Costa Rica’s Green Rainy Season Kicks off with a Blast

WOW, what a kick off to the green season. The Guanacaste region of Costa Rica was socked in for eleven days of thick clouds and rainy weather. I felt sorry for those that came to vacation as they may not have seen the sun, but heck it is the tropics and you can’t control Mother Nature.

Green season Playa Hermosa
Costa Rica was experiencing a very strong low-pressure system country wide that just would not move off the Pacific coast and was dormant over Guanacaste. It started on Saturday May 18th, with clouds moving in. By Sunday the rain started.

Playa Hermosa Rain
Sunday the 19th of May started off with a bang. I thought a bomb went off out side of my condo. The thunder clap was so loud and incredibly strong, the windows starting rattling and shaking. Then the rain started and by the time the end of the day came we had received over 4.1 inches of rain.

Playa Del Coco Rain
If you know me or have read past blogs from years ago, you may know I have a strange but interesting hobby. I have been measuring rain since I was a kid. It is not “Official” but I have rain gauges and log it every day it rains. This all started one year just before summer vacation, I think I was in firth or sixth grade, the teacher gave an assignment to the class; “For the beginning of next year’s science class I want each of you report on something that happens during your summer vacation”. That’s when it all started.
I have now lived in Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste for almost twelve years. From the day I landed, I I set up my rain gauges and have been tracking it ever since. I have seen some pretty heavy rains in September and October, which are the rainiest months of the year. I also have experienced a few years of drought as well.

Playa Hermosa Beauty
The Normal average for this part of Costa Rica, is between 40 and 60 inches of rain a year. To some that’s a lot but here it normal. This year May has been the wets I have ever recorder or seen. As mentioned before, it rained for 11 straight days, not all day long but rained none the less. For the month of May I reordered 15.7 inches of rain at my condo in Playa Hermosa.

the Beach Playa Hermosa

Have no fears, there was no flooding or damage as everything just flows to the ocean. As of writing this blog it is sunny, just a few puffy white clouds in the sky and is just beautiful, green and lush. Off the beach I go, it has been a few days, see you soon in Playa Hermosa.

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