Drought Update: The Island’s Getting Green!

maho overlook

We have some fantastic news to share with all of you today … our beloved little slice of heaven is finally turning green again! There are leaves sprouting on trees and the grass is starting to turn green again. It’s so exciting!

As you all probably know, St. John has been in a pretty brutal drought for the past six months or so. But over the past few weeks, we’ve gotten some decent rain here and there, and the island has benefitted greatly. While we didn’t get the rain we expected from Hurricane Danny or Tropical Storm Erika, we did get enough to green up the place. See for yourself:

Views from the Cruz Bay overlook back in June:

draught june sirenusa view draught june st thomas view

Views from the Cruz Bay overlook on September 1:

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PS: There are no filters on any of these pics. :)

View from the Trunk Bay overlook this past June:

trunk draught

View from the Trunk Bay overlook on September 1:

trunk bay overlook

View from Hawksnest looking up North Shore Road this past June:

flamboyant draught

View from Hawksnest looking up North Shore Road on September 1:

flamboyant hawksnest

And here’s a pretty shot we took yesterday from the Caneel Bay overlook:

caneel overlook

I did notice that Mary Point is still lacking some much needed rain, but it too is slowly getting green. It’s just not as green as some other places on island.

Taken on September 1:

mary point dry

14 comments for “Drought Update: The Island’s Getting Green!

  1. Paula
    September 2, 2015 at 7:42 am

    We were there in June and it was so brown, but still beautiful. I think we need a “do-over” :)

  2. patti
    September 2, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Beautiful beautiful STJ

  3. September 2, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Thanks for posting these photos. We were there most of May and St. John was pretty brittle then. It’s so easy to complain about the weather, including rain (I should know, I’m from coastal Massachusetts!), but photos like these remind me to be grateful.

  4. Shannon
    September 2, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I thought this would be an update on new draught beers, but instead it’s even better new about the drought. 😉

    • News of St. John
      News of St. John
      September 2, 2015 at 8:01 am

      You would think one of these days I’d get it right lol

  5. Margy Taylor
    September 2, 2015 at 8:51 am

    Great! Just in time for our vacation next week!!! We love Saint John!

  6. Jay
    September 2, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Great pics of the difference a bit a rain will make. However, Hawksnest is not on Centerline Road. ????

    • News of St. John
      News of St. John
      September 2, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Holy moly you are right! This is why I shouldn’t write before drinking my coffee. Two mistakes today! :)

  7. Patricia Burstein
    September 2, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for posting these photos. After the rains the island glistens.

  8. Mako
    September 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Git riddy fer the skeeters! 😉

  9. Bonnie N
    September 3, 2015 at 9:55 am


  10. Dan Frary
    September 4, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Moving in Sept. to Centerline Rd. waiting for USVI to get us permits for our birds. We were there in July. Funny thing was the water trucks blowing there horns all day. Can’t wait a couple of weeks in we live in paradise

    • watergirl
      September 4, 2015 at 11:48 am

      Hey Dan,
      Had to reply. What a coincidence.
      We have a little cottage on Centerline and are planning our move there in the next 2 years or so. We also heard the trucks; first time ever in all the years I’ve been visiting.
      Where on Centerline are you if you don’t mind my asking?

  11. Jersey George
    September 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    STJ – the emerald beauty of the Caribbean!
    Brown or green, there is no place better!
    Pray 4 more rain!

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