|Monthly Rainfall Summary|
National Meteorological Service of Belize
Monthly Rainfall Summary for December 2013
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.
Climatologically, December is normally characterizes by a moist and unstable northerly airflow, that normally resulted from the nearness or the passages of cold fronts.
December 2013 no frontal boundary (cold fronts) crossed the country, however the nearness of a few frontal boundary a persistance high pressure ridge and a few upper level troughs near or over the country resulted in very wet weather country wide. All stations received rainfall way above their normal except the extreme south (Punta Gorda) which got normal rainfall as noted in (Table 1). These high amounts of rainfall caused several parts of the country to be affected by flooding. These flood caused severe damages to roads and streets, especially in Belize City which received 507.4mm or 19.9 inches the highest monthly total on record. The second highest monthly total for month of December for Belize city was in 1976, when the city recorded 434.4mm or 17.1 inches. Crops and life stock were also heavily affected. The entire country is not experiencing any sort of Drought and this is projected remain through February 2014.
Table 1: Shows the monthly rainfall for August-September-October-November-December 2013 along with the Normal for December.
Note: Stations in red indicates Average for less than 30yrs.
AN= Above Normal.
N = Normal
BN= Below Normal
Assessment of the Country Rainfall
Assessment of the country’s rainfall for December 2013 showed that beside from the extreme South (Punta Gorda) all stations received rainfall way above their norm. Belize City was the wettest.
January rainfall summary will be issued in the first week of Febuary 2014.