Weekend Rainfall as Predicted, More Expected by Next Weekend

Weekend Rainfall as Predicted, More Expected by Next Weekend

And while the weather over the weekend was problematic in some areas, it didn’t come as a surprise. That’s because the National Meteorological Service had projected that the weekend would see lots of rainfall. Chief Meteorologist Ronald Gordon explained that the atmospheric conditions were conducive to lots of rain and thunderstorm activity, with some areas seeing just under a foot of rain. Gordon says we’ll be seeing a break from the rains during the week, but more is coming closer to the weekend.

Ronald Gordon, Chief Meteorologist: “Our network of automatic weather stations across the country up to this morning showed that between Friday and Monday morning which is this morning we had rainfalls in the range of up to eleven inches in particular August Pine Ridge our weather station there recorded 288.2 mm which works out to be about 11.3 inches of rainfall. Other notable areas are Little Belize with about 8 inches of rainfall and when you look at even down to the Belize City region and the Hattieville area we had rainfall in excess of six inches over the past four days. In the west at Mollejon we had about four inches more or less and then lesser values further south we’re looking at about two to five inches in some areas down south. But overall the focus was up over Northern Belize where the significant amount of rainfall occurred over the weekend. Now looking forward we noticed that the low pressure system is forecast to move in the Bay of Campeche and eventually may become a tropical cyclone. As it moves away from us it will take some of that energy and moisture away so we will see a slight decrease however the broad circulation will persist so moisture will remain relatively high. I’m looking at daily total of about one inch of rainfall, with maximum of two inches for about today, Tuesday into Wednesday. And then Thursday another mid level trough will approach us supporting another increase in moisture with totals going up to about four maybe six inches in localized areas. So to summarize there will be a slight break, not completely dry, we’re still in the rainy season but there will be a slight break up to about Wednesday and then going Wednesday night into Thursday there will be  another surge in moisture and rainfall across the country based on the forecast model.”

Gordon noted, that while flood warnings are in the purview of the National Hydrology Service, it can be expected that some areas may be in danger of flooding due to the increased rainfall. He noted that runoff water from excessive rainfall in neighboring countries like Mexico may also be a concern for Belize going forward.

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