Experts predict continued rainfall deficits throughout Central America due to El Niño

April 27, 2019

The El Niño phenomenon will cause a rainfall deficit in Central America over the next three months, weather experts reported on Friday in San Salvador.

According to the members of the Central American Climate Forum (FCAC), the lack of rainfall is a result of El Niño gaining strength due to the “coupling between the ocean and the atmosphere”.

“Experts from all over the region agreed that, since February 2019, the El Niño phenomenon has fully developed and that there is a 75% probability that this condition will persist during May, June and July,” the FCAC said in a statement.

El Niño is a climatic phenomenon that increases the temperature of the Pacific Ocean, impacting global weather patterns.

Meteorologists and other Central American experts met in San Salvador to review current atmospheric and oceanic conditions and their implications on weather patterns with a focus on rainfall.

In the case of Belize, according to the report, the entire country will have a rainfall deficit, while in Guatemala three scenarios are expected: 45% of the country will experience normal rainfall, 25% above normal, and 30% below normal.

 

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