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Big waves expected this weekend on Costa Rica’s northern Pacific coast

Strong winds with intensities of up to 26 knots from the northeast will create strong wave conditions in several coastal areas in Costa Rica, particularly in the northern Pacific, the University of Costa Rica's Center for Research in Ocean Sciences and Limnology reports.

Strong winds, waves likely cause of Costa Rica catamaran accident

The National Meteorological Institute issued an alert Thursday warning of winds that could reach between 70 and 100 kph in the Central Valley and the Northern Pacific, where the vessel sunk several miles off the coast of Punta Leona.

Strong gusts, big waves to continue over the weekend

The National Meteorological Institute (IMN) on Friday reported that a high-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean is to blame for increased trade winds that are expected to continue through Monday.

Update: Tropical Depression Hanna soaks Nicaragua, Honduras coasts; harsh weather avoided in Costa Rica

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua and Honduras are bracing for severe weather Monday after Tropical Storm Hanna formed off the Caribbean coast. Hanna, with top winds of 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour, was forecast to move quickly inland and produce heavy rainfall, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Light rains in many areas of Costa Rica prompt concerns for next year

“If it doesn’t start to rain more soon, it likely would mean that next year’s rainy season will be delayed,” said Juan Diego Naranjo, a meteorologist with the IMN. “You could say that this indicates the dry season next year will be extended.”

Heavy rains in Costa Rica catch eye of US National Hurricane Center

The National Meteorological Institute warned of heavy rain and electrical storms with gusty winds along the Pacific Coast, the Central Valley, Northern Zone and the mountains of the Caribbean during the next two days. These areas could see between 2 and 6 inches of rain by Thursday morning, according to IMN’s forecast.

Costa Rica declares national emergency over drought in northwestern province of Guanacaste

After months of drought, President Luis Guillermo Solís declared a national emergency in the province of Guanacaste and other cantons across the country on Tuesday. The drought in the northwestern province has been the worst in more than 50 years, according to the National Meteorological Institute.

Costa Rica could use a great weather app, but IMN’s new release falls short

To help us prepare for the day, Costa Rica’s National Metereological Institute (IMN) recently released its own app - a valiant effort to interpret the local troposphere for everyday people, but too full of flaws and bugs to be a worthy option.

Big waves cause flooding along Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast

Strong waves forecast for this weekend on both coasts of Costa Rica already are affecting areas in the Pacific province of Puntarenas.

Powerful waves to hit Costa Rica’s Caribbean and Pacific beaches over the weekend

Experts of the University of Costa Rica's Ocean Science and Limnology Research Center (CIMAR) warned residents and beachgoers this week about big waves that could be hitting shores on both of the country's coasts starting Friday.

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