The Dominican Republic certainly has plenty of rain, which is what keeps it so beautiful and green and leads to the abundance of agricultural products. The average annual rainfall is around 1400mm but it varies across the country, with as little as 500mm at the western border with Haiti and as much as 2500 in the Samana peninsula in the North East.
The south coast has a definite rainy season which usually runs from May to November, although some years has continued until the end of December. Often there is no rain at all for the months of January through to May. May is usually the wettest month, with Santo Domingo, the capital, having on average 180mm of rain in May, followed by 172mm in September, then tailing off to 110mm in November. The north coast has a lot more rain during the winter months as well as the summer and does not have such a defined wet and dry season.
When it rains here it really rains! Sometimes you cannot see even a few yards in front of you and the rain pours off the roofs filling up the fresh water barrels which many use as their source of drinking water.
And even though you would think the country would be used to coping with large quantities of rain, invariably the roads flood terribly, even in the capital, Santo Domingo mainly due to totally inadequate drainage systems.
And the rain doesn't just stay in the streets - it goes into the houses too. My friend Nicole sent me this picture of her friend's house in San Pedro de Macoris when heavy rain caused the river to rise and flood a whole neighbourhood.