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Watching the Weather: Tropical Storm Bret & Tropical Depression Four

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Hello everyone, and happy Thursday! The tropics have been busy this week, and there are currently two storms in our area – Tropical Storm Bret and Tropical Depression Four. The good news is that Tropical Storm Bret is forecasted to pass to our south, and Tropical Depression Four is forecasted to pass to our north. Some rain would be great, but I can confidently say that none of us want high winds around here.

The ocean temps where these storms typically form are higher than normal, which means we will likely see more storms form earlier this hurricane season. (Hurricane sesson is June 1 through November 30.) Today I wanted to share some of my favorite weather apps with all of you, so you can keep your eye on our weather. You can even use these apps where you live.

Living Earth

This is a great app that shows a live, 3D simulation of weather around the world. It costs $4.99, but I think it’s well worth the price. You can pan to any spot in the world to see the current weather. It’s pretty cool. I use this to keep an eye on the west coast of Africa, which is where our storms typically form. I can then keep an eye on these storms to see if they grow as they near the US Virgin Islands.

Living Earth – 7:10 a.m. on June 22 – St. John is the blue dot. Tropical Storm Bret & Tropical Depression Four are to our east.
We are the blue dot under the “T” in Thursday. That’s Tropical Storm Bret to our east.


I think that Wunderground is the best app and/or website to use to check out St. John’s weather. It seems to be the most accurate, in my opinion. You can look at real-time satelites, including rain, clouds, etc.

Current radar as of 7:13 a.m. on June 22.


Windy is pretty straightforward. It’s an app and website that shows you the world’s current winds. You can also scroll ahead to see the wind forecast for up to five days wirth the free version, and up to nine days with the premium (paid version). It tells you what the wind direction is too, which is helpful when you are choosing which beach to visit here on St. John.

Current winds as of 7:17 a.m. on June 22.
Wind prediction for 11 a.m. on June 23. That shows Tropical Storm Bret passing to our south.

National Hurricane Center

And lastly, the National Hurricane Center is the best website to check out when we do have named systems. I’m sure you’re all familiar with this one.

So again, it does not look like Tropical Storm Bret or Tropical Depression Four will impact St. John. But it’s always good to have some tools when it looks like the weather will affect St. John.

That’s all I have for you today, folks. Have a great one!


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