Last weekend as Beatriz and I left our apartment at about 11 AM we both stopped, looked at each other and agreed that we were astonished once again by the beauty of the place and the wonderful weather.
When I taught meteorology at the university in the States we gave a definition of Weather as the condition of the air at any given time. But this Saturday there was a special beauty picked up by the senses that somehow could not be a part of any definition… the feel of the breeze, the smell of the breeze, the speed of the moving air, the de facto temperature of the air in motion and the high clouds focusing the sun coming out between them, the humidity, the density… all gathered and focused to let out a big Medellin “Ahhhh”. Beautiful! It is like that most days, but last Saturday it was even more so.
They call it “The City of Eternal Spring”, a chamber of commerce title if ever there was one. But here it is deserved. Medellin is almost a mile high but being near the equator it has nearly perfect weather. On any day the high temperature is rarely above 80 and never below 72 degrees F. At night it may fall to 65 F. This is everyday all year round. It is perfect sleeping weather without A/C or heaters; just open the window or close it, close the bedroom door or open it, a sheet or a light blanket- that’s all you need. The sun is strong at noon and because of the altitude and being near the equator the sun’s rays can be damaging. Cabbies cover their left arms and the women carry umbrellas as parasols. I wear my stylish Panama hat. Younger men are in baseball caps. Short sleeves and jeans are the uniform of the day. We do casual dress year round. A light sweater may be worn on cooler evenings and may be a slightly dressier but still casual outfit for dinner, clubs, concerts, or the opera.
Thunderstorms occur almost daily. They are refreshing and strong mountain storms, “los tormentos” in Spanish. They clear and clean the air like the cool showers they are, and they feed the sweet sub-tropical vegetation with moisture coming each afternoon over the Andes from the Pacific. As quickly as they come they are gone. There do not seem to be any sustained rainy days; just quick short bursts of cooling rains.
Can there be too much of a good thing? There is never any snow or sleet and no dust storms, ice storms, tornadoes or hurricanes. Sometimes I joke with the cabbies saying, “Omigosh, another day in Paradise”. “Yes”, they respond, “But don’t you think it’s a little cool today?” I have to grin. The temperature is 72 degrees with a five mile per hour breeze.
You may have been to Paris, London, New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, the ocean, the islands, the Caribbean, Prince Edward Island, the Rockies, the Rock Bound Shores of Maine, Boston, Florida, New Orleans, Mexico, Montauk, Philly, Chicago. Medellin is something very different.