Christmas has come early on the island but not in the good way.
As some of you may know, the winds kick up every year right around the Christmas holiday. These winds, dubbed the Christmas Winds, kick up the north shore beaches and cause quite the stir. Well, they’ve come early this year – more than a month early to be exact.
A VI Alert was issued last Thursday for unusually high surf. It was expected to end by Sunday morning, but the winds have yet to die down. This is affecting most of the north shore beaches as the waves have been unusually high and the visibility has pretty poor. Even the calmer beaches like Maho Bay have been affected. See for yourself here:
And here’s another video we took Sunday at Honeymoon Beach:
According to St. John’s weather guru, Captain John Brandi of Palm Tree Charters (ok, well he’s our weather guru), the north shore swells are due to an unusual northern wind. The swells started from the northwest but have shifted to the northeast. The winds went from east to almost north Monday, compounding the swell on the north waters. These northern winds are very unusual for this time of year and typically hold off until Christmas time. That being said, he thinks they will start to diminish tomorrow. Thank goodness.
So as we mentioned, John Brandi is the island’s weather guru in our opinion. He posts a daily weather report on his Facebook page. You can check that out here.
In the meantime, you can head down to the south shore beaches to avoid the north shore swells. Salt Pond is always a great north shore alternative. Hansen Bay is great too, and it’s a News of St. John favorite.