Winds expected to increase, but in the U.S. the north is an icebox

The winds buffeting Costa Rica are supposed to increase in intensity today.

The winds are expected to reach 80 kph (about 50 mph) in the central and northern sections of the country.  In addition intermittent rain is expected in the Caribbean and the northern zone.

There was light rain in the Central Valley Tuesday evening.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the winds come from a high pressure area over the Caribbean. This is typical Christmas weather, and the winds are what drives away the bulk of the rain.  They will be around until at least March.

Meanwhile, reports from the north say that temperatures of  below zero F have hit the plains of Colorado.

The Weather Underground, A.M. Costa Rica’s weather service, said in part:

A dominant high pressure system will sink south southeastward over the Intermountain West of the United States and the northern Plains. Bitter cold arctic air will continue to impact the northern tier of the country, stretching from the Pacific Northwest to the upper Midwest. Wind chill warnings have already been issued across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming, while wind chill advisories are in place across the Plains and the upper Midwest.

By contrast, Calgary, Alberta, Canada,was a balmy minus 1 C.
Shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday Denver registered -24 C, which is -11 F.

A few minutes after midnight today, the temperature at Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia was 27.4 C, which  is slightly higher than 63 F.

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