Have you ever seen the Rain?   2 comments

The song “Have you ever seen the Rain” by CCR rings in my head as I write this.   Most of you reading this probably come from a temperate climate where rain or snow falls year-round, albeit heavy at certain times in spring or winter.

To illustrate what it’s like here in El Salvador, which is essentially “black or white” in terms of rainfall (6 months on, 6 months off), I quote from a diary entry written this time a year ago.

It hasn’t rained here, literally one drop, in months (last rain was an evening in November), and though the river is much lower, there’s still enough to swim in, bathe in, or wash clothes, so we are lucky.  Our river is the Metayate river, and at least two upstream water sources flow into it.  Further up the road, in Agua Caliente, only one source feeds their ‘river’ which has now dwindled into a trickling brook, algae forming in shallow pockets everywhere.

Because the water in our river is moving so slowly, a strange juxtaposition of temperatures within create odd sensations.   While swimming, in one moment you are moving through a layer of very warm water within the top 2 feet, but moving below this or towards the periphery, one encounters a sudden ‘cold flash’.   The water has cooled at night by a large drop in temperature, and as the current is not moving enough new water, nor swiftly enough, those patches stay cool even after mid-day. – Saturday, March 13, 2010

For someone not accustomed to living in a country with a “rainy season” or a “dry season,” not seeing a drop of water fall from the sky for months on end feels most peculiar.

2 responses to “Have you ever seen the Rain?

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  1. I love the rain of El Salvador. It pours down in sheets and cleans up the place, which manages to dirty itself up in time for the next storm. Storms back here in the U.S. just don’t give the cleaning sensation that you get from a storm in El Salvador
    ~Gringo de naciemento, Wanaco de corazon

    • Yes, there is nothing like a good tropical rainstorm to clear things up and start all over again. The closest experience I’ve had to that was living in Charleston, SC, where at times it could rain heavy, and would flood the low lying areas of the city. The bizarre thing to get used to here is also the “microclimates” created by mountains and proximity to the sea – where we live it can rain 2-3 times a day during rainy season, but where the in-laws live just 1.5 hrs north it will only rain nights, and it’s 10 degrees warmer.

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