QCOSTARICA – Werner Stolz, Chief Meteorologist at the National Meteorological Institute of Costa Rica, announced that the Liberia drought is “the driest year in history in Liberia, Guanacaste.
” The institute’s data shows that this year’s rain deficit is 70 to 80% below normal.
The institute has recorded rainfall in Liberia since 1977. Stolz blamed climate change and El Niño, “It is important to analyze and think about climate change.
Before climate change, we also must consider the El Niño and La Niña phenomena, which impact our weather daily.”
This year the El Niño caused a monthly average increase from 23 degrees Celsius to 26 degrees. This is a “dramatic” impact for rainy season, according to Stolz.
While the Caribbean and Northern Zones have suffered an excess of rain, the rainiest months in the Pacific are September and October, but this year looks bleak.
According to Stolz, “The forecast deficit will continue on the Pacific coast, particularly the Northern Pacific through the effects of El Niño.
It is in its mature stage and at maximum strength, which will cause stronger than normal winds, September and October have an outlook for continued deficits, and these are the last two months of the rainy season.”
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