Reported by Don Thompson at location in Belmopan 17'15" N, 88'47" W
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Since my last report there has been an increase in the level of moisture affecting Belize. For the past 9 days there has been frequent but mostly brief rain showers. However today the shower activity has been more intense. A series of thunder showers moved in from the Gulf of Honduras with Belmopan being on the northern edge of this band of showers. Rainfall for today was 12 mm or 1/2 inch. Since July 13, the total rainfall has been almost 70 mm. The ground is now pretty much saturated.
A trough of low pressure had become trapped and locked under an upper ridge and storm cells form overnight and move northward up through Central America across Belize and the Yucatan. Measured 21 mm of rain from a Thunder Shower last night in Belmopan. Off to the east in the Caribbean the weather is very dry. So the rain over Belize is a welcome relief. The image shows the position of the cells sometime after midnight last night.
Its July 1 and a weak tropical wave has arrived in Belmopan at 1 PM with a moderated rain shower. Belize should experience scattered showers over the next 24 hours. Once this wave has passed, dry air will be returning since dry air from Africa is approaching the eastern Caribbean.