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National Meteorological Service of Belize

 

Climate Section

 

Monthly Rainfall Summary for December 2013

 

Introduction

 

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.

 

RAINFALL IN (MM)

 

August

 

September

 

October

 

November

 

December

December (Normal)

Analysis (December)

 

 Stations

 

2013

 

2013

 

2013
2013
2013

(1981-2010)

2013

 

PHILIP GOLDSON (Airport)

341.5

 

230.3

 

411.2
239.7 387.9

(107.6 - 162.1)

AN

St. John's Collage (Bze City)

 

418.2

 

301.6

 

257.8
363 507.4

194.3 (Average)

 AN

GALESPT

 

NA

 

236.4

NA

NA NA

 NA

 NA

BELMOPAN

 

460.5

 

269.5

 

396.3
217.4 256.5

(93 - 169.5)

AN

TOWERHILL

 

315.3

 

267.1

 

286.8
196.7 195.4

(43.3 - 67.7)

AN

LIBERTAD

 

194.3

 

354.4

 

288.8
263.2 115.6

(43.5 - 100.5)

AN

SAVANNAH

 

450.6

 

230

 

671.5
192.4 242

(108.6 - 160.7)

AN

PUNTA GORDA

 

637.8

 

464.4

 

488.9
245.1 167.3

(165.4 - 228.3)

N

CENTRAL FARM

221.2 205.6

 

318.3
351.1 305.3

(98.3- 135.9)

AN

BIG FALLS SOUTH (PG)

547.9 337.5

 

NA
NA NA

(151.6 - 196.0)

NA

BALDY BEACON

228.5 154

 

378.9
433.7 351.9

 

 

MELINDA

306.5 368

 

514.5
197.7 338.2

(105.9 - 185.3)

AN

MIDDLESEX

566.8 371

 

583.8
165.3 276.9

(149.1 - 233.3)

AN

BELIZEZOO

374.4 461.3 179.6 205.6 228.2

 

 

CHACREEK

168.3 200.6

 

167.1
337 319.9

(113.9) Average

AN

SPANISH LOOKOUT

250.1 222.3

 

244.3
114.3 222.5

(72.6 - 122.3)

AN

RIO BRAVO

359.7 257.2

 

263.6
174.5 132.7

(61.2)

Average

AN

LA DEMOCRCIA

436.6 295.

 

498.7
204.6 263.4

(227.0) Average

AN

BARTON CREEK

NA NA

 

464.6
389.3 410.3

(133.1) Average

AN

POMONA

332.1 375.3

 

546.6
245.5 294.8

(147.9 - 207.4)

AN

BIG FALLS PLANTATION

410.1 328.7

 

NA
179.8 132.9

(171.3) Average

 

 

 

 

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.