|Monthly Agro-Meteorology Bulletin|
NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE
MONTHLY AGROMETEOROLOGICAL BULLETIN
Produced: CLIMATE SECTION
Volume 2 Issue 2 March, 2013
Weather & Climate Summary for Belize (January and February 2013).
Rainfall collected from agro-meteorological stations across the country for the month of January and February, showed that most of the stations in January, received rainfall above their normal, whilst in the month of February most stations received rainfall below their normal.
The main rainfall producers in these two months were related to moist north-easterly airflow, frontal passages and upper level troughs.
Assessment of the drought conditions over inland areas of the country, showed that, that part of the country which had been experiencing severe meteorological drought conditions since June-July-August(JJA) period had lessened to moderate meteorological drought in the November-December-January period(NDJ. This was due mainly above normal rainfall that was received in the month of January 2013.
In the December-January-February (DJF) assessment of the rainfall showed that the moderate drought that were affecting over inland areas of the country have disappeared. The drought conditions have emerged over the south of the country.
Note: Drought is simply the deficiency of rainfall.
Definitions of the drought terms:
Weather outlook for the month of March
Below Normal rainfall is expected over northern areas of the country and Normal over other areas.
The rainfall that is expected over some district stations is as follows.
Above normal temperature can be expected over Belize and her coastal waters for March 2013.
Probabilistically, there is a
40% chance of above normal temperature
35% chance of near normal temperature
25% chance of below normal temperature
Seasonal precipitation forecast for the March thru May 2013(MAM)
There is higher chance for above Normal rainfall to occur over the entire country during MAM season. With the expected above normal rainfall conditions during the MAM season, also with ENSO Neutral conditions which usually indicate a normal rainfall pattern for Belize, drought conditions will not like to enhanced over much of the country except for Inland and Northern areas. Thus those areas can expect to see slight to moderate meteorological drought occurring.
Provided: By Caribbean Institute of Meteorology & Hydrology (CIMH)
Agricultural Information was provided by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Cattle Sweep Testing Being Carried Out In Belize
On Monday, February 25th, for the first time in many years, Belize began the legal exportation of cattle into Mexico. As many as 44 cattle were trucked into the northern country to officially mark the beginning of Belize's formal trade of cattle into Mexico. According to the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jose Alpuche, Belize has been certified as being a country that Mexico can import cattle from.
This certification came about when; the Ministry of Agriculture last year began a Cattle Sweep program in Belize. This pilot project started in the Blue Creek area in the Orange District. The sweep entails testing cattle for Brucellosis and Tuberculosis as well as tagging and placing the tested and tagged animals in a registry. This sweep is necessary if Belize were to be able to legally export cattle to Mexico. Due to international pressures in animal health after outbreaks of diseases in cattle such as Madcow and Foot & Mouth diseases, the exportation of cattle from Belize became hindered and it was only through the sweep that the Blue Creek herd could have been certified for export to Mexico. The Blue Creek herd, which has now been certified, consists of some 18 thousand heads. Through the sweep, animals are traced from their birth to the point of expiration and records are kept on each of the animals.
Next Bulletin will be issued in the Month April 2013.