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Monday, September 01 2014 @ 09:56 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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Lightening Strike Knocks Out Panama Metro (Subway) System

WeatherA lightening strike took the Panama Metro subway system down yesterday afternoon. (more)

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The Rains Have Finally Come to Central Panama

WeatherBy Julie M. Ray - Panama, as you well know, is a tropical country filled with amazing rainforests. Surely images of high humidity and rain immediately fill your head of what the country, in general, must look like. However, for the past one and half years much of Panama has been experiencing a drought. The rains simply have not come.

The typical rainy season in central Panama is from about the first of April until mid-December. It is typical in our community, at the base of a cloud forest, to experience rains nearly every afternoon, shortly after lunch that continue on to mid or late afternoon. However, in 2013, this normal pattern did not take form. We went days without rain. The red clay soils dried and cracked and the plants drooped with thirst for rain water. The grasses remained brown from the dry season well into what should have been the wet season.

The effects of the dryness also was noticed in the community. Our small reservoir, fed from the mountain streams, could not keep up with the demand of the community. The streams were not being refreshed by rain water and soon our taps were dry as well. We would go entire days without a drop of water coming to our faucets. Sometimes, in the middle of the night, some water would make it down the line and it was at this time that tired women would get up and wash a load of laundry or clean the dishes. Everyone began to save plastic soda bottles to fill with water to use for cooking and cleaning during the day.

This problem of a lack of water in the communities has persisted for the past year and half. We even had some guests who marveled at the fact that they could "shower" with just one gallon of water a day. It is amazing what you can do when needed!

We worried that again this year we would go without the rains as it is already mid-August (remembering that the rains should come in April). How happy is everyone with the falling of the rains this week, turning the grass and plants brilliant shades of green and filling the streams again. What a welcomed sound to hear the frogs and toads singing at night and for our shoes to be colored with wet red clay!

We hope that the missing of a rainy season was just a one time event, but we all fear that it is more. Climate change has come to the cloud forest and rainforests. It is time to take note of the lack of water and do what we can to change our habits for the sake of the environment. Maybe taking showers with just a gallon of water shouldn't be something we do only when camping or in cases of emergency, but rather something we consider doing on a more regular basis, in Panama and around the world. (examiner.com)

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SINAPROC Issues Green Alert

WeatherThe National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) has issued a "Green Alert" due to the bad weather occurring today in the provinces of Colón, Coclé, Panamá, Darién, Veraguas, Chiriquí y Bocas del Toro and the Comarca of Guna Yala. (more)

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Floods In Chiriqui Have Affected Tourism - Recovery Continues

WeatherThe recent floods in the province of Chiriqui have had a negative impact on tourism, and recovery operations continue. (more)

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Panama Canal chief says ship sizes could be restricted if drought continues

WeatherThe head of the Panama Canal Authority says officials might be forced to limit the draft of ships by the end of this year or early in 2015 if a drought continues and lowers the level of lakes that feed the waterway's locks.

Jorge Luis Quintano tells Panama's Channel 2 television station that unusually light rainfall has dropped the level of Lakes Gatun and Alajuela. He says he's hoping for healthy rainfall in the normally rainy months of October, November and December. But he noted in the Sunday interview that last November's rains were the lowest for that period in the 100-year history of the canal.

Thirty-eight to 40 ships transit the canal daily between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, carrying some 5 percent of world maritime trade. (AP)

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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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