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#420112 - 10/28/11 08:24 AM Will Rina Return?
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Last night, the nation breathed a collective sigh of relief when Hurricane Rina skirted right past us and headed up the Yucatan Peninsula.

Tonight Tropical Storm Rina still has not made landfall and is about 50 miles south south west of Cozumel and heading north at seven miles per hour. But, the worry tonight is that forecasts say she's going to boomerang and head right back this way! That's because a cold front in the Gulf of Mexico will push the storm back to warmer waters in the Gulf of Honduras. Chief Met Officer Dennis Gonguez today told us that while that is the forecast, more importantly, the forecast also predicts that the storm will continue to weaken:..

Dennis Gonguez, Chief Met Officer
"Present Rina is heading towards the north and passing there near north eastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. It will eventually encounter a cold front which will cause the system to head east and the northerly winds behind the cold front will start to push the system south. However it will continue to weaken because of the cold air that is being circling into Rina, it will weaken and eventually on its way south it will no longer be a tropical system, it will just be an area of low pressure - a little swirl in the wind heading south."

"There is no major concern about it; we will be monitoring this system to see whether it remains a depression on its southward track and if so we will be warning the general public if that case develops. However, the way it looks it will be a small in a hostile environment with cold air all the way around it, and so we don't see it developing into anything on its track southwards."

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#420124 - 10/28/11 09:19 AM Re: Will Rina Return? [Re: Marty]
Marty Online   happy

Rina on the replay

In Cancun and Cozumel, residents and visitors are preparing for Rina, which has been downgraded from hurricane to a tropical storm. Belize was spared of Rina when it proceeded on the projected path towards the Yucatan Peninsula. In Corozal, where the effects would have been felt, fortunately, it never happened and Wednesday night was calm and uneventful much like Tropical Storm Harvey which preceded it in late August. At three o’clock today Rina had been downgraded to a tropical storm with wind speeds of up to sixty miles per hour. But here’s an update; the weather system is on course to make its way back in our direction; however, it is not expected to wreak havoc if it ever makes landfall near Belize. Chief Met Officer, Denis Gonguez, explains.

Dennis Gonguez, Chief Meteorological Officer

Dennis Gonguez

“At this time Rina is heading towards the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and should make landfall near the Cancun and Cozumel area. Then a cold front enters the Gulf of Mexico and begins to impact on the system pushing it towards the east. Eventually the system weakens because of cold air wrapping into it, it weakens and the weaker system will be pushed southwards by the northerly winds behind the cold front. So we’re looking at a sort of a U-turn and a much weaker system heading south. Eventually it will become like a remnant low pressure area, the remains of Rina and as it heads southward it will continue to lose its tropical characteristics. So if it ever does reach Belize it will be more of a rainmaker than anything else.”

Isani Cayetano

“In terms of any impact it had on the northern districts of Belize can you tell us whether or not there was any damage?”

Dennis Gonguez

“There was no damage on the northern sections of the country. In fact, I had reports of very little rainfall over the northern sections of the country and I was expecting more feeder bands to pass through but apparently with Rina most of the showers and thunderstorms were to the north of the system. So we didn’t feel any major impacts from Rina.”
“Are there any other weather systems out there that we should keep an eye on?”Isani Cayetano

Dennis Gonguez

“Well there are some thunderstorms near the northeast coast of Honduras; however, there is very low potential for those to develop. It seems they will move inland over mainland Honduras before anything happens. So at this time there’s nothing out there besides Rina making that U-turn and weakening as it heads southwards.”

Channel 5


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