Looking Back: February to April 2024

Let’s revisit the last forecast period to explore actual rainfall and temperature occurrences.

Here’s what occurred in February-April 2024:

  • The transition between dry season and wet season was very dry in Southern Belize, interior of French Guiana, coastal Guyana, Martinique, St. Thomas, east Suriname; and was very wet in the Northern Bahamas, Western Cuba, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten.
  • Severe (or worse) short-term drought has developed for Belize, Martinique, eastern French Guiana, northern Guyana, and Suriname.
  • Severe (or worse) long term drought has developed in central Cuba, eastern French Guiana, Guadeloupe, northern Guyana, Trinidad, and Suriname.
  • The transition out of the annual Cool Season and into the Heat Season occurred several weeks earlier than usual, namely late-March/early-April, instead of May in the Caribbean Islands.
  • The majority of Caribbean locations were 0.5-2ºC warmer than usual except eastern Jamaica where slight negative anomalies were recorded. Several temperature records were broken.

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