Seasonal Precipitation & Temperature Outlook
( August-September-October 2016) &
(November-November 2016-Janaury 2017)
Several agro-meteorological stations across the country were used to make the seasonal precipitation and temperature forecast for the period August-September-October 2016 and November-December 2016-January 2017 This was done by using the data set for the period 1979 to June 2016, along with Global Models, Observations, Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) and Subjective Input.
The forecast is issued in the form of terciles probabilities of above normal, normal and below normal. The probabilities add up to 100%.
Above Normal - (33% of highest values in the dataset)
Near Normal - (33% of middle values in the dataset)
Below Normal - (33% of lowest values in the dataset)
Thus based on the dataset for 1979 to June 2016, using the Climate Predictability Tool (CPT), along with Gobal Models as gusidance and Subjective input the rainfall forecast for Belize for period August-September-October 2016 is going for Above Normal rainfall for the Entire Country,
Above Normal Temperatures for Belize and Her coastal waters during the ASO and NDJ period.
Precipitation Outlook for the period August-September-October 2016
Rainfall amounts that are expected across districts stations during August-September-October 2016 are as follows.
Accumulated rainfall totals for the ASO 2016 season are likely to range from 600mm to 800mm over northern areas (Corozal &Orange Walk). Over west central (Cayo: Central Farm Belmopan and Spanish Lookout) range from 700 to 900mm Whiles in Baldy Beacon area projecting 1200 - 1500mm of rainfall.
Accumulated rainfall totals for the ASO 2016 season are likely to range from 700mm to 900mm along central coast ( Belize District) . The South accumulated total are likely to be 1200-1900mm i.e (Pomona, Middlesex, Melinda Savannah and Punta Gorda).
The rainfall forecast for Belize for period November-December2016-January 2017 is going for Above Normal rainfall for the Entire Country .
Temperature Forecast for the period August-September-October 2016 is going for Above Normal as indicated on the Maps Below.
What influences the next season? Model guidance shows that there is a 50% confidence that a weak La Niña should be in place by August-September -October 2016 and 60% confidence that La Niña will be in place by ND16J2017. La Niña tends to suppress drought situation in the western Caribbean, during La Niña the winds are lighter and hence give way to more convection built up.
The expected impact on the rainfall for Belize for period ASO period is for POSSIBLE FLOODING in the south.
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