Guatemala Rainy Day

Lago Atitlan Moods

A couple of weeks ago, we were all sitting around asking where the rain was. Now, we are asking when the rain will end. It started several days ago, and the clouds have been settled over us like a blanket.

I live in a village called San Pedro Laguna on Lake Atitlan. That is in Guatemala. We are used to having beautiful weather. It is the Rainy Season now, or what we North Americans call Winter. The weather has changed.

The Seasons have a pattern that it has taken awhile for me to understand. After living here almost two years, I am beginning to fall into the rhythms of the seasons. Sensing those rhythms, I know this year has been different.

The Rainy Season began a month late. That is rough on the local farmers who expect the rains to begin within seven days of Easter. Local business owners were able to forestall their seasonally induced economic depression, and our tourists had extended great weather.

Easter came early this year, and the rains were weak when they did arrive. The vultures never came up from the Pacific Coast to announce the coming of the rains. These birds are black and huge. They are considered Sacred here.

My home is located on a point that creates an inlet where the boats arrive from across the lake. On top of the point is a Mayan Ceremonial structure. It is difficult to see from the water, but sits directly above my home.

Last year the Sacred birds arrived in great numbers above the point. A young female was blown out of the sky during a thunderstorm a few days later and spent hours in my garden until she flew off. The doves, and other birds that live here, were much relieved when she left.

The year before, a dozen of these birds, flying in formation, almost flew through my patio while I was having coffee early one morning. These birds have caught my attention almost from the first moment I arrived at Lake Atitlan.

I wonder where these Sacred birds have gone. I would have thought that the storm (Invest91), currently sitting off the Guatemala Pacific Coast, might have gotten them moving our way by now. I suspect they have flown off to somewhere sunny.

If you are wishing to keep up on the weather in Guatemala, Weather Underground has a great Central American section. You can even sign up for their email weather updates. They have excellent satellite pictures and computer generated storm tracking forecasts for the region.

Just another day in Paradise. Smiles. ET

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