The news is saying that this year there will not be a dry season in Panama because of El Niño.
Personally I prefer the rainy season. Beautiful mornings, wonderful evenings and nights. I can get everything done that I want in the morning and enjoy the rain in the afternoon.
The only people I ever hear complain about the rainy season are the motorcycle riders. I can understand that. It would be hazardous enough in the dry season. The water might fill up the potholes so you couldn’t even see them before you had hit them in the rainy season.
At anyrate, if we have no dry season, I will be a happy camper.
Not long ago I had a reader request that I show both Celsius and Fahrenheit temperatures in the sidebar to the right. The plug-ins I use allow one or the other. I decided to put the Weather Pixie back in Celsius and the larger display will be in Fahrenheit. I try to accommodate when I can.
Besides, I think the Weather Pixie is so sexy! 🙂
Last night we had one heck of a big rain. Complete with some of the biggest thunder bumpers I have ever heard. It looked like the fourth of July outside.
Every time it would thunder, all of the car’s alarms would go off because of the ground shaking. I had just downloaded a program and was burning a DVD when this loud BOOM went off and the house was flooded with darkness. Note to self – buy a flashlight. Luckily, because the PC was on, I had enough light from the monitor to find the candles.
It took about 5 minutes for the DVD to complete the burning process and then I shut down the PC. It must have taken another hour before the electricity came back. I was convinced it would be out all night. Then by accident I found that TVMAX was showing all of the Olympics of the day and stayed up a while longer to watch them.
I guess, because of the hard rain, I slept until 9:00 this morning. That is never heard of. I am usually up at 6:30. The morning is cool and there is still a light shower coming down. Gosh, what a wonderful day!
Maybe you remember the old Kingston Trio song, “They call the wind Maria”. It has some lyrics in it that goes as follows:
Maria blows the stars around
And sends the clouds a’flyin’
Maria makes the mountains sound
Like folks were up there dying
Well, that is what it sounds like outside. You can definitely tell that the season has changed. When the dry season hits, the wind increases. The windows that I have are those slatted glass windows. They contain multiple rows of about 4 inch tall glass that you rotate to open or close.
When the wind gets to blowing hard, they really whistle and sometimes howl. Rain will now be less frequent and much more appreciated, when it comes.
I have to admit that after the rain last night, that the whole world outside seems happy. The birds are chirping and the dogs are acting frisky. Everything smells clean. I can tell it is going to be a wonderful day.
We have had a bunch of rain today. This may be as a result of the hurricane that just moved into Mexico.
It has allowed me to get a fair amount done on cleaning up my disk files. I have recorded all my past photos on DVD. I feel a little more secure.
It looks like Panama dodged a potential bullet. A huge earthquake in Peru put Panama on a Tsunami watch. Since a Tsunami usually occurs within hours of the quake, I guess I don´t need to worry. I was starting to wonder if I needed to drive up to Boquete.
This was a bulletin from the National weather service:
TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001 PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS ISSUED AT 0019Z 16 AUG 2007
THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS…EXCEPT ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA… WASHINGTON…OREGON AND CALIFORNIA. …
A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT …
A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR PERU / CHILE / ECUADOR / COLOMBIA
A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR
PANAMA / COSTA RICA / NICARAGUA / GUATEMALA / EL SALVADOR / MEXICO / HONDURAS Continue reading TSUNAMI Watch For Panama (Aug 16, 2007)
The rainy season is here. It is currently coming down in buckets..
Based on the rain that is starting to appear in the afternoons, I would have to say that the rainy season is beginning. In David, it was down right cold last night. I usually sleep with a fan running and last night I had to shut it off.
Along with the rainy season, I change my flying habits and no longer take any flight that is in the afternoon. The mornings are usually very nice and flying is no problem. However, heavy rain in the afternoon can provide problems either in taking off or landing.
I can already tell that some areas that weren’t green are now changing color. Some people hate the rain, but I have loved it since I was a small boy. Luckily the rains here and never associated with the hail that I sometimes saw in the US.
I prefer the rainy season and I guess that is good since it makes up about 3/4s of the year. I guess I better make sure I have my umbrellas pulled out and that they are all working.
If you have looked at the Wild Orchid weather site recently, you noticed it wasn’t working. I received an email tonight that it was back online. Click on the above figure to bring up the weather site. The URL is also in the Chiriquí Chatter Link area.