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Jun 18, 2020

A Tropical Wave Caused the Heavy Rains!

If you’re wondering what pushed all the rains over Belize in the past twenty-four hours, the National Met Service says it is just a tropical wave. These usually cross the country every three days but during the rainy season some waves are more likely to bring a little bit more activity with it and because of favourable atmospheric conditions can result in thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. Today, Deputy Chief Met Officer Ronald Gordon tells us more about the weather conditions we experienced.

 

Ronald Gordon, Deputy Chief Meteorologist

“We had a Tropical Wave that crossed us late on Tuesday. Behind that Tropical Wave, very moist and unstable conditions developed. Parts of the country, especially central areas received very heavy rainfall. Reports to us are that Belmopan actually received up to four inches of rainfall from midnight to about eleven this morning, from our automatic weather stations that we are constantly monitoring.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Any other parts of the country received high rainfall?”

 

Ronald Gordon

Ronald Gordon

“Yes. Actually, the entire Belmopan area going towards Middlesex down towards Red Bank in the Stann Creek; so that entire area which is situated in the eastern to north eastern slopes of the Maya Mountains.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Do we know for how long those rains lasted?”

 

Ronald Gordon

“Well, the rainfall started to occur from yesterday. Belmopan received about an inch and a half yesterday. But the bulk of the rainfall occurred early this morning and persisted I guess up until about mid-morning.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“But at this time of the year, it is not unusual?”

 

Ronald Gordon

“It is the hurricane season and it is rainy season, so it is not unusual to have these heavy rainfall events.  However, usual, anything that we refer to normal we have to put it in perspective; especially the rainfall that we are seeing for June so far is indicating to us that we are going to be above normal if you average it out over thirty years. And this year so far it appears that we are looking at an above rainfall at least for this month.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And so with this level of rainfall, the floods are expected?”

 

Ronald Gordon

“Yes when you have especially heavy rainfall in a very short period of time and also topography. The areas that we are looking at are mountainous areas and leads to flash flooding and that type of thing.”


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