Seasonal Precipitation & Temperature Outlook
( May-June-July 2016)
Several agro-meteorological stations across the country were used to make the seasonal precipitation and temperature forecast for the period May-June-July 2016 This was done by using the data set for the period 1979 to March 2016, along with Global Models, Observations. Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) and Subjective Input.
The forecast is issued in the form of terciles probabilities of above normal, normal and below normal. The probabilities add up to 100%.
Above Normal - (33% of highest values in the dataset)
Near Normal - (33% of middle values in the dataset)
Below Normal - (33% of lowest values in the dataset)
Thus based on the dataset for 1979 to 2016, using the Climate Predictability Tool (CPT), along with Gobal Models as gusidance and Subjective input the forecast for Belize for period May-June-July 2016 is going for Normal rainfall for the entire country Except the North which is projecting Below Normal rainfall. Above Normal Temperatures for Belize and Her coastal waters.
Precipitation Outlook for the period May-June-July 2016
Rainfall amounts that are expected across districts stations during May-June-July 2016 are as follows.
Accumulated rainfall totals for the MJJ 2016 season are likely to range from 200mm to 400mm over northern areas (Corozal &Orange Walk). Over west central (Cayo Central Farm Belmopan and Baldy Beacon) projecting 400 - 700mm of rainfall.
Accumulated rainfall totals for the MJJ 2016 season are likely to range from 600mm to 700mm along central coast ( Belize District) . The South accumulated total are likely to be 700-1400mm i.e (Pomona, Middlesex, Melinda Savannah and Punta Gorda).
Temperature Forecast for the period May-June-July 2016 are indicated on the Maps Below.
What influences the next season?
El Niño Southern Oscillation: A moderate El Niño is now weakening ; sea-surface temperatures of 1.1°C above average in the equatorial eastern Pacific (NINO3.4). Model forecast and guidance indicate a return to neutral condition in May-June-July of 2016 and 55-75% confidence and a possible transition to La Nina conditions by ASO 50-65% confidence.
The expected impact on the rainfall and temperatures for Belize for period MJJ period is for Normal rainfall over much of the country and higher temperatures.
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