Cold front arrives right on time with winds and some rain

A predicted cold front moved into Costa Rica right on schedule Wednesday night bringing winds and wet weather.

Rain started in the capitol about midnight and picked up after 1 a.m. However, the total was only a few millimeters. Limón registered 28 millimeters (about 1.1 inches) with winds of 23.6 kph (14.7 mph).  Universidad Earth in Guácimo appeared to have the highest winds at 43.3 kph (26.9 mph).

The data comes from automatic weather stations

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional was predicting winds of up to 80 kph (50 mph) overnight with the Central Valley and Guanacaste getting the brunt.

The weather institute issued another advisory at 2:45 p.m. when the cold front was over the Gulf of Honduras moving into Nicaragua.

The advisory predicted rain of up to 100 millimeters, about four inches, by early today. But that did not seem to have taken place.

Rain of that intensity could have been falling early today in the mountains of the Caribbean coast where there are no automatic weather stations to record it.

The weather institute issued a warning for those living near waterways particularly in Limón province.

In the central Atlantic there is a weak low pressure area that seems to be moving northeastward. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said there was a low chance of the system forming a cyclone.

That was good news as the 2013 hurricane edges to a close Saturday. Although hurricanes can happen any time, Nov. 30 is considered the end of the season because the majority of storms happen before that date.

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