Normally January is a summer month. It’s windy, cool and dry. It’s the beginning of the dry season which triggers a wide variety of recreational activities for the families. Going to the beaches is at the top of the list. The sun is bright, the skies are blue, and the beaches are crowded. In a nutshell, January is a month full of expectations. Oh…and the Carnival season is just around the corner, the only activitiy Panamanians take seriously. I really mean it.
Last week, something totally unexpected happened. Suddenly, the weather changed dramatically. Last Thursday, when I went to the back terrace to hang our wet towels to dry, I noticed patches of dark clouds above the city. Mother Nature was mischievously preparing a recipe for rainfall instead of the usual verano. A few hours later, it was indeed raining. The temperature dropped to about 72 degrees F. People were puzzled. What was going on? This was wrong. It was a mistake. Rain in January? No way Jose.
It rained and drizzled for two whole days. Then out of the blue, the rain was gone and the dry season continued its usual performance—steady northern winds, blue skies and bright sunshine. It was brief breath of fresh air, and I loved it.
Below are several pictures of the sky before it opened up and sprinkled the thirsty metropolis.