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Nov 4, 2016

Rain, rain, please go away!

Incessant rains across the country have inundated parts of Belize City and the weekend forecast indicates that there are more showers ahead.  The downpour began in the wee early hours of Wednesday and has remained a prominent weather feature since, dumping almost six inches of rainfall on the Old Capital.  While there is no weather system currently being monitored by the National Meteorological Service, heavy showers at this time of year are to be expected.  News Five visited the Met Service earlier today to find out what’s up with all this water.

 

Ronald Gordon, Meteorologist, Nat’l Met Service

Ronald Gordon

“Just a bit of history.  The rainfall started about Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  Initially we had a very moist and unstable condition supporting this activity and we woke up on Wednesday morning to heavy showers and thunderstorms across the country.  There was a slight lull on Thursday, yesterday, I don‘t know if you recall that.  And then the rainfall started again today.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“How many inches of rainfall have we received over the past few days?”

 

Ronald Gordon

“Okay, immediately Belize City comes to mind.  We had about five point seven inches of rainfall over the past three days.  The rest of the country was not as bad, the focus was mostly in the northeastern portions of the country, including Belize City, Ladyville and the San Pedro area.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now what can we expect going into the weekend.  There are more rainfalls to come our way?”

 

Ronald Gordon

We expect more rainfall, however, I must say that we expect a gradual decrease.  So, in other words, the rainfall tomorrow should not be as much as we experienced today and then Sunday should be much better.  By Tuesday we are looking at generally isolated conditions, just isolated showers and so on.  Have there been any reports of flooding in low-lying areas as a result of these torrential rains? We have not received reports of widespread flooding across the country.  We know that Belize City has been receiving the normal street flooding and so on due to the rainfall, but there has not been any report coming to us about widespread flooding.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“In terms of the forecast, looking ahead, is there any system out there that we should be monitoring and what-have-you?”

 

Ronald Gordon

“Okay, I must say that the rains that we have been receiving are not from any sort of tropical systems, depression, cyclone, none at all.  These are normal rainfalls for this time of the year, we have moist northeasterly airflows over our area that persist sometimes for weeks and so it is normal November rainfall.  Currently there is no system in the Atlantic that is being monitored for development; however, we are in the hurricane season and I‘d like to advise residents to always be on the alert until the hurricane season is over.”

 

We’ll have more information on shower activities in tonight’s weather report coming up later in our newscast.

 

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