The North Eastern side of the island (Portland) where the Blue Mountains are located usually gets much more rain than the South (Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Thomas) side because it is on the Windward side of the Blue Mountains, or the side that the Trade winds meet land first.
Where is the windward side of Jamaica?
Jamaica doesn’t have four defined seasons, as it lies so close to the equator. The island can be divided into two parts, the windward side, north of the Blue Mountains and the leeward side to the south of the Blue Mountains.
What parishes do Blue Mountain stretch?
Tap to read full story. The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and World Heritage Site is located on the eastern end of the island of Jamaica. It spans four parishes, namely: St Andrew, St Thomas, Portland and St Mary. The National Park protects over 41,000 hectares of natural forest.
Does Jamaica have any active volcanoes?
The Global Volcanism Program of the Smithsonian Institution lists no volcanoes in the country of Jamaica.
Is the Blue Mountain a volcano?
Jamaica is believed to be the product of prehistoric volcanoes. The central ridge of the Blue and John Crow Mountains range comprises metamorphic rock that has pushed through surrounding limestone during the land ascent from the sea floor.
How does Blue Mountain get its name?
Naming the Blue Mountains
In 1788 the Blue Mountains were originally named “Carmarthen Hills” and “Landsdowne Hills” by Governor Phillip, however, it wasn’t long after, that the distinctive blue haze surrounding the area saw the change in name to the Blue Mountains.
Why do Jamaicans call vultures John Crow?
The name John Crow was first recorded in the 1820s and comes from the Jamaican name for the turkey vulture. It has been suggested that previous to this, the range was known as the “Carrion Crow Ridge”, after an earlier name for the vulture. In 1885 Inspector Herbert T.