The Blizzard of 2015 Impacts the Virgin Islands!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ 1-16940-1B


Blizzard of 2015



The blizzard of 2015 dropped record breaking snow falls on Boston and much of the East Coast of the United States.  Two deaths have been attributed to the storm. The economic impact is estimated at $500 million dollars. Some 8,500 domestic flights were canceled. All tragic losses.


So you are probably wondering how the blizzard of 2015  impacted the Virgin Islands. No, it did not dump any snow on us here, nor did our average 85 degree weather waver at all.  Our high season for tourism runs from around Thanksgiving, in late November  until the thaw of spring, the end of April. A large part of our economy is tourism driven.  Many of our "snow birds" and tourist begin their trips from places like the East coast and the frigid mid-West. When storms like the Blizzard of 2015 occur there is a "snowball" (no pun intended) effect on the Virgin Islands. With most people atleast starting their trips to the Virgin Islands on a flight, even if they are cruising, massive cancellations of flights, such as the 8,500 caused by the blizzard of 2015, it directly impacts the economy of the Virgin Islands. Fortunately, villas, cruises and hotels will most often give you a rain  check, so to speak, on your reservations.  Many times for up to a year later. 


Maybe it is time to consider a real escape to the U.S. Virgin Islands,  on a longer  term bases.

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Comments (18)

John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Tanya Van Blake-Coleman 

I was actually feeling guilty for enjoying the beautiful weather Albuquerque is having.  I even mowed the lawn Sunday and my bride worked in the flower beds. I can't imagine dealing with all the NE is.

Jan 27, 2015 07:31 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

No argument what so ever Tanya on the better choice.  I will say though that it is not the first rodeo for who ever is running the snowblower.  Mark

Jan 27, 2015 07:45 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Tanya Van Blake-Coleman I never thought of how our blizzards impact tourist areas.... well, I'll be digging out while you're enjoying that warm sunshine.... I'm jealous!!!!!

Jan 27, 2015 07:50 PM
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
Michigan homes for sale ~

Never thought of that.  There are probably some empty rooms in lots of resorts this week.

Jan 27, 2015 07:54 PM
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

John McCormack don't feel guilty we all deal with some kind of extreme weather no matter where we live.

Mark Don McInnes you are probably right that guy gets to practice!

Barbara Todaro good luck! I hope you have help.

Russ Ravary there are indeed but hopefully other arrangements are made so that they can make up the time and money at the resorts or like I suggested some could just move out here and enjoy the weather year round!

Jan 28, 2015 01:06 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Tanya ... VB has never been to the Virgin Islands and I think that if I was to visit, I would probably never come back to the States 

Jan 28, 2015 02:14 AM
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Hello Vegas Bob! It happens all the time. You should come check it out.

Jan 28, 2015 03:58 AM
Christine Lee
Christine Lee Team, Keller Williams - Jacksonville, FL

Cute post Tanya Van Blake-Coleman  

Feb 10, 2015 05:07 AM
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Thank you for stopping by Christine!

Feb 11, 2015 02:16 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's tough for business, but maybe more people will consider buying a home or vacation home in the Virgin Islands after this winter.

Feb 18, 2015 11:02 AM
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

I certainly hope so Georgie! Maybe they will come to Hawaii and the Virgin Islands to escape extreme winters. Good luck!

Feb 19, 2015 12:56 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It's been a nasty winter most of the country this winter  . . . .  Everyone is ready for spring.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 05, 2015 09:48 AM
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Very true Lou! Glad you got through it. Thank you for stopping by. Good luck and success to you as well!

Mar 06, 2015 02:47 AM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Notary Training, Consulting. Colorado Springs, CO

Greetings! We had a fairly mild winter in Colorado, except some snow in February.  I used to travel to Puerto Rico on business when I was in the computer industry. I liked the tropical climate and ocean breeze.

Apr 15, 2015 11:16 PM
Jill Winchel
Royal Shell Real Estate - The Koffman Group - Cape Coral, FL
We make it easy. You make it home.

Gorgeous pics, especially of the pool. I didn't think about the effect airline cancellations would have on tropical islands, but it just makes sense. I know many local people count on those visitors to make a living. Hope this winter brings a lot of vacationers to keep the economy strong.

Sep 09, 2015 05:34 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Tanya,  thank you for your localism post! You have been *FEATURED* on today's Tuesday Travelogue. 

Travellers in the Rain!



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Sep 22, 2015 03:19 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I am NOT a fan of the snow and I'm dreading another winter like last year. My husband would move to your beautiful paradise tomorrow but I won't leave my grandbabies just yet.  

Sep 22, 2015 05:43 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

With that many flights being cancelled there are a lot of sad faces all over.

Sep 22, 2015 12:20 PM