Monday, March 21, 2011

The Calima

And like that...[ppphheeww]...the Calima arrives.

Since we all know everything on the internet is true, I will simply direct you here (climate section) and here for better and more technical descriptions of this horrid and seemingly apocalyptic wind than what I can provide.

What I can provide is photographic evidence of the gloom, and the smattering of doom, the Calima brings.  When it really settles in, the island is affected and its inhabitants afflicted for a week.  The air has both a consistency and texture.  Lips and throats get crusty and faces sport streaks where sweat tracked through the dust.  The heat gets increasingly oppressive - just last Friday I wore a fleece and ski cap to morning swimming - and enthusiasm becomes harder to find.  I bet they even have divorce statistics about what the Calima does to marriages.  However, if the north winds come back strong enough to wage a successful war against the south/east wind and clear the air, this natural smog only sticks around for 24-36 hours.  Go Union Army!!

The Lighthouse, without the Calima...





The Lighthouse, with the Calima...



Looking across the plains in the middle of the southern part of the island, without the Calima...



Looking across the plains in the middle of the southern part of the island, with the Calima...



The resort's golf course, without the Calima...


The resort's golf course, with the Calima...the sun is actually in this picture: in the middle, about half an inch below the top edge...you'll have to believe me.


Now imagine SBR-ing - or simply taking a deep breath - in that.  Yummy.

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