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St. John Winds - out of the east and 12-15 mph - meaning???

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St. John Winds - out of the east and 12-15 mph - meaning???

OK so first timers going to STJ from 6/1-6/10! Noticed the weather forecast predicts winds out of the East from 12-18 mph - my question is what does that means in terms of winds at the beach and snorkeling. Are these high winds? Is that the way it always is? Hoping to get in good weather for snorkeling and beach time. Also I've read about the Northern Swell and Southern Swell determining if the North Shore or South Shore is preferable - is that a wind thing or a current / tides thing? Lastly is there any good source of info for predicting where to go or just go check it out and move on if its too rough? Getting excited - and also a little nervous...

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1. Re: St. John Winds - out of the east and 12-15 mph - meaning???

Its best just not to stress over the weather apps. St. John is warm and sunny with a shower sometimes. For maybe 5 mins. A breeze is always good! A clear sunny day is optimum for perfect snorkeling, but your going to do it anyway , right! Just go and have the best vacation you have ever had!

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2. Re: St. John Winds - out of the east and 12-15 mph - meaning???

10 -15 out of the East is the normal wind range and direction most of the year in the VI. It would affect snorkeling in few places, Waterlemon, Haulover North, Newfound Bay but not really by that much even there.

There are a few sites that are predictive of N. Swell

www.windguru.cz/int/index.php…

http://www.weathercarib.com/

magicseaweed.com/Cane-Garden-Bay-Surf-Report…

There are also quite a few webcams that show the conditions on a real time and you could check them out before leaving your place but the island is fairly small and it is not difficult to assess the surf from many overlooks -- for the N. shore beaches the wave action on Johnsons Reef is the best indicator.

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3. Re: St. John Winds - out of the east and 12-15 mph - meaning???

This site will give you an accurate look at the N. Swell [not predictive]

www.ndbc.noaa.gov/show_plot.php…

This site is just off Cruz Bay and shows the current wind

http://windalert.com/spot/48694

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4. Re: St. John Winds - out of the east and 12-15 mph - meaning???

There is almost always some wind and on a rare day when there isn't you will wish that there was. The wind along the shore is like out door airconditioning, it keeps in nice and comfy. Without any wind it is hotter than he!!.

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