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- Better weather in the Cayes
  • By Diane Campbell <dcampbellbz at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:17:05 -0600
Same view, different day..... All clear and gorgeous on Ambergris Caye.  
Standing water on island is receding.  Amazingly, no mosquito hatch in my 
neighborhood.  A resident floated cooking oil on standing water in our areas, 
which is supposed to knock out the mossie eggs. At this point it seems to have 
worked quite well, but then again maybe the eggs floated away.  Whatever the 
reason for the pleasant conditions we are fortunate and pleased.
Mainland flood issues still affect Sarteneja area in the North and fresh river 
flooding events are unfolding in the southern districts.  

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- How much rain?
  • By Diane Campbell <dcampbellbz at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:39:32 -0600
The rains seem to have gone for now.  The clearing began this morning.   
Breezes are gentle and  everything is very soggy.
There is standing water in some areas on Ambergris Caye as photos below 
illustrate.   Reports on rainfall vary by area, but we seem to have had over a 
foot in this neighborhood.   The water taxis from the mainland ceased 
operations for a day, airlines were having a challenging time.  
Belize City flooded worst of all.  Some areas chest high in water, others not 
flooded at all.  Waters are draining off fairly quickly now.  Lots of property 
loss, but no loss of life.   Schools were closed yesterday.  Most re-opened 
today.  I understand that a transformer was blown in the Tres Cocos area during 
the Sunday night electrical storm.  Some trees and larger ornamental plants 
tipped over due to hyper saturated ground.   Buildings that "never leak", 
leaked.  
The Mexican state of Quintana Roo declared at state of emergency on Sunday.  
Guatemala lost a bridge or two.   I understand that northern Honduras and 
Nicaragua were also affected and there my have been loss of life there. 
Rivers in the Cayo District are rising to flood stage now but most residents 
are capable of working with those circumstances.   
We have General Elections in about two weeks and this emergency could be quite 
an opportunity for some political grandstanding ..... but to the credit of our 
good people there is little or none of that going on.    
On a somewhat lighter note, a 9-foot saltwater crocodile took refuge from the 
storm inside the grounds of a hospital in Belize City.   A group of wild and 
crazy guys tried to net it ( failed) and eventually roped it(successfully).  
They duct-taped his jaws shut and handed him over to officials who thence 
transported it to a crocodile education center.     Note to self: Never, ever 
run out of duct tape!


A very wet back yard .....

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This is a pedestrian lane leading from a residential road down to the beach.  
Now you don't have to carry your kayak.  Just hop in and paddle to the sea.

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- Photo to accompany earlier report....
  • By Diane Campbell <dcampbellbz at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2015 06:25:41 -0600

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- Wet and wild
  • By Diane Campbell <dcampbellbz at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2015 06:19:05 -0600
It's been a long time since I posted weather from Ambergris Caye.  With a broken arm, a crashed computer and basically great weather this season, I have neglected reporting from beautiful Belize.    Today is a bit different, and worth a brief post.
Big blob of weather came together over the sea east of us and turned into an event.  Winds are strong from the southeast, seas are angry inside the reef.   Rains are constant, but I can see out to the reef so it's not quite a whiteout at this moment.
The intrepid Coastal Express's 5:30 run just passed, a bit late but braving the weather for those souls who need to get to and from work up the island. 
Would expect some sunken boats at docks this morning.  Even a good auto-bilge might not keep up with this storm.
I also expect the saragassum was swept away elsewhere .... That could be nice.
Forecasters say this system will continue to move over land today and tomorrow and perhaps emerge in the Bay of Campeche where it could give birth to an official tropical storm.    
More later dear neighbors!





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Diane Campbell
PO Box 101
San Pedro Town
Ambergris Caye
Belize

Phone + 501-226-5200
Cel + 501-610-5118


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