Gosh darn it...I’ve been periodically tracking the Sahara dust since March and up until about one week ago, the dust was coming across the Atlantic well south of the VIs. But don’t you know it, a few days before I arrive, that dust train took a hard right and blanketed the region with some sandy particulates. Basically, gets hot in Africa, hot air rises, takes some of the sand with it, blows across the Atlantic in the jet stream. Makes the sky look like you've had one too many Painkillers.
Anyway, here is site that I like to use to track Dust for those interested:
Hit the play button. Locate Puerto Rico and then look for the two dots to the right of it. They look like a colon, the grammatical one for those of you that just spit out your coffee. That’s the VIs. The dust tracker predicts the next 5 days with, based on my experience, decent accuracy. Look for the numbers within the brown dust cloud closes to the VIs. If it’s under 10, you’re probably not going to notice. Over 10, you probably will. And if it’s over like 25 or 30, welcome to LA.
That said, it changes all the time. Could be blue skies in the morning, hazy in the afternoon. It’s not worth stressing about. You could learn a lot from a Dummy...don't be like me :)
Anyway, what I usually hope for in June is some intermittent blue sky days. If on the dust tracker, you notice the VIs are all blue for an extended period of time, that’s when you head to your favorite beach and take your Christmas card pic.
Not all bad...it makes for some nice looking sunsets and "supposedly" the dust keeps the water temps down and thwarts hurricanes from forming or strengthening...though if you're on STJ in the next couple of month, I'd rec keeping that fun fact to yourself. Too soon.Edited: 06 June 2018, 19:24