St. John Weather: “Areal” Rainy Weekend

Cinnamon Bay Waterfall
Heavy rainfall created a waterfall at Cinnamon Bay

Areal Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch

We’re still under a “Flash Flood Watch and Areal Flood Advisory” according to the statement issued by NOAA as of 3:40 AM AST on November 08, 2014.

But wait a minute, there’s a term I never heard before, “Areal Flood Advisory.” Does that distinguish this advisory from a fake one? Is it a typo?

No, neither, the word, areal, does mean something that relates to floods, which I found out thanks to Google Search

“The National Weather Service adopted the new term several years ago which generally means the same as the more commonly used “Flood Watch” designation. Basically an Areal Flood Watch means there is potential for flooding over a large area. The word “areal” is the adjective version of the noun “area.”

 “There’s no word on why the National Weather Service changed the name of the watch.

 “The word “areal” refers to an area, which is an expanse of space or a region of land. Not to be confused with “aerial” which means of or relating to the air.”
From CBS Local

(The Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through Sunday afternoon and continues for all Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.)

Waterfall at Cinnamon Bay

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