Cayman occupied a quiet corner of the Caribbean in what was otherwise the most active Atlantic hurricane season in several years.
There were 15 named storms; seven became hurricanes, three of them major. It was also a lengthy season which included the first January storm since 1938, and the latest Central American landfall on record with last week’s arrival of Otto in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
The Cayman Islands dodged a few storms that passed through the region. Earl took on tropical strength in August shortly after passing to our south. Hermine strengthened and struck Florida after passing to our north in September. And by the time Matthew formed in October, it was propelled along a path that took it to the east of the Sister Islands. Matthew later claimed more than 1,000 lives as it struck Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
Cayman’s lack of storm activity also led to a shortfall of rain, with precipitation continuing to run far below normal levels.