Map released: Thurs. December 1, 2022
Data valid: November 29, 2022 at 7 a.m. EST

Intensity

  • None
  • D0 (Abnormally Dry)
  • D1 (Moderate Drought)
  • D2 (Severe Drought)
  • D3 (Extreme Drought)
  • D4 (Exceptional Drought)
  • No Data

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Statistics

Caribbean Drought Summary

In Puerto Rico, no changes were made on the map this week and the territory remained drought-free.

A tropical wave brought showers to the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) early in this USDM week (November 23-29). This was followed by drier air which limited shower development, and then later by patches of moisture that moved across the region. Weekly rainfall totals based on data reported at the time of this writing ranged from 0.11 inch to 0.32 inch on St. Croix, 0.09 to 0.84 inch on St. Thomas, and 0.32 to 0.41 inch on St. John. But month-to-date totals ranged from 4.22 inches to 10.72 inches regionwide, with the airport stations on St. Croix and St. Thomas above normal for the month and near normal for the year-to-date. The groundwater level on St. Thomas declined slightly this week, but groundwater was still well above where it was just a few weeks ago on all three islands. Satellite observations of vegetative health showed no widespread stress of vegetation. The Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) values were neutral to wet at all time scales from 1 to 12 months for all 3 islands Consequently, the USVI continued free of drought and abnormal dryness.

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