What’s The Weather Like?

Edited_ImageEasyImageEditor_20160421_135[1]Weather is a frequent conversation starter around the world. Most people, no matter where they live, love to talk about the weather. Being only 2 degrees above the equator, Equatorial Guinea experiences some interesting weather.

Mike loves weather and loves numbers, so before we came to Equatorial Guinea we purchased the AcuRite Weather Station. It calculates temperature and humidity (inside and out), rainfall, barometric pressure, wind direction and speed and “feels like” temperature. It stores and displays all the data on a wall mounted unit we have in our home. We placed the data collector on the roof of our home.

Bata, the city where we live, averages 10 rain days and 7 inches of rain each month from February to May. The months of June, July and August are super dry and October, November and December are super wet. October is the wettest month and averages 20 rain days and 14 inches of rain, while July typically gets no rain.

Edited_ImageEasyImageEditor_20160421_134[1]In Bata the average annual high temperature is 86 with January having the highest average of 90 and November having the lowest average high of 84. January averages 16 days above 90 degrees while July through November usually have no days above 90 degrees.

In Bata the average annual humidity is 87% and every month averages above 80% humidity.

Our first three weeks in Bata have been unseasonably warm, humid and dry. April is supposed to be rainy and it hasn’t been, which has some folks worried about the possible non-existence of drinking water and electricity in the coming dry season.

So far, most days are very hot and humid with little rain or clouds and the afternoon “feels like” temperature is always above 105 and has peaked out at 115.

We thank God for controlling the weather.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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