August already 5th wettest on record for St. Thomas
Published: August 21, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - St. Thomas already has experienced the fifth-wettest August ever recorded, and the month is not over yet.
St. Croix, on the other hand, is not much wetter than usual.
St. Thomas received 6.83 inches of rain as of Monday, according to Jose Alamo, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service based in San Juan. On average, the island has received about 3.74 inches of rain in August, according to the service's data dating back to 1953.
St. Croix has gotten about 3.99 inches of rain as of Monday. On average, the island has received 3.15 inches of rain in August, according to the service's data dating back to 1951.
The service does not collect data for St. John, though its weather is most similar to St. Thomas's, Alamo said.
However, there's nothing unusual about the wet month, according to the National Weather Service.
"The general pattern is that we're just having some tropical waves passing through, which is normal," Alamo said.
The month is expected to become a bit drier in the next week, with only occasional rainfall.
The weekend is expected to be mostly dry and could include some dust on the way from the Sahara Desert, Alamo said.
"We might see some sniffling noses," he said.
Though St. Thomas this month has proven substantially wetter than St. Croix, the two likely will see a fairly similar rainfall measurement by year's end.
Last year, St. Croix had about 48 inches of rainfall, and St. Thomas had about 40.
To break the rainfall record for August, St. Thomas would have to surpass 9.14 inches of rainfall, which was the amount reached in 2011.
St. Croix's record for August is 11.41 inches, a record reached in 1979.
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