Saturday, September 29, 2007

Water, Water, Everywhere! Part 2

So, some time ago now I wrote an entry telling you all about the many pozos, or ground water wells, that we had been finding. Indeed we have found several more, and more then ten viable water sources are now known for the site. It looks as if I will have to retract some previously made statements about the surprising lack of water found at the site.

However that is not the reason for this week’s installment on water at Xtobo. This week we received a backhanded slap from a new friend named Lorenzo. Most tropical weather systems form out in the Atlantic, and make there way to the west, eventually either effecting some portion of the coastline, or turning back out to sea. But Lorenzo decided to form in the actual Gulf of Mexico. The first satellite views hardly gave me cause to worry though, because the storm was well on the Western side of the Gulf. Nevertheless the storm found a way to feed no small amount of moisture onto the Yucatan Peninsula.

In an average month of September this region receives approximately 7 inches of rain. Due to the wet and soggy nature of working at Xtobo this month, I have little doubt that we were already over our 7 inches before this week even began. Thanks to rain stats delivered by Dan, we can conservatively estimate that we received another 7 inches this week alone, if not much more. By playing dodge the clouds we were able to work Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday was called off due to a lack of space between the clouds to use as dodging space. And Thursday, well Thursday we made it about halfway out to the site before turning back. Although my truck does have the secret button, which turns it into James Bond’s convertible boat/car, I didn’t think it was time to give that secret away in front of foreign agents. By Friday the storm had moved on, and we could go back to our lives. There was plenty of evidence of massive quantities of water (i.e. mud), but we were able to work again.

It would seem that the majority of you who have already heard about our rains are low on your own annual rain totals. There is only one possible explanation … Global Warming!!!


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