Reported by Don Thompson at location in Belmopan 17'15" N, 88'47" W
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The area surrounding Belize has become unusually moist for this time of year. There has been more showers over the past 24 hours, with an additional 12 mm of rain. It now looks like the arrival of the dry air may be delayed. The total rainfall for January 2012 was recorded to be 222.5 mm or 8.8 inches. This is above normal. The soil moisture is high for this time of year, good new crops but not so good for crops maturing.
A disturbance formed over Belize last night. In Belmopan the rain began at 3 AM and continued for several hours. There were a few more showers mid morning. I measured a rainfall of 22 mm. The cloud tops of weather system should slowly drift to the north. This will cause the system to dissipate during the day, however, there could be some redevelopment late tonight before drier weather moves in.
The cold fronts are continuing to stay north of Belize allowing for warmer than usual weather with fairly light winds. Some showery weather is developing to the south and east which may start to affect Belize later today.
A cold front passing to the north of Belize, has produced a moist north east air flow over the Yucatan. This resulted in significant rainfall overnight and again this morning. I have measured just over 2 inches of rain (53 mm). The weather cleared around noon time leaving behind low cloud. The cold front is still north of Belize. The total rainfall so far this month is 126 mm or 5 inches. This could mean above average rainfall for January 2012.
An approaching cold front is causing instability in the NW Caribbean. An area of rain is situated off the east coast of the Yucatan. Overnight I measured about 22 mm of rainfall here in Belmopan. Over the past 2 days there has been about 35 mm of rain. The total rainfall for all of 2011 measured at my location in Belmopan was 2214 mm or 87.2 inches which is about normal for this area. There were no significant storms here in Belize in 2011.