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#1 AlmostMrsForbes

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    Posted 03 January 2008 - 03:47 PM

    Hi, Ladies! Quick question - I am getting married in Jamaica (OR) in mid-May. We picked this because it was on the cheaper end, and was technically before hurricane season. I know it can rain anytime in Jamaica, but thought we'd have nice weather.

    Anyways, the obnoxious lady who works in the office next to mine just sauntered over and asked me if I realized that May was the second rainiest month in Jamaica.

    Who offers up that info ... it's been a long day ... I feel like "accidentally" knocking over the big stack of paper on her desk!

    Does anyone know if this is true.

    #2 Spazz

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      Posted 03 January 2008 - 03:51 PM

      I sure hope not since I'm getting married right after you!!!!

      Uh oh...just read this:

      Weather and Climate in Jamaica

      Generally the Jamaican climate is delightful. The average temperature is 77°F (25.5°C) in the winter months and 82°F (28°C) in the summer, but the island's climate is strongly affected by the sea, which can produce cloud cover, rain and wind, and have a sudden effect on temperatures.

      The coastal plains of the north shore benefit from the Tradewinds that blow off the Atlantic. These are supplemented by morning and evening breezes caused by the land heating up by day and cooling at night. In the mountains, the evenings may be a little cold, so you might want to take a light wrap or jersey.

      Rain-showers are frequent, particularly in the northeast, though the sun usually comes out immediately afterwards and dries up all the rain.

      The winter season (December to April) has the nicest climate, hot and sunny by day and warm at night. In July, August and September particularly (but in fact any day when it is still and there is no cloud) it can be very hot.

      There are two rainy seasons, in May, and from August to October, but even then it doesn't rain every day. If you do go walking in remote places or in the mountains, then you will probably want to take a waterproof jacket.

      #3 boscobel

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        Posted 03 January 2008 - 03:54 PM

        Yeah, right with you girls. Rainy days here we go!

        I am going to stick with the philosophy, of everything will be fine cuz it's MY WEDDING. When that doesn't happen, I can deal with it then, but we can't sweat the weather now.

        I also booked the "twilight" ceremony, cuz I like the look of it and found out that it rains often at that time of day in the Caribbean. And I paid $1,500 extra to have this package!!!!

        #4 AlmostMrsForbes

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          Posted 03 January 2008 - 03:54 PM

          oh well ... it is what it is, i guess.

          our weddings will still be wonderful!

          #5 Spazz

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            Posted 03 January 2008 - 03:56 PM

            Just found this:
            Rainy season gets underway in May on the island of Jamaica, but that doesn't mean vacationers should stay away. Most days are sunny until early afternoon. The sun is also getting warmer this time of year, and vacationers who like their weather more than just a little warm may find May to be an appealing option.

            Typical Weather in May
            During May the temperatures in Jamaica typically vary between a daily high of about 86.0 degrees and a daily low of approximately 75.0 degrees

            Jamaica in May: Key Facts
            Monthly Averages
            High Low Rainfall
            (inches) No. of Days
            with Rain
            86.0° F 75.0° F 5.9 N.A.

            Temperature
            On a typical May day, during the early morning hours you will probably find the temperature will be around 78.4 degrees. In May, temperatures typically rise to around 85.4 degrees by early afternoon. By the early evening hours in May the temperature will generally fall to somewhere in the vicinity of 80.2 degrees. For the month of May as a whole, temperatures in Jamaica average around 80.3 degrees.

            May Temperatures in Jamaica by Time of Day
            Early Morning Late Morning Early Afternoon Late Afternoon Early Evening Overall
            78.4° F 84.0° F 85.4° F 83.3° F 80.2° F 80.3° F

            Rain
            Oh God, that's the time my ceremony starts.During May, rain is most likely to occur around 4:00 PM, and least likely to occur around 1:00 AM. To the extent thunderstorms occur in Jamaica during May, they are most likely to occur around 4:00 PM, as shown in the following table.

            May Rainfall in Jamaica by Time of Day
            Percent Frequencies of Hourly Observations
            Hour Rain
            and/or
            Drizzle Thunder-
            storms
            1:00 AM 3 % 0 %
            4:00 AM 3.2 % 0 %
            7:00 AM 3.4 % 0 %
            10:00 AM 3.1 % 0.4 %
            1:00 PM 11.9 % 4.7 %
            4:00 PM 25.1 % 8 %
            7:00 PM 12.9 % 2.8 %
            10:00 PM 7 % 0.9 %
            ALL 8.5 % 2 %

            But we will all still have wonderful weddings...no problem, mon!

            #6 jnowlan

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              Posted 03 January 2008 - 03:58 PM

              when it does rain it's usually very short.

              #7 twinkletoes

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                Posted 03 January 2008 - 04:02 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by jnowlan
                when it does rain it's usually very short.
                Ditto. And the humidity is so high, the rain spots dry very quickly. You often never know it even rains!
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                #8 ErinB

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                  Posted 03 January 2008 - 05:21 PM

                  Some people have no tact!

                  I booked the ceremony to begin at 4:00, which is supposed to be the rainyest time of day.

                  Isn't rain on your wedding day supposed to be good luck?

                  #9 AlmostMrsForbes

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                    Posted 03 January 2008 - 05:25 PM

                    yeah ... well, tact isn't her strong point, if you know what i mean!

                    i have heard that rain on your wedding day is a good sign! bring on the rain!

                    #10 Spazz

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                      Posted 03 January 2008 - 05:49 PM

                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by JamaicaBride062108
                      Some people have no tact!

                      I booked the ceremony to begin at 4:00, which is supposed to be the rainyest time of day.

                      Isn't rain on your wedding day supposed to be good luck?
                      Quote:
                      Originally Posted by AlmostMrsForbes
                      yeah ... well, tact isn't her strong point, if you know what i mean!

                      i have heard that rain on your wedding day is a good sign! bring on the rain!
                      Who has no tact? I'm confused...Did I miss a post?




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