from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The heavy fog along the coast of Peru on which plants depend for their moisture. It prevails from May to October up to a height of a hundred feet.
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t. lix., p. 449, the application (alluded to in the text) of the magnetic inclination to the determination of latitude along a coast running north and south, and which, like that of Chili and Peru, is for a part of the year enveloped in mist ( 'garua').
The dry season, caused by the Humboldt current, is characterized by cool temperatures (17°C-22°C), a fairly persistent fog (garua) that envelopes the highlands of the larger islands in mist and drizzle, together with southeasterly winds.
This is a very damp zone maintained in the dry season by thick garua fogs which accumulate through most of the night and last well into each day.
With at least a day to spare you can also explore the Chongón-Colonche mountains, a little further inland, where dry forest morphs into cloud forest, with help from the garua, or sea mist.
The garua, the fog and mist, lifts after the hostages are in captivity for a number of weeks.
Though the _garua_ sometimes falls in large drops, still there is this distinction between it and rain, that it descends not from clouds at a great height, but is formed in the lower atmospheric regions, by the union of small bubbles of mist.
"A thick mist obscures the firmament in this region for many months, during the period called _tiempo de la garua_.
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