Seasonal Precipitation Outlook
Several agro-meteorological stations across the country were used to make the seasonal precipitation forecast for the period May-June-July 2013. This was done by using the data set for the period 1981-2010, along with global models, observations 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 1981 to 2010, along with the other inputs, the rainfall forecast for (May-June-July 2013 for slightly above normal rainfall to prevail over Northern and Inland areas and Normal rainfall for southern and coastal areas.
Rainfall (Northern & Inland areas)
Probabilistically, there is a
40% chance of above normal rainfall
35% chance of near normal rainfall
25% chance of below normal rainfall
Rainfall (Coastal & Southern areas)
Probabilistically, there is a
35% chance of above normal rainfall
40% chance of Normal rainfall
25% chance of Below Normal rainfall
The rainfall that is expected over some district stations for the period May-June-July 2013, is as follows.
Libertad (Corozal) ( > 529.8mm) or ( >20.9 inches)
Tower Hill (Orange walk ( > 526.4mm) or ( >20.7 inches)
Central Coastal and Inland Areas
Philip Goldson Airport (Belize) (482.3-620.4 mm) or (18.9 - 24.4 inches)
Belmopan (Cayo) ( > 726.9 mm) or ( >28.6 inches)
Central Farm (Cayo) ( > 519.7 mm) or ( >20.5 inches)
Spanish Look out (Cayo) ( >560.4mm) or ( >22.1 inches)
Middlesex (Stann Creek) (860.5 - 1037.6 mm) or (33.9 - 40.9 inches)
Pomona (Stann Creek Valley) (692.9 - 939.8 mm) or (27.3 - 37.0 inches)
Melinda (Stann Creek Valley) (555.1 - 660.4 mm) or (21.9 - 26.0 inches)
Savannah (South Stann Creek) (562.9 - 813.5 mm) or (22.2 - 32.0 inches)
Punta Gorda (Punta Gorda) (1129.4 - 1556.9 mm) or (44.5 - 61.3 inches)
CARICOF Probabilistic Rainfall Outlook May-June-July2013
May-June-July 2013 Discussion
May-June-July is the transition period from the dry to the wet season.
Belize is projecting 40% of above normal for northern and inland areas and 35% normal for coastal and southern areas. There is only a 25% chance that rainfall will be below normal. With above to normal rainfall this would tend to lessen the drought that has been affecting the country since Febraury-March-April season.
After a summer with equatorial SST anomalies above 0.5°C, El Niño appeared to be in place, but has largely dissipated since, with SSTs now very close to average. This evolution limits the predictability of rainfall and temperatures in the Caribbean. However, there is a small chance that, consistent with El Niño (whether in part due to El Niño or not at all), dryer than normal conditions since summer in the southern Caribbean could prevail throughout the present forecast period. The latter is due to below average soil moisture, limiting the amount of evaporation and precipitation. In conclusion, the ENSO evolution needs to be closely followed, since a reemergence of El Niño, even if not forecast at this time, would tend to exacerbate existing rainfall deficits.
Precipitation Outlook for May-June-July prepared at the Central American Forum.
Precipitation Outlook generated at the Central American Forum is projecting a higher probability for above Normal rainfall over Northern and Inland areas and normal conditions over Coastal and southern areas. America.
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