This American dependency in the South Pacific has a land area of only 197 sq km/76 sq miles distributed between seven rocky islands of volcanic origin.
The weather and climate are typical of a tropical oceanic environment. Rainfall is heavy and the variations in temperature are small, with June and July coolest and most pleasant. The prevailing southeast trade winds are strong from May to November, when severe tropical storms may occur. The climate is generally healthy and pleasant; the moderately high temperature and humidity are tempered by brisk daytime winds, either as afternoon sea breezes or as predominant southeast trade winds.
The tables for Papeete on Tahiti and Makatea in the Tuamotu group show weather that is similar to that in American Samoa.
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