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:

Two Towns Asked to Close all Public Venues

Two towns in Guatemala have been asked by the government to close down nearly all public venues to prevent the spread of swine flu.

Health Secretary Celso Cerezo said the virus has infected 96 people in Guatemala, including 11 in the last 24 hours.

On Wednesday, Guatemala suspended all schools nationwide until at least July 1.

Cerezo said most of the cases have been reported in two small southern towns, Palin and Santa Lucia. The government recommended Friday that those towns close restaurants, bars movie, theaters, churches and other public venues until the epidemic subsides.

4.8 Quake Shakes Coban

A magnitude 4.8 quake rattle Coban and surrounding areas at 8:15 AM this morning.

The quake's epicenter was 15 miles west of Coban, Alta Verapaz, at a depth of 41 miles.

There are no reports of damage or injury yet.

Preliminary data:

Mag: 4.8

Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 14:18:23 UTC
Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 08:18:23 AM at epicenter

Location: 15.454°N, 90.536°W
Depth: 66.6 km (41.4 miles)

25 km (15 miles) W of Coban, Guatemala
90 km (55 miles) N of GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala
125 km (75 miles) ENE of Quezaltenango, Guatemala
1020 km (630 miles) ESE of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico