3 OCTOBER 1997. PANAMA: CLIMATE

It has been raining heavily in Panama City (Howard Airbase (PACIFIC SIDE) set a new record to maximum rainfall). It has also been raining heavily at Fort Sherman (>800 mm)(ATLANTIC SIDE). However, it has not been raining very much in the greater part of the Panama Canal watershed.

The Meteorology and Hydrology branch of the Panama Canal Commission reports a new (by a considerable margin) record for low rainfall and runoff for the month of Sept. This is the second record setting month in a row. Barro Colorado Island received only 162.3 mm of rain (vs an average of 274.1 mm) during Sept. For the year, Barro Colorado Island in the Canal has received 1228.2 mm (vs 1626.9 mm average).

The following are the 5 driest years recorded for Barro Colorado Island:

1976

1818.0

 

1930

1940.6

 

1982

1960.0

El Niño year#1 We lost the the last rainy season,

1947

1978.2

 

1948

2105.7

 

--Neal Smith SMITHN@tivoli.si.edu

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