Tropical Storm Barry could form if winds reach 39 mph

June 18 – A big storm is brewing in the Carribean Ocean between Cuba and Central America. It will not affect our weather today, we will keep an eye on it as it has the potential to become a tropical storm.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the tropical depression formed Monday. The depression has winds of 35 mph. Some weakening is expected after the depression moves over Belize on Monday, but it could strengthen on Tuesday if the center emerges in the Bay of Campeche.

As of 5 p.m. ET, the center of the depression was located about 10 miles northeast of Monkey River Town, Belize. It was moving to the west-northwest at 12 mph.

If the depression’s winds reach 39 mph, it would become Tropical Storm Barry.

Forecasters say the rains could cause flash flooding, especially in mountainous areas.

  • As much as five inches of rain is possible in Belize, Guatemala and northern Honduras.
  • The storm is not forecast to affect the USA.
  • Flash flooding is possible in mountainous areas.

On the Pacific side, El Salvador is getting lots of rain through the entire country, but it should be moving south and not affect Guatemala’s blue skies and great weather.
In spite of the lack of rain, we found at least 20 mushroom vendors at the Chichicastenago market today, and around 5 mushroom vendors in Panajachel. In Chichi, we counted a dozen different mushroom varieties. I know this is a weather report. . . but rain and mushroom season go hand in hand. Perhaps we will have a longer mushroom season this year. Tonight we enjoyed my famous mushroom ragout with wild forest mushrooms from the highlands of Guatemala. Come join us next year.

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