Forecast: Gloom, but not necessarily doom

Rainy, blustery weather will continue


Here’s the good news: Monday was
the first day since 20 August for which the US National Hurricane Center did
not issue any advisories on a named storm in the Atlantic.

The bad news is, you wouldn’t know
it from the weather around here this week.

Rough seas and intermittent rains
that troubled Grand Cayman throughout the weekend and on Monday were likely to
continue for the next week days at least, forecasters said.

Although Tropical Storm Matthew
shot well south of Cayman and met its end in southern Mexico over the weekend,
left in the storm’s wake were storm clouds that covered the majority of the
Caribbean Sea on Monday.

The culprit was a large area of low
pressure in the western Caribbean that continued to bring rains to a huge area
extending from the Pacific coast of Mexico all the way to eastern Cuba and even

Forecasters expected the entire
area, as well as the western Bahamas and even south Florida, could expect
sporadic rains from the system over the next week, with some heavy downpours bringing
as much as three to six inches of rain per day.

The broad area of low pressure had
a medium chance – about 30 per cent by early Monday afternoon – of turning into
a tropical depression by Wednesday as it wandered northward. Steering currents
were expected to drag the area to the north, northeast in the direction of the
Cayman Islands and western Cuba.

Cayman Islands Weather Service
forecaster Avalon Porter said our area would see strong winds out of the south,
southwest up to 15-20 knots. Mr. Porter said seas could reach heights of seven
to nine feet by Tuesday morning.

“We expect a lot of rain, high seas
and strong winds,” he said. “The worst of it will come mainly over Cayman

Forecasters expected the bad
weather to hang around right through Thursday and even possibly into Friday.

If the system were to develop
further, Mr. Porter said, it was expected to occur to the west or northwest of
Grand Cayman and then proceed into western Cuba, the Bahamas and south Florida.

Once this tropical disturbance
moves out, forecasters believe the Caribbean could “reload” and produce another
area of weather that could form a tropical depression over next weekend or
early next week. That system could again bring heavy rains to the western
Caribbean and Florida.

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