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Feb. 19, 2002 – The drippy, chilly weather lingering overhead should start to clear up by Wednesday, according to Brian Seeley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Juan.
"The whole of the Virgin Islands was lousy yesterday," Seeley succinctly put it.
Tuesday wasn't much better, with gray skies and intermittent showers getting the way of suntans for tourists and dampening residents' spirits.
While Virgin Islanders are quick to complain that so much rain isn't normal at this time of year, visitors at the V.I. National Park seem to be taking it in stride, ranger Laurel Brannick-Trager said. "I guess they know we can't control the weather," she said, but people do want to know when it's going to clear.
Seeley said the cool, wet weather is not that unusual this time of year. In fact, he's seen fewer cold fronts than expected this season. He said it was the moisture in front of a cold front that kicked off the gray skies on the weekend. By Monday, the cold front had arrived, to hang overhead for a couple of days.
The cold front means the dew point will drop, so prepare for chillier weather. "When it's usually 85, it may be 82 or 83," Seeley said.
He said people in the territory also should be prepared for high seas on the north and northwest coasts. "There are fairly large swells behind the front," he said. He expects winds to reach 18 to 29 mph. And there may be some thunderstorms in the St. Croix area, he said.

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