An intense rain that later degraded to drizzle has been felt in several areas of Quito on the afternoon of this Tuesday, October 4.
Through satellite images, the Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology evaluates electrical storms in the area of Valle de los Chillos and south of Pichincha, where rain of varying intensity was unleashed.
According to the agency that performs atmospheric monitoring, these precipitations are expected to continue for the next few hours and advance to the center and south of Quito.
Since yesterday, the Inamhi announced that between this Tuesday, October 4 and until Friday, October 7, rains and storms are expected in the Amazon, the Inter-Andean Alley and the northeast of the province of Esmeraldas.
What is the ‘cordonazo’
The rain that occurs this October 4 is a phenomenon known as the ‘cordonazo’ of San Francisco, because this date happens when the Catholic Church celebrates San Francisco de Asis, who wears a cord that supports his habit.
Every year when the day of his celebration approaches, or Hispanic Americans, such as Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, it is believed that this saint gets ready shaking his tunic and the cord he uses to adjust it, which shakes the sky leaving cloudy and cold days with some heavy rains. The important point is that these precipitations represent the end of the rainy season.
Atmospheric monitoring ⛈️⚡️🌦️| The satellite image shows electrical storms in the area of Valle de los Chillos and south of Pichincha with rain of varying intensity
These precipitations are expected to continue for the next few hours and advance to the center and south of Quito
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— INAMHI (@inamhi) October 4, 2022
In its social networks, ECU911 also showed images of various streets of the Ecuadorian capital and asks to drive carefully to avoid accidents.
The ‘cordonazo’ of October 4 is the date on which a heavy rain is recorded, quite similar to those that have occurred in previous days, but which is the indicative that the summer ends and the rainy season begins. (YO)