Rainy season winter means more bolts from the blue

With the advent of the rainy season, the time that Costa Ricans call winter, do expats have to be reminded to avoid golf during thunderstorms?

A couple of times in the last decade, some did not with the expected results.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad even put out a summary of dos and don’ts for safety. They are the guys who deal in electricity, and one of their cautions is not to wear metal hats.  That may seem a little obscure, but chances are the company has a record of someone doing that.

The company said that in April alone there were 21,300 lightning strikes, mostly in Jacó, Quepos, Puntarenas Centro, Esparza, Nicoya, Buenos Aires,  Golfito, Orotina, La Guácima, Grecia and Puriscal.

The electrical institute predicted that storms and thunderbolts would increase from August until the end of the rainy season in December.

The institute also noted that there is no need for rain for lightning to take place. Dry lightning also can be dangerous.

Because of its electrical network, the institute, lightning050316known as ICE, keeps close track of storms and lightning.

They urged residents to stay indoors when storms pass over. The company gave some obvious recommendations that standing under a tree in a storm is not healthy.

But the institute also said to refrain from using cell telephones and when caught in a storm, a car might be a great refuge.

Expats also should make sure the computers and other electronics are disconnected when storms approach. Lightning usually can fry all types of protective devices.

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