This photo called 'Dry Season' by Cordelia Mclellan, is a perfect depiction of how it looks in El Salvador during dry season - yellow, brown, dry and cracking except for a few trees and plants in between like the bougainvilleas. CLICK to see more photos by this photographer
The rain finally came. We were off on a day trip to Citala, El Salvador, a town near the border of Honduras, when it happened.
The last time it rained anywhere near us was in the middle of November, a short storm, while we slept. For 5 months now, it’s been ‘dry dry dry’. Not a single drop of rain.
Moments before the shower the air was pregnant with moisture. Thick and heavy, it felt like a giant had crouched down, breathing on us in the little tourist town. The sky finally broken open and bled out is long awaited rain. The bursting, breaking, cracking open, wonderful release was felt by everyone. We walked in it, on our way back to the bus, at the end of our day trip, to return home.
From diary entry – April 3, 2010
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.