May 01, 2012

What’s it Like to Live in the Clouds of the Andes Mountains


The weather in Cuenca has been really nice this past week. So you may be thinking what is really nice weather?  Really nice weather is when you wake up in the morning and the sun is shining and the high for the day is in the lower 70’s; and by mid afternoon there is clouds but it doesn’t rain; and if it does rain it’s just a quick passing rain cloud.  B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!

Oh yeah, and really nice weather is when the sun smiles down on us and stays shining for several hours so you can open the windows and patio doors and let the warm, fresh air into your home.



According to the time stamp on the photo above it was taken in the middle of winter in Cuenca and it was probably a nice temperature of lower 70's. Ecuador is the closest country to the sun and when the sun comes out it warms everything up real fast. This is what most people talk about when they say Cuenca has "perfect spring-like weather".  Some days in Cuenca are perfect and spring-like.

We do not mind the cloudy days and we also love the rain, but what we don’t love is when it rains every single day and sometimes all day long! Oddly when we first arrived in Cuenca, the end of June 2011, it was also really nice weather, which was wintertime here.  

The picture below was taken in the beginning of summer and this is what many days in Cuenca may look like in the summer.  It's not too cold, but it is mostly cloudy and it could start raining at any minute.



The only difference between summer and winter when living in the clouds of the Andes Mountains is the nights of summer are a little bit warmer than winter and it rains much more in the summer than in the winter. Yes, summer time in Cuenca is rainy season and living here through the summer we can surely confirm that it has been rainy and damp indeed. 

But now that we are going into fall weather it has been absolutely wonderful weather every single day for a week, except for today it has rained most of the day, but that’s ok because we experienced such a nice week with just a little rain that it deserves to rain all day!   

Living in the clouds of the Andes Mountains has been very interesting indeed. Most mornings you can see the majestic mountains but by mid afternoon the clouds have overtaken the sky and usually there is no more mountain scenery, or you might only see one or two mountains where the clouds have not yet overtaken the sky. In the photo below you are supposed to see the mountains in the distance but they have disappeared!



Cuenca, being surrounded by the Andes Mountains is actually shielded from really bad storms, even so, we have experienced a couple of good down pours and hail storms, both of which were pretty fun to watch when you’re not out in them. 




Once again, the weather in Cuenca this past week has been amazingly perfect. And you could even see the Andes Mountains pretty much the whole day! We think this is telling us that rainy season is coming to an end here in Cuenca and now we are going to experience some great fall and winter weather just like we did last winter of 2011. 

 

The most important thing to remember about the weather in Cuenca is "be prepared". We do not leave home without our umbrella and a light rain jacket because you never know what to expect living amongst the clouds.

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