2023 confirmed as Cayman’s hottest year on record

| 09/01/2024 | 25 Comments
Source: Copernicus

(CNS): The Cayman Islands, like many countries around the world, endured its hottest year on record in 2023, the CI National Weather Service has confirmed. According to the data gathered at the Owen Roberts International Airport, Grand Cayman, last year, the annual average land temperature was 84°F, the highest average on record. The previous highest recorded average annual temperature was 83.5°F in 2020. A new maximum temperature of 95.5°F was also recorded at ORIA on 21 July 2023.

Every month last year, the average temperature at ORIA exceeded the 30-year average, while rainfall was less than the annual average over the past five years, though the statistics reveal a change in rainfall patterns. October is usually Cayman’s wettest month, but last year, rainfall was less than half of the historic average, while August saw a deluge of rain. More than twelve inches fell compared to the annual average of less than six that month.

The year started dry, with less than two inches falling in January and February, while March saw more than three times the amount of rain expected in the month. June and July were both very dry and very hot when compared to the 30-year averages. Just over two inches of rain fell during each of the two mid-summer months, less than half of the average over the last 30 years.

But while the 2023 hurricane season was the fourth most active ever recorded, not one of the 20 storms, including seven hurricanes, came within the warning areas around our shores.

Weather organisations and meteorologists confirmed Tuesday that 2023 was, as expected, the hottest year ever recorded.

Carlo Buontempo, director of the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, said the extremes observed over the last few months of 2023 demonstrate how far the world is from the climate in which human civilisation developed. “This has profound consequences for the Paris Agreement and all human endeavours,” he said. “If we want to successfully manage our climate risk portfolio, we need to urgently decarbonise our economy whilst using climate data and knowledge to prepare for the future.” 

Scientists are now turning their attention to this year, with concerns that 2024 might be even hotter. Given that marine heatwaves were a common occurrence in 2023, affecting much of the ocean around the world, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, an even hotter 2024 could have serious consequences here, resulting in more king tides and negative impacts on our reefs.  

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  1. Anonymous says:

    All one needs to do is actually read the history of mass extinction events to understand the dangers of artificially inflating the planet’s CO2 levels.

    The majority of mass extinction events were due to massive levels of natural C02.

    We as a species are contributing to the next event.

  2. Anonymous says:

    While I am still confused about global warming, comments about the coldest day ever do crack me up.
    I believe humans would never figure out the origins of life, all life forms, and it’s by a design. We will never figure out the force that gives us life and keeps us alive.
    We are trying to manipulate our body’s functions with food, pills and supplements believing that biochemistry is responsible for all life’s processes – that is how primitive we are. We’ve managed to record brain waves and ECG, yet we keep ignoring biophysics of a human body and treat it exclusively with chemicals, so to speak.

    The same goes for the Climate change. We, with our primitive 5 senses, are trying to proof something we don’t and will never understand. Remember about the observer effect i- the disturbance of an observed system by the act of observation. In other words “ Observation Affects Reality”.

    The planer Earth, oceans and Space are trashed, polluted, beyond imagination. Microplastic particles are everywhere, literally. Practice Nobody conducts studies on microplastic in the Earth’s oceans and its effect on Climate, Humans and everything else alive.

    So I am more concerned with pollution because we can control it. There’s nothing we can do about erratic weather, unless some sinister forces already manipulating it.

    So when it comes to Dr.Soon opinion, and I don’t agree with everything he says, I won’t throw the baby with the bath water – he’s made few points that made me think.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry for the incomprehensible parts of the comment.
      Autocorrect is out of control. It can’t fix half the words I misspell, even if it’s one letter off, and it constantly replaces the word I want to use with another random word even with it spelled correctly. It didn’t used to be this way.
      Disabling autocorrect is not the solution.

      • Anonymous says:

        Autocorrect on my iPhone is changing my words to completely different words that don’t make sense. I correct autocorrect more that autocorrect corrects me.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Are we all in agreement life in cayman is probably the most energy intensive and in-turn least eco friendly form of existence on earth? A few solar panels ain’t going to make thousands of gallons of desalinated fresh water for the watermark..

  4. Anon says:

    The planet will continue to turn and evolve with no additional effort but life on the planet will change, as it has done many times, immeasurably.
    Some comments on this thread are truly moronic. Thank you CNS for injecting sanity.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Did you watch 1/9/2023 interview with Willie Wei-Hock Soon a Malaysian astrophysicist and aerospace engineer who was long employed as a part-time externally funded researcher at the Solar and Stellar Physics Division of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian?

    CNS: If you’ve been taken in by Dr Soon, read this: Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher

    Some of the highlights (take note of the first para):

    Historians and sociologists of science say that since the tobacco wars of the 1960s, corporations trying to block legislation that hurts their interests have employed a strategy of creating the appearance of scientific doubt, usually with the help of ostensibly independent researchers who accept industry funding.

    “The whole doubt-mongering strategy relies on creating the impression of scientific debate,” said Naomi Oreskes, a historian of science at Harvard University and the co-author of “Merchants of Doubt,” a book about such campaigns. “Willie Soon is playing a role in a certain kind of political theater.”

    Though often described on conservative news programs as a “Harvard astrophysicist,” Dr. Soon is not an astrophysicist and has never been employed by Harvard. He is a part-time employee of the Smithsonian Institution with a doctoral degree in aerospace engineering.

    Though he has little formal training in climatology, Dr. Soon has for years published papers trying to show that variations in the sun’s energy can explain most recent global warming. His thesis is that human activity has played a relatively small role in causing climate change.

    Many experts in the field say that Dr. Soon uses out-of-date data, publishes spurious correlations between solar output and climate indicators, and does not take account of the evidence implicating emissions from human behavior in climate change.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Humans have been on this earth over 200,000 thousand years and we’ve been tracking the earths temperature for less than 200 years so lets tone down on the end of the world hysteria.

    CNS: You’ve probably heard of this thing called science but you should get to know it a bit better. People called scientists study their subject for decades. A simple factoid you read somewhere is not the same thing.

    Try this: How is Today’s Warming Different from the Past?

  7. Anonymous says:

    i wish CNS would also note that many countries and cities around the world also had their coldest day on record in 2023! America about to be hit with another blizzard where some cities are expected to reach -50.

    CNS: Again… the AVERAGE global temperature is rising. This does not mean there won’t be cold snaps. In fact, global warming is adding to the extremes in temperature – hot and cold.

    This is a pretty good explanation.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t really need a scientist to tell me that, CUC already told me that on a monthly basis!

  9. Truth says:

    Run, Hide, pay more taxes. The world is heating up again. Same planet, different day. Same humans with no faith in themselves or in God but all faith in a bunch of corrupted, power hungry individuals who can’t save themselves. Meanwhile all intelligent, hard working people are making their own lives better and easier by taking responsibility for themselves. As usual some gotta fail so some can succeed. Which one are you?

  10. Anonymous says:

    And yet the George Town revamp, by Caymanians in CIG:

    “They ripped out the shade trees, and replaced them with non shade trees. The artists rendering is nothing like the reality. Cars park blocking the handicap access all day, every day. There are no benches.. love the lying sob who has lunch on the non existent benches. This is a farce.”

    “Shades in public places must be mandatory. Go to Dubai and see how it’s done. Heck, I was vacationing in Dominican Republic and even sidewalks were shaded.”

    whats wrong with you people!!!


    Utter morons. For the love of god, give the job to Dart, or any other expat. FFS.

    • Anonymous says:

      DART has trouble keeping water out and a/c working in their own tenant buildings, they shouldn’t be in charge of anything to do with the public.

  11. Anonymous says:

    OMG it went up to 95.5 degrees? So what, in the north it goes much higher then that!!

  12. Story for Money says:

    And all we got was one lousy pink flamingo.

    I’m sooooo scared. NOT.

    • Anonymous says:

      okay, boomer.

      I’m guessing from your use of the word ‘not’, you’re probably 50+, therefore the worst of what to come won’t really bother you too much. Next generation or so, not so lucky.

      • Anonymous says:

        Okay youngster.

        I’m speculating from your comment of addressing me as boomer, that you are not old enough or learned enough to know the false hysteria these types of articles propagate. It was an ice age back in the 70s then global warming and since neither was correct. it’s now called climate change which was strategic since the new nomenclature encompasses both possibilities.

        Ask yourself, who pays for these types of studies and what is their profit motive?

        See old people do have more wisdom than the brainwashed idiocy that many of your assumed age bracket display today.

        CNS: You are just repeating a trope you read somewhere – one that is all over the internet but totally wrong. The 70’s ice-age prediction appeared in some corners of the media but was never even close to being a scientific consensus – just 10% of scientific papers on the subject in the 1970s predicted a cooling trend. Read more here.

        Global warming is still what is happening. The science has not changed but progressed because much, much, much more is known now. The nomenclature was changed because joe public refused to believe the Earth was warming if it was snowing outside. People still can’t get their heads around it. Read How is Today’s Warming Different from the Past?

        The who-pays-for-science? argument is also tired and silly. While the fossil fuel/plastics industry continues to make trillions, they pump a few million into spreading such bullshit, and yet you don’t question their profit motive or the profit motive of those they pay to promote their propaganda.

  13. upm Distress Signal says:

    You watching Jon jon Jay and Chris as nature defies your idiotic ideology or will you bunch continue to listen to your drunkard mentor and ultimate climate denier bababyuska!

    • Anonymous says:

      You give up your vehicle, AC and refrigerator first. Come back and tell us of your experience after five years.

      You wouldn’t even last 30 days.

  14. Anonymous says:

    summer is disgusting here and winter is not as cool as before….
    people won’t stick around especially when you throw in traffic nightmare, disappearing beaches, incompetent governments…,,,,,etc.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Pre El Nino, will see different weather.


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