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Mexico’s Mystical Wind

Mystical Wind

Sudden wind storms can ascend across Mexico any time of year, but they are especially prevalent during seasonal changes.

Ehecatl is the god of the wind; oftentimes depicted as a plumed serpent, and illustrated in the breath and motion of living beings and in the breezes which bring and take the precious rains that enable things to grow.

The behavior of a wind storm in Mexico can be quite mystical: appearing suddenly, transforming a perfectly still and clear day or night into a windswept landscape that causes leaves and other foliage to become strewed across streets, parks, and gardens—and then vanishing as abruptly as it arrived.  These often-fleeting wind storms afford divine facilitation of the natural annual cycle, stripping trees and other flora of weak and dead branches, and ushering seasons through the throes of change.

Arrival of the first autumnal wind storms tend to herald the end of the rain season, usually in October.  As the weeks press-on from October through December, climates in places situated at higher altitudes can begin to get chilly or cold, and the typically humid coasts and lowlands have their heat tempered, bringing comfortable warmth to low-lying regions.

During the winter season, it’s the mystical wind that can bring cold-fronts—“nortes” as they are sometimes referred to colloquially—most of which tend linger a small few days before passing, and granting a return of the temperate and agreeable winter climates Mexico is renowned for.

When the season turns again from winter to spring, Ehecatl returns in earnest, conveying warmer air flows, and bringing welcome relief from the long dry spells that characterize late spring—in the form of monsoon rains.  Mexico City enjoys plenty of windy days in March, helping to disperse the soiled air that accrues in the valley basin during the winter months, and offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains as well as the majestic volcanoes which flank the capital on the south side.

The wind can also be felt during the rainy season, usually when temporary gusts appear in the minutes leading-up to a torrential rain storm that will drench the local landscape, and everything upon it: the wind may be conspicuous by its complete absence, afterwards.  By contrast, Mexico’s hurricane season can bring the combination of persistently strong wind and torrential rain where these tropical cyclones make landfall.

Like every natural phenomenon, wind storms present risks when you’re driving in Mexico—as trees, rocks, and other debris may fall onto roads and highways.  The wind is also a purveyor of potential disturbance to home-owners in Mexico, as structures (especially roof tiles and palapas) and falling trees can cause significant damage to the property itself and may also cause damage or injury to third parties. (Roof tiles, trees or large branches falling onto a neighbor’s property can leave you with a hefty bill you were not expecting.)  A good home insurance policy will cover many risks associated with wind damage, including third-party liability, but note that none will cover palapas.

See also: Climates and Weather in Mexico

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