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Awaiting the Rains—The Seasons in Mexico

Awaiting the Rains—The Seasons in Mexico

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Everyone says “Don’t you miss the SEASONS?”  As if we don’t have weather here.  Of course, the changes are a bit more subtle…

May 29, 2007

We are ready for rain.

Guadalajara weather is divided into two main seasons—dry and wet.  Before global warming kicked in, dry season was from about the middle of October to the middle of June.  In the second week of June the rains started, and continued well into the Fall.

Now we don’t know what to expect.

I’m not the weather service, and don’t have the real numbers but popular wisdom is that winter, when temperatures go down to the low 30’s at night, started a month early in Guadalajara.  The hot season, in April and May, was also bumped up a month.  Now May is about over, and we are still in the 90’s.

It’s time for rain.

We’ve been cloudy for several days here in Tlajomulco, south of Guadalajara, but no rain yet.  Friends tell us it rained hard last Thursday in the city.

The ground is dry as a bone, and no matter how much we water the plants always need more.  We water our flower garden and the park two or three hours every night.

The construction company provided watering systems to half of the parks in our development.  We weren’t one of the lucky ones.  So instead of flicking the switch and dodging the sprinklers, we lug hoses.  There’s something very relaxing about watering, though, and we have lots of the neighbors hooked.  At seven PM most days there will be three or four people watering the park.

We’re still looking forward to some help from nature, so we can spend more time planting, maintenance, and picking up garbage, and less time hosing.

Dry season is nice because it is almost always clear and beautiful.  But the hills get brown, everything is dusty, and we have to water every day.  Wet season is wonderful because it is cooler, there is still some sun but it is easier to be outdoors, everything is green and lush, and the storms are dramatic.  Of course, flooding is a problem, and hail wrecks havoc with the plants.

The trick is to value what you’ve got.  We enjoy all the seasons here at 365Mexico.

Dan and Omar

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