Published On: Fri, Nov 1st, 2013

October was a very dry month

Meteo ServicesWILLEMSTAD - October 2013 will be remembered as one of the driest months since 1935. This is according to the Meteorological Department of Curaçao in a press release. At Hato (airport area) there was only 18.7 millimeters (mm) of rainfall recorded during the last month.

In comparison, the average rainfall for this station is 102.0 mm. Normally the month of October in Curacao is filled with rain and thunderstorm activities. In October of 1988, 373.1 mm of rainfall was recorded which was the most ever in Curacao. The driest month of October which was measured in Curaçao was that of 1958, when there was only 5.4 mm. The rain observations at Hato Airport have begun in 1935.


Rainfalls after eight o’clock in the morning are counted for the next day. In the case of yersterdays’ downpour, the measured rainfall (after eight o'clock in the morning) applies for November 1. Along with the heavy rain today this makes the start of November extremely wet.

Rain Days

During the past month, the number of rainy days was (1.0 mm or more) also less, there were only five rainy days. On average there are 8.1 rainy days in October measured at Hato. The storm activity was low, there were only five storm days in October, normally there is an average of 8.7 storm days.


Elsewhere on the island there was too little rain. In some places there were even less than 10 mm measured. Because the rain largely failed to materialize, October 2013 was also a pretty warm month. The average temperature was 29.1 degrees, which is half a degree higher than the long term average of 28.6 degrees.

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