Tropical Weather and Downpours

by Adrian on January 14, 2015

We all know the tropics are hot, but with that heat comes convection, with convection comes rising moisture, with rising moisture comes clouds and with clouds comes rain…

Lots of it, but usually only in short squally bouts.

DownpourWe’ve slowly become accustomed to this pattern. It can be baking hot, then suddenly you get an increase in wind, followed a minute later by a huge downpour that lasts from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes.

It then clears away and it returns to being baking hot again.

On the boat this means a repeating cycle of running to close the hatches and then opening them two minutes later. If you run, the rain stops just as you get there. If you don’t run it continues and you and everything inside gets soaked.

A typical downpour:

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