First hint of transition comes from today’s weather forecast

The meteorologists are using the T word to describe the current weather.

November is a month of transition towards dry Pacific and more rain on the Caribbean coast, said the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional Nacional Thursday night.

That is good news to those not on the Caribbean coast who have had a run of heavy rains over the last two weeks.

But there still was rain on the Pacific coast Thursday evening. The weather institute put out an advisory at 2:30 p.m. in which it said that the high temperatures and the western winds are making conditions right for development of heavy rain mainly in the southern Pacific coast. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said later that a landslide had closed Ruta 14 between Golfito and Río Claro and that workmen were trying to open it.

There was a string of thunderstorms that battered the area. The weather institute predicted rains up to 50 millimeters or about two inches.

In the Pacific there is Tropical Depression 18 off the coast of México moving due north at 7 mph that has had an influence on coastal weather.

There still is no activity in the eastern Atlantic where depressions that might become hurricanes form. The U.S. Nacional Hurricane Center figures Nov. 30 to be the end of the season although hurricanes can develop at any time. The highest frequency in the Atlantic and Caribbean is between May 30 and Nov. 30.

The Weather Underground, A.M. Costa Rica’s weather service, said that there was a 60 to 80 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms in the Central Valley through Monday. The firm’s satellite map showed a large area of unsettled weather due west of Costa Rica.

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