Saturday, June 02, 2012


Every year by the first of May, all eyes in San Miguel are on the sky watching and hoping for rain clouds. This year, amazingly, there has been rain throughout the year so far.  I say amazingly because usually we have no rain from the end of September til mid June.

Having lived almost all my life in the South where rain was not a problem, I was baffled my first year in the semi-arid climate of the Bajio to hear people talk about when it would rain.  How much it would rain?  How long would it rain?  In Texas, if there was a shower, we just hoped we would not be inundated with 6 inches in a few hours.  Truly.

In fact when a tropical depression came in in 1979 we had 42 inches of rain in 24 hours.  The damage of flooded homes, floating cars and 18 wheelers and boats in people's yards was the norm for that episode.

I actually got excited the other day when driving to my daughter's house in Kingwood, north of Houston, to see storm clouds in hopes of seeing a REAL rainstorm.  Nope, just showers.  Not a "gully washer" as we like to say in this area.

Now I await also the rain in San Miguel so I know the dust is gone.  I know that the temps have gone from highs in the 90's to back in the low 80's and then I'll cross the border and head back to San Miguel.

The weather in San Miguel cannot be beat in the summer and fall.  I cannot say that for Texas.


Dan in NC said...

Holy smokes Babs! You are becoming a weather wuss! SMA for the cool summer days and evenings, and the beach for the warm winter waters! One day soon I hope to become wussified myself!
Dan in NC
(where we recently had a spate of horizontal deluges)

Babs said...

Yup, a "weather wuss". That is what retirement is all about. following the good weather! AND living the good life.........

Steve Cotton said...

The clouds in Melaque are teasing us. On Thursday, it looked as if a tropical storm was on the way. But nada. Mid-June still looks like the start of the season. And it will be welcome to lower the humidity. Temporarily.

alcuban said...

Just got back from two weeks in Cuba, where it rained constantly, everything was kelly green and mangoes were literally falling off the trees. Around SMA we need some serious rain. Some of the wells in the area are running dry, and water levels at one near Jalpa have dropped a couple of METERS over the past two years. So let's keep praying for gully washers.