I went looking for a chart like the one above to see if my perception of our weather holds true under the statistics, the facts. The closest location to the house I could find were the numbers for Nova Friburgo. Our house is about 10 Kilometers from Friburgo and about 150 meters higher. Temperature wise we are a little cooler and I would think it is close to the average numbers above, but we are more humid – humid does not measure in the precipitation numbers…. just in the ‘it feels cold and damp’ feelings. I think that this year it has been even dryer than normal in July and August. Our garden is looking decidedly – well dry.
The small inset is from January when we were in the middle of rainy season. Now the whole yard on the west side of the house has lost all its grass. We will either have to re-plant and soon or take a chance that once the heavy rains of November and December start, the soil will wash away. In the ten years I have lived up here full time, I’ve never seen the grass look this bad. I would say that our rainy season wasn’t as whet as usual leaving the grass (and trees) in a weakened position before the dry and hot sun of August arrived. When we left for Rio this morning, it wasn’t raining, but we were in a whet fog. The rains may hold off for another month but this light moisture may help restore the grass.
This last week we went from higher than normal September temperatures, with bright direct sun, low humidity; each day cooling a bit, clouds building each day, to the whet fog of this morning, giving us hope that rain, measurable amounts of rain will come soon.
Sunrise promising another clear, hot day in late Winter. (September in Brasil = March in the northern hemisphere.)
and the next day’s sunrise brings more moisture, clear mid-day skies and
by late afternoon, rain threatening at the end of the valley but not making it up to our dry garden.
One thing we can be sure of in Brasil the dry season comes to an end and the rains start….. guaranteed.