Ah, the winds are changing. But, it is that time of year. April (and sometimes as late as May) in this country signals the turning of the Panama Summer into the Green (or rainy) season each year. Today is April 11 and it already seems to be happening, so that means it’s right on time.
The end of the Panama Summer
With the advent of Easter eggs and Passover in most countries this month, it means that Spring is on it’s way. Not so on the small isthmus of Panama. Instead, the Panama summertime is coming to an end, and a month to six weeks of the in-between weeks (where we get some very specific symptoms of that change) occur.
In Panama, the seasons are reversed from those of North America. Since Panama is just 300 miles of the equator, there are really just two seasons: Dry (or Summer) and Rainy (or Green). There’s a lot more information about each in my book that published just three months ago in January this year: The Gringo Guide to Panama II: More to Know Before You Go.
How the end of Summer in Panama looks different
The best way to describe the visual change that occurs at the end of Panama’s summer is with a few photos.
Ready for Panama rain
Interestingly enough, when you’ve lived in Panama for some time, you begin to appreciate the rainy season for its cooler temperatures – though the definition of “cool” could probably be argued by some of my readers from North America.
So, for now, we expat locals are enjoying the last of the Summer breezes. The last remaining days when the Panama booby is calling at dusk and dawn. And, those of us with dogs are beginning to douse ourselves heavily with bug spray at dawn and dusk when we have to walk them. That’s right, the mosquitoes return in this in-between period, with vengeance!
In case, you’re wondering what the heck a Panama booby is…
Well, I’m not completely sure, but you can hear their interesting call right here in this mini-video.
Read more about the Panama expat experience
in my books on Amazon. You can get them in print or in e-book form. They’re this expat’s perspective on life in Panama as a new expat. One of my readers left a nice review which referred to them as more of a cultural guide to Panama. I like that description and I think it’s very fitting.
I wish you the best on your journey to Panama life, wherever that may lead you!