Extreme Weather Hits Belize: Stagnant Cold Front Causes Flooding, Chief Met Officer Explains
The Chief Met Officer’s warning about the possibility of extreme weather events was seen firsthand yesterday in several parts of the country. According to Gordon a stagnant cold front dropped an abnormally high amount of rainfall on coastal and northern parts of the country. Belize City was one of the impacted areas that saw various areas completely flooded. Here’s how he explained it.
Ronald Gordon, Chief Meteorologist, National Meteorological Service: “The northern coastal parts of the country saw the maximum rainfall yesterday. We, for Belize City in particular it was about four to five inches of rainfall that fell yesterday evening, well, between the whole day yesterday. San Pedro got the extreme maximum at six inches of rainfall yesterday, and Caye Caulker about five inches as well. So certainly the northern coastal parts of the country and central coastal parts received significant rainfall yesterday. This rainfall was due to a stationary front over the area coupled with unstable conditions at the higher levels that supported showers and thunderstorm activity that persisted throughout the day and intensified I think in the afternoon hours. The front has dissipated now and we are seeing a drier easterly to south easterly air flow entering the area. So far for today, conditions have improved significantly compared to yesterday and we expect that to be the case again tomorrow, Friday into the weekend. It looks like the latter part of the weekend, late Sunday into Monday, we will see another surge in moisture. We cannot say for certain if it’s going to be as intense as this particular event that we saw yesterday but certainly, for the short term, we are looking at better conditions for the weekend. It was an excessive amount of rainfall indeed. So if you look at it from a normal perspective it is a bit above normal for any particular day for you to have so much rainfall falling. So yes, the answer, the short answer is yes it’s a bit abnormal to have four to six inches of rainfall falling in that short period of time. I cannot say for certain what the cause of it is at the moment. It is too early to say that but certainly it was above normal in terms of the daily amount of rainfall for one particular day. However, we do know that we do have extreme events, or yeah, extreme events occurring from time to time. So we can expect that to occur no ?”
We made checks in various parts of the city today and found that, for the most part, many areas were back to normal.