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El Niño Strikes Again, Causing High Tides and One of the Driest “Rainy” Seasons Ever

By Arianna McKinney

This is rainy season? Feels like summer! And although the sunny days are a delight, it automatically raises concerns about the months to come: will crops get enough water? Will there be enough water in the wells to supply homes and businesses throughout the real dry season?

All of this beautiful weather, and the related concerns, are brought to us by none other than the infamous El Niño, according to meteorologist Luis Alvarado from the National Meteorological Institute (IMN), and IMN expects that, although the recent rain of Thursday August 9 in Nicoya city and other areas in the county, the rest of rainy season to also be drier than normal.  

According to a study from the IMN of July rainfall data, the Liberia–Guanacaste area received 11.1mm of precipitation, making July 2012 the driest in the last 26 years. 

Rain data collected locally also shows that this July was abnormally dry.

In Nosara area, Bobbi Johnson registered only three days in July when more than an inch of rain fell and 12 other days with small amounts of rain, for a total of 10.19 inches. By way of contrast, data she has collected since 1995 shows an average rainfall of 13.56 inches for July. In June of this year, she registered only 6.21 inches compared to an average rainfall of 17.34.

In Samara, data compiled by Charlie Foerster showed 22.5 cm of rain in July compared to a 5-year average of 48.6cm, and 21.1cm in June compared to a 5-year average of 38.1 cm. However, data collected from January through May 2012 coincided very closely with the 5-year averages for normal rainfall during those months.   

Increased sea level due to expansion caused by heat from El Niño was also a factor in the recent extremely high tides experienced on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, when a few waves actually entered some of the houses located on Garza Beach, as well as causing disaster along the coast of Caldera and Puntarenas. Other factors were the full moon and a heavy swell from New Zealand, according to Alvarado. 

IMN predicts that El Niño will continue affecting Costa Rica for the rest of 2012, which means that August to October of this year, the height of rainy season, should continue to be drier than normal, 30% drier here in the northern Pacific area. 

 

More Regional News

RAASA In Charge of Maintenance Works on Nosara – Samara Route 160
Company will start works next week, these will continue until the end of the year

Constructora RAASA will be in charge of maintenance works on Route 160 between Samara and Nosara. These will start next week and will last until December 2012.

National Registry Launches New Website
Site offers consultations and free certificates

Long lines to request a certificate or to check on your property’s status are a thing of the past. Now all these things are just a click away, by visiting the website rnpdigital.com

Tips to Protect Your Laptop from Thieves

Proper preparations prevent poor performance, and keeping tabs on your coveted PC or Mac laptop, and the information inside it, should be at the top of the list of preparations whether here in Costa Rica or abroad.

Legislators Negotiate Consensus for Coastal Territories Law Project
Law Would Not Include Protected Areas Except for Ostional Refuge

Representatives from the Citizen Action (PAC) and Ample Front (FA) parties debated various changes to the Coastal Territories Law, known as Tecocos, to gain a consensus with the legislators from the other factions.

Nicoya Doctors Protest Against On Duty and Shift Cuts

Nicoya’s medical center is taking steps to reduce costs and the emergency department was the first to be affected. There, medical work-hours and calls have been cut back during weekends and holidays, as is confirmed in a statement sent by hospital director, Juan José Li Kam, and signed by 22 physicians.

New Liquor Law with ¢180.000 Fine For Drinking In The Street

We've seen them at the topes, the parades, in the beach towns, coming out of a bar, all with a beer or drink in hand, a practice that many in Costa Rica have taken as custom.

Despite Efforts to Help the Elderly, Abuses Continue

La region of the Peninsula of Nicoya stands out for having the largest number of longest-living inhabitants in the entire country, and during the annexation celebrations on July 25th, nine of the oldest adults in the canton, five of whom are more than 100, received recognition from President Chinchilla.

Santo Domingo ASADA is Low on Water and Overdue for Elections
– Family Denounces ASADA for Not Granting Water Access
– PanAmerican Woods In Process of Donating Well Rights to the Town

In the mountains above Samara, the Santo Domingo ASADA (Water Administration Association) has been facing the challenge of how to administer water to approximately 150 inhabitants when the town’s one water source is insufficient, prompting the Diaz family to denounce the ASADA and turning the spotlight on PanAmerican Woods. 

Pictures and News of the Month

The Voice of Nosara brings you a brief recap of July stories you might have missed.

Nicoya Municipality Ranks 65th Nationally
– Nicoyan Mayor Affirms that Rating Doesn’t Reflect Reality
– Councilmember Acknowledges Room for Improvement

The Municipality of Nicoya dropped from 55th place nationally in 2010 to 65th place in 2011 in the results of the Municipal Management Index (IGM), which evaluates the management performed by a total of 88 local governments during the year.

Controller Won’t Penalize Nicoyan Auditor for Alleged Tax Evasion
Comptroller’s Organ Affirms that Proceeding Didn’t Meet Current Regulations

The Controller General of the Republic decided not to penalize the current auditor of the Municipality of Nicoya, Gilberto Lizano Elizondo, for alleged tax evasion as it was determined that the disciplinary proceeding didn’t fulfill the requirements of due process. 

Poor Families Finally Have Homes in Santa Martha

Sixteen years after the land was bought, six houses have finally been built for poor families in Santa Martha and paperwork is in process for four to six more houses. 

Robbery Rises in Nicoya Canton While Decreasing in San Jose

“In the last two years, Costa Rica was the only Latin American country that reduced the crime indexes,” the Presidential House posted on Facebook on Friday, July 20th.  

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