October rain saves Cayman from another dry year

| 08/01/2018 | 28 Comments

(CNS): With more than 15 inches of rain falling in October, the weather systems that crossed Cayman that month resulted in a total rainfall accumulation for 2017 of more than three inches above the 30-year average rainfall of 56.2, according to official figures. The wetter year, as a result of the October weather, follows on the heels of 2016, which was the driest year on record for Cayman. But although 2017 had the largest accumulation of annual rain since 2010, during many months in this past year less rain fell even than in the record-breakingly dry 2016.

A report from the Cayman Islands National Weather Service revealed that April also contributed to a wetter year, but it was the rain during two weather systems in October that largely led to a much wetter year than average.

Weather charts show that a strong tropical wave approached the Cayman area on 3 October and brought 4.76 inches over three days. Then, from 25 October Grand Cayman experienced a period of cloudy rainy weather for several days until the system upgraded to tropical depression. From the 25-28 over 8 inches of rain fell at the Owen Roberts International Airport, leading to a monthly accumulation of 15.4 inches, which was 6.75 inches above the 30-year average for the month and the wettest October for eight years.

A wet April and June, coupled with October, added up to a wet year overall but the rest of the year remained hot and dry.

The year started with a very dry January, more than half as dry as the average. March, too, was drier than average and even drier that 2017. May was also particularly dry. There were no significant weather systems impacting the islands during that month, with just 1.37 inches or 4.59 inches below the long-term average of 5.96 inches and half the rain accumulation of 2016.

Things picked up in June, when the accumulated rain was a fraction above the annual average, but during July and August, despite tropical waves around the Cayman area, almost 4 inches less rain than the annual average fell during the two month period, similar to the summer of 2016.

After wetter weather throughout September and November, the year ended in Cayman with another drier than usual month, with rain in December just under half an inch below the annual average.

Looking at global average temperatures, early climate reports on 2017 suggest it was another hot dry year. The last twelve month period is now the second hottest year on record after 2016 and witnessed an abnormally high level of wildfires, very abnormally low sea ice extent and thickness, and drought around the world.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Exxon Mobil is smart. Now the wealthier alarmists can buy Exxon gas with a somewhat clean conscious. The poorer alarmists will simply stick to the cheapest gas like the rest of us. No real downside to hedge a little I guess.

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    • Anonymous says:

      People with your mindset are the downside

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      • Anonymous says:

        Perhaps if every science dept faculty lounge and gov funded climate research org wasn’t overflowing with neo-commies their would be fewer with my mindset. Yes we remain skeptical and ever vigil.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Expect to see more droughts, and more floods, in the western Caribbean (and elsewhere) due to climate change. Hopefully in Cayman both the droughts and the floods will remain ‘small’.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    So 2017 was wetter and drier at the same time. Wow global warming is really getting nasty.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Stick around bobo. You’re in for a ride.

    • Anonymous says:

      Increased variations and more extremes are what is happening and what has been predicted.

      • Anonymous says:

        Lol, what hasn’t been predicted? Windy calm hot cold wet dry, all predicted.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Indeed it has.
          Trust me, these proponents have thought of EVERYTHING and put in place contingency responses for all eventualities.

          If this isn’t a modern day version of fanatic Christianity I don’t know what is.

          (What occurs when one dares challenge the position of such a person? You receive an all-encompassing response – just like we see with the AGW folks.)

          Amazing.

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    • Anonymous says:

      anon 0119 you need to stay out of Climate discussions. Do you realise that last year was the driest on record. Do you realise that caymans rainfall data does not represent all points on the globe but just one

  4. Anonymous says:

    Shows the importance of actually digging into the data and not looking at the totals for the year, while the total amount of recorded rainfall may be high the individual months were rather dry compared to previous data on precipitation

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Good one …slightly misread the headline and thought alcohol sales had reached record levels in October.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Re: “Looking at global average temperatures, early climate reports on 2017 suggest it was another hot dry year. The last twelve month period is now the second hottest year on record after 2016 and witnessed an abnormally high level of wildfires, very abnormally low sea ice extent and thickness, and drought around the world.”

    CNS still plugging the agenda.

    Was it too much to expect a straightforward report based on actual data without the conjecture “climate change” assumptions?

    Anyway, gotta run – that V8 Silverado ain’t gonna drive herself over all these puddled potholes is it?

    CNS: Climate change is not an agenda or an assumption. We are simply anti-ignorance. Again, here is ExxonMobil’s position on the matter:

    We have the same concerns as people everywhere – and that is how to provide the world with the energy it needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    The risk of climate change is clear and the risk warrants action. Increasing carbon emissions in the atmosphere are having a warming effect. There is a broad scientific and policy consensus that action must be taken to further quantify and assess the risks.

    ExxonMobil is taking action by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in its operations, helping consumers reduce their emissions, supporting research that leads to technology breakthroughs and participating in constructive dialogue on policy options.

    Addressing climate change, providing economic opportunity and lifting billions out of poverty are complex and interrelated issues requiring complex solutions. There is a consensus that comprehensive strategies are needed to respond to these risks.

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    • Anonymous says:

      @ CNS,
      Im sorry, but your reference to ExxonMobil’s position in response to my comment has zero impact.

      I am confused as to why EVERY “climate-change” proponent makes reference to the oil industry as arsenal for their battle.

      Personally, couldn’t care less about their position, nor do I seek out and follow their offerings.

      CNS: It’s because climate change deniers usually start out by dismissing the massive body of scientific evidence about it as leftist liberal propaganda. If you are following the money, there’s really no explanation for ExxonnMobil’s position other than they see the writing on the wall and understand that they have to get ahead of the inevitable changes. You’re not interested in this because there is no way it fits with your theory of everything.

      My position is simply; mankind’s over-inflated ego has led him to believe he has a significant and or primary impact on the climate of planet Earth.

      Nothing we are seeing has not been seen by the planet before.
      Add to that the advent of real-time technology, not to mention the agreed upon erroneous theory and lastly, but most importantly, the endless number of trillions of dollars lined up to “fight” this doomsday threat – the frenzy was really to be expected.

      As a comparison, a Christian fanatic is convinced we are in the prophesised “last days” right now – as was his father and his father’s father’s father before him…and guess what – there is NOTHING you can say to convince him otherwise.

      (AGW) Environmentalism: the new religion.

      I am a non-believer, now…burn me at the stake.

      CNS: So, are you a fanatical climate change denier or are you open to change your mind?

      • Anonymous says:

        1.) ExxonMobil’s new position is simply a reaction to the AGW brainwashery and indoctrination that has spread like a virus over the (western) world.
        (All other regions are stiff-armed into joining the parade or simply lack the leverage to resist. Same old playbook really.)
        It does not further or enhance the legitimacy of the well-funded false theory.

        2.) One cannot deny what does not exist.
        You know, similar to the stance persons like yourself and the many CNS contributors take in respect to God.

        Major difference is; non-believers, in one of the instances, aren’t dragged into churches and financially extorted as is the case in the other.

        • Anonymous says:

          you still believe smoking is good for you, are you part of that smoking causes cancer conspiracy?
          After all it hasn’t been absolutely proved scientifically, only a correlation between smoking and cancer has been found.
          Sound familiar…..

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    • Anonymous says:

      Thumbs down for the poster and thumbs up for CNS.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Thanks. Sometimes I really miss the troll button.

        • Anonymous says:

          Finally, a dent in the armour.
          There is hope.

          Not that your congregation would ever admit to seeing a glimmer of reality at the end of your dark CO2-filled tunnel.

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