Rain, Rain Don’t Go Away … Yet. Exciting News from Viña del Mar
Updated: Well Rick showed up right after I posted this, with exciting updates on the street dogs. Apparently the street dogs do find their places. There were three under the hotel awning and some on the bench under a bus stop, so they do have their ways, although some were still in the planters, wet.
Well it finally happened, after three months of nothing but sun then a mix of fog and sun, we finally got some real weather. It all started yesterday evening when we noticed some occasional drops of rain coming down. Even outside, you’d only feel a drop every once in a while, although when you did you definitely felt it: they were big drops. But after the sun set real rain started in earnest, and on and off throughout the night we could hear it coming down outside.
Sort of a Good News, Bad News Thing
We’re certainly happy to see some rain; as Cecile and I have both mentioned the country is suffering through a multi-year drought that has affected agricultural production which is a very important part of the economy here. So rains starting at about the time they should in a normal year is certainly a welcome site. It’s not without some definite and potential downsides though.
First of all, my brother just came into town yesterday, and it’s supposed to rain all day today. Also it’s a national holiday today so lots of places are closed. So just what exactly are we supposed to do with him? It would be ok if there were a day game and we could watch baseball, but I don’t think there is on Wednesday. I guess we’ll figure something out.
Secondly, and something we’ve wondered about, is the street dogs. I know you’ve seen my street dog posts, as they’re among the most popular I’ve done (and there are more coming thanks to popular demand). But we’ve wondered what they street dogs do and where they go when it rains. Obviously their wolf ancestors had no problem sleeping in all sorts of weather, they just curled up and got wet. Which I suppose is what “our” dogs will do. But as we’ve pointed out, these dogs don’t seem to have started out life as street dogs, and may not have seen much rain since they’ve been on the streets, so we’re not sure if they’ll have sense enough to try and get out of the rain, be it under bus shelters, under thick bushes and trees, or whatever. If the weather clears at some point today we’ll have to go out and take a look (and pictures) and get back to you.
And last, but certainly not least, there’s the concern of what will happen if the rains become excessive, as they might. Landslides and flooding are real possibilities. It’s supposed to clear up tomorrow, but more rain is predicted for Saturday, and this may well become the pattern. Again, we’ll keep you informed.
But for now it’s nice to see what we would consider something of a normal type of weather pattern, and I’m interested in seeing some of the countryside after to see if it greens up a bit now that it’s had a nice drink.
Thanks for reading.