There are some bright sides to a dry green season

The weather news from Guanacaste and the central Pacific is not all bad.

Farmers and ranchers will be struggling for the remainder of the year because rainfall might be from 30 to 65 percent less than normal due to the growing El Niño system in the Pacific. And there might be some water shortages.

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Tourism operators might be able to capitalize on these conditions by advertising a dry rainy season. Prices are lower in the rainy season from May until November because tourists prefer blue skies and full sun on the Pacific beaches.

Most tourists are not aware that mornings usually are dry along the Pacific, and that the rainy afternoons are perfect for indoor activities.

Basically the airline prices are what attracts visitors in the so-called second season. These are college students, teachers and others who seek bargains and are willing to put up with some wet weather.

Typically tourism operators cut their prices and offer what they call green season specials.

They have a chance now to get the word out that the green season also will be unusually dry.

Many expats dread the October and November peaks in the rainy seasons. This year they may not have to do that.

There also is supposed to be a lower-than normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic, also related to El Niño.  That means Costa Rica probably will not feel many backlashes from strong Atlantic storms.

This is good news to the highway officials, who always face major damage during the wet months.

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