Sunday, April 22, 2012

The cold front passed sometime between mid night and 4AM. The sky was clear all night so rainfall was zero. The expected rain did not occur. This does not surprise me since my past records show that around the time of the new moon the chance of rain is at its lowest. The new moon for this month was April 20. No more reports until something new develops.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The chance of rain tonight has greatly diminished. There is very little moisture flowing in from the Caribbean to collide with the air mass moving down from the north west. I estimate that there will only be about 6mm of rain.
A disturbance has developed in the Gulf of Mexico associated with the  strong cold front mentioned previously. This situation could set off some active weather over Belize tonight. Also, today the solar sunspot activity has become high. This could amplify what happens to the weather tonight. Will report on this later today.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The rainfall last night was measured to be 22mm at my location. This brings the total rainfall for April so far at 2.6 inches or 65mm. This is good because sometimes there can be no rain at all in April. A strong cold front will be approaching later in the day on Saturday. Too soon for me to tell how this will affect Belize. Wait for my next report.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A heavy thundershower started at 8:26PM and is still continuing. However the image shows the heavy rain to the north of Belmopan and not in Belmopan itself. We must be right at the southern edge of the heavy rainfall. At this time the sun is sending out some waves of ionization. This ionization could be aiding the flare up of the thunderstorm activity in this part of Central America. Also the Earth is approaching the area of the Lyrid meteor shower. It is now 8:50 PM and the rain is becoming lighter. Will report on how much rain in the morning.
An area of thundershowers developed around the region overnight. The thunder occurred mainly to the south and west of Belmopan. There was light rain from midnight to about 3 AM. Then from sunrise to about 7 AM there was a moderate rain shower with a strong NW wind. The total rainfall from the two periods of rain was 27 mm or just over one inch. The system moved from west to east and by 10 AM it had dissipated off the NE coast of Belize. Over the past 18 hours the sun has become more active with a number of sunspots popping up.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

A band of showers passed through Belmopan at noon. Rainfall amounted to about 7mm. Just enough rain to settle the dust. This was the first significant rain here in about 5 weeks. A new sunspot #1455 is forming on the sun plus the Earth is approaching the debris field of an ancient comet.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The full moon was on April 6 so the best time for rain would have been April 9 and 10. There were a few isolated thundershowers around the country but no significant rainfall. Here in Belmopan there was a trace of rain yesterday. As shown in the image the solar disk has no sunspots. This is unusual since the the sun is approaching the solar sunspot maximum. The lack of sunspot activity could create a more severe dry season than usual for Belize.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The weather is becoming hotter and more dry. The upper air flow continues from SW to NE which carries high cloud from the Pacific into the Caribbean. The sun is very quiet with respect to sunspot activity. There is no sign of any rain at the present time.