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Hurricane Otto - a historical first? - Updated 2016-11-24

"No, there are no hurricanes in Costa Rica". - Right.

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Otto NOAA Nov 22 2016

Otto NOAA Nov 22 2016

Now, first of all, let's make it clear that I'm not in imminent danger here. Not in the evacuation zone, not even close. I'm up in the mountains of Monteverde, at heights of 1100 meters or more. So the winds will slow down before the storm reaches us here. (Would someone call mom and tell her to calm down, please...)

That said, I'm probably going to get more rain than I bargained for. A lot more. There may be mudslides and floods, too. I'll do my best to avoid them, I promise. No reckless moves.

I'd already planned to blog about the weather: about how I thought it couldn't get cold in Costa Rica, and how I ended up putting on three layers of clothes and three blankets on last night. So I was wrong. It certainly can get cold up here in the mountains.

The night was really windy. I've been told that now is when the season here changes from rainy to windy. As there is no insulation and there are little see-though holes in the walls of my bungalow, the wind really got right though and it was freezing in there despite all the covers.

So I thought the winds yesterday and during the night were strong. Huh. Little do I know.

Today was a beautiful, sunny and carefree day. And tomorrow I'll get to visit Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Hoping for another stormless day!

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2016-11-23 - Otto just got graded as a category 1 hurricane. It's forecasted to land either in Nigaragua or Cost Rica on Thursday. According to NOAA, a hurricane never landed in Costa Rica since they started to keep record around 1850. Otto may be a historic first. How lucky I am!

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2016-11-24 - Otto made landfall in northern Nicaragua this afternoon as a dangerous category 2 hurricane. It's now weakened back to cat. 1. and is expected to weaken rapidly into a tropical storm. All is well here in Monteverde. We've had lots of rain throughout the Thanksgiving day, but hardly any wind yet. The forecast at the moment is that we will get some tropical storm scale winds during the night. Anyway, we are quietly confident here, or at least hopeful, that Otto will take a path slightly up north from us and will blow off its worst energy before it reaches us here in the mountains.
Otto winds 24h NOAA Nov 24 2016

Otto winds 24h NOAA Nov 24 2016

Posted by sussesimis 13:50 Archived in Costa Rica Tagged weather hurricane

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