Persistent rain continued to drench Cayman on Tuesday, and forecasters from the Cayman Islands National Weather Service believe the inclement weather will continue through the end of the week.
The rain did not impact operations at Owen Roberts International Airport Tuesday, although two outgoing flights were canceled and a few flights were diverted to alternate locations on Monday.
Shamal Clarke, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said Tuesday morning that the precipitation is normal for this time of year and that it will likely continue until the weekend.
“It looks like it will continue at least through Friday. Right now, the models are indicating it will be light to moderate Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” he said. “Given that there is a surface trough interacting with an upper level trough, it tends to produce a lot of rain. That’s the case at the moment.”
The rain impacted operations at the local courthouse on Tuesday. Summary Court matters scheduled for Court 7, on the ground floor of Kirk House, had to be relocated because of water on the floor.
Magistrate Philippa McFarlane was forced to hold court in Court 4, around the corner of the building, due to the precipitation. A maintenance company was contacted to clean the excess water.
Rhonda Verhoeven, business development and marketing manager for the Cayman Islands Airports Authority, said flights were proceeding as normal on Tuesday. Four flights were diverted over the last few days due to low visibility as a result of the wet weather surrounding the airport.
Two incoming flights – one from Tampa and one from Houston – were rerouted to Montego Bay, Jamaica over the last few days, said Ms. Verhoeven. There was also a Cayman Airways flight from Honduras rerouted to Cayman Brac and a British Airways flight that went back to Nassau, Bahamas.
Mr. Clarke said that he expected a break in the weather to occur this weekend.
“The break that I’m seeing based on analysis will come Saturday mid-morning or afternoon,” he said.
When asked how the precipitation will impact Cayman, Mr. Clarke said that it could be a good thing. “My personal opinion is that it helps to maintain the water balance,” he said Tuesday morning. “Sometimes, we tend to have dry periods. This helps to replenish some of that water loss.”
Meanwhile, the U.S. National Hurricane Center indicated a large weather system, producing heavy rains from east of Belize to the Florida peninsula, showed limited possibility of tropical development in coming days.
Over the next five days, however, as the system moves northward into the central or eastern Gulf of Mexico, the possibility of formation will increase to 40 percent.
“Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible across western Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and much of Florida during the next several days,” the National Hurricane Center forecast said.