Another nor’wester on the way

Waves crash over the deck of the Lobster Pot in George Town last weekend as a nor’wester churned the seas along the west coast of Grand Cayman, disrupting boating and other water sports activities. – PHOTO: KELSEY JUKAM

A week after huge waves battered the Cayman Islands, forecasters say another nor’wester will move into the area Friday.

The new system will again bring rough seas and high winds, though probably not to the extreme seen last weekend, according to the Cayman Islands National Weather Service.

The front will move through overnight Thursday and Friday morning and, Weather Service Chief Meteorologist Kerry Powery said, “You’ll see the rough seas coming in on Friday.”

He said any rain through the rest of the week will likely be on Thursday or Friday as the front passes through.

“This won’t be like last weekend,” Mr. Powery said, when the storm moved in Friday evening, churning the seas along Grand Cayman’s western coast, disrupting boating and other water sports activities.

Wave heights in the coming storm will likely be 4 to 6 feet, compared to the 9-foot waves last weekend that sent surf crashing over waterfront restaurants in George Town and West Bay.

“We hadn’t had one of those in quite a while,” he said, noting the strength of the most recent storm.

The Weather Service has issued a warning for small vessels from Friday through the weekend.

Mr. Powery said the area is “getting into a cycle of frequent cold fronts making it into our area.” He said the pattern of cold fronts moving in from the northwest will likely continue for the next couple of weeks.

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