Climate in Puerto Viejo
This region, that encompasses the Caribbean and Northern slopes,
present temperatures according to the altitude. The whole region
is directly exposed to the north easterly trade winds, which are
fully loaded with the humidity of the Caribbean Ocean. Part of this
humidity precipitates in the coasts and plains, but the major rainfall
occurs in the slopes of the range of mountains due to the topographic
This kind of rainfall is due to the winds, that are being forced
to climb because of the mountains, they lose temperature slowly
and create the condensation and the subsequent rainfall.
This rainfall regime will decrease during 2 periods of the year,
mid January-May and mid August-November, because of modifications
produced in the trade winds by the relative position of the sun.
Nevertheless, in these zones there is no defined dry season.
The highest rainfall occurs in the mountains, particularly between
1000 and 2000 meters ( 3000 and 6000 feet ) of altitude, with major
precipitations of 5000 mm ( 200 inches ). The highest amounts of
rainfall have been registered in the cuenca of the Reventazon River,
where 8000 mm ( 320 inches ) fall yearly, and more at other sites.
At altitudes higher than 2000 m ( 6000 feet ) the rainfall tends
Storms in the Atlantic, they correspond to a variable period (
up to 15 days ) in which rain and drizzle predominate that could
last all day and night. They occur mainly during the winter and
in the north plains of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast.
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