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May-June 2018

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Weatherscapes: Victoria Peak of Belize – Island Above a Sea of Tropical Forest

Piercing a sea of lush tropical forests, Victoria Peak stands as one of the most visually arresting landmarks in all of Central America. An expedition led by the governor of British Honduras (subsequently called Belize), Sir Roger T. Goldsworthy, first explored Victoria Peak and the surrounding mountains in 1888. Believing it to be the highest mountain in the colony, Goldsworthy named it in honor of Queen Victoria. Detailed measurements in the 1980s disproved this supposition, naming Doyle's Delight, 35 miles to the southwest of Victoria Peak, as the highest mountain in Belize.


Weatherwise contributing editor ED DARACK is an independent author and photographer who covers a broad range of topics. His latest book is The Final Mission of Extortion 17, published by Smithsonian Books. Learn more at

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