Dry seasons expected to arrive early

There’s good news for those sick of the rain.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the end of  the rainy season will be between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1 in the northern Pacific.  The Central Valley will be moving out of the rainy season Nov. 7 to 11, the institute said.

These dates are about a month earlier than normal.

The Central Pacific will have to wait until Dec. 7 to 11 for the end of the season, and the southern pacific will see that happen from Dec. 22 to 26, said the institute.

This is good news for sun lovers and tourism operators, but the institute also said that the Central Valley will end up from 10 to 20 percent short of the average rainfall and that the deficit in the northern Pacific would be about 20 to 30 percent.  This is bad news for farmers and ranchers.

The weather institute said that the effects of El Niño and a colder Atlantic and Caribbean would advance the arrival of the dry season.

The institute also said that the southern Caribbean would have a significant deficit in rainfall in December.

Despite rainfall about 25 percent less than normal, the institutes said that precipitation in the northern Pacific still would be about double that of August.

This area is having a serious drought. The weather institute predicted that there will be enough rain for the planting of crops that have been delayed due to the wave of dry weather.

The weather institute also noted that Costa Rica has not been threatened yet this year by any cyclone activity in the Atlantic or Caribbean. Predictions were for a hurricane season in the Atlantic way below normal.

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