We are creeping towards the finish line with out country feature here at Victoria-Weather, and today’s forecast is our last in South America. Ecuador is populated most densely in the high elevations of the Andes, and as such is generally a bit cooler where people live than it is in lower elevations, such as on the coast or in the fringes of Amazonia. Even so, the country is far enough south that there is little temperature variation through the year. Instead, Ecuador contends with a variation in rain fall as the ITCZ chifts north and south through the year, a pattern that defines the nation’s seasons. The wettest part of the country is in the eastern slope of the Andes, which catch the Amazonian moisture as it drifts west from Brazil. Given an oceanic current pointed at the coast, however, there really is no point at which Ecuador can be considered “dry”.
The Insitituto Nacional de Meteorologia e Hidrologia (INAMHI) is the Ecuadorian Weather Bureau. The curious thing is that they have an English version which only offers a link back to the Spanish site. From what I can tell, the site has forecasts including maps of forecast precipitation (prognosticos –> meteorologio) and some model data for the larger cities in the small South American nation. Unfortunately, since the site is in Spanish, it’s tough to dig too much deeper than those initial preliminary facts on the main page. Ecuador is generally one of the more stable nations in South America, so it would have been nice to be able to understand their site so I could find out about INAMHI. One more reason to learn Espanol.