The unofficial rainy season went out with splash Monday as several inches of
rain flooded roads and continued to dampen the 2005 Pirates Week
Cayman Islands National Meteorological Service weather forecaster Avalon
Porter said 3.5 inches of rain had fallen between 7am Sunday and 7am Monday and
that up to an inch more of rain was expected through the end of Monday.
“This rain is from a combination of factors.” Mr. Porter said. “There’s a
tropical wave to our south, a surface trough that is from the remains of
(Hurricane) Beta, and a cold front that is lingering in the area.”
October is statistically the rainiest month of the year in the Cayman
Mr. Porter said 15.7 inches of rain had fallen this October through Monday
morning. While that figure represented almost twice the average October rainfall
of 8.55 inches, it was far from the record.
“The most we’ve had in October is 22.06 inches in 1998,” Mr. Porter said.
This year’s October rainfall, however, is a stark contrast to the 2.49 inches
of rain that fell last October.
Although many consider the rainy season to run from May to October, Mr.
Porter pointed out that November can still be quite wet.
“We’ve had Novembers with 22 inches of rain,” he said, adding that November
rainfall often exceeds rainfall in May, which is considered one of the rainy
Mr. Porter said the forecast for Grand Cayman this week calls for partly
cloudy skies on Tuesday, but another tropical wave is scheduled to move into the
area on Wednesday, bringing showers and isolated thunderstorms through
It was still too early to tell what the weather would be like this coming
weekend, Mr. Porter said.
Pirates Week district Heritage Days are scheduled throughout the week, and
the pirates landing and parade, postponed last Saturday, has been rescheduled
for this coming Saturday.