While Christmas was traditionally a period in which people like to think happy thoughts and ‘perhaps don’t always pay as much attention to the weather’ as during hurricane season, rain next month is not unheard of, said meteorologist Cédric Van Meerbeeck.
In 2013, the Christmas Eve floods caused death and destruction in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia, the specialist recalled while speaking at the Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum.
He ruled out forecasts of major droughts for any part of the region during the coming dry season, which, he said, is positive, but on the other hand, we are coming out of the rainy season with soils that, in many places, are quite soaked.
He placed the greatest risks in the Guyanas, Aruba, Curaçao, Bonaire, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Barbados, and then less so to the north, he said.
The world is experiencing La Niña, which tends to ‘influence our weather patterns on the seasonal time scale here,’ the expert argued.