Climate & when to go
Temperatures on all FSM islands average 26°C to 27°C (80°F to 81°F) year round. The wettest months are in late spring and summer; rainfall is heaviest on Pohnpei, where the interior gets as much as 10, 000mm annually, making it one of the rainiest places on earth. Yap is the driest island. For more climatic information.
The FSM is outside classic typhoon tracks; on Kosrae strong storms are rare, although the other states are not immune from them.
In July 2002, Supertyphoon Chataan hit Chuuk. Thirty-seven people died and almost 1300 people lost their homes, while enormous crop damage caused debilitating food shortages.
In April 2004, Yap was hit by Supertyphoon Sudal, which destroyed or damaged just about every building on the atoll; one person died, 1500 people were left homeless, and water, electricity and phone services were lost.