Feb. 9, 2023: Good morning, Roatan! We had another windy night last night with winds to 30 mph. That gives us seas this morning of 4 feet on the southside (1.3 meters) and 3 feet (1 meter) on the northside. Those windy, dry conditions continue today and tomorrow. Saturday things start to calm, the winds shift to the northeast at 10-15 mph and our rain chances increase through the day into the night.
Sunday has the potential to be a rainy day. The map here shows cooler temperatures in blue (light blue for 2 degrees below normal, darker blue for 4 degrees below normal). Sunday, Sunday night and Monday morning should be quite fresh, with highs in the 70s (around 25C) and lows right around 70 (21C) on Monday morning. Rain should end Monday morning and starting Tuesday we get strong east winds and dry conditions again. Have a great Thursday!
Feb. 8, 2023: Good morning, Bay Islands! We definitely got our easterly winds back again! These winds are called “trade winds” and back in the days of sailing ships bringing cargo, winds like these brought ships from Europe and Africa toward Central America. Last night we had sustained winds around 30 mph for several hours. This morning winds are back to around 20 mph and seas at 4 feet. Today, tomorrow and Friday we will have daytime winds of 20 mph and seas 3-4 feet and nighttime winds of 25-30 mph and seas 4-5 feet. Skies will be mostly clear. Saturday the winds calm as our norther approaches. Right now it looks like most of the effects of this norther will be Sunday, with rain and north winds. The rain may linger a bit into Monday morning, but it should clear out quickly and we will get our east wind and clear skies back starting Tuesday. Have a great Wednesday!
Feb. 7, 2023: Good morning, Bay Islands. As of 8:20 a.m. you can see the rain totals we received this morning. The further east you went, the wetter you got. We still have some clouds around and we’ll keep a small chance of a shower through the morning, but we will be mostly dry, and clear out for the afternoon. Winds this afternoon will be from the east 15-20 mph and seas to 3 feet. Overnight winds will be 20-25 mph and seas to 4 feet. Those conditions will continue for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with little to no chance for rain. Saturday our winds turn to the northeast at 10-15 mph and we have a good chance at showers, especially Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning. Rain chances continue through Tuesday morning, after which we get dry conditions and east winds again for next week. Have a great Tuesday!
Feb. 6, 2023: Good morning, Bay Islands! No rain last night as the clouds and rain stayed well to our west, near Puerto Cortes and Tela. Today we will have one more day of relatively calm winds and seas, with winds 10 mph during the day and 15 mph at night and seas at 2 feet. There will be a better chance of a shower overnight tonight into early tomorrow morning. Tuesday afternoon through Friday morning we will have windy and dry conditions with daytime winds near 20 mph and seas 3-4 feet and nighttime winds to 25 mph and seas 4-5 feet. Friday winds calm a bit as the next norther get close. The best chance of rain still looks like Saturday into Sunday morning. We may get a north wind on Sunday morning. Have a great week!
Feb. 5, 2023: Good morning, Bay Islands! The west side of the island got some rain between 5 and 7 a.m. The highest total was .15 of an inch in West Bay, but West End and Sandy Bay also got a little wet. Those clouds have moved off to the west but at 7:45 a.m. we have some rain, shown with the number 1, to our south that may give the west side a shower soon. There are also clouds (marked 2) that could give us a chance at a shower in about two hours if it holds together. So we will keep a chance of a shower through about lunchtime. After that we should have clear skies and mild breezes of about 10 mph and seas at 2 feet. Tonight and Monday morning the chance of rain is about 40 percent, after which Monday should be a nice day with continued mild winds and seas. Monday night and Tuesday morning there is a little better chance of a shower, about 50 percent, after which we should clear out and the winds will get stronger from the east, 15-20 mph during the day and 20-25 mph at night, with seas 3-4 feet during the day and 4-5 feet at night through Thursday.
Friday winds get a little calmer and start to turn to the north as we look for our next norther, which may bring rain and north winds, especially Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning. The timing and strength of the norther will change as we get closer, so we’ll keep an eye on it.
Feb. 4, 2023: Good morning Bay Islands! We have lots of rain to our west and north, but that is moving away from us. We should have mostly sunny skies today with only a slight chance of a shower. Winds will continue to be almost calm and seas will drop from 2 feet this morning to 1 foot this afternoon. Rain chances overnight and in the early morning hours will be around 40 percent tonight, Sunday night and Monday night. Days will continue calm. East winds return Tuesday with dry conditions through the rest of next week. We’re still watching the possibility of a norther a week from today. Have a great weekend!
Rain over most of the island was pretty consistent at 5-6 inches, though West End recorded more than 9 inches and West Bay recorded less than 4 inches. We’ll put 5.46 in the books. That is the lowest rain total for the month since 2016 and almost exactly half the normal rainfall of 11 inches. We are transitioning to the dry season, with February averaging 5.43 inches, before we enter our driest months of March-May.
Feb. 3, 2023: Good morning, Bay Islands! We had some showers this morning on the east side of the island, giving Punta Blanca a tenth of an inch and Jonesville Point and Politilly just enough to get the ground wet.
Today we will have much calmer winds and seas, around 5-10 mph and seas 1-2 feet all the way through Monday. We will have scattered showers and a mix of sun and clouds. Rain showers will be mostly at night and in the morning, but we will also have an occasional afternoon shower during this period. Rainfall totals still look pretty low, so I wouldn’t cancel any plans. Actually this will be a great weekend to get out on the water. Our easterly winds get gusty again starting Tuesday, when our rain chances go down. Have a great Friday!
Feb. 2, 2023: Good morning, Bay Islands. I haven’t seen any groundhogs, but I saw a couple of island rabbits yesterday. This morning we have some clouds and Punta Blanca just picked up .02 of an inch at 9 a.m. This morning around 1 a.m. West Bay got a quarter of an inch of rain.
We’ll have morning clouds and a chance of a light shower before we get sunny skies this afternoon. The main change in our weather will be much calmer winds, around 10-15 mph and seas at 2 feet today and even calmer Friday into the weekend. We’ll also have clouds and scattered showers each morning through Tuesday, and our afternoons will be mostly sunny, but there may be some scattered showers even in the afternoon tomorrow. Starting Tuesday we will get back to windy conditions with seas 3-4 feet and it will be drier through the middle of next week. We’re looking at more scattered showers for the weekend of Feb. 11. Have a great Thursday!
Feb. 1, 2023: Good morning, Bay Islands! The rain and clouds stuck around longer yesterday than I thought they would, giving many of us about a third of an inch of rain yesterday. We also got a round of rain just after midnight, giving many of us about a tenth of an inch. This morning we woke up with gusty winds and seas around 4 feet, especially on the south side.
Today we will have one more windy day and night, with daytime winds from the east 15-20 mph and nighttime winds 20-25 mph and seas 3-4 feet. There will only be a slight chance of rain tonight and tomorrow morning.
Tomorrow the winds will be a bit calmer, around 15 mph and seas 2-3 feet.
Tomorrow night into Friday morning there is a decent chance of seeing a shower. Friday should be partly cloudy with northeast winds 10-15 mph and seas around 2 feet.
Saturday through Tuesday there will be scattered showers each day, and the chance of heavy rain is better farther west. There will be periods of sun and clouds and periods of rain. Winds will be light and seas 1-2 feet. Have a great Wednesday!