Yes, this is news. Because lingering grey skies and rainy days in January are a rare thing in the DR. Bad weather period, is rare.

But climates are clearly changing around the Caribbean and the world.

This is an image from Playa Arena Gorda, just north of Bavaro in the “Punta Cana” area, where I spent my birthday weekend last week. What you can’t hear is the wind and the sound of those choppy waves. The weather has been super iffy all over the country – some sort of weird system hovering over the Caribbean region. It’s sunny one minute, rainy and cool the next, and with a strong breeze. The cool nights have been lovely, as they usually are this time of year, but the daytime? Carry an umbrella with you.

I’m hoping February’s weather will get back to normal–especially since it’s Carnival time–but this first day of the month has already kicked off in Santo Domingo… with rain.

And as I wrap up this post, the sun is coming out. As it always does in the DR.

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Lebawit Lily Girma

A former corporate attorney, Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel writer, photographer, and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for US-publisher Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic. Originally from Ethiopia, Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–fluent in four languages, she has lived in eight countries besides the U.S., including Belize, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Her articles and photography focusing on the Caribbean region have been published in AFAR Magazine, CNN, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, and others. She is the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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