Satellite Image, Photo of Smokey Sky over Belize and Guatemala

Fires in Central America The bright blue water of the Gulf of Honduras contrasts sharply with the smokey pall over Guatemala and Belize in this photograph taken from the International Space Station. Fires in the Yucatan Penninsula and northern Central America began burning in early April, and intensified by the end of the month..
Source: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Satellite Image, Photo of Reefs and Islands, Belize

Reefs, Belize March 1995. Formerly known as British Honduras, the low and marshy coastal plain of the small country of Belize is visible in this low-oblique, southeast-looking photograph. A popular site for skin diving and snorkeling, an almost unbroken chain of coral reefs and shoals stretches in the clear waters of the western Caribbean Sea approximately 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the east coast of Belize. Three large concentrations of reefs and islands farther east are the Turneffe Islands (partially obscured by clouds), Lighthouse Reef (easternmost and fish-shaped), and Glover Reef. The relatively remote location and the pristine environment of Belize provide natural attractions to the area. The entire country of Belize has a population of slightly more than 200 000; population density is very low. The largest city, Belize City (population of approximately 50 000), is barely evident on the small peninsula near the north edge of the photograph. Sugar and citrus fruits are the country’s two leading agricultural products; tourism is becoming a viable industry. Ethnically Belize is more closely tied to its Caribbean island neighbors than to the Spanish-speaking countries of Central America..
Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA/JPL/NIMA

Hurricane Iris Hits Belize

Hurricane Iris hit the small Central American country of Belize around midnight on October 8, 2001. At the time, Iris was the strongest Atlantic hurricane of the season, with sustained winds up to 225 kilometers per hour (140 mph). The hurricane caused severe damage—destroying homes, flooding streets, and leveling trees—in coastal towns south of Belize City. In addition, a boat of American recreational scuba divers docked along the coast was capsized by the storm, leaving 20 of the 28 passengers missing. Within hours the winds had subsided to only 56 kph (35 mph), a modest tropical depression, but Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras were still expecting heavy rains. The above image is a combination of visible and thermal infrared data (for clouds) acquired by a NOAA Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-8) on October 8, 2001, at 2:45 p.m., and the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) (for the color of the ground). The three-dimensional view is from the south-southeast (north is towards the upper left). Belize is off the image to the left.
Source: Image courtesy Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA GSFC Visualization Analysis Lab