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Predicting big hurricanes with mangoes and avocados?

Virgin Islands Senate President Myron Jackson and University of the Virgin Islands ecologist Olasee Davis both recently made a rather spectacular proposal. Jackson said he had suspected the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season would be particularly fierce, something he had intuiited from the abundance of avocados.

“The fact that we had a very abundant avocado season on St. Croix, and mango season on St. Thomas, my instincts and my cultural DNA told me -
‘Be prepared,’"  he said.

Jackson’s pronouncement was followed by a newspaper column, written by ecologist Olasee Davis, who made an identical claim. “Traditional knowledge has it that an abundance of fruits, especially mangoes and avocados, is a sign that we might be impacted by a storm,” said Davis according to virginislandsdailynews.com.

“Last year on St. Croix, and probably throughout the rest of the Virgin Islands, mangoes and avocados were in abundance. You could have gone on a fruit diet for the summer, there was so much local produce.

“There’s inherent knowledge of a community that is passed on from generation to generation. And this comes to us from our primordial instincts of thousands of years of observing nature.”

Publication date: 1/23/2018


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