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WINDSOR, TRELAWNY, JAMAICA

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We're frequently asked what is the annual total rainfall in Windsor -- it's about 160 cm [~ 63 inches], so that makes Windsor a "tropical moist forest" biome.

In the tropics, the timing and intensity of rainfall, along with the number of consecutive rain-free days (drought-cycles), are factors which are as important as the total precipitation for the year.   Rain drives the timing of flowering and fruiting in plants, the emergence patterns of insects, and the timing of breeding seasons of fruit- and insect-feeding birds and bats.

If we had to describe a "normal" year, we'd say that mid-December through March is the winter dry season, where we might go for 2-4 weeks without any precipitation until a Nor'Easter brings 3-4 days of rain to Jamaica. April might see the occasional afternoon thunderstorm, but the spring rainy season generally begins in mid-May and runs for about a month. July and August are good for afternoon thunderstorms, intense downpours which last for about an hour, but usually by 4 pm., the sky is clear.   September-to-November is marked by tropical depressions and slow-moving frontal systems that tend to bring prolonged, drizzly rains which go on for days . . . and days . . . and days. Indeed, October and early November is generally the wettest period, with the highest number of consecutive "days with rain".

YEAR WINDSOR
TOTAL RAIN (mm)
19962138
19971160
19981893
19991426
20001943
20011858
2002   720
2003 .
20041947
20052135
20061623
20071905
20081613
2009  975
20101746
20111643
20121221
2013 .
2014 .

El Niño Effects
2014 and 2015 have been notable for their wetter-than-normal winter "dry" seasons and prolonged droughts in the summer.   Frustratingly for us, we lost almost all rain data for Windsor in 2013 and 2014 😢 . . . but we're back on-track now since May 2015.

Click for Daily Records for 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.

Contact us for daily rainfall and T/RH data from 2002 to-present :



Last Updated on 2015-07-31

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