May 29 we had what the meteorologists are calling a Catefory 1 Hurricane. We were out to dinner when the rains came and I needed several waiters to help me to the car. When we got home the main floor was flooded as I had not anticipated hurricane force rains when we left the house. I, therefore, had not closed the screen of our front door. I have closed it every night since then but, of course, it has not rained a drop. Our daughter had mopped up most of the excess water with towels so it could have been a lot worse had she and her friends not been home.
As of June 11 the Rainy Season is starting with avengence and will last until June 22 with heavy daily thunderstroms. This is not unusual for the Rainy Season which starts June 15 but a couple of things are different. One, normally with the rains come lower temperatures but not so at this time. Also more hurricanes are in our forecast including Hurricane Blanca which will pass long Jalisco’s Pacific Coast this week-end on its way to Baja, California.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) released it’s forecast the the year, high- lightening a 70 % chance of an above average season, 15 to 21 named storms, 7 to 12 hurricanes and 5 to 8 major hurricanes.
Naturally, not all of these storms and hurricanes will reach us here in Ajiic, Lake Chapala, but a few will.
This, of course, is very good news for our Lake Chapala and our beautiful flowers and flowering trees. The mountains will turn into green velvet and the smells after the rains are spectacular.
You may want to purchase an umbrella and new windshield wiper blades for your car.
If this is your first Rainy Season you are, indeed, in for a treat.