Belize Drought Outlook
Drought Outlook ( 6 Month's SPI outlook January 2016 to June 2016)
March Update (Using the data up to February 2016)
Drought Update: DROUGHT WATCH is in effect for Western Central Areas of the Country. (Cayo District).
What does a Drought Watch means: that Drought is Possible.
The rest of the Country there is No Drought Concern, as seen in the map below.
Long Term Drought Outlook
1.This 12-month SPI-based drought outlook uses observations until February 2016, with potential impacts on large surface water reserves and groundwater. In general, impacts are expected if the 12-month SPI is ≤-1.3 (very dry or worse – ref.: CDPMN).
A Drought Warning is issued for Southwest Belize and
What Does a Drought Warning Means: That Drought is evolving.
Current Drought Situation:
Because of the way Above Normal rainfall that occurred over most areas of the country in February of 2016 the drought situation have ease of over much of the country thru to June 2016, except for the west central area.
Forecast Drought Condition for Belize is done by using Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI)
The Standardised Precipitation Index (SPI), developed by T.B. Mckee, N.J. Doesken and J. Kleist (McKee et al. 1993) of Colorado State University is an index that, if used carefully, can provide early warning of an extended drought period and aid in assessing drought severity. It can also provide similar information at the other end of the spectrum- extremely high precipitation. SPI is basically a representation of rainfall in units of standard deviation. Positive values indicate greater than median rainfall; negative values indicate less than median rainfall. Belize is now using this tool for early drought warning.
Table SPI classification (CIMH)
A three-month SPI analysis reflects short to medium term moisture and can give an indication of available moisture conditions at the beginning of the growing season. A six-month SPI analysis reflects medium term trends in rainfall and is effective in showing rainfall distribution over distinct seasons as well as being associated with anomalous stream flows and reservoir levels, which takes longer to manifest itself than does agricultural drought. A twelve-month SPI can indicate the potential periods of shortfall in groundwater amounts.
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Next Drought Statement will be issued by 1st week of May 2016