June 12, 2005 A tropical wave moving through the area has combined with a lower-level trough to bring the Virgin Islands "plenty, plenty of moisture," meteorologist Hector Rivera said Sunday afternoon.
Speaking from the National Weather Service in San Juan, Rivera said vertical wind patterns coupled with the wave have brought the heavy rains and thunderstorms to the area.
The rain and storms are expected to continue into the early morning hours, and then stop, only to start again late afternoon Monday.
While torrential downpours soaked St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix reported drier weather on Sunday.
According to Rivera, however, that won't last. He said the same conditions that have affected the weather for the last couple of days are moving south of St. Croix to the north and should dump rain on the big island sometime Monday.
Rafe Boulon, chief of resource management for the V.I. National Park Service and V.I. Coral Reef National Monument on St. John, reported 2.4 inches of rain had fallen since Thursday night.
"The average for the entire month of June is 2.5 inches," Boulon said. That average has been reached over a period of 22 years, he said.
But, he said, no rain had fallen Sunday on St. John at least not near Trunk Bay.
Another St. Croix resident reached while hitting a few golf balls said though it was "threatening" it was still a "beautiful day" on the island.
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