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Jun 1, 2020

10 Inches of Rainfall – More to Come Says the MET!

Ronald Gordon

As you heard in that story, more than twenty people are now in a shelter in Saint Matthew’s Village where they experienced flash floods over the weekend. But what exactly caused the heavy rains? The National Met Service says that early last week, there were indications that a low pressure system could develop in the eastern pacific moving northward.  Well that brought some rains, as many as ten inches, and according to the Deputy Chief Met, there may be more rains coming in the next few days.

 

Ronald Gordon, Deputy Chief Met, National Met Service

“We at the national met service were closely monitoring that system. Eventually it developed on Saturday and it was declared tropical depression number two by the national hurricane center of the eastern pacific. That system became tropical storm Amanda, later on early Sunday and eventually moved into Guatemala and dissipated over the mountainous terrain of that country. That system was responsible for drawing up a lot of moisture from the pacific into our area creating a lot of heavy rain fall that led to the flooding over the country.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Do we know what level of rainfall we saw over the country this weekend?”

 

Ronald Gordon

“We have reports of upwards of ten inches of rainfall falling in Belmopan and also in the north western portions of the country; our station at Rio Bravo also recorded over ten inches of rain fall over the weekend.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“But this is nothing abnormal, considering the times that we are in?”

 

Ronald Gordon

“It is a lot of rainfall for a very short period of time, so I wouldn’t say it is normal; it is actually above average rainfall for two days. So, it is above average rainfall. But, yes , we are approaching the hurricane season and typically we have that type of large circulation developing in the pacific that tends to bring more moisture in our area.  Yes we do expect more rain to come. The system that was tropical storm Amanda has actually moved up towards Yucatan as a remnant low pressure area and it is forecast to emerge into the bay of Campeche later today or tonight and there is a high chance that the system could redevelop into another tropical depression. If it does and it becomes a storm once more, it will become a new name storm because it has crossed basin. But this system as it lingers over the area will continue to draw moisture from the pacific area and we are expecting heavy rainfalls especially at night time, especially over northern and central parts of the country for the next few nights.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And that heavy rainfall will be concentrated where – more north or the entire country?”

 

Ronald Gordon

“Mostly north and central areas, however, we could have rainfall anywhere but the bulk of the rainfall is forecasted for the northern and central parts of the country and for that reason we maintain our flood alert for the entire country but especially for residents along rivers and streams who reside in those areas and also in low-lying and flood prone areas of the country.”


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