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30 August 2011

Latin America Update #44: Canicula Overwith in Central America

The mid-summer easing of the rains, better known as the Canicula, has passed in Central America. Hispaniola, and nearby islands, continue to clean-up after Hurricane Irene passed them. Venezuela is either having a major flooding event, or major problems with its rain gauges, I'm going with the latter. Precipitation continues to be plentiful in the Pampas along the Rio de la Plata.

The break in the rains that separates the Primera growing season, from the Postrera growing season, has occured. The end of the Canicula means that rainfall will now shift back to the Pacific side of the subcontinent. Thus far the season has progressed well, although the Nicaragua Atlantic provinces and Costa Rica have been a little dry, but nothing severe. Hispaniola, mainly Dominican Republic and northern Haiti, the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas have begun the clean-up process from Hurricane Irene, which ripped up the region.

Venezuelas rain gauge network has gone off the wall. After under reporting for weeks, it has now over reported, causing a massive bulls-eye across both itself and Colombia. That bulls-eye is not realistic in anyway. Seasonable conditions continue in Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. Dry weather persists in Colombia along the border with Brazil, and into the Brazilian state of Amazonas.

To the south rainfall continues along the Rio de la Plata basin, with moisture plentiful across Uruguay with lighter totals in nearby parts of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.

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