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Thursday, July 31 2014 @ 07:41 PM EDT

Weather, Wind and Rain

Panama gets a lot of rain. There's nothing like a full-blown Panamanian wet-season downpour, and sometimes the sheer volume of water produced can be astounding. The rainfall powers the Panama Canal, and huge ocean-going vessels are actually floating on the fresh rainwater from the Chagres River as they pass from Atlantic to Pacific through Gatun Lake. Localized flooding is common during the rainy season and sometimes dry season can extend and become drought. Local weather in Panama can be effected by the El Niño and La Niña phenomenons. In the rainy season you can usually expect bright and sunny mornings, temperatures in the mid 80's, light breezes and afternoon thundershowers. In the dry season it's the same thing, except without the rain. This section of Panama-Guide.com is a collection of everything related to the weather, weather related news and events, severe and noteworthy storms, radars, and weather related links. If you require additional information about this or any other category of information regarding the Republic of Panama please take advantage of our powerful in-house search engine. And if you still can't find what you're looking for try sending in a request for information. If you like what you see please consider recommending Panama-Guide.com to your friends. Our dedicated readers make us the #1 English Language Website about the Republic of Panama. Salud.
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Downpours Flood Streets, Knock Down Trees

WeatherA heavy downpour accompanied by electrical activity on Wednesday afternoon caused flooding and falling trees in several parts of the capital city. (more)

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Panama's Reservoirs Still Not Reaching Optimum Levels

WeatherThe daily flow of water from the lakes of the country's main hydroelectric dams shows they are still not reaching the optimal water levels required to produce electrical energy. (more)

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SINAPROC Issues Safety Warning For High Pacific Tides

WeatherPanama's National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) warned of exceptionally high tidal activity from 12 - 19 June 2014, with tides over 15 feet, through their Twitter account. (more)

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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Mudslides...

WeatherAfter the heavy rains that fell starting at noon today, several neighborhoods in Arraiján and in Panama City were flooded, and a small river burst its banks. (more)

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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Traffic Accidents, and Landslides

WeatherThe heavy rain that fell on Panama City this afternoon (Thrusday) left behind several flooded roads and landslides. (more)

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SINAPROC Issues Alert For Rains - Coinciding With High Tides

WeatherThe National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) issued an alert this morning, Monday, 2 June 2014 - due to light to moderate rains that will coincide with high tides. (more)

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Heavy Rains Cause Problems Around The Country

WeatherThe heavy rain on Thursday afternoon caused certain affectations in the capital city and other parts of the country according to reports from the National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC).

At the entrance to Howard in Arraijána a small privately owned bus that was headed towards the capital ended up in a ditch, and five people received minor injuries.

Firefighters from Howard arrived at the scene of the accident to help the injured.

Minutes later a tree fell on a house on Calle 2 in San Isidro in the district of San Miguelito, causing damage.

SINAPROC members responded to the scene to remove the tree and evacuate the house.

Elsewhere, there was an accident on the Panama-Colon highway, and one of the passengers was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

SINAPROC recommends everyone to be careful these days when there is heavy rains, and they ask all to drive carefully. (Telemetro)

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Cattle Dying Of Thirst In Los Santos

WeatherRanchers in the province of Los Santos have been reporting cattle are dying due to the dry season and the lack of water in this region.

El Cedro and El Corozal, in the district of Macaracas, are the areas most affected.

Yesterday, on a tour of the area we were able to see a large number of dry springs, creeks, and watering holes, worrying the ranchers of the region, because if this situation continues into May and June it will become more critical.

Already there have been reports of cattle dying from thirst.

Manuel Gutiérrez, a rancher in El Corozal, said there is no water for either animals or people. It is expected that the coming months will be very difficult.

"The cows are falling, I had to put an IV in one a El Corozal Abajo," he said.

According to the rancher, there are more than 500 head without water, because everything is dry.

The veterinarian Jorge Castro said there have been many reports of cattle busting through fences in search of better grass.

Alexis Bravo, the regional director of the MIDA in Los Santos, said they are building dams. (Siglo)

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ASEP Handing Out Fines To Those Who Refuse To Comply With Energy Saving Measures

WeatherFernando Vargas, a representative of the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP), said the organization is continuing with an operation designed to verify compliance with energy saving measures ordered by the central government, especially with regard to the schedule for turning off electric signs, billboards, and air conditioners.

Vasquez said yesterday during an inspection they discovered several businesses that were not complying with the energy saving measures, and they have been summoned to appear before the institution.

The ASEP official said they will be warned for the first offense, but if any repeat offenders are found they could face fines ranging from $50 to $5,000.

He said the dry season is affecting water levels at the reservoirs of the hydroelectric generation plants, and also demand for electricity has been high.

He said the new measures will be strictly enforced for all government offices, autonomous institutions, semi-autonomous institutions, the offices of the judicial and legislative branches, as well as the private sector and all facilities dedicated to commercial and industrial activities.

1. Turn off all air conditioners between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, if the National Dispatch Center has decreed a "Rationing Alert".

2. Air conditioners should not be set below 24 ° C - when they are allowed to be in use.

3. A condition of "self sufficiency" has been declared throughout the national territory, for every possible hour, and as a requirement during the peak hours between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

4. Neon signs, decorative lights in buildings, parking lots, and monuments can only be used from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

5. Decrease lighting in areas that are infrequently used, and ensure that all unnecessary power consuming equipment is turned off at the end of the work day.

The only exceptions to this order are schools, healthcare facilities, and the Panama Metro, due to the nature of the service they provide.

Also, those merchants who choose to support themselves by generating their own electrical power using their generators (are exempt as well). (Critica)

Editor's Comment: So, heads up. The government is going to start handing out fines to those who refuse to comply with this order. There was one key phrase in this article - in the fourth paragraph - "...and also demand for electricity has been high." This means the energy shortage we're experiencing now has not been caused by a shortage of rainfall, because normally the rainy season starts around min-April in a normal year anyway. This year demand has been much higher than in previous years, due to the continued expansion of the Panamanian economy. The nation's ability to produce electrical energy has not kept pace.

"Raisa Banfield - what say thee?" Would someone please ask her that question. Should we stop building new hydro-electric plants now, if it causes the growth of the Panamanian economy to stop? Is she still in favor of stopping all construction of new hydro electric plants? (Idiot...)

These knee-jerk environmentalists drive me nuts. In Panama the hydro plants do great during the rainy season, and they also have enough of a cushion to carry much of the load (37% today) during the dry season. "Thermal" plants that burn bunker fuel to generate power, together with wind and solar, provide the rest. In recent years Panama has been expanding the use of wind and solar plants which work better during the dry season, making them a perfect sustainable or renewable compliment to the hydro plants. But right now the wind and solar plants are akin to a little tiny electric car, compared to the load a big-rig, 18 wheeler, massive hydro electric plant can carry.

So when the lights go out, someone please go find an environmentalist, and hand them a warm glass of sour milk to drink...

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Panama's Government Announces Mandatory Power Conservation Measures

WeatherBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - This afternoon the government of Panama issued an order announcing mandatory energy saving measures.

These measures will be applied throughout the country in response to the long dry season, and decreasing water levels at the nation's hydro electric reservoirs.

These newly announced measures will take effect tomorrow, 10 April 2014.

They apply to all government offices, autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies, judicial offices, legislative institutions, as well as the private sector and all commercial and industrial activities.

1. Air conditioners must be turned off from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm - while an Rationing Alert Condition Alert has been declared by the National Dispatch Center (CND).

2. Set air conditioners to no less than 24 ° C , during the time frame when their use is allowed.

3. The government has declared "self sufficiency" throughout the national territory, for every possible hour, and especially during the peak hours between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. (This means they want you to use a generator if you have one, to power your business whenever possible.)

4. Neon signs, decorative night lights in buildings, parking lots, and monuments can only be used from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm.

5. Reduce lighting in areas of little use, or areas that are used infrequently, and make sure that all power consuming equipment is turned off at the end of the work day.

Exceptions to that ordered by the government include schools, healthcare facilities, and the Panama Metro, due to the nature of their service.

Also, those businesses who choose to support themselves by generating their own power are exempt from these restrictions.

Editor's Comment: So obviously, make every effort to conserve as much electricity as possible.

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