Monsoon!

Well not really. We don’t get monsoons or hurricanes or the other weather disasters that strike the rest of the world. But, we sure do get rain sometimes. It started raining this afternoon so hard I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so much water come out of the sky. It let up for a while and I could hear the river roaring. Now it’s started up again. You really can’t do rain justice in a photo, but I took a few.

The rain is warm but it cools down the air. It’s a great time to sit on the terrace with your computer, book, or whatever you enjoy. People talk about the dreaded rainy season but it’s really not a problem. Days usually start out sunny or with light clouds, so do your outdoor things in the morning. By mid afternoon rain is likely. Some days it doesn’t happen. Yesterday it rained for maybe 1/2 hour and then cleared up. Today it didn’t start raining until around 4:30. It’s now about 7:30 and still raining, though not as hard. It usually stops sometime in the evening though. The only time I’ve seen it rain all the time is when hurricane Sandy was north of us. Then it rained day and night for days.

I like the rainy season. I like the humidity and cooler temperatures. I like seeing green everywhere.  Tomorrow I must go see the river!

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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8 Responses to Monsoon!

  1. Amen. After the dry season we had….I love the rain!! Actually the rainy season is much preferred to the dry season for me. I like green and lush.

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  2. i will never forget one year in costa rica when we received 50 inches of rain in three weeks! that was before good internet, and it was a year later before i found out why we were drenches.. a hurricane had stalled in the caribbean, and it pulled lots of moisture across central america. the river jumped its banks, and our valley flooded. during serious hurricane season, it is not unusual to get five to seven inches of rain overnight, it all depends on the whim of the hurricanes and where their paths go.

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    • Kris says:

      I learned that when I first got here, just in time for a good soaking from Sandy. 3 weeks though? 50 inches? that’s crazy! I see evidence of very high water in our river, and I’ve heard stories so I know it can get crazy here too. I love our river but I’m very glad we are living well UP the hill from it!

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  3. indacampo says:

    You got some good pics Kris. Just what it looks like! Looking forward to seeing how high the river is. 🙂

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    • Kris says:

      We just got back from exploring a new area on the river north of us, and it didn’t look unusually high or active for this time of year. Even last night I could hear that the roaring had quieted down. Maybe it affects us more when there are downpours upriver from us?

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      • indacampo says:

        We have some small rivers flowing to the ocean now that weren’t there before with the heavy rains. It also changes the direction of some of the rivers that are there all year round. Call me weird but it fascinates me. 🙂

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