April 2, 2022: Good morning Roatan! Since our weather is pretty boring, I thought I would talk about one thing that is happening in our weather — wind! Sometimes we will give a forecast for 20 mph winds and someone will comment that it seems much calmer where they are. Occasionally we get the opposite, someone who says it seems gustier than the forecast. I am posting the wind forecast for 2 a.m. Tuesday. It’s supposed to be pretty windy, but you will notice that it will be windier on the east side of the island than on the west side. That is because landforms protect against wind, and when we have a southeast wind (the most common kind here) the east side has less protection from the mainland. When wind has nothing but sea to blow over, it can get very windy. Also, if your location is protected by a large hill, you can stay quite calm. Where we lived on Lucy Point, we were protected from the east wind, so it was hardly ever more than 10 mph at our location, unless we were experiencing a west wind. When we give a windy forecast, we give it for unprotected areas, generally near the sea. Official forecasts are usually for wind speeds at a height of 10 meters.
That being said, today looks pretty windy, with east winds 20-25 mph, but tomorrow looks a bit calmer, with east winds 12-17 mph. As always with east winds, they will be calmer on the north and west sides of the island, and closer to the prediction on the south and east ends of the island. Next week looks sunny and windy, with a chance of rain coming next weekend. Have a great weekend.