[Chugalug] OT - Historical Kickstarter - The Panama Canal

Phil Shapiro pshapiro at his.com
Thu Aug 15 20:38:41 UTC 2013



Dan, I stand corrected. You're right that there's a lot more rainfall than 60 inches per year in Panama. 


I got that rainfall figure from this highly unreliable source. :-) 


http://www.his.com/~pshapiro/crossingpanama.html 


phil 




----- Original Message -----

From: "Dan Lyke" <danlyke at flutterby.com> 
To: chugalug at chugalug.org 
Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2013 4:25:38 PM 
Subject: Re: [Chugalug] OT - Historical Kickstarter - The Panama Canal 

On Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:00:25 -0400 (EDT) 
Phil Shapiro <pshapiro at his.com> wrote: 
> Panama gets about 60 inches of rain per year. It's pretty much like 
> living underneath a faucet. 

I say this living in a place that gets around 25" a year, but 
unless you've got some severe seasonality (we usually get less than an 
inch June through October, and the year we got 45" during the rainy 
season was pretty wet), I'd say "living underneath a faucet" doesn't 
really start 'til you get over 100" a year (ie: southeast Alaska). 

Which, of course, sent me to Google, where I learned that you meant 
way more than 60" a year: 

"The mean annual rainfall at Colon is 129.04 inches; at Porto Bello 
169.15 inches, and at Balboa 91.61 inches." 

http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/1520-0493%281919%2947%3C298%3APR%3E2.0.CO%3B2 

Dan 
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