Extreme Rains…over yet?

The sun today is a welcome relief. I’m relieved to know that we aren’t expecting a hurricane to hit Nicaragua, but a tropical cyclon is expected to hit the Atlantic coast this weekend. Not much of a meterologist, I’m not entirely sure what that will entail. But, first lady Rosario Murillo is calling upon all disaster and emergency institutions to prepare a defense strategy in preparation for the tropical storm.

According to the National Hurricane Center of the U.S., there is now a 50 % chance the storm will develop into a full cyclon and hit Nicaragua. While the Atlantic coast hasn’t experienced as much rain as the rest of the country, it may now be getting the full strength of a cyclone. Tropical cyclones develop over large bodies of warm water and are characterized by powerful winds and rains, lessening in power as they move over dry land. Unfortunately for the Atlantic coast, much of that region is already full of rivers and wet areas. I imagine that there will be much damaging flooding.

THE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IN THE SOUTHWESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA IS NOW LOCATED A LITTLE BIT LESS THAN 100 MILES NORTHEAST OF SAN ANDRES ISLAND. THE LOW IS CURRENTLY DRIFTING NORTHWARD...BUT STRONG HIGH PRESSURE TO THE NORTH SHOULD FORCE THE LOW TO MOVE TOWARD CENTRAL AMERICA ON SUNDAY. CLOUDINESS AND SHOWERS REMAIN DISORGANIZED...AND ALTHOUGH THE POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT IS DIMINISHING...THIS SYSTEM COULD STILL BECOME A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BEFORE IT INTERACTS WITH CENTRAL AMERICA DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS. THIS SYSTEM NOW HAS A MEDIUM CHANCE...50 PERCENT...OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. REGARDLESS OF DEVELOPMENT HEAVY RAINS SHOULD CONTINUE PRIMARILY OVER HONDURAS AND NICARAGUA. --National Hurricane Center, 10/22/2011

There has been constant rains since the 10th of October, and today’s arrival of blue sky seems like the quiet before the second-round. According to La Prensa, one of the major national newspapers in Nicaragua, as of yesterday the rains have caused 17 deaths and affected approximately 150 million people.

Nicaragua has asked for international aid, along with El Salvador, which has been suffering even more from the torrential rains and subsequent flooding. The Tico Times from El Salvador reported 35 people dead, and nearly 49,000 people relocated. Crops are certainly being affected by the extreme rains, and the uncharacteristically cool temperatures that accompany them.

On a lighter note, as I was writing this memo, this song by Creedance Clearwater Revival started playing: “who’ll stop the rain?”. It’s a fitting question. 

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3 thoughts on “Extreme Rains…over yet?

  1. I’m praying that Nicaragua is spared from the cyclone and also for all the people displaced by flooding.
    love,
    Larua

    • Thankfully, the rains have passed us by. The Centro has not been too affected by the heavy rains, other than certain roads in Managua that get all disheveled because of the rain. Whenever it rains on a class morning, we expect fewer students. But, I think Managua, either because of higher altitude than other areas, or better drainage systems, has been spared the worse.

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