Rainfall in the north “unprecedented” – and more to come, says the national weather service



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Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:46am CST.

From Aaron Humes: Even though skies are clear, the National Meteorological Service (NMS) and National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) are counting the cost of the “unprecedented” rains that took place last Thursday as a result of a disorganized system.

Chief Meteorologist Ronald Gordon noted in Monday’s news conference that the Tower Hill weather station recorded 141.8 millimeters, or five and a half inches, of precipitation — up to three-quarters of the normal total for the month of June, about 200 millimeters [7.98 inches].

Certain rivers in the south will be prone to flash flooding, notably the Blue Creek, Moho River, Deep River and others, according to NEMO chief Shelton Defour. NEMO also monitors rainfall in Guatemala that would contribute to possible flooding of the Macal, Mopan, Belize and Sibun rivers.

Gordon said Met Service weather stations in the area have measured 10 to 13 inches of rainfall from the system, with more to come from the tropical wave crossing the country from Monday: “Conditions will remain very humid or very wet there.” very unstable in this term and in the next few days. We have a tropical wave that’s close by and it’s moving very slowly. So this system will continue to drain heavy rains across the country. There are indications that the counties already affected will continue to be affected. Indeed, the models are showing 2-3 inches with higher amounts, locally higher amounts, daily, for today and Tuesday with decreasing amounts through Wednesday and a likely return to better weather in the second half of the week. That is Thursday and Friday.”

Gordon added that the continued rainfall will inundate the area as the ground is already saturated and that there is a chance there will be more rainfall on top of the forecast models.

NEMO chief Shelton Defour advised residents of potentially flooded areas and low-lying areas to ensure they can get into a safe position. He indicated that assessments were being carried out in the affected areas, but noted that the water is currently receding. NEMO’s emergency number is 936.

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