ACRE Meso-America

The Meso-American initiative aims to recover historical weather observations across countries from southern Mexico to Panama including Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Belize. The group is currently composed of representatives of the following institutions and growing:

-El Salvador

    -MARN (Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Rosa Maria Araujo,


    -INSIVUMEH (National Institute of Sismology, Vulcanisms, Meteorology and Hydrology; Eddy Hardie Sanchez Benett, )

    -ANACAFE (National Association of Coffee Growers)


    -SMN (National Meteorological Service, Francisco J. Argenal, )


    -ETESA (Electrical Transmission Enterprise, Edilberto Esquive,

-Costa Rica:

    -CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center,

    -ICE (National Institute of Electricity, Granados Calderón Jorge A, Coordinador Area de Hidrologia,, )



Database FTP link:

-Scanned and hard data year's range:

    -Belize: 1886 -1967

    -Costa Rica: 1888-2013

    -El Salvador: ND-1970

    -Guatemala: 1900-1970

    -Honduras: 1955-2010

    -Panama: 1897-1905


-Variables  SCANNED and HARD DATA:

    -Belize: barometer, wind, atmosphere, elevation, relative humidity, vapour pressure, thermometer

    -Costa Rica: precipitation, days with rain, temperature, relative humidity, evaporation, solar brightness, atmospheric pressure, wind direction, radiation, elevation

    -El Salvador: elevation, temperature, relative humidity, precipitation

    -Guatemala: precipitation, temperature, atmospheric pressure, realtive humidity, wind, evaporation, insolation, ground state.

    -Honduras: solar brightness, precipitation, temperature

    -Panama: Barometer, temperature, wind, cloud, weather, rain, solar radiation.



-Belize Data:

    -SCANNED_DATA: bank of historic climate registers between 1886 to 1967 in JPG format (for typing) .

-Costa Rica Data:

    -HARD_DATA(.pdf, images):letters to contributors, some photos of cellars with data and precipitation historic records, book "Apuntaciones sobre el clima de Costa Rica" H. Pittier 1890.

    -SCANNED_DATA:  scanned files in pdf with historical records of yearbooks and newsletters

-El Salvador Data:

    -HARD_DATA(.pdf, images): letters to contributors, some photos of cellars with climate data records 

-Guatemala Data:

    -HARD_DATA(.pdf, images): letters to contributors, pdf with photos of cellars with climate data records since 1900

    -SCANNED_DATA: Daily data in pdf files from the National observatory of Guatemala, years 1948,49,50,68,69,70

-Honduras Data:

    -HARD_DATA(.pdf, images): letters to contributors,  photos of cellars with climate data records since 60 years ago

 -Panama Data:

    -HARD_DATA(.pdf, images):letters and post to contributors, photos of the boxes containing the graphs of the meteorological variables, photos of historical records Colon Panama between 1897-1905, download link for climatological data from panama in ETESA site (

    -RESCUED_DATA(.xlsx): Excel file with downloaded data from ETESA website


-Cuba Data *:

    La Marina daily newspaper for 1845 to 1883 and centenary compilation (1832 - 1932) with climatological data.

Contact information:

Pablo Imbach


Email address:                                    

CATIE 7170, Turrialba- Siquirres km 2.5

30501 Turrialba , Cartago CR