Nov. 5, 2021

Nov. 5, 2021: Good morning Roatan! We awoke to scattered clouds and the radar shows scattered showers to the west, around Utila. Today we will have scattered showers with west/northwest winds 10-15 mph and seas 1-2 feet.

Tomorrow we’ll have a very good chance of rain throughout the day as our front passes through. Winds will be brisk, 15-22 mph from the north. Seas will start out the morning around 3 feet (1 meter), and end the day at 4-5 feet (1.3 to 1.5 meters), especially on the north side, so be careful out there.

Sunday the rain chances come down but winds stay up at around 15-20 mph from the north and seas remain around 4 feet (1.3 meters).

The first part of next week will be partly cloudy with occasional light rain or mist and quite fresh temperatures. Have a great Friday!

Nov. 4, 2021

Nov. 4, 2021: Good morning, Roatan! This morning the west side of the island got rain — half an inch in West Bay, .87 at SOL in Sandy Bay, .92 at Casa Mariposa Azul in Sandy Bay, but only small amounts further east.
I know all of this thanks to Claro, and no thanks to Max which has been out for 14 HOURS! Their only response has been “the node in the sector has been affected,” whatever that means.
We’ll have a chance of rain today, mostly in the morning under partly cloudy skies. Winds will be from the west today at 7-12 mph and seas at 1-2 feet (.3 to .6 meters).

Tonight and tomorrow morning we’ll have another good chance of rain. Tomorrow the winds will be from the north/northwest at 10-15 mph and seas at 2-3 feet (.6 to 1 meter).

Saturday may be quite rainy as a cold front approaches from the north. Seas may get up a bit too, into the 4 foot (1.3 meter) range.
Behind the front on Sunday we’ll have north winds 15-20 mph, a chance of light rain and cool temperatures.
Have a great Thursday!

Nov. 3, 2021

Nov. 3, 2021: Good morning, Roatan. We’ve had a very Roatan sort of rain, the kind that comes mostly at night. We picked up 3.25 inches on Lucy Point since yesterday morning, which is the highest total I’ve found on the island. West Bay picked up .90 and Utila’s had about an inch. Most locations mid-island had about 2 inches.
We missed out on the rain during the day yesterday because it was mostly north of us.

Today we are in the midst of the storm system and will have a chance of rain throughout the day. Winds may pick up a bit from the southwest this afternoon.

Tomorrow the rain will be more widely scattered, so our chance of rain will go down to around 40 percent with northwest winds at 7-12 mph. Rain chances go back up to around 70 percent Friday and Saturday. A cold front should come on Sunday with more rain, north winds and cool temperatures. Have a great Wednesday!

Nov. 2, 2021

Nov. 2, 2021: Good morning, Roatan! We all woke up to a nice steady rain and cool temperatures. Most of us received between a quarter and a half inch of rain by 7 a.m. and that’s just the beginning. The satellite shows that the majority of the rain is still to our east and will move over us today. We will have fairly light northwest winds around 5-10 mph. Tomorrow the rain continues, though I don’t expect it to be quite as much as today. Winds will continue fairly light and will vary in their direction.

Wednesday may be the day this week we see the most sun and the least rain, though there will still be a good chance of scattered showers. Those rain chances persist into Sunday, when a cold front should approach. If it passes through we will have a nice, cool, dry Monday, though that isn’t a sure thing at this point. Have a great Tuesday!

Nov. 1, 2021

Nov. 1, 2021: Good morning, Roatan! We’re waking up to the same cloudy skies that we had yesterday. Today should be mostly cloudy with a small chance of a light shower. Winds will be northeast at 10 mph and seas at 2 feet (.6 meters.)

Tomorrow is going to be quite rainy with some torrential downpours. Most of us should see 2 inches of rain Tuesday and Wednesday, but some areas may get 5 or more. Tuesday and Wednesday will be the rainiest days, but the rest of the week has chances of rain until a cold front gets here Sunday to give us another shot of cool weather. Have a great week!

Oct. 31, 2021

Oct. 31, 2021: We got down to 72 degrees this morning (22 C), but the low for the island belongs to the new SOL/Sandy Bay station with registered 70 degrees (21 C) this morning.
Today we’ll have mostly sunny skies and fairly calm winds from the north at 5-10 mph and seas 1-2 feet (.3 to .6 meters).

Tomorrow we will have northeast winds 10-15 mph and 2 foot (.6 meter) seas.

Tuesday and Wednesday will both be rainy days, with rain totals mostly forecast around 2 inches, but there is the possibility of some locations getting much more, so be careful.

There will be another cold front next Sunday, so we’ll get another shot of cool weather. Have a great Sunday!

Oct. 30, 2021

Oct. 30, 2021.

West Bay 4.40
Sandy Bay (SOL) 1.54
Sandy Bay .83
Coral View 4.78
First Bight 4.20
Politilly 1.62
Lucy Point 1.23
Camp Bay .66
The rain we got yesterday afternoon was some of the heaviest I’ve experienced on the island.

The next two days will be something for us to enjoy! Today we will have northwest winds 10-20 mph and partly cloudy skies. We can’t rule out a passing shower, especially this morning. Drier air will continue filtering in overnight making tomorrow quite comfortable. I’m very curious to see how low our dewpoints get, but most likely in the 60s.

Sunday and Monday will be sunny and comfortable, though Monday we will see those dewpoints coming up, making it more humid. Winds will be fairly calm Sunday, but on Monday we will have northeast winds 10-15 mph.

Tuesday the rain returns with a vengeance. I’m starting to worry a little about flooding potential on Tuesday and Wednesday. Some locations will likely get A LOT of rain those two days, the only question is where.

The graphic shows the forecast rain for those two days. But for now, enjoy the cool breeze!

Oct. 29, 2021

Oct. 29, 2021: Good morning, Roatan! At 7 a.m., we have a storm off the west side of Roatan that is getting weaker. The storm is in advance of a cold front that is about the enter Belize this morning and will pass through the islands later today. Today we will have west winds at 10-15 mph that will become northwest winds this evening at 15-20 mph. Seas will be 2 feet (.6 meters). The chance of rain will be with us through the day under mostly cloudy skies, though there will be bits of sunshine here and there. The chance of a heavy downpour will be there through early Saturday morning, but the chance will be the greatest this evening. There will also be the chance of thunder.

Rain should clear out Saturday morning, leaving us pleasant conditions. Winds will be north/northwest at 15-20 mph and 2 foot (.6 meter) seas. Saturday and especially Sunday will be quite pleasant. Winds on Sunday should be calmer, with low humidity and pleasant temperatures.

Rain comes back on Tuesday and the rest of the week looks pretty rainy. Cooler temps and rainier weather — it’s a much delayed and much anticipated start to the rainy season, but better late than never.

Dewpoint and humidity

Oct. 28, 2021: Good morning, Roatan! The cold front that has been racing across the United States the last several days is now in the Gulf of Mexico and is set to pass through on Friday night bringing us a cooler weekend before rebounding and giving us a good chance of rain on Tuesday. Today we’ll have mostly sunny skies and calmerOne of the things we are most looking forward to this weekend is getting some drier air in here. In the U.S. and Canada, the temperatures vary greatly. Where I lived before coming here, in Oklahoma, the temperature in the winter could get down around 0 degrees (-18 C) and in the summer could get as hot as 110 degrees (43 C). Here the temperature has never been recorded below 65 (18C) and a well-placed thermometer (in full shade) will rarely get much above 93 (34 C). Most of the time, our temperature is in the middle 80s (30 C) which is not oppressive. What makes it feel so hot? The humidity. A good way of expressing how humid it is, is by giving the dewpoint, which is the point at which the humidity would be 100 percent. Hot air can hold more water than cold air can, so humidity is more noticeable in hot temperatures. It keep your sweat from evaporating, which is one of the main ways your body cools itself.

This chart says that dewpoints above 75 are miserable. Thus far in October, the LOWEST dewpoint I have recorded is 75. Most of the time during the day it is over 80. the highest I’ve recorded is 86. The temperature can never go lower than the dewpoint. So on a typical day on the island, let’s say the temperature is 85 (30 C). Not so hot right? But let’s say the dewpoint is 81 (27 C), which is pretty average. That creates a heat index (how it feels on your skin) of 101 (38 C). Pretty hot. That’s why this weekend is so exciting. Many forecasts say our dewpoints will go down to 63 (17C). This chart calls that “sticky.” But if you live on the island you NEVER feel air that dry unless you are in air conditioning (one of the primary things an AC does is dry out your house, which is as important as cooling it). Enjoy!