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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    October weather
    Average high temperature 90 F.
    Average low temperature 80 F.
    Average temperature 83 F.
    Average water temperature 83 F.
    Average windspeed 13 mph
    Average maximum wind speed 28 mph
    Average rainfall 2.60 inches)


    For comparison
    July weather
    Average high temperature 89 F.
    Average low temperature 80 F.
    Average temperature 83 F.
    Average water temperature 82 F.
    Average rainfall 1.20 inches
    Average windspeed 19 mph


    There is very little difference in weather on Aruba. The end of October through mid-January is the rainy season, but Aruba is a semi-arrid island which receives a little over 22 inches of rain per year. For comparison, New Jersey receives on average about 42 inches of rain per year.

    Rain in Aruba falls in the form of showers, mainly overnight or early morning. Daytime showers are usually quick passing clouds with excess moisture. It can very easily be raining where you are on the beach and be perfectly dry 500 feet away. We spent a week in Aruba during one September and had one day of clouds and showers during the entire week. Remember showers are just that, showers. With the exception of when there are tropical waves or tropical depressions in the area or nearby it is rare to get an entire day which is a "rain out". See more below about tropical weather during hurricane season.


    We were in Aruba December '07 for 12 nights and I was concerned beforehand about the possibility of being rained out. My worries were for naught. We have rain every morning but 2, and then the sun was out and shining brightly by 10 a.m. One day was overcast with a couple of afternoon showers and another day we had off and one drizzle with clearing at about 3 p.m. One day we toured the island and the other day we snorkeled.


    "Q. Does Aruba have a rainy season?
    A. "Climatology
    The leeward islands of the Dutch Antilles (Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire) have a semi-arid climate (yearly precipitation is about 550 mm [22.7 in.] per year). This is due to an extension of the Azores high and locally it is also connected with an upwelling zone with colder sea surface temperature (SST) along the east-west Venezuelan coast caused by the easterly trade winds (Lahey, 1958; Trewartha, 1981). The influence of the mainland 60 km away is large: during the rain season most precipitation is late at night and in the early morning, opposite to the usual tropical pattern, which exists on the mainland. This is caused by the sea-continent breeze...Traditionally, the year is divided in three 4 - month seasons."


    Rainy season can be broken down as follows:
    February to May is dry season.
    June to September is the "small rains" season.
    October to January is the rain season.

    Just so folks know I don't pull this info out of a hat...
    Source Predicting rainfall in the Dutch Caribbean | more than El Ni~no? http://www.meteo.an/include/Pub/documents/curacao.pdf

    Hurricanes and Tropical Storms in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba www.meteo.an/include/Pub/documents/HurricanesandTropicalStorms.pdf

    "Hurricane climatology of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba p. 17
    "The Leeward (ABC) Islands
    Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao are on the southern fringes of the hurricane belt. They are not outside the hurricane belt, as many consider. History learns that roughly once every 100 years considerable damage is experienced by tropical cyclones passing over or just south of the islands. Although the hurricane experience level for the islands may be regarded as very small, well known is the minor hurricane which passed just south of Curaçao on September 23, 1877 causing an estimated structural damage of US$ 2 million, mainly to the coastal section of Willemstad. A nunnery was completely washed away (remnants still visible with low tide), many ships were lost and at least 70 persons drowned. The lowest barometer reading at Willemstad was observed at 15:30 UTC on September 23 (UTC = local time + four hours in Eastern Caribbean Area) with 995.4 millibars. A ship sailing south of Curaçao reported a lowest pressure of 988.8 millibars.

    On the average, once every four years a tropical cyclone occurs within a radius of 150 kilometers, but mostly passing to the north of the islands without causing serious bad weather. Even the immediate effects of major hurricane Hazel, of which the center passed approximately 90 kilometers to the north on October 7, 1954, with maximum sustained winds near the center of 190 km/h, were confined to observed maximum winds of 50 km/h with gusts to 90 km/h, and the damage, an estimated US$ 350.000,-, resulted mainly from flash floods due to heavy rainfall (48 hours averages: Aruba approx. 250 mm, Bonaire and Curaçao approx. 125 mm)."


    Imo, go and enjoy without any frets over the weather.

    www.aruba.com/forum/f16/october-november-best-go-aruba-47011/


    Quote Originally Posted by SueBlk View Post
    My husband and I vacationed for the first time in Aruba last year. We went between Oct. 23rd and the 31st. The weather was continually warm with a gentle breeze. If there were rain it must have been overnight.
    Quote Originally Posted by SueBlk View Post


    The water is unbelievable and not one piece of seaweed to be found.


    Since this was our first trip and we were unsure as to whether we would return, we tried to experience all that we could.


    As far as snorkeling, there are alot of spots to do that but, since we weren't familiar we took advantage of the De Palm Island and snorkeled amongst the beautiful Parrot Fish. It's a must for a first time visitor. The ferry ride is a short 4 min. ride and quite calm.


    Lots of great places to dine. We weren't able to attend but, I'm told Madaame Janettes is one of the best restaurants on the island.


    We will be there again this year between 10/23 and 11/6. Perhaps we'll catch up with you.


    Have a wonderful trip.


    Quote Originally Posted by kbdiadora View Post
    My husband and I go usually the first week in October - again this year since our anniversary falls on the 8th and have had minimal rain, when it did it was for a few minutes and then it was dry as a bone! weather has always been perfect each year we've been.
    Quote Originally Posted by kbdiadora View Post

    as far as the hotel - we have stayed there 2 years in a row and both enjoyed it very much.
    i hope you and your husband enjoy your trip as much as everyone else does


    www.aruba.com/forum/f7/weather-5608/index9.html#post174170

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    from BUDGET TRAVELER

    Aruba Weather – When To Go, When To Stay Away
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post

    May 2, 2010
    By admin

    Anyone planning a Caribbean vacation usually should avoid going there in the fall, but that’s not necessarily true of Aruba.


    The Caribbean’s annual hurricane season officially starts June 1 and ends November 30. Tropical storms and hurricanes increase in frequency until they reach a peak in September and October. Most Caribbean destinations see high amounts of rain those months, even if they don’t experience a hurricane.


    Aruba is a different situation. It lies 15 miles from the coast of Venezuela, so it is located south of the hurricane belt. It feels the affects of nearby tropical storms and hurricanes, such as hurricane Omar in 2008, but to a far lesser degree than the rest of the Caribbean.


    The least popular month to visit Aruba is September, which is the same for all Caribbean locations, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization. But the decline is moderate. October and November, which usually are unpopular months for vacationing in the Caribbean, are just as popular with visitors to Aruba as May and June.


    That’s because the average monthly rainfall is only about 2.5 inches in October and three inches in November, compared to nine inches or more for some other destinations. Rainfall averages less than 1.4 inches per month throughout the year.


    Because Aruba is one of the most southern Caribbean islands, it is closest to the equator and warmer than most.


    The average monthly high temperature is nearly 89 degrees Fahrenheit and the average monthly low is 78 degrees, according to the Meteorological Service of Netherland Antilles and Aruba. Average high monthly temperatures exceed 90 degrees in August and September and drop to a low of 86 in January and February.


    The water temperature averages 81 degrees during the year and rarely varies more than a few degrees, which makes swimming in the ocean more comfortable during the winter months than northern locations.


    Anyone planning an Aruba vacation will find that the weather historically is good from January through July. However, August and September will be warmer and more uncomfortable than the rest of the year for shopping, hiking and other outdoor activities.


    Although the risk of bad weather in Aruba is low compared to elsewhere in the Caribbean, September through December do have a higher risk of above-average rainfall and the remote possibility of a tropical storm or hurricane — more likely passing to the north of the island than passing over it directly.


    www.aruba.com/forum/f7/weather-5608/index9.html#post174170

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    ...weather always warm/hot
    usually windy (tradewinds)
    rainiest season nov, dec early jan....spotty sudden showers/downpours that come and leave quickly.

    least windy season sept and october
    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post


    pretty much daily in high 80s to 90something


    evenings 70something


    humid, yes but the tradewinds make it bearable


    cold, never.

    cool, that is subjective....imo the only time i am cool in aruba is in the airconditioning (marriott casino)


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    Quote Originally Posted by arubababe View Post
    Have been to Aruba different weeks in October - only once did we have any rain to speak of a couple of years ago. That was very unusual - normally rains in early morning or late evening. Been going to Aruba for 28 years and any month is great!!! Good luck with your upcoming wedding.
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    This is the weather history for Aruba last October. Unfortunately it appears the rain gauge was not functioning.

    www.wunderground.com/history/airport/TNCA/2011/10/20/MonthlyHistory.html#calendar

    Also see
    http://www.meteo.aw/files/Download/2011.pdf

    We were in Aruba last June during a month which averaged more cloud cover than October and as you can see in my avatar, both dh and I had no trouble whatsoever tanning...

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    Exclamation Rainfall Normal to Below Normal

    Climate Outlook Aruba http://www.meteo.aw/climate1.php

    La Niña has transitioned to ENSO-neutral conditions, which are expected to continue through northern summer 2012.

    La Niña dissipated during April 2012, as below-average SSTs weakened across most of the equatorial Pacific Ocean and above-average SSTs persisted in the east. The official forecast calls for ENSO-neutral conditions through September, followed by approximately equal chances of Neutral or El Niño conditions for the remainder of the year

    Most climate models indicate that rainfall amounts for Aruba should remain normal to a bit below normal for the period June- August 2012. Surface temperature should hover near normal.


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    Upcoming weather in Aruba

    I was wondering if you all can give me some insight. We are arriving in Aruba next Wednesday and all the weather reports I see show heavy cloud cover and very little sun. I know this isn't a rainy time, but I didn't realize it would be so cloudy. Anybody ever travel in July to Aruba? Thanks in advance...

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    www.aruba.com/forum/f7/aruba-weather-discussion-info-reports-49367/#post199732

    Quote Originally Posted by hockeymom View Post
    Got back last night. Weather was great. The 7 days we were there - No Rain!!! Don't watch the weather reports online. It will drive you crazy. Last time we checked before we left, it said Mon-Thursday morning showers - didn't see rain once!! They were right when they said windy at the end of the week though. More wind, but still able to sit on the beach with no problem. Just had to hold onto your drink at the bar!!

    Hockeymom's story is typical.

    DO NOT look at the forecasts. we will be there a week from today and it never dawned on me to look at the forecast until someone mentioned it on another forum today.

    One weather site who I will not justify by using their name, uses a canned forecast which never varies and always calls for a 30% chance of showers. Nothing like hedging your bets?

    The only real forecast you want to watch is that of the local meteorological service

    http://www.meteo.aw/marckforecast.php

    They do not offer a 10 or 15 day forecast but how realistic is that anyway?
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    And that's been true on all 5 of our trips! You'll drive yourself crazy and there's nothing you can do about it. But we all still do it! I had to be talked down of the ledge this year too about the weather - ha! I thought it was interesting the number of people who check this thread too - 226 replies and 29,146 views! Weather is a big topic. Go and enjoy - it's ARUBA!!! (We were in Orlando this week and I kept telling my boyfriend, it's only a short hop to Aruba from here, but he didn't bite - rats!!)

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    Thanks ladies! Appreciate the input...I will try not to stress. Can't wait to get there

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    I also try not to look at the forecast, but I'm like a moth drawn to the light and can't resist. I like the accuweather.com reports when I travel and they actually have the forecast by the neighborhoods of Aruba. Here's a link to their forecast for Noord- I think that's their closest one to Palm Beach.

    http://www.accuweather.com/en/aw/noo...st/12044?day=2

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    Interesting observation - kind of off topic. Right now, 96 in Boston, 90 in Aruba. And no breeze in Boston. Give me Aruba anytime (especially on the beach with a cold cocktail in my hand!)

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    Exactly! It has been in hotter in NJ than Aruba every day since we came back home last Thursday...and my bedroom here does not face the Caribbean.

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