Wednesday, May 29, 2013

TS Barbara weakening. Over Belize just high cloud (altostratus) with a few drops of rain. Weather in the Caribbean much quieter than 4 days ago.

CORONAL HOLE: A hole in the sun's atmosphere--a "coronal hole"--has opened up and it is spewing solar wind into space.
Coronal holes are places where the sun's magnetic field spreads apart and allows solar wind to escape. A windy stream of plasma flowing from this particular hole should reach Earth on June 2-3.
Lets see if this has any affect on the weather when this event hits us.
Unusual weather situation. The motion of these systems is from the southwest to the east / northeast. This means the storm off the south Mexico coast is moving towards the coast. Wonder how far inland it will move.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The storm cell mentioned last night moved northward inside the coast of Belize dumping a lot rain in the process. Here in Belmopan I measured 69 mm or 2.7 inches of rain. The total rain for May now is 8.5 inches or 217 mm. The weather conditions over the past 3 days has been very complex. Development was rapid and coincided with the rapid increase of the Solar Wind and Electron Storm. Not sure if there was a connection.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Storm moving into the Toledo area. May cause some local flooding. Here in Belmopan I have measured about 88 mm of rainfall in past 24 hours. Solar Wind speed right now is a remarkable 777 km/sec but not sure how this is affecting the weather here. Strange weather, this low level surface rain is trapped under a Upper Level High Pressure off the coast of Honduras.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Rainfall last night around 3:30 AM along with strong wind. Image shows the storm cell as it was approaching Belmopan. Around 4 AM the cell expanded resulting in a period of light rain. Measured 1.3 inches or 34 mm .A cold front pushing into the west Atlantic is rotating moisture from east to west into central America and up into Belize.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The upper air Wind Shear is quite strong right across the whole Caribbean. This is squeezing the main band of active weather further to the south and southwest. There have been brief and scattered showers across Belize today from low cloud, measured 10 mm rainfall.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The upper air water vapour is now on the increase, nevertheless most of the Caribbean is still fairly quiet. There could be an increase in activity by tonight.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The cluster of active sunspots is rotating away. The activity has been short lived. Also the solar wind is decreasing. No end to the dry season is yet in sight. The tropical rain band is still far to the south. Not a good situation for an end to the dry.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The sun is beginning to become more active by sending out some X-Class solar flares, the first ones of the year. This activity could increase the possibility of some stormy weather in this region in a few weeks time. The current dry season has been quite severe and we need rain soon. The sun is suppose to be at its maximum with respect to solar activity, however, the activity has been well below normal.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The storm cell of May 2 proceeded a cooler and drier air mass that has pushed all the way down to the middle of Nicaragua  The image shows the boundary between the cooler air in blue and the more tropical air to the south. The mid west US are experiencing some unseasonably cold weather with snow.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Today was another hot day similar to yesterday. A storm cell has developed north of Belmopan. Right now at 8:50 PM we are having strong gusts of wind. There is some signs of lightening and there was a heavy rain shower for about 7 minutes around 9 PM. There is a strong wind shear from the SW tearing the top off this cell and this may limit any further development. Rainfall from storm in Belmopan only about 7 mm. Heavier rain to the east and south.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

This looks like a big storm but it is not. It is just a lot of water vapour in the upper air, very little of it is falling as rain. Total rainfall for the month of April for Belmopan was only 18 mm. Today was very hot, just over 100F. The landscape is turning a burnt brown colour. The total rainfall since the beginning of last November is only 58 cm or about 23 inches. Not a good situation.