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Roatan Weather

Doc's Daily Weather Report Doc Radawski

The CoCoView Resort Weather Forecast
CoCoView is at 16.3°N Latitude x 86.5°W Longitude
In the NW Caribbean Sea   


The CoCoView Resort Weather Forecast

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Skies will be sunny. Winds will be easterly in direction at 15 mph to 30 mph. Sea will be moderate to rough at 2 ft. to 4 ft. Divers should exercise caution exiting and entering the boats, especially on the afternoon dives. The air temperatures will range from the high 70sºF to the mid to high 80s ºF or 26°C to 27ºC. Ocean water temperatures are 76°F to 78°F or 24ºC to 25ºC

The Tropical Weather Outlook
For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
1. There are no tropical cyclones in the Atlantic at this time. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th.
2. Gulf of Mexico - A weak ridge extending from SW N Atlantic W into E Gulf will support mainly moderate to fresh E to SE winds through today. A cold front accompanied by active weather will move across the N Gulf waters today...then dissipate over the N central waters early Fri. A strong cold front is forecast to sweep across the entire Gulf over the weekend accompanied by a significant increase in winds and seas. Strong to gale force winds are expected ahead and behind the front.
3. Caribbean Sea - Narrow high pressure ridge extending E TO W along 26N will support fresh to strong winds across central portions of the basin and the Atlantic passages through this morning. The ridge will then weaken allowing the trades to decrease Thu through Fri night. Winds will increase across the NW Caribbean over the weekend ahead of a strong cold front forecast to move across the Gulf of Mexico. This cold front is forecast to reach the Yucatan Channel and the NW Caribbean Sun night followed by strong winds and large seas.
3a. Tranquil conditions prevail across the basin this morning. Much of the quiet weather is due in large part to N-NW flow aloft... strong subsidence...and dry air as noted on water vapor imagery. Moderate to occasional fresh trades were depicted on recent scatterometer data...with slightly higher trades occurring within close proximity to the coast of Colombia. This overall synoptic pattern is expected to persist as high pressure will remain anchored to the N across the SW North Atlc through Saturday. The next significant cold front is expected to enter the NW Caribbean Sunday night late into Monday shifting winds northerly across the western Caribbean early next week.

The Tides: Moon and Sun
high tide 4:07 am LT                 Sunrise – 6:18 am LT>111° East
low tide  9:41 am LT                 Sunset – 5:38 pm LT < 249° NW
high tide  2:54 pm LT                Moon Rise – 12:18 pm LT<99° East
low tide  10:17 pm LT               Moon Set – 11:31 am LT>263º West
Daylight Hours: 11 hours, 19 minutes, (+31s)
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What’s the Weather on Roatan?

When planning a vacation to Roatan you should be aware that, like other countries in the Caribbean, the island is a tropical region with year-round warm temperatures. Monthly averages range from a low of 72°F (22°C) to a high of 89°F (31°C), and even the coldest night will still be comfortably warm.

The weather year round on Roatan is mostly sunny and markedly temperate when compared to northern climes. The seasonal differences are much more subtle than in northern latitudes, but they do exist.

February through May the easterly trade winds are moderate and rainfall is negligible. The ocean water begins to warm and air temperatures range from the high 70s °F to the low 80s °F.

June 1st marks the start of the tropical season in the Western Hemisphere. Roatan is well off the common major hurricane tracks; experiencing about one major hurricane every 20 years. From June through mid-October, skies are mostly sunny with a chance of intermittent rain showers.

By mid-October, ocean water temperatures are in the low to mid- 80s °F and air temperatures are in the mid-80s °F to low 90s °F. Trade winds are the strongest during the month of July.

In the Western Caribbean Sea, ocean water temperatures reach their peak around the middle of October. This coincides with the beginning of winter in the northern hemisphere. The cold fronts that bring snow to Canada and the USA make their way south to us, eventually. When this cool air mass collides with the warm tropical air, the result is rain.

During the fall and winter, when a cold front passes through, night time air temperatures can fall into the high 60s°F. Dive parkas, hoodies and hot chocolate are the order of the day. However, overcast skies and rain will soon give way to sunshine and higher temperatures.

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