St. John Finally Gets Some Much-needed Rain

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Rain water flows in the upper regions of Guinea Gut, right, which runs from Estate Susannaberg to Great Cruz Bay on Thursday, April 26.

 

Cisterns are nearing full and hillsides are looking greener across St. John, thanks to the several inches of much-needed rain the island received last week.

Heavy rainfall is normal for April, explained the V.I. National Park Chief of Resource Management Rafe Boulon.

“This is not uncommon for this time of year,” he said. “In the past, we have gotten good rains in April, but if we don’t, we usually go until July before we have some good rain. So, I’m really glad we’ve gotten it now.”

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A rock slide in the Marketplace parking lot took out a tree.

The rain early last week came in slow and steady, allowing it to be soaked up by the island’s dry soil and plants.

“Luckily, it’s been fairly gentle rain,” said Boulon. “It rained steadily all Sunday night, (April 22), without any heavy rain to produce runoff. The ocean is clear.”

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Mongoose Junction’s gut runs steadily.

Runoff was visible, however, after St. John received 3.49 inches of rain — more than the average for the entire month of April — in just 12 hours.

“Everything has reached saturation, so now it’s just running off,” said Boulon on Tuesday morning, April 24. “Last night, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., we had 3.49 inches of rain. The average for April is 2.44 inches.”

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Boulders fall along North Shore Road.

Thursday, April 26, was also a wet day for St. John.

“I had another 0.83 inches out at Trunk Bay, but Cruz Bay got more than that,” said Boulon.

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Rain water flows down Cinnamon Bay gut.

As of 6 a.m. April 27, St. John had received 7.9 inches of rain for the month — and it doesn’t stop there.

The rain will likely continue for the next week, according to The Weather Channel’s Web site, www.weather.com.

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A Trunk Bay sidewalk get washed out.

The forecast calls for scattered showers through Thursday, May 3. The rain will clear on Friday, May 4, when the forecast calls for a partly cloudy day.