National Meteorological Institute (IMN) forecasts state that high temperatures currently felt across most of Costa Rica will rise up to 3 degrees Celsius in coming weeks due to direct influence of El Niño, the warm phase of a recurring climate pattern across the tropical Pacific called the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, or “ENSO.” IMN Director Juan Carlos Fallas Sojo said high temperatures will increase starting this week and will last through May.
Forecasts state that the strongest effects on weather will be in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, where temperatures will range from 37-41 C (98-106 Fahrenheit). Temperatures in the Central Valley will range from 32-36 C (89-97 F). High temperatures also will be present in the central and southern Pacific regions, where they are expected to range from 34-40 C (93-104 F).
Average temperatures in the Caribbean region will see a small increase of half a degree, and Limón residents can expect temperatures ranging from 29-34 C (84-93 F). Iván Brenes Reyes, president of the National Emergency Commission (CNE), said 50 communities currently are facing severe problems from drought and scarce drinking water. He called on the public to help prevent wildfires, as high temperatures can quickly turn small brush fires into larger, hard to control fires. The CNE also recommends that people exercise caution while in the sun and avoid direct exposure to sunlight. April is the month when Costa Rica receives the highest incidence of solar radiation.
Rainy season and La NiñaAccording to the IMN, the effects of El Niño in 2015 exceeded the record extreme conditions experienced in 1997. The weather phenomenon during the past rainy season (May to November) caused a significant precipitation deficit — 45 percent below normal in the northern Pacific region and 22 percent below normal in the Central Valley. On the flip side, the Caribbean received above average rainfall in 2015 — up to 34 percent.
In the coming weeks, scattered showers could be present over Costa Rica, Fallas said. However, the IMN is forecasting that the first real showers of the rainy season will fall in the southern Pacific starting in mid-April, in the central Pacific region by the first week of May, in the Central Valley by the second week of May and in the northern Pacific by the end of May. The rainy season this year will begin, on average, a week later than usual, Fallas said. El Niño will continue its influence over Costa Rica through June and is expected to enter a neutral stage in July.
In August, the country is expected to begin experiencing effects of the cold phase of the ENSO phenomenon known as La Niña, usually characterized by an increase in heavy showers. IMN also expects at least two tropical cyclones in the Caribbean during the cyclone season that runs June 1-Nov. 30, “and at least one of them could grow into a hurricane,” Fallas said.
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Carlos Munoz knows a thing or two about surfing Esterillos.
Costa Rica’s continued rise on the surfing scene took another giant leap on Tuesday when it was announced that the country will play host to a world surf tour event for the first time in over a decade.
The World Surf League (WSL), the sport’s international sanctioning body, will hold the Costa Rica Pro men’s and women’s qualifying series event from Oct. 5-9 at Esterillos Este in Puntarenas. Costa Rica surf legend Diego Naranjo announced on his Facebook page Tuesday night that his surf company Orange Wave worked for 10 months to assure a WSL event in Tico waters. On top of getting the official license from the league, Naranjo said he also had to clear some red tape hurdles with local authorities like those at the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT).
In working side by side with the tourism institute, the international surf event can help promote Costa Rica to surfers and fans from all over the globe, he said. “There’s a strong movement that is happening all around us in Panama and Nicaragua with regards to designing tourism around surfing,” Naranjo told The Tico Times on Wednesday. “In a sense Costa Rica has been sleeping on this opportunity and we need to promote surf again to travelers.” Costa Rica’s last official world qualifying series events were at the turn of the century with a pair of Billabong Pro tournaments in 2001 and 2002. Brian Robbins, who is in charge of selecting event sites for the WSL, said Costa Rica stood out because of its penchant for year-round waves that don’t fluctuate too strongly between seasons and hours of the day. “Costa Rica is unique because you can probably surf most beaches all the time,” Robbins said. “The beach we’re looking at in Costa Rica has a reputation for working at all tides, which allows you to surf all day. That means it’s a fair competition that doesn’t give disadvantages to surfers at different times of the day.”
The Costa Rica Pro has been designated a 3,000-point event, meaning the winner will receive 3,000 points in the qualifying rankings. By the year’s end, the top 10 surfers in the qualifying standings will be eligible to compete in the World Championship Tour next season. Costa Rican stars Noe Mar McGonagle and Carlos “Cali” Muñoz have been mainstays in the qualifying series and currently rank 74th and 76th, respectively, after finishing within the top 40 last season. For Muñoz, who hails from Esterillos, the Costa Rica Pro will be a homecoming in which he should figure as one of the favorites to win. Naranjo said that all of the top Costa Rican surfers plan to compete in the October tournament, including Santa Teresa’s Anthony Fillingim and Leilani McGonagle, the younger sister of Noe Mar. Some 200 surfers could be expected to participate in the tour event, Robbins said. He echoed Naranjo’s words by saying that Costa Rica, with its big waves and gorgeous coasts, belongs among the most sought-after surf destinations worldwide. “It was really the first Latin American traveling destination for surfing,” Robbins said. “Other countries have kind of joined in on surf tourism, but it was Costa Rica that hit the mainstream early on.”
This is great news for Jaco tourism, Esterillos and the entire Central Pacific of Costa Rica.
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As we wrap up this summer weekend in Jaco, we also see the end of another fantastic Jaco Art Festival which is held annually every March. The Jaco Art Festival spans over two weekends and this year might have had the best turnout yet. The local community and tourists were treated to a number of different shows, concerts, food and other displays.
One of my favorite shows was watching the Danza de los Diablitos, a special ceremony performed by the villagers of Boruca. The Boruca are well known for their craftwork, specifically their popular masks, which you have probably seen in many shops in Jaco. The masks are a critical part of the Borucas' annual Danza de los Diablitos ceremony, which is celebrated every winter and was re-inacted at this years Jaco Art Festival.
The festival also included a number of local food stands as well as local art and crafts for sale. Other highlights included musical performances from Jaco schools and local artists, as well as circus performers. Credit and thanks to all of those who helped to support and organize the event.
As Jaco continues to grow and build its identity it appears that Jaco is shaping to become a very melting pot or expressionism which is starting to show in both its local art scene and new designed infrastructure. It was wonderful to see the local community support the festival and we are excited to see the Festival and local arts continue to grow in Jaco.
Visitjacocostarica Tip - If you want to own your very own Boruka mask be sure to check out the Tico Pod on your next visit in Jaco.
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Sometimes it can be pretty hard to come to an agreement, and recently politics show just that, but when it comes to Costa Rica it seems that even a bunch of strangers can agree that it is the place to go! Recently Jet Blue launched an ad campaign, where in a social experiment doubling as a JetBlue commercial titled "Reach Across the Aisle," the airline offered 150 passengers a free flight, but the catch was that they had to unanimously agree on the destination. Like an instant set of primaries, they whittled the field down to two tropical candidates, Costa Rica and Turks and Caicos. To no suprise Costa Rica was the clear winner and no doubt many will be headed to visit Jaco during their trip. If only other voting primaries could end with a free trip to Costa Rica!!