|Monthly Rainfall Summary|
National Meteorological Service of Belize
Monthly Rainfall Summary for March 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, March is known to be mostly dry and windy, the main influence of weather are (1) gusty east to southeasterly airflow, (2) the passage of one or two cold fronts and (3) warm temperatures. March 2014 a total of three cold fronts directly affected Belize, two of these fronts cross the country and the other stalled just over northern Belize. These fronts did not produced any significant amounts of rainfall and as the table below shows most stations across the country recorded rainfall below their normal.
Table 1: Shows the monthly rainfall for January- March 2014 along with the Normal for March.
Note: Stations in red indicates less than 30yrs.
Assessment of the Country Rainfall
Assessment of the country monthly average rainfall for March 2014 for most stations showed below normal rainfall (1981-2010).
Of the seventeen stations that was used for the assessment, only three stations recorded above normal rainfall; Melinda Forest station 105.3% or 59.5mm, Pomona 104.4% or 69.0mm and Philip Goldson International Airport with 102.4% or 47.9mm.
Three stations received more than 70% of their normal; Big Falls Plantation 98.8% or 67.3mm, Spanish Lookout 97.3% or 43.1mm, Middlesex 74.2% or 50.3mm.
Eleven stations recorded below 60% of their Normal, with Central Farm in Cayo district recording the lowest percentage; Central Farm 17.4% or 7.9mm
Precipitation for the month of April 2014 is going for Below Normal rainfall for the entire country.
Next rainfall summary will be issued in the first week of May 2014.