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FOR 2014




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 .






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Most areas of the country received average temperature above their normal.











FOR 2013




The first three months of 2013 (January-February-March) showed that rainfall collected from stations across the country were all above their normal as indicated in graph 1.  The above normal rainfall for period (JFM) was due mainly to the high amounts of rainfall that occurred in the month of January.

Graph 1

In the period February-March-April which is climatologically the heart of the dry season, the rainfall that occurred during that period were  all below normal for all stations except Belmopan which was slightly above normal as indicated in graph 2. These low rainfall totals in the FMA period resulted in much of the country experiencing moderate to severe meteorological drought.


Graph 2





Graph 3

Graph 4

The rainy season was right on time. Normally the rains start in the second week in the month of May in the south of the country and works its way to the north to start the rainy and the hurricane season which begins on 1st of June.  By the end of the May-June-July period  much of the country were already experiencing above normal rainfall as indicate in graph 5, these above normal rainfall relief the country from the drought it was experiencing in the FMA period..

Graph 5

In MJJ only one tropical system crossed the country which was Tropical Depression #2 which occurred on June 18, 2013. Tropical Depression # 2, along with several tropical waves and upper level troughs gave way to a wet MJJ season which resulted in much of the country receiving rainfall above normal.

The periods   June-July-August (graph 6), August-September-October (graph 7), September-October-November (graph 8) and October-November-December (graph 9), all received rainfall above their normal.

Graph 6


Graph 7

For Belmopan, August-September-October period was the wettest in the historical records (ASO). The ASO total for 2013 was 1126.3mm or 44.3 inches. The second highest ASO in historical records for Belmopan was the year 2001 with a total of 1069.2mm or 42.1 inches. The average for ASO for Belmopan is for 675.9mm or 26.6 inches.



Graph 8

Libertad (Corozal) the period October-November-December (OND) was the wettest in the historical records from (1981-2013) a total of 667.6mm or 26.2inches. The second highest in the historical records was the year 1998 with a total of 656.4mm or 25.8 inches.

The rainfall received in December for Belize City (St.John’s College) was 507.4 mm or 20.0 inches the highest (wettest) monthly total on record for December from the Historical records from 1965 to 2013 for Belize City. The second highest monthly total for December was in 1976 which was 434.3mm or 17.1 inches.  The average for December for Belize City is 194.3mm or 7.6mm.

Graph 9

2013 rainfall was above normal for all stations as indicated the table 1 and graph 10.  Punta Gorda was the district that received the highest yearly total 4767.2mm or 187.7inches, but Belize City (St John’s College) received the highest percentage above the normal 45%. 




% Normal

Libertad (Corozal)


1370.1mm/53.9 inches


Tower Hill (Orange Walk)


1405.7mm/55.3 inches


Rio Bravo (Orange Walk)

1678.7mm/66.8 inches

1353.9mm/53.3 inches


St John's College (Bze City)

2655.7mm/104.6 inches

1830mm/72.7 inches


Philip Goldson Airport

2628.4mm/103.5 inches

1984.3mm/78.1 inches


Belmopan (Cayo)

2608mm/102.7 inches

1920.2mm/75.6 inches


Central Farm (Cayo)

2197.2mm/86.5 inches

1599.2mm/63.0 inches


Spanish Lookout (Cayo)

1732.9mm/68.2 inches

1548.6mm/61.0 inches


Baldy Beacon (Cayo)

2620mm/173.1 inches

1836.7mm/72.3 inches


Middlesex (Stann Creek)

3268.3mm/123.7 inches

2781.4mm/109.5 inches


Pomona (Stann Creek)

3420.4mm/134.7 inches

2586mm/101.8 inches


Melinda (Stann Creek)

2707.9mm/105.6 inches

2201.6mm/86.7 inches


Savannah ( Stann Creek)       

2567.2mm/101.7 inches

2386.5mm/94.0 inches


Punta Gorda Agri. Stn

4767.2mm/187.7 inches

3713mm/146.2 inches


Note: Stations in Red indicate that the total used to calculate the normal is less than 30 years


Graph 10


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