Climatic oddities in Ecuador today

Climatic oddities in Ecuador today
Climatic oddities in Ecuador today

Precipitation on the coast of Ecuador is short-lived and chaotic, while it rains in some areas, very close, literally two steps away, there is no precipitation at all and drought continues to ruin the harvest

This instability is mainly due to moisture-laden clouds coming from the Amazon region, as well as increased ocean temperatures, according to the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (Inamhi). Meteorologists explain that in the next two days, rainy weather in a number of coastal regions of Ecuador will continue, especially in the cantons of Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas province), La Concordia (Esmeraldas province), La Maná (Cotopaxi province), Quevedo (Los Ríos province), La Troncal (Cañar province) and Zaruma (El Oro province).

Nevertheless, precipitation on the coast itself will be weak in rare places, in other areas precipitation is not expected. As for Guayaquil, the rains last Sunday owe their appearance to an increase in the temperature of ocean water at the surface, a phenomenon that contributes to increased evaporation. So, in the area of ​​the island of San Cristóbal (Galapagos), the water temperature was recorded at around 26 °, while the norm for this month is 25, 1 °.

But it didn't just rain over Guayaquil - a thunderstorm with lightning raged in the north and north-west of the city for three hours, some of the elderly townspeople argued that they would not remember such a rampant element. Some areas were seriously flooded, water even flooded a number of houses. Fortunately for the residents and students of the local Vicente Rocafuerte College, all excess water was magically removed - all just because President Correa himself was due to arrive a few hours later for the ceremonial opening of the new school year.

A huge traffic jam, stretching for almost three kilometers, was observed in the north-east of the city, in the direction of Durán. The reason for the traffic congestion was the flooding of the road and the breakdown of traffic lights. The thunderstorm caused a burnout of a transformer in the Guasmo area, residents of three quarters sat without light all night from Sunday to Monday, literally trembling with fear - this area has long been reputed to be the most criminal in Guayaquil. According to meteorologists, severe thunderstorms are not excluded in the following days of April, due to the abnormally dry March.

Heavy rainfall in the Loja province, with strong winds, flooded streets and caused sewer pipes to collapse. Heavy rain also caused a landslide on the Loja-Zamora highway, 14 km from the town of Loja.

According to Inamhi, strong squall winds recorded last Friday in the area of ​​the villages of Mindo and Pueblo Nuevo (canton San Miguel de los Bancos, province of Pichincha) reached 75 - 80 km per hour. This phenomenon was associated with high temperatures and low cloudiness, which contributes to the formation of so-called convective or cumulus clouds (with vertical development and saturated with pieces of ice and hail) in the foothill regions. In these areas, power lines and sewerage were damaged in two places, and 180 residential buildings were damaged.

A thunderstorm with thunder and lightning was registered on Monday evening also in the capital of Ecuador, leading to a traffic collapse. The areas of El Camal, El Tingo, Chahuarquingo were flooded, and large problems with the removal of excess water were noted in the areas of Guangopolo and El Trébol. According to firefighters, a retired woman had to be evacuated to Guangopolo, trapped in her own home. In addition to heavy rain and flooding, an unexpected drop in an electric pole occurred near a Mobil gas station in the north of the city, leading to traffic jams and collisions. Residents of La Vicentina, Pérez Guerrero, La Carolina, Naciones Unidas, Conocoto, La Floresta, Eloy Alfaro streets were left without light for several hours.

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