Sunday, June 14, 2009

Rainy Season is About to Begin (Finally)

The rainy season in Guatemala normally begins by the first of June. This year, the start of the rains has been delayed and the country has been subjected to high temperatures. It's estimated that damage to corn and bean crops is already around 25 to 35 percent. The problem has been especially bad in the areas around Zacapa / Chiquimula.

The cause of the delay is a stationary high that has been stuck over the Gulf of Mexico. Computer models indicate that this high will finally begin to move east tomorrow. With this high out of the way, the normal circulation patterns will set in and the rains should finally begin. The prediction from INSIVUMEH is that the rains will begin on Tuesday.

If you take a look at the Maya Paradise weather page, you can see the high that's been the problem and say good-bye to the cause of our discomfort for the past two weeks:

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