Suspected lightning strike knocks out climate radar generator

Suspected lightning strike knocks out weather radar generator

Cayman’s National Weather Service radar is currently down for repairs after a suspected lightning strike, NWS Director General John Tibbetts confirmed.

Tibbetts, in an emailed response to queries from the Cayman Compass Tuesday, said the Kearney Gomez Doppler Radar went down Friday.

However, he said the issue with the radar is being resolved and it will be up and running by Wednesday, 18 Aug.

He explained that the generator at the radar site in High Rock went down and it is believed this was triggered by a possible lightning strike but that was “unconfirmed”.

National Weather Service Director General John Tibbetts.

At present, the NWS site and weather notices have advised the public that the radar is down for maintenance.

The director general said repairs to the radar will cost about $7,500.

With the radar down, Tibbetts said, NWS now has no system that shows…