Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Cold and Ice in the West

Yesterday morning, municipalities of Quetzaltenango were covered in ice. Temperatures ranged between five and seven degrees C below zero, according to the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH).

This weather also affects Los Altos, Ostuncalco San Juan, Concepción Chiquirichapa, and Cajolá Olintepeque where INSIVUMEH has a weather station.

Angel Rhodes announced that the cold wave will persist for two weeks. He explained that the temperature rises as the day progresses due to exposure to the sun, but fall after about 3:00 P.M. Rhodes said that these wide temperature swings are characteristic of this season.

So far in 2009, the temperature has dropped below zero 18 times in Quetzaltenango. The most dramatic was the last weekend when the temperature in Xela dropped five degrees below zero centigrade. In Palestine and Concepción de Los Altos Chiquirichapa the temperature dropped even more. Other departments also affected include the municipalities of western area, Huehuetenango, north of San Marcos, Solola, Chimaltenango and Totonicapán.

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