Weather in the Southern Hemisphere

If you want to mess with your own head, move to a different hemisphere.  For my whole life, the hottest month has always been July or August.  Georgia summers are predictably hot and sticky.  My favorite.  Winter starts in Decemberish, and everyone has snow on the brain as Christmas rolls around…. not that it snows often in Georgia.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are totally reversed.  Now, that is probably (hopefully) not news to anyone, but knowing about it is one thing.  Living it is completely another.

I left Atlanta in mid-April.  The flowers were in full bloom, the pollen was thick in the air, and the trees were bright green.  I took a plane to Santiago, and suddenly the air was dry and cool, the leaves on the trees were crimson and yellow (except for the palm trees, of course), and people were wearing heavy winter coats.  It was so strange to experience such a drastic change in the weather.  Winter starts in less than a month.  This weekend, we’re falling back for daylight savings time…. so the sun will be setting before 6:00 PM.  On the flip side, Christmas temps here tend to hover around 80F or higher.

I’d also like to comment on the rain.  It seems that the climate in Chile is rather arid, at least in the northern and central regions.  Rain is to Santiago as snow is to Atlanta: it is relatively rare, and when it comes…. a slight panic ensues.  I am exaggerating a little.  We had rain yesterday and it wasn’t that big of a deal.  However, it can turn into a problem.  Flooding and mudslides occur in some areas.  Also, our sources for tap water can become contaminated when it rains and it can’t be cleaned very quickly.  When that happens, many people have their water cut off for a few days.  It doesn’t happen that often, and quite a few buildings have an emergency water supply, but it’s definitely something to be aware of!

Overall, the weather here isn’t wildly different from the weather in Atlanta.  The seasons are just reversed.  I’ve been here for three weeks now, and I am really enjoying my time here.  But I am definitely looking forward to spring in a few months. 🙂


Apoquindo Ote on a crisp autumn day




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