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Rainy November, More to Come

Don’t put away your umbrellas. Meteorologist Walter Snell at the National Weather Service in San Juan said it will be rainy through midweek.

“It looks like we’re going to have puttering-around showers through Wednesday, Thursday, but there won’t be much wind,” Snell said.

This is the result of air coming in from the northeast colliding with air coming in from the southeast right “over our head,” Snell said.

By Wednesday, Snell said, a high pressure area 800 miles to the north of the territory should strengthen the tradewinds, which means the territory will get the normal tradewinds showers.

On the northern Virgin Islands, Saturday into Sunday was very rainy, with thunder booming and lightning flashing throughout the night. Between midnight and 2 p.m. Sunday a total of 1.82 inches fell at Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas. Weather Station Zephyr at Ajax Peak, St. John, had .72 inches of rain in that time period. St. Croix was much drier. At Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix, only .01 inches fell.

The total for Saturday on St. Thomas was 3.08 inches, Snell said. St. Croix had only .39 inches on Saturday, but Weather Station Zephyr received 1.03 inches.

As for November, usually the rainiest month, it was plenty wet but not wet enough to break records. The November total on St. Thomas stands at 10.95 inches. St. John got 7.63 inches. St. Croix had a total of 5.76 inches.

November 2003 set records when a week of heavy rain caused extensive mudslides. Snell said St. Thomas had a record-setting 18.39 inches of rain that November while St. Croix experienced 18.03 inches of rain. Weather Station Zephyr’s records only go back to 2004, but residents recall that the island experienced many mudslides during the week of rain.

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