|Monthly Rainfall Summary|
National Meteorological Service of Belize
Monthly Rainfall Summary for May 2015
Rainfall summaries are prepared by the Climate Section of the National Meteorological Service of Belize. The meteorological service maintains a network of over 25 rainfall stations that are situated across the country mainly in agriculture area. Rainfall is read at 9:00am each morning and this represents the rainfall for the previous 24hours.
Climatological the month May is the transition period from the dry to the wet season. The rain normally starts in the last two weeks of May in the south of the country and works it ways to the north to start the wet season which starts the first of June and run thru the end of November or rather the Atlantic Basin Hurricane season. The main weather features that normally influence the weather are Upper Level Troughs and late season cold fronts.
This summary looks at the rainfall pattern for May 2015. The first three days in month of May were rather cool and slightly wet and this was due to the close proximity of a late season cold front near region. A dry and gusty east to south-easterly airflow prevails thereafter, up until the thirteen of the month.
An upper level trough supported a divergent pattern over the south which resulted in showers and thunderstorms affecting the south of the country on the fourteen and fifteen. Two more upper level troughs affected the country on the twenty-third and the thirty-first, resulting in showers and thunderstorms in the south of the country once more.
Table shows the rainfall for May 2015 against the normal (1981-2010).
In conclusion the Month of May 201 was mostly dry for the entire country for the first two weeks and in the last two weeks the rain was right on its climatological trend with rain starting in the extreme south of the country.
The next rainfall summary will be out in the first week of July 2015.