We are going through the transition from rainy to dry season here on the Pacific side of Panama. The Caribbean side, just a few hours away, has an entirely different weather pattern. It rains whenever it wants to and there aren’t the distinct seasons we have here.
But, here on the Pacific side we have fairly predictable weather patterns. People worry about the rainy season (April – December) thinking we might be soaking wet all the time, but that isn’t the case at all. Mornings are beautiful, clear and sunny. That is when you hang out laundry, do errands, and anything else that is better when it’s sunny. In the afternoon the clouds will start to gather. Maybe it will rain in the middle of the afternoon, or maybe closer to dark. Maybe it will pour like crazy for a little while followed by a gentle rain, or maybe it will just rain a little bit. It should be finished no later than bedtime though and you can enjoy the cooler, fresher air when you sleep.
The dry season (December – April) is, well, dry! Rain is unusual. Plants and grass get increasingly brown and crispy and brush fires are common. The trade winds blow and some days can get very windy. This is Panamanian summer. School is out for summer vacation until mid February and people tend to do more outdoor things like home maintenance, swimming trips to the rivers, and family vacations.
At the moment though, we are somewhat confused. Sunday was clear and felt more like summer and yesterday was clear, windy, and very much like summer. Today though, mid afternoon, the clouds gathered and it started to rain. I was foolish enough to think I could do some gardening which is almost guaranteed to bring rain. 😀 But, as soon as I sat down at my computer it stopped and now the sun is coming out again. Shall I pick up my gardening tools again and see if the rain comes back?
I certainly won’t complain though. In a few weeks we will be praying for rain!