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NOAA: Hurricane Season Has Already Broken Records, Could be ‘Extremely Active’

Atmospheric and oceanic conditions are primed to fuel storm development in the Atlantic, leading to what could be an “extremely active” season, according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

Coast Guard sets Port Condition Whiskey; WAPA Prepares for Storm

The U.S. Coast Guard set Port Condition Whiskey for the maritime ports in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday, due to possible sustained gale force winds, greater than 39 mph, arriving in the islands within 72 hours.
Satellite photo at 12:40 p.m. AST shows a tropical wave, lower right, approaching the windward Islands. (NOAA photo)

Tropical Wave Nearing Windwards Has Little Chance of Development

A tropical wave several hundred miles east of the Windward Islands continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms but shows little chance of tropical development, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A satellite photo taken at 12:20 a.m. shows a disorganized tropical wave east of the Caribbean, and another system off the coast of North Carolina and heading out into the Atlantic. (NOAA photo)

Tropical Wave in Atlantic Shows Little Chance of Developing into Storm

A tropical wave about 600 miles east of the southern Windward Islands is producing limited shower activity for the Atlantic basin, but has very little chance to developing further, the NHC reported in its 8 p.m. Monday advisory.
Dust darkens the skies over Charlotte Amalie. (Source photo by Kyle Murphy)

Saharan Air Layer Expected to Stay Until At Least Thursday

One of the most extreme incursions of Saharan dust in recent history has blown across the Virgin Islands, turning usually blue skies brown and raising concern about health impacts.

The Virgin Islands Battles Severe Drought

The territory has battled various droughts over the decade, some years more severe than others, but even after significant rainfall over the last couple weeks the territory is now considered to be in a severe drought according to the United States Drought Monitor Map.
Storm Strong Program Graduate Amber LaPlace assembles hurricane preparedness kits to distribute to community members at the 2019 St. Thomas and St. John Agriculture Fair. (Photo by Kristin Wilson Grimes)

2019 Storm Strong Initiative is Paying Off in 2020

Last year’s Storm Strong initiative is starting to pay off as the community begins the long, slow march through hurricane season 2020. Two suggested projects have been completed and a third is nearing fruition.
A boat is driven ashore by the winds of Hurricane Earl in 2010. Extreme weather may come more frequently but less predictably to the territory under worst-case predictions in the National Climate Change report, released last week. (File photo)

NOAA Predicts ‘Above-Normal’ to ‘Extremely Active’ Hurricane Season

With the world preoccupied by the COVID-19 pandemic and less than two weeks to go until hurricane season, Neil Jacobs, the acting administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said “an above-normal season is most likely.”
Colleen Munroe and her grandson, Kaiden Castillo, sort through debris found in the mangroves. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Volunteers Remove Trash from Salt River Mangroves

Saturday was the perfect day for being on the water – bright, clear and calm – and Salt River Marina was clogged with kayakers, not packing picnic baskets but hauling trash retrieved from the delicate mangroves in the bay.
Cleanup volunteer takes plastic off a mangrove in 2019. (Photo by Kristin Wilson Grimes)

Volunteers Sought for Large-Scale Mangrove Cleanups on Each Island

A large-scale community cleanup of the St. Thomas East End Reserve is now expanding to include Salt River, St. Croix and Coral Bay, St. John and seeks community-minded volunteers on each island.





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