Members of the Cayman Islands Government’s Finance Committee heard on 22 June that the Cayman Islands will be receiving its long awaited Doppler Radar by the end of next year.
Cayman Islands National Weather Service Director General Fred Sambula said there has been $940,000 appropriated in the government’s budget to make the radar a reality. The money has been made available as the result of an European Union Grant Contract.
“The radar has a regional and international dimension that will integrate with other radars in the region to see systems from the east and west from up to 400 kilometres away,” Mr. Sambula said. He said the system will integrate with others in areas like Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Belize, Barbados and Guyana.
“Our radar will work with the others to develop a picture that can be tracked online in real time.
This will also assist people coming into the region from outside. This regional and global component is another one of the real strengths this radar will avail us of,” Mr. Sambula said. “Anything that is coming now we will be able to see from say 300 miles away, which we are currently unable to do. Simply put it will allow us to improve our preparedness exponentially.”
Mr. Sambula summed up the immediate importance of the radar for the Cayman Islands.
“Everyone realizes the importance of being prepared and this tool will provide us with the very highest standard of storm detection, saving lives as a result.”