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Transition into 2012's Rainy Season Should Be Gradual

By Arianna McKinney

Although the intermittent rains of the transition period are here, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN-National Meteorological Institute) is predicting that the steady rains that mark the official beginning of rainy season, also referred to locally as "winter," will begin late this year and will be less rainy than normal.

"The intense rainstorms that we had during Semana Santa don't represent the beginning of rainy season, nor are they part of the transition period. They are a normal climatic anomaly," explained meteorologist Luis Alvarado. The April rainstorms are popularly referred to as the "lluvias locas" (crazy rains).

Alvarado explained that La Niña has been dissipating, that the Pacific Ocean shows signs of warming and that the Atlantic Ocean is cooling, which should result in a neutralizing or normalizing effect. Within one or two months, the atmospheric response to these factors should be seen in the climate changes. Due to this, Alvarado is of the opinion that in June there will be less rain than normal.

Another typical weather phenomenon that occurs in Guanacaste around June 24th is an Indian summer known as "El Veranillo de San Juan," which has been lacking in the past two years. This year, however, Alvarado expects to have an Indian summer, although how intense the heat will be during the break in the rains will depend on if El Niño forms again. At this point, he said that there is a moderate possibility that the breaks in the rain during June could have a greater intensity than normal.

"Perpectivas Climáticas de la Estación Lluviosa 2012," a report issued by IMN, forecasts that rainy season will commence on May 23rd for the North Pacific region, whereas May 18 is considered the normal date. The report also forecasts 18% less rain than normal for the region between April and June, the equivalent of 99mm less rain than average.

 

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Nicoya's Municipality Demands Pedregal for Tax Payment, the Company Denies any Debt
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• MINAET received complaint of environmental pollution.

Nicoya's Municipality is looking to collect over 261 million colones, which it claims the company Pedregal owes for the exploitation of material from the quarry, La Calera. In addition, it filed a complaint to MINAET for environmental pollution.

Hospital CIMA Prepares Opening in Guanacaste

The private hospital CIMA is getting ready to open is doors in a few weeks in what will be its second hospital in Costa Rica. The new hospital is located in Liberia, joining the San José (Escazú) hospital that has been operating for the last 12 years.

OIJ Didn’t Find Evidence of Accelerants in Tuanis Furniture Manufacturer

The Judicial Police (Organismo de Investigación Judicial OIJ) of Nicoya told VON that the fire in the Tuanis furniture manufacturer might not have been intentional as was believed at first.

Foreigners To Be Required Provide Cedula To Open Bank Account
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Car Fire on Route 160 Near Guiones

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Carrillo Beach Chamber of Tourism Prepares to Disband

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Nosara Emergency Services Jointly Certified in Vertical Rescue

Volunteers from Nosara’s Red Cross and Nosara Firefighting Association were certified in vertical rescue during a training course that started this past Saturday may 12. Three firefighters and ten Red Cross volunteers took part in the weekend long certification course, which included a theory exam on paper and two days of practice, concluding on May 13.

Costa Rica Post Office To Provide Foreigner ID Cards Starting June

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There Could Be A Gas Shortage Starting Tuesday

The continuing conflict between Costa Rica's transporters of fuel and the Ministerio del Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones (MINAET) could result in parked trucks and causing a fuel shortage starting Tuesday May 15.

Despite Recent Shutdown, Construction Resumes on Samara’s High School

On Monday, May 7th, the director of Samara’s rural high school in El Torito received a letter from the mayor of the Municipality of Nicoya giving permission to continue with the construction of new classrooms. The director, Maria Benita Gomez Moreno, said she was very content that the project is again underway after it had been shut down by the municipality on April 30th. 

New "Basic Food Basket" Take Effect Monday

Starting Monday, May 7, many consumers will get a whopping surprise at the supermarket checkout when some 90 products will begin to be taxed. Sausages, bread, meat, fruit and milk are some of the foods that consumers come Monday will have to the 13% sales tax on.

Cangrejal ASADA Inaugurates New Pump

With raffles, chicharron and music, about 55 people celebrated the inauguration of a new water pump for the Cangrejal area in Samara on Sunday, April 29th. Miguel Gomez, president of the ASADA, explained that the former well (1991) that provided water to Cangrejal had been made very quickly and the gravel was not done well, so sediments appeared in the water.  

Liberation Political Party Secured Control of the Nicoya City Council

The Nicoya City Council elected counselor Lisette Ana Espinoza, of PLN, as its new President. Because of that, the Council changed control from the former President, Juan Luis Aguirre Vidaurre of the Libertarian Movement (ML), to the National Liberation Party, the same political party as the Mayor, Marcos Jimenez, and the Costa Rican President, Laura Chinchilla.

Underfunded but Undeterred— Meet Nosara’s Firefighters

When flames sprang up at the Nosara dump last month, it had all the potential to be a catastrophic fire.  Layers of garbage, dried out by months without rain, sparked quickly in the midday sun on March 11. Compounding the issue were the combustible gases, methane and others, which had been created by decomposing material and trapped by more garbage.

Businesses Start to Comply with New Tobacco Control Law

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Neighbor Presents Appeal Against Land Purchase for New Cemetery

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Evidence Surfaces of Illegal Shrimping with Pesticides
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Blue Flags Are Flying High All Along the Coast

This year, seven beaches along the coast of the canton of Nicoya earned the prestigious Blue Flag. These include Carrillo, Samara, South Samara, Buena Vista, Guiones, Peladas and Ostional. While most of the area beaches were awarded one star, Guiones surpassed the standards and was awarded two stars. 

Samara-Carrillo Coastal Regulatory Plan in Advanced Stage
• Municipality Affirms that Concessions Can Be Granted Again

In addition to the urban regulatory plan proposal for the Canton of Nicoya, which is currently being revised, an integral regulatory plan is in the works that focuses on the coastal area of Samara and Carrillo. This project is now in advanced stages, according to Rodolfo Lizano, Leader of Macroprocess Planning and Development for ICT.

Nicoya Hospital Will Have Less Money

The Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos (College of Doctors and Surgeons) is worried because this year the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social (CCSS – Costa Rican Social Security) has reduced budgets to 20 of the country's hospitals, clinics and health centers by 15 billion colones ($30 million), including La Anexion Hospital in Nicoya.


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