Weird but Wonderful Winter

February 2, 2014

There has been strange weather all around North America this winter, from polar vortexes to late season hurricanes and everything in between.  I can’t say that it’s that dramatic here in Mazatlán, but all of us here know that this is a very strange winter.  Usually by now we have had some chilly days (and nights) where we hunt down socks and shoes and even a sweater or coat to put on.  We add a blanket to the bed and sometimes even (gasp!) shut the doors when we go to bed.  I have even thought about making myself a wool hat for those few chilly times.

Please don’t laugh.  Our houses don’t have heat and are constructed to take advantage of breezes.  Our high ceilings keep us cooler in the summer and our houses are open all the time to take advantage of the breezes as they come through.

But this year it isn’t even quite cold enough to wear some of those wraps I’ve knitted. (I actually wore one the other night but it was really just for show…) We seldom wear long pants and even a t-shirt can be a bit too warm.  Above you’ll see a short video I took on a walk on the first of February.

Usually during Carnaval we have to bundle up a bit but this year Carnaval is late (February 27 through March 4) so I expect it to be a very pleasant temperature. By the way, that means Semana Santa is also late this year, since Easter is on April 20.

So there you have it, our weird but wonderful winter weather in Mazatlán.

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. It has been a wonderful winter. So many new folks here on the Isla ( Stone Island ) don’t understand when I say how lucky we are with the weather this year. They think I am joking. Meanwhile we are enjoying each and every day and just want to stay put and live in the moment. I do promise to get together with you both before we head North. Have you seen my boy band at the Plazuela? Ready when you are?

      1. Hi Contessa,

        I kind of miss the winter weather, as I don’t get much chance to wear long sleeves or the few jackets and sweaters that I have. Love to see you, anytime.

    1. It is so beautiful here, we are soaking it up! Back home it will be -21 on Wednesday so we think we’re pretty special! Love being here even if it was a little chilly.

    1. Nancy,

      If you’re ever REALLY missing winter weather, I’m sure we can arrange a house swap. I’m good with pets and houseplants, so there would be nothing to worry about. As for the finer points of snow shoveling, and snow blower operation, you and Paul are smart, resourceful people and would surely figure it out.

      So seriously, consider it, and when you’re good and ready for snow, polar vortices, and frozen bits of ocean along a bleak, New England coast, mi casa es tu casa.


      Kim G
      Boston, MA
      Where we just cleared 3″ of snow. Thank God we don’t live in Buffalo!

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