To put it mildly, Merida received a LOT of rain during the second half of 2013. And it looks as though the trend will continue.
In fact Thursday’s downpour deposited almost 5 centimeters (about 2 inches) of rain in parts of the city. The streets are flooded, and in fact the water is so high at some intersections that cars cannot get through. I happen to live in one such area and I am starting to believe the deluge will never stop.
In the traditional communities of Yucatan, the local people have a method they use to predict weather. In the Maya language, this forecasting is called xook k’íin ; and is called cabañuelas in Spanish. This is how it works…
Precipitation is closely monitored and annotated all through the month of January.
It is believed that the rainfall on each of the first 12 days of January, signals a pattern for each month in the coming year. For example the amount of rain on January 1st is an indicator of what the whole month of January will be like. The rainfall on January 2nd lets us know what February holds in store… (God help us!) January 3rd represents March, and so on…
The pattern reverses on January 13th; that day represents December. The 14th is November’s indicator… The inverted count finishes on January 24th. The last six days (January 25 – 31) each predict 2 months. The first 12 hours of the 25th represent January, the second half are for February…At the end of January, the three calculations are averaged out and a firm weather forecast is arrived at.
The Maya astronomers and agronomists developed this system in order to advise the farmers of the most auspicious times for planting and harvesting their corn and other crops. If the xook k’íin foretold a wet June, they would plant in time for the seedlings to be nourished by that month’s rains. But if the weather diviners foresaw a dry June, the farmers would hold off their planting.