Plenty of rain fell in the Central Valley Wednesday, but Mother Nature was stingy in Guanacaste where the water is needed the most.
San José received 42.7 millimeters of rain (1.7 inches) during the day, accompanied by thunder and lightning. At Juan Santamaría airport, the automatic weather station there logged 29.9 millimeters or about .78 of an inch. At a higher elevation in Aserrí south of Desamparados, the skies delivered 68.2 millimeters or about 2.7 inches.
Meanwhile the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional weather station in Bagaces, an agricultural community in Guanacaste, registered no rain. Parque Nacional Santa Rosa got just 10.1 millimeters or about four-tenths of an inch. Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia reported 23.9 millimeters or about nine-tenths of an inch.
The weather institute predicted the rain earlier in the day and said that the cause was an injection of humid air from the Pacific. Today more of the same is predicted with the Central Valley and the mountains likely to get the bulk of the rain. In addition, the storms are expected to continue into the evening with thunder and lightning.
Along the Pacific coast residents and tourists are dealing with high seas and waves crashing into sea walls and pouring over them onto highways and fields.
The storm generated dangerous conditions for surfing. A 52-year-old U.S. tourist died in the surf at Playa Sombrero on the Gulfo Dulce on Osa Peninsula Wednesday. He was surfing with family members.
Elsewhere there were emergencies involving surfers and bathers, but all were rescued, according to the latest reports.