Posted by: senorwx | February 5, 2012

Chilly Winter in San Pancho?

Not so much.

I’m a native New Englander so temperatures at or below freezing are something I know and don’t miss. On the other hand it strikes me is that I’ve become a real wimp about cold weather having lived here in Mexico for a dozen years, the last five of them in San Pancho, Nayarit. Seems like anything below 70 F tells my body that it is chilly outside, if not downright cold.

Yes, my blood is thinner. Yes, my tolerance for anything below 70 is zero. And yes I have friends in the pueblo that remember that last year was colder during the winter months. Really? There’s a challenge I can take on and check the San Pancho Weather Station records from last year.

My friend was right. Last January and February were unusually cold (chilly? cool?).  January 19, 2011 got down to 50 and on February 15th of last year it got down to 51. That 50 F reading is the lowest temperature ever recorded at the Weather Station in the nearly five years it has been collecting data.

To put things in perspective, here are the low temperatures for the past four years:

January          February

2009              59                       58

2010              52                       56

2011               50                      51

2012               59                      57 (as of 2/5)

So you can see that last year was a big departure from the norm. And this year it looks like we’ll have average winter low temperatures.

What’s ahead in February? Last year the high was 76, the low 51, with an average temperature of 64. We should expect about the same this year.

What is there about not donning appropriate clothes when it is in the upper 50s in the morning. Am I in such a rut that I can’t give up my shorts and polo shirt for a couple of hours each day? Walking to the beach with Oro I can see the sensible native dressed with warm garb, including sweatshirts. That’s appropriate winter clothing. Is it I’m just unwilling to admit we have winter in San Pancho? Or is it pure laziness, knowing that the sun will be up, the temperatures will rise quickly, it won’t rain, and the temperatures will shortly be in the mid to upper 70s.

That’s nothing to get cranky about.

Speaking of dependability, my friend with the good memory about weather (most of us don’t have that talent) also reminded me of the dependability of beautiful sunsets here on the Riviera Nayarit. Day after day after day. And how we take them for granted, just like our wonderful weather.

In case you haven’t taken the time to notice a sunset recently, here’s a reminder from my friend who has the world’s largest collection of San Pancho sunsets!

The Sunset at San Pancho Mexico


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