The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) have a tropical climate, which means they experience distinct wet and dry seasons. Here’s some information about rainfall patterns in the USVI:
- Rainy Season: The rainy season in the U.S. Virgin Islands typically occurs from late spring to early fall. This period, roughly from May to November, sees higher levels of rainfall and increased chances of tropical storms and hurricanes due to the Atlantic hurricane season.
- Dry Season: The dry season usually spans from late fall to early spring, roughly from December to April. During this time, the USVI experience lower levels of rainfall, milder temperatures, and less humidity.
- Average Rainfall: The average annual rainfall varies across the islands. St. Thomas and St. John generally receive around 40-45 inches (100-115 cm) of rainfall per year, while St. Croix tends to receive slightly less, around 35-40 inches (90-100 cm) annually.
- Varied Rainfall Distribution: Rainfall distribution can be uneven within the islands themselves. For example, some areas might receive heavier rainfall due to local topography or wind patterns, while others might experience less.
- Tropical Storms and Hurricanes: The USVI can be affected by tropical storms and hurricanes during the rainy season, particularly from August to October. These weather events can bring heavy rainfall and strong winds.
- Impact on Tourism: The wet season might see a decrease in tourism due to the potential for tropical storms. However, it’s also a time when the islands are lush and vibrant, with fewer crowds and potentially lower accommodation rates.
The NIDIS (National Integrated Drought Information System) has posted the recent drought conditions for the Territory.
Check out the full article for Drought Maps for the USVI and Puerto Rico at Drought.gov
And remember, if you’re planning a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, it’s a good idea to check the weather forecast closer to your travel dates and to stay informed about any weather advisories, particularly during hurricane season.
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