The windy Leeward Islands

A NASA Terra satellite image of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea.

A NASA Terra satellite image of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea.

  • Located in the Caribbean Sea
  • Includes the Virgin Islands, Montserrat & Antigua

This image, captured by NASA’s Terra satellite on March 25, 2010, shows the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles chain in the West Indies.

The Leewards are located in the Caribbean Sea, where the Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. The Leeward Islands are so called because they are down wind (or leeward of) the Windward Islands. The prevailing winds in this region blow from the east, and hit the Windward Islands first.

The Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Antigua, and Saint Kitts are some of the more familiar islands that are part of the Leewards. Saint Kitts is the long oval island on the left side of this image. Nevis is to its southeast. Antigua is to the east of Nevis—it is the largest of the Leeward Islands.

Adapted from information issued by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC.

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