November 2nd, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) The deficit in rains this rainy season may cause problems for Costa Rica’s agribusiness and electric production in the upcoming months.
In mid November, most parts of the country will enter the “dry” season, which concerns authorities, as the current rainy season has seen significantly less rains than normal. Some agricultural areas may have issues with water supply, for which they will need to take measures in order to prepare.
“We are already seeing important changes in the weather and in winds, which are indicating that we are going to have a very dry month of November in the majority of the country. The summer will be much more intense,” said Erick Quiros, from the Ministry of Agriculture.
“We are making our best efforts in the area of Guanacaste, especially the central Pacific and northern areas, in Upala, Guatuso and Los Chiles, which we believe may be most impacted by droughts,” he added.
Another important consideration is electricity generation. According to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), the Arenal reservoir had a slight recovery with last week’s rains. Despite this, however, it is still far from its regular level.
“Two or three weeks ago, the Arenal reservoir had one of its lowest levels in the past 17 years. However, in the past weeks it has had a slow recovery due to the heavy rains that occurred recently in the areas that feed this reservoir. The recovery has been slow, but there has been a recovery, which is important. However, it is not until January that we will know exactly to what maximum level that the reservoir will reach,” said Elberth Duran from ICE.
Lake Arenal has been at such a low level this year that new ‘islands’ have emerged on the lake.
Currently, the country is facing an abnormal level of precipitation, between a 20% and 25% below its regular average.