The rains in the first 12 and 24 days of January are of great importance for those who lead or follow the ancient tradition of Las Cabañuelas, which, although it does not have scientific endorsement, is a way of forecasting what the rainfall will be like during the 12 months of the year. .
It is a method used, especially by rural people, in which the behavior of the rains is observed in the first 12 or 24 days of January that indicate, according to those who use it, what the climate will be like. during the 12 months of the year. For example, if it rains on January 1, this will be the whole month or if it rains on January 2, this will be the month of February and the same is repeated with the other days. Some keep count from January 1 to January 12 and others from January 12 to 24.
The tradition of taking it from Las Cabañuelas is still used by agronomists and farmers in the country. Many take these days into account to know how the crops will be.
The first days of this 2023 have been quite rainy. Last Sunday, rainfall was present in Greater Santo Domingo and other areas of the country.
What are the forecasts?
Apparently, the other days of the month will remain the same. Meteorological analyst Jean Suriel recommends having an umbrella in hand for the next few days, since forecast models foresee the continuation of rainy periods in areas of the Dominican Republic due to the incidence of a trough and the proximity of a new frontal system.
Yesterday there were moderate rains in the southeast, northeast, Cordillera Central and Cibao areas due to the combination of the trough with the humidity that came driven from the Atlantic by the east-northeast winds.
Suriel reported that today and Wednesday a frontal system will approach the north of the Caribbean, so the trough will receive more cloudiness to cause more frequent and significant rainfall, while for Thursday and Friday the rains will continue with less intensity and will be present in the Cibao, mountainous zone, northeast, southeast and some areas of the border. “Minimum temperatures will remain very cool over the next few nights and early mornings due to cold air coming in from the Atlantic. And we already anticipate the arrival of an even colder polar air mass over the weekend, thus beginning the period of coldest temperatures of the year in the Dominican Republic,” said Jean Suriel.
Onamet is in charge of the weather forecast
Many people still believe in this popular knowledge based on observation and experience. However, the Dominican Republic has a technical-scientific body and regulatory body for meteorological information. The National Meteorological Office (Onamet) was created in 1954. Its mission is to act as an entity specialized in providing meteorological services and complying with international commitments.