Hurricane season leaves Caribbean unscathed

| 29/11/2013

(CNS): Despite forecast of a stormy time in the Atlantic this hurricane season, the CaymanIslands was undisturbed by extreme weather and experts say that 2013 was the quietest season for three decades. The season ends tomorrow with just two hurricanes on record and for the first time in nearly 20 years there were no major Atlantic hurricanes at all. The close of the season also coincides with the new local celebration of Cayman Thanksgiving which starts today with the Homecoming Concert at the Agricultural Pavilion.  In a message from London the premier urged people to donate their hurricane supplies to the less fortunate and give thanks that we survived another season.

"Be thankful that we have escaped, unscathed, another hurricane season. Take the hurricane stocks of food and first aid supplies that you thankfully didn’t have to use this year and donate them to a food bank or make a basket of goodies for someone less fortunate in your community,” said Alden McLaughlin.

Although experts had predicted an “active to "extremely active" season of seven to 11 hurricanes no serious storms materialized but the forecasters were not far wrong on numbers as there were 13 named storms, which is an above-average number.

"We wound up having an unpredictable atmospheric pattern that set up during August, September and October," NOAA’s lead hurricane forecaster Gerry Bell stated this week "And that pattern brought a lot of dry and stable air, and also strong wind shear into the main hurricane development region. It really suppressed the number of hurricanes and major hurricanes from what was expected."

Although the storms that formed were suppressed by other conditions Bell said the number continues the trend over the last two decades.

"There's no indication that climate patterns that have been producing more hurricanes are dissipating," Bell said as he urged everyone to remain cautious and pointed out that Mexico suffered three hurricanes and five tropical storms. And although it is unlikely that the region will see any more storm after this weekend It's not impossible for an Atlantic hurricane to develop past November.

In the meantime, locally weather experts are forecasting continued rain in the Cayman area this weekend as a result of a weakening front east of the Cayman area and radar images show a north to south line of moderate showers over Grand Cayman moving southwest.

See McLaughlin’s full speech below for Cayman Thanksgiving below

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hurricane supplies?  When you can just fly to Miami get drunk and shop?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you sky fairy for using your magic to kill other people.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Everyone is intitled to their opinion god or otherwise, no need for discussion or disagreement.

    • Anonymous says:

      The original poster implied that a conscious onmipotent power controlled world weather systems.  This is of scientific importance and therefore worthy of debate.  And also I would like to dance on a Sunday.  And buy my food for the week.

      • Anonymous says:

        You have 6 days to buy your food for the week and dance. Take a chill pill on Sunday.

    • Anonymous says:

      So you support the abolition of blashpemy laws and the restrictions on obeah?

  4. Anonymously says:

    All things work for good to them that love The Lord.

    • Anonymous says:

      Slaves, be subject to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and equitable but also to those who are perverse.  Since we are quoting the Bible, and all. 

    • Diogenes says:

      If you think that is the cause of hurricane avoidance all those faithful church attenders in Tacloban may have a view.  

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you God for protecting us this hurricane season!! Nothing more than plenty rain.

    For those that faced disasters this year I pray for a quick recovery… The Phillipines with the recent typhoon and parts of the US that were hit with deadly tornadoes in the recent weeks.

    We here in the Cayman Islands have so much to thank God for….

    • Anonymous says:

      So God decided to flatten part of the Phillipines but spare the Cayman Islands?  Run this past me again.  I think the weather model that does not involve an imaginary figure explains things so much better.

      • Anonymous says:

        Take a chill pill guys. The OP was just expressing some gratitude. Gratitude is skillful. 

        • Anonymous says:

          Here is a sentence "I am grateful we did not have to experience a hurricane event this season".  That is gratitude.  No need for religion in expressing gratitude.  So your word "just" is trying to minimise the accreditation of that gratitude to someone/something.  Here is another one "I am grateful that by avoiding indoctrination while a child I was able to consider for myself whether there is a god and having pursued education to a high level, I have weighed up the arguments and come to the view that there is no credible case for the Judeo-Christian model deity".

      • Anonymous says:

        Do I believe in God yes.

        Why one nation would get damaged by a hurricane and another does not I will never know and neither will anyone else.

        Does it mean we are more chirstian then them, No!

        I dont think it has anything to do with it.

    • Anonymous says:

      why did god protect us and cripple the Phillipines?

      there are millions of Christians there

      • Jack says:

        Cayman was protected by the presence of Big Mac, whose shoes are clean and hands are full, or however that went.  Anyway, just be thankful that he is here and he prayed for us this season… and that he prayed for here to be no crime in Cayman – that was an important one too.  Yes, we are thankful for Big Mac indeed.  The sky fairy loves Big Macaroni.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, yes it was God that saved us, God and Jebus.

    • And AnotherTing says:

      Thanks to the Father  of the Universe, ever faithful ever loving, Lord of Lords , Lion of Judah, everlasting ever  Faithful  Jah Rastafari.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think you'll find the correct term is "Allah".

        • Anonymous says:

          Allah is a pagan moon god who was among the pantheon of pagan gods worshipped at the Kaaba long before the rise of Islam.  He is not Yahweh. 

      • Anonymous says:

        And what about the Weather Chanel?? Poor Guys had nothing to really get excited about…