"It's significantly drier compared to the last four or five days," said Scott Stripling, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in San Juan.
Even though the weather has been drier, high winds have continued to whip across the territory.Winds over the open seas in the area have been at 18 to 25 knots the last several days, Stripling
A small craft advisory has been issued.The advisories are declared for winds at 20 knots or more.Winds that fast can create waves ranging from 5 to 6 feet and make waters extremely choppy, Stripling
On Wednesday, Stripling
said, an area of moisture is expected to move over the Virgin Islands.
May is usually a wet and windy month, Stripling
said.In May, the trade winds pick up more tropical moisture from the Atlantic Ocean.Upper-level troughs - areas of low atmospheric pressure - mixing with the moist trade winds create unstable weather conditions.
Rainfall has been close to average this month, Stripling
said.So far in May, there have been 1.71 inches of rainfall on St. Thomas and 4.55 inches on St. Croix.
The winds have been a bit stronger than usual, Stripling
said.An area of high pressure north of the Virgin Islands has intensified the winds.