The Hazy, Lazy, Crazy Days of Summer in the Tropics


I read this morning about warnings in the United States about a massive winter storm on the East Coast, even as we speak.

“The threat of a huge winter storm has prompted panic and preparations along the East Coast as the head of the National Weather Service said today that tens of millions of people could be effected.

In addition to those impacted by the snow, an additional seven million people could be impacted by ice and other dangerous conditions, NWS director Louis Uccellini said today.

‘You put all the ingredients together, you can get a storm like this and it’s happening in real time,” he said.

Residents in at least a half-dozen states are being warned to keep their travel plans light and prepare for potentially damaging winter weather starting early this weekend.’

While this is taking place in the Northern Hemisphere, in Central America we are heading towards a long, hot and dry drought.  Many of our streams and rivers are completely dried up and more are expected to dry up as the dry season progresses.  El Niño is covering the whole region under its dry wing.

Climate change is not a hoax anymore. We are seeing its effects around the globe.  Yet few serious measures are being taken by our leaders to mitigate the environmental damages that are taking place.  Will we ever learn that we live in a very fragile and vulnerable planet?

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A typical day in Panama City, Panama during the early stages of the dry season.  Rainfall is expected sometime in May or June.  Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Please take all measures possible to protect your immediate environment.  Good Day!

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7 thoughts on “The Hazy, Lazy, Crazy Days of Summer in the Tropics”

  1. Honestly? Americans have become so detached from nature, so fearful, and so easily manipulated by the media, a winter storm has turned into Armageddon. Of course blizzards (if that’s what it turns into) can be dangerous, discomfiting, and just plain inconvenient. But the news people and too many weather people hype everything beyond reason. People have forgotten how to take care of themselves, and how to live with a world that can’t always control.

    We had blizzards when I was growing up. It snowed, and sometimes it snowed beyond belief. I’ve watched my dad dig us out of drifts that went up to the second story of the house.It snowed, it stopped, and we shoveled and shoveled until we could get out. Life went on. What’s coming is not more extraordinary than what I’ve seen in my lifetime, so spare me.

    There. That’s my weather rant for the day.

    1. Morning Linda:

      Yes, I can see your point. However, I still believe we are destroying our planet. It is happening before my own eyes in this country. Never before have I seen a drought that connects two years in a row. We are only experiencing the first stages of the dry season, yet whole provinces are already out of water. Authorities are bringing in water by truck containers to distribute to the communities who have no drinking water. I am really worried for the fate of those people in the dry belt (Arco Seco) of Central Panama.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if the Panama Canal restricts the drafts of the ships transiting through the waterway due to the low water levels of Gatun and Miraflores Lakes.

      Bye,

      Omar.-

      1. And the connection between my frustration and your very real concerns is that people who overestimate what’s coming, and people who underestimate it, can’t deal with what “is” as effectively as they otherwise might. Fearing the real (i.e., the physical, natural world) isn’t nearly as good as understanding it!

  2. This is the sort of thing that dirves many of us crazy. Hyping the weather rather than reporting on it in an informed and even manner causes people to tune out. It’s the same with climate change — or most things in the world, actually. See our current political campaign for a non-weather-related example. 🙂

  3. The thing is the desperate and greedy actions made made by the media to increase audience ratings and make a fast buck versus telling viewers what is actually expected so they can take precautionary actions.

    In Panama we don’t usually take much interest in the weather, because it is very simple and nothing really spectacular happens beside a few heavy showers and high tides. Now the picture is changing. During the last five years or so, we are experience unsual high tides covering extensive areas near the beach. Whole villages have been affected, including several islands in the Archipiélago de San Blas. Natives are alarmed and moving to the mainland to avoid drowning. Sea levels are alarmingly high.

    The other thing is drought. In 69 years, I have not seen anything like it. Two consecutive dry seasons back-to-back and rivers completely evaporating into thin air. This is happening right now. We are very worried, yet I don’t see people taking any kind of corrective measures. They are still watering their plants spilling hundreds of gallons of water, plastic swimming pools everywhere, children playing with water hoses in their backyards and so on.

    We are expecting rainfall sometime in May or maybe June. What are we going to do in the meantime? We are only two, thereby we consume very little water. If worse comes to worse, we can always go to the supermarket and buy bottled water for our critical personal needs. But what about large families or other commercial activities like hotels, restaurants, the Panama Canal, hospital, etc.? You get my point.

    I rest my case.

    Bye,

    Omar.-

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