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Monday, May 28 2018 @ 01:30 AM EDT

Here Comes The (Really) Rainy Season in Panama

Weather[image1_right] By DON WINNER for - Most people know there are two seasons in Panama, the dry season and the rainy season. The dry season runs from mid December to about mid April, and the wet season from mid April to December. In reality there are surges of rainfall activity at the start and end of the rainy season as the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) moves overhead. In the April and May time frame the ITCZ comes up from the South and passes over Panama on its way towards Nicaragua. This movement normally signals the end of our dry season. The ITCZ spends the bulk of the rainy season to our North, and then towards the end of the rainy season it heads back down towards the South. Panama gets some if its heaviest rains in October and November as a result of this migration of the ITCZ to the South. And of course, all bets are off this year thanks to the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) condition currently prevailing in the equatorial waters of the Pacific ocean. So, what's it all mean? It's Panama, it's the rainy season, and it's going to rain. But you already knew that, didn't you? Anyway, glad to have been of assistance.

Copyright 2009 by Don Winner for Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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