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33 degrees in Paradise Michigan.
32 in Philadelphia
36 in Washington DC

79Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. 
86% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.96 inches
Wind is from East at 11, MPH

National Weather Service says Partly cloudy with 30% chance of rain showers. High of 82F Breezy winds from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph.

Scattered passing showers will continue across the local waters with few of them moving on shore and affecting the Virgin Islands during the morning hours. By afternoon, showers will become isolated. Across the coastal waters, seas will range from six to eight feet and winds to 17 knots today. The tropics remain quiet.

Cruise Ship News - Carnival Conquest, Divina, and the Summit at Havensight Dock

More news first this: 8AM - Discount Travel & Ace Sea Chest  9AM –Ace Sea Chest

At the top of the news on November 18 Monday

Surplus.  Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone says the 30th Legislature ended fiscal year 2013 with a surplus.  In 2010 they had a deficit of 1.4 million dollars. Their total budget is 18.5 million dollars.
They have 225 employees working for the Legislature. So how much was the surplus?  $17.1K of its annual appropriation returned unexpended to the treasury. It may not be much but at least they are inside their budget.

On St Croix the Coral Reef Task force has been discussing what can be done to preserve coral reefs.  One insight is that hurricanes drop a lot of rain, that cools the ocean and actually helps the coral survice in the heat of summer.  They also learned that coral may be adapting to higher ocean tempreatures. In the 2005 the sea temperatures stayed critically high for 56 days and coral that suffered from bleaching  and had a high mortality rate – 90 percent. In the 2010 bleaching event, the water temperatures stayed high for less than half that number of days because major rain events came through the region cooling the sea. What we need most is a reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The coral reef task force also heard about watershed management.  We have to limit the amount of runoff that gets into the sea. But no watershed can be protected by any one organization or government agency. Partnerships are necessary. The United States Coral Reef Task Force is meeting on St. Croix They have a business meeting today from 9:00 AM to 4:30 - you are welcome to come. Call 773-1082.

I love it when the cops catch the crooks.  Especially when the surveillance camera makes the difference.  St. Thomas police arrested a man was seen on surveillance camera taking items from Kmart without paying for them.  They arrested him.  Jail

This weekend is the St. Thomas/St. John Agriculture and Food Fair. This one is the 30th anniversary event. With produce and livestock, and arts and crafts, Saturday and Sunday Nov. 16 and 17 from 10 am to 6 pm on the grounds of Reichhold Center for the Arts on St. Thomas. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our 30th – Investing in Nutrition and Good Health.” The opening ceremony of the fair, set for 2 p.m. on Saturday.

This is Native American Heritage Month and the National Park Service on St. Croix has a special event this evening.  They are presenting "Imagining the Possibilities" about the Restoration of Salt River's Batey – the ceremonial ball court and the dance plaza where the Tiano people had their village center.  There will be visitors from the Opia Taino International – that’s the Virgin Islands liaison of the United Confederation of Taino People - living legacy keepers of Indigenous Native Ameridian culture, tradition and heritage.   There is a grand opening this evening at 6:00 PM at the National Park Service Visitors Center at Salt River Bay.  It is free and open to the public.  Call 773-1460 and there is an exhibition that is open from now through January 17. Admission is free and open to the public.

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