Showers and Thundershowers in USVI This Week

Newly formed Tropical Storm Karen is forecast to begin affecting the local area late tomorrow night and continuing through Tuesday night or Wednesday. It will bring a significant increase in shower and thundershower activity.  

The forecast track places the center of Karen some 39 miles west of St. Thomas at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Tropical Storm Force winds (winds of 39 miles per hour and greater) are forecast to begin affecting the Virgin Islands at 5 a.m. Tuesday continuing through 7 p.m. with the strongest sustained winds of 43 miles per hour affecting the territory beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday.  A Tropical Storm Watch may be posted for the Virgin Islands today.

Across the local waters, hazardous marine conditions continue. Seas to eight feet are expected today, then to seven feet tonight. Small craft advisories remain in effect. A moderate to high risk of rip currents will continue across most of V.I. beaches.

In addition to Tropical Storm Karen, a strong tropical wave along the west coast of Africa is already producing thundershower activity which resembles some level of organization. Environmental conditions are conducive for further development and a tropical depression or tropical storm is expected to form on Monday or Tuesday as this system moves westward to west-northwestward across the Tropical Atlantic. There is a 70% chance of development through the next two days, and a 90% chance of development through five days.

Sunrise: 6:09 a.m.
Sunset: 6:16 a.m.

Saturday’s high temperature: 90 degrees at 2:02 p.m.
Saturday’s low temperature: 79 degrees at 5:53 a.m.
Peak wind gust: 14 miles per hour at 12:31 p.m.
24-hour rainfall: 0.05 inches
Monthly rainfall: 2.13 inches

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