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The cold fronts brought unseasonably cold weather to Belize in January, when most people expect them in December, if any! And now as February rolls in, strong and gusty winds are prevailing, weather condition that is normally expected in March during Easter.

It might all have to do with that ‘Global Warming’ thing, but surely the weather has been unpredictable and throwing people off. A walk along the beach this week saw evidence of substantial beach erosion being cause by the gusty winds and above normal wave action. Water is creeping up the beach area removing sand and threatening some coconut trees that are holding on strong to the soil.

It’s an issue that needs to be addressed by all islanders as we need to look into ways of protecting our beach from erosion, keeping mangroves in place, the construction of less piers and the preservation of sea grass beds.

Unpredictable Weather in Belize, High Winds Cause Beach Erosion

Root system of coconut trees is the only thing preventing complete beach erosion in some areas

Unpredictable Weather in Belize, High Winds Cause Beach Erosion

Unpredictable Weather in Belize, High Winds Cause Beach Erosion

Beach erosion exposes root system of coconut trees

Unpredictable Weather in Belize, High Winds Cause Beach Erosion

Gusty winds push the waves far up the shoreline

Unpredictable Weather in Belize, High Winds Cause Beach Erosion

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