomb squads paid visits to the Head start programs in Frenchtown, Sugar Estate and Little Blossom Day care. Kids got to meet the K9 dogs and the bomb disposal robot who shook their hands. On St. Croix the Police Department visited Kingshill Head Start and Grove Place Weed and Seed. The message – the Police officer is your friend.

Commissioner of Police Novelle Francis is reminds parents of the curfew in effect during all carnival activities.  The Virgin Islands Curfew law says all minors under the age of 16 must be off the streets before 10PM unless accompanied by an adult. Unsupervised minors may be taken in police custody until they are released to their parents or guardians.

Hearty Congratulations to the Queen – the SGA Queens Committee announced the winner of the 2011-2012 Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition which was held on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Island Center for the Performing Arts. Second runner up was Danielle Christian, First Runner up was Shamelle Farrington and the winner of the Miss UVI title for 2011-2012 is Miss Daniella Henry.  She is a Thurgood Marshall Scholar and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She also won awards as Miss Intellect, Miss Popularity, Best Business Wear

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