|Yearly Weather Summary|
YEARLY RAINFALL SUMMARY
Weather summary for Belize 2014 was done using data collected from several of the weather stations that is located across the country. This summary deals with the rainfall and temperature pattern for 2014 against the 1981-2010 normal. It also seeks to see if records were set or broken and also looked at the major weather patterns that influence the weather in 2014. The summary divide the year into bins or season, that is months which have similar climatological characteristics of rainfall and temperature. These bins or seasons that were used in the summary are as follows .
i. December, January, February (DJF)
ii. March, April, May (MAM)
iii. June, July, August (JJA)
iv. September, October, November (SON)
The DJF is the transition period from the wet season to dry season. In January and February of 2014 a total of five (5) Cold Fronts and two (2) Surface Troughs was the main producer of rainfall across the country. The rainfall for January shows that the central coast of the country, the inland areas and the extreme south received rainfall above their normal, whiles the rest of the country got below normal rainfall. In February most of the country received below normal rainfall except Pomona, Savannah Forest Station and Punta Gorda Agricultural station that received above normal rainfall.
Dry Season March April &May (MAM)
A total of six(6) cold fronts made their way across the country during this period. In the month of March the passage of three cold fronts made its way across the country. The rainfall that came with the passage of these fronts resulted in the Philip Goldson International Airport , Pomona and Melinda station receiving rainfall slightly above their norm, the rest of country was below normal. In the month of April 2 cold fronts crossed the country, the extreme north of the country received rainfall way above their normal. In the month of May the rainfall was right on time. One late season cold front and upper level trough resulted in the entire country receiving rainfall way above their climatological normal for the month of May. The rainfall for MAM season range from below normal in the extreme to north of the country to above normal in extreme south of the country as indicated in the Graph1below.
Rainy Season June, July & August (JJA)
The June is the start of the rainy and hurricane season. June 2014 saw the passage of two tropical wave and upper level trough, none of these systems produced any significant amounts of rainfall. The entire country received rainfall way below their normal. Philip Goldson International Airport received 20.1 mm of rainfall this is the third lowest from the 1953 to 2014 historical data. The month July and August saw passage of eight (8) tropical waves none of these waves produced any significant amounts of rainfall, result shows the entire country received rainfall below their normal. As Graph 2 above shows that for the JJA period the rainfall was below Normal.
September, October & November (SON)
The SON period is the heart of the rainy season and also the peak of the hurricane season. A total of nine (9) tropical , along with four (4) cold fronts, three(3) surface troughs and upper level troughs impacted the country . No tropical cyclone affected the country. For the SON period the rainfall was above normal for most of the country as indicated in the Grapph3 below.
December 2014 two cold fronts and upper level charts impact the country. This resulted in the north of the country receiving above normal rainfall , whiles the rest of country got normal to below normal rainfall. Overall rainfall 2014 was normal to slightly below normal as shows in the Graph 4 .
Most areas of the country received average temperature above their normal.