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“How’s the Weather down There?”

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By Kelvin Marshall – Del Sur News

Even here in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, where 99% of the time it’s either hot and dry or hot and wet, the subject of the weather can generate hours of conversation around the wood of our favorite bar. Maybe because it isn’t one of the three forbidden bar-talk subject’s; politics, religion or sex (although one would never know that listening in at the average bar).

A British survey revealed that 94% of British respondents admitted to having had a conversation about the weather in the past six hours. Much worse, 38% that said they had done so in the previous 60 minutes. Statistically, in Britain, “at least a third of the population is either talking about the weather, have already done so or are about to do so” according to Kate Fox in her updated in 2010 book; “Watching the English”.

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative – Oscar Wilde

Despite that quote and the previous one about the San Juan del Sur weather, there are plenty of extremes to talk about, especially now we are all experts on Global Warming or perhaps the more politically correct; “Climate Change”. The latter being way easier to prove as one can always find an expert witness at the bar who agrees it’s either hotter or colder than yesterday!

Conversationally challenged ex-pats may find that the information contained within a web site called Weather Spark is just what they have been looking for. Even better, for our US friends, the scale changer at the top of the page can let you read it in Centigrade or Fahrenheit.

Here are few examples (the web site gives you some great graphics to show your new friends);

  • The average high temperature for September is 30C and the average low is 25C.
  • 4pm is the hottest time of the day.
  • September is a cloudy month and suffers from overcast or mostly cloudy for about 85% of the time.
  • With all that cloud, the chance of rain is high. The month starts at a 37% probability and closes at 45%.
  • September sees the average rainfall increase from a sliding scale monthly average of 152 millimeters up to 191 millimeters as an average by month end. This rise continues into the first two weeks of October making mid-September to mid-October the rainiest time of the year.

Please read the disclaimer and information on data collection at the end of the Weather Spark – San Juan del Sur page.

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