The Christmas Palm, Veitchia merrillii, is so named for its bright red fruits that often mature at Christmas time.
Christmas Tree Worm
Spirobranchus giganteus, commonly known as Christmas tree worms, are tube worms belonging to the family Serpulidae.
Christmas Bush (Comocladia dodonaea) is also known as Poison Ash and is a relative of Poison Ivy. It has small, overlapping, spiny leaves that turn red with age. This mix of small red and green leaves, has probably led to its local name, Christmas Bush. The active chemical irritant in Christmas Bush is called urushiol, which is also found in poison Iivy, poison oak, poison sumac, cashew nut shells and in extremely small amounts in mangoes.
Every year, more or less coinciding with Christmas time, the jet stream dips down farther to the south, resulting in the stronger trade winds that pass over St. John, locally known as the Christmas Winds.
St. John Virgin Islands Live Music Schedule
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Virgin Islands Weather
Hazardous Weather Outlook
UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL LINGER CLOSE TO THE AREA TODAY. SOME SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO AFFECT SAINT CROIX THE REST OF THE MORNING HOURS.
FOR THE AFTERNOON HOURS…SOME SHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE TO AFFECT THE LOCAL ISLANDS. HEAVY RAINS WILL LEAD TO URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE LOCAL ISLANDS. MUDSLIDES WILL ALSO REMAIN POSSIBLE IN AREAS OF STEEP TERRAIN.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 78. Southeast wind 13 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.