In Jamaica we have Man rain, Woman rain, and Pickney rain.
What exactly does this all mean to a non-Jamaican?
It may mean cool temperatures in the hills and mountains ( December Christmas Breeze), van eating potholes (hurricane season/rainy season), brownish water from the taps( dry season), watery fruits and vegetables(rainy season) and a damn good reason to complain about unrelenting and inexplicable daily water lock-offs.
And soon enough, the harsh and heavy long awaited “Man rain” will pass away until next year, to be replaced by mostly Pickney (child) rain, with a little “Woman rain” now and again. This is a good thing, because with all the Man rain has come destruction and dislocation. Pickney rain means that parties and social gatherings can go ahead without the fear of being totally washed out. Frommers notes on Seasons
Climate Jamaica has one of the most varied climates of any Caribbean island. Along the seashore, where most visitors congregate, the island is air-conditioned by northeasterly trade winds, and temperature variations are surprisingly slight. Coastal readings average between 71°F (22°C) and 88°F (31°C) year-round.
The Jamaican winter is similar to May in the United States or northern Europe; there can be chilly times in the early morning or at night. Winter is generally the driest season, but can be wet in mountain areas; expect showers, especially in northeastern Jamaica. Inland, temperatures decrease by approximately 1°F for every 300-ft. (about.55°C for every 91m) increase in elevation. Rainfall is heaviest along the eastern edge of the island’s North Coast, with Port Antonio receiving the most intense downpours. The island has two rainy seasons: May, and October through November.
The Hurricane Season — The curse of Jamaican weather, the hurricane season, officially lasts from June 1 to November 30 — but there’s no need for panic. Satellite weather forecasts generally give adequate warning so that precautions can be taken. If you’re heading to Jamaica during the hurricane season, you can call your local branch of the National Weather Service (listed in your phone directory under the U.S. Department of Commerce) for a weather forecast. Another easy way to receive the weather forecast in the city you plan to visit is by contacting the information service associated with
The Weather Channel. On the Internet you can check www.weather.com to get the forecasts. We currently need rain now in Kingston, as even today I need to bathe using a bucket of water. Hmmmm!!!