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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Winter Comes to Mexico

I guess Ol' Man Winter finally got bored with us up here North of the Border.  We are finally thawing out, but winter made a surprise visit to Mexico.

Throughout our brutal month of February, my friend Alejandro was making me thoroughly jealous with his weather reports of sunny skies and temperatures as high as 80 F in Mexico City.  But then last Thursday, a cold front came through.  Heavy rains hit Mexico City; one section of the metropolitan area, Ciudad Satélite, had several inches of hail.  At higher elevations in the mountains to the east of the city, the precipitation was in the form of snow.  The major toll road from Mexico City to Puebla, the main link to the east, was closed when a couple inches of snow fell.

(image from the web)

The next morning the often smoggy air of Mexico City was crystal clear, washed clean by the rain.  Alejandro on his way to work had a glorious view of the two volcanoes, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl, covered in snow.  (The last few times that I have had glimpses of Popocatépetl, the 18,000 foot high peak was almost devoid of snow.) Unfortunately, he could not very well stop the car in the middle of Mexico City traffic to snap a picture.
 
 
He did however send me some pictures that he took when he and his father traveled a couple hours to the west of the city to attend a family funeral.  (This was before the cold front.)  From where the funeral was held he had an excellent view of "Nevado de Toluca", the 15,000 foot high mountain which is the fourth highest in Mexico.
 
 


(photos by Alejandro)

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos. Yes, indeed, we have had an unbelievable amount of rain since Saturday morning - over 4 inches! It's a mess. Even Velcro the cat is fed up with it all and balks at having to go outside, even for a few minutes. Patzcuaro has had flooding. Morelia had hail and several areas in the state of Jalisco had lots of hail.
    How you can put up with this for longer then 3 or 4 days shows your magnificent patience, of which I have no more!

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    1. I don't know if it's patience or just a sense of powerlessness... there's nothing you can do about the weather. But everyone was very weary of the winter. The thaw during the last few days has brought a sigh of relief from us all.

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  2. Snow!?!? In México?!?! Tell me it isn't so!!! I can't imagine driving on snowy roads with Mexican drivers. They're scary enough on dry, well-lit pavement. Here we just got another inch or so, more than expected. So they didn't salt the roads, and things got a bit dicey on the way back from grocery shopping. But I survived, and even managed to get up my somewhat sloped driveway.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we've had quite enough snow for one winter. Yet we're still not out of the woods.

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    1. You got more snow?!!! The snow is all gone here, except for piles in the parking lots. But you're right... we're not out of the woods yet!
      Saludos,
      Bill

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