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boats docked at Gump Station The weather in the Society Islands of French Polynesia can best be described as tropical in nature with two distinct seasons; a cooler (19/25°C low/high), drier winter between May and November and a hotter (21/29°C low/high), more humid summer lasting from December through April. The most persistent rainfall occurs during the summer months (approximately 230 cm/month); however, periods of extremely heavy rainfall can occur during the "drier" winter (approximately 123 cm/month). Winds in Moorea are dominated by the southern tradewinds. Southeasterly winds blowing northward from the southern oceans during the Polynesian winters can give rise to a mara'amu, an unusually strong wind that brings much cooler temperatures and periods of heavy rainfall to the islands. Moorea, like most of her sisters in the Society Islands, lies outside of the Southern Pacific cyclone belt, but occasionally the island does experience the effects of strong cyclones; most recently in the early 1980s.

MCR-LTER contributes meteorologic data to the LTER Network Climate database, ClimDB as daily aggregate values, updated monthly.


Data Turbine icon Weather conditions at Gump Station may be viewed as part of the Digital Moorea system, as near-real-time graphs.

NOAA logo NOAA's current weather conditions for French Polynesia.

Meteo France logo Meteo France's current weather conditions for French Polynesia.


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  NSF LTER logo This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation through the Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research program under Cooperative Agreement #OCE-0417412 and #OCE-1026851. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Moore Foundation logo  
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