Yesterday it got cloudy and rained in the evening. This morning I woke up to a steady, gentle rain. I first heard it before sunup but I don’t know if it rained all night. What a change! For many weeks now it has been hot and dry, highs well into the 90′s. I was told that summer doesn’t usually end until April but it sure feels different today. It’s much cooler, in the lower 80′s, and there are more clouds.
Before we moved here we tried to visit at different times of the year to get a sense of what different seasons were like, but it wasn’t the same as living here. We visited in February but I don’t remember finding it that much different from our previous June visit. Or, maybe we were in tourist mode and didn’t notice.
However, living here in the summer (December – March) has been very different from living here in the rainy season. In the summer it almost never rains. Our yard has turned brown and crunchy, and any plants you want to keep need to be watered. Trees have burst into flower all over, followed by fruits. I’ve heard different bird songs and different insects, and seen iguanas that I hadn’t seen before. Even the river looks different. The sun is intense and the afternoons are quite hot, though there is often a strong wind, but nights are usually cool. The water system struggles to keep up and we’re learned to manage the frequent water outages.
In the rainy season you do what you need to do in the morning because by mid afternoon, the rains are likely to be heading your way. It’s rather nice because it cools everything off in the warmest part of the day. Everything tends to be lush and green with almost daily rain, and there is a lot of humidity. I think I prefer the rainy season, but I haven’t been here for all of it. My friends here tell me it rains a LOT in April and May.
I’m not sure what is going on now. Is it a brief break in the summer dry weather, or is it the rainy season returning? I guess time will tell, but I’ll enjoy it while it’s here.