Belize Drought Outlook
Drought Outlook ( 6 Month's SPI outlook September 2016 to February 2017)
December Update (Using data up to November 2016)
Drought Update: There is a drought warning for west central areas (most of the Cayo District). Most other areas of the country are under a drought watch except for southern coastal areas where there is no drought concern.
Long Term Drought Outlook
This 12-month SPI-based drought outlook uses observations until July 2016, with potential impacts on large surface water reserves and groundwater. In general, impacts are expected if the 12-month SPI is ≤-1.3 (very dry or worse – ref.: CDPMN).
Drought Outlook ( 12 Month's SPI outlook June 2016 to May 2017)
December Update (Using the data up to November 2016)
Drought Update: There is a Drought Watch for the northwest portions of the country (NW Orange Walk district) and also along southern Coastal Toledo District. There is no drought concern for the remainder of the country.
Forecast Drought Condition for Belize is done by using Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI)
The Standardised Precipitation Index (SPI), developed by T.B. Mckee, N.J. Doesken and J. Kleist (McKee et al. 1993) of Colorado State University is an index that, if used carefully, can provide early warning of an extended drought period and aid in assessing drought severity. It can also provide similar information at the other end of the spectrum- extremely high precipitation. SPI is basically a representation of rainfall in units of standard deviation. Positive values indicate greater than median rainfall; negative values indicate less than median rainfall. Belize is now using this tool for early drought warning.
Table SPI classification (CIMH)
A three-month SPI analysis reflects short to medium term moisture and can give an indication of available moisture conditions at the beginning of the growing season. A six-month SPI analysis reflects medium term trends in rainfall and is effective in showing rainfall distribution over distinct seasons as well as being associated with anomalous stream flows and reservoir levels, which takes longer to manifest itself than does agricultural drought. A twelve-month SPI can indicate the potential periods of shortfall in groundwater amounts.
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Next Drought Statement will be issued by 1st week of January 2017