El Niño

Panama is preparing itself for a long dry season.  Due to El Niño phenomenon, rainfall was usually scarce last year and the dry season started in December.  It’s like having two dry seasons back-to-back.

Even as we speak, the communities of the “Dry Belt” (Arco Seco), in the countryside, are taking desperate measures to survive the upcoming drought.  Worst months are expected to be March, April and May…and even June.

Yesterday I took a shot of the weather outside our back yard.  The temperature was sizzling hot.  Yep, the crazy, lazy, hazy days of summer are here for the long haul.  Hello Summer!

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.


Good Day!


8 thoughts on “El Niño”

  1. This is really, really nice, Omar. If you did a little post-processing, it’s perfect. If this is just how it looked, you’ve got some wonderful light, despite it all.

    1. Hi Linda:

      Yes Linda. I post processed it with Pixlr photo edition software. It gave the picture that dark tone which feel like it’s pretty hot. And it really was hot and humid, typical of the dry season.

      Usually we have plenty of light in Panama all year round. During the dry season, of course, the sun is very bright and the sky has almost no clouds at all.

      Thank you for your supportive remarks.



  2. From weather.com in the USA:
    “December’s second long and record-shattering mild spell, which peaked during Christmas Week, helped numerous cities shatter their record warmest December.

    Almost 12,000 daily warm records were tied or broken during the month. Hundreds of cities from the Plains to the East Coast shattered their warmest December on record.”
    We are having freezing temperatures overnight for the first time this year but the days are sunny and warm (for wintertime). All good news but an omen for very hot summer temperatures this year. 2016 is going to be an interesting year, for certain.

    1. Hi Jim and Nena:

      Climate change is not a hoax anymore. The whole planet is upside down with weather patterns way out of line.

      Recently I read, “We are living in this planet as if we have another alternative planet where to live.” It is so true.

      China, Mexico and Chile are already suffocating in broad daylight. i wonder which country is in the pipeline ready to emerge.

      Take Care,


    1. Hi Barbara:

      I’m afraid we will be hit by the upcoming drought one way or another. Government is already talking about the possibility of rationing water in Panama City in the near future.

      Climate change is here to stay, no matter what they say. It’s not a hoax anymore.

      Enjoy the rest of the day,


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