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The Panama Canal Authority (Autoridad del Canal de Panamá - ACP), through its Meteorological and Hydrological Branch, has generously provided STRI with much of its meteorological and hydrological data. These data are made available to scientific community at no charge. However, we ask that any use of these data in publications should include the following acknowledgement: the Meteorology and Hydrology Branch, Panama Canal Authority, Republic of Panama. Their website is:


The ACP maintains a network of 60 stations located throughout the Panama Canal Watershed.

The stations are of three main types. The majority of stations are composed of automated rain gauges. These stations report, via radio connections, total precipitation on 15-min intervals. Currently, there are also eleven complete meteorological stations which measure precipitation, wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity and solar radiation. Finally, there are lake and river gauge stations measuring water levels of Lakes Gatun and Alajuela and their major tributaries.

These data are provided by STRI via a collaborative agreement with the Panama Canal Authority. STRI makes no claim about the accuracy or completeness of the data – they are provided on an ‘as is’ basis and STRI accepts no responsibility for errors and/or inaccuracies.

Any use or publication of these data should cite the Meteorological and Hydrological Branch of The Panama Canal Authority

A real-time radar image of the Panama Canal Area is available on the ACP’s website here:

Monthly Summaries: Monthly Rain_ACP_Horizontal.xlsx, Monthly summaries_ACP.xlsx
Yearly hydrological reports by the ACP can be found here:”

Please read our data use policy before using any data from this page.

For detailed information on the station and the parameters collected, please download the file ACP_Station Names & Locations.xls

Complete Station Variable Definitions
For detailed information on the station and the parameters collected, please download the file Complete Station Variable Definitions.pdf

Data Download
River Discharge15 Min
Hourly wind speed & direction, air temperature, relative humidity, dewpoint, air pressure, solar radiationHourly
Raw Rainfall dataN/a
Lake level15 Min