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Rain: that strange phenomenon

Rain is rare in Mendoza. A couple of drops are enough to light the alarms of the population. We have to take advantage of the water.

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The province of Mendoza, as already explained in that site, is practically a desert. It has a small part of its cultivated area, the rest is pure drought. And this phenomenon is largely explained by the lack and scarcity of rainfall. To take dimension of what it means that in Mendoza rains are scarce, let us know that in total fall 213 mm per year and the month in which there is most rainfall is January, with 34 mm. While, in Buenos Aires, fall 1040 mm and the driest month is July, which exceeds the wettest month of Mendoza, with 59 mm.

Two conclusions relevant to the author emerge from this information. One is that we must become aware, all the inhabitants of this world, that water must be taken care of. Many, from living in areas of high rainfall,will think that rain is normal and frequent everywhere. But it's not like that. In Mendoza, rain is expected to irrigate crops that, if not for the perfect system of canals and ditches, would be practically lost. In addition, rain purifies the air. It generates moisture and sows a blanket of soda in the face of high summer temperatures.

Rain as a social phenomenon

The other big conclusion that comes from the data in negative about the rains in Mendoza is that this generates that the precipitation is transformed into news for any Mendoza. “Did you see it's going to rain ? , comments on a lady in the queue of the service payment system. And the receiver of that message worries and thinks, “Uh, I just washed the car,” or “And I left open the windows of the house.”

Whereas, on the avenues and highways, things get worse. It's a complex event, nobody knows why, but as soon as it rains , traffic slows down. Cancinamente the vehicles advance through the wet streets. And this gets harder when some distracted hits the front car and already, directly, the traffic stalls.

However, there is another issue that occurs between rain and vehicles: the opportunists of always, better referenced as the “I don't care about others” (for not use somewhat more aggressive words). They are those who, as soon as they see that the rain comes heavy, they stop under a bridge or the shelter of a tree, even if this means stopping in the middle of the street. And another one who comes back copies it. Then there are two of them. and three, and four, and the traffic stagnates by a handful of neighbor's children who pretend to live alone in the universe.


In winter it is practically impossible to give it. But, in summer, each forecast of rain is accompanied by the “probability of hail”. For those who do not know, this is the famous “stone”. Water in a solid state and in the form of small, or medium, ice balls, falling into a projectile character. Then, as soon as it is known that it is going to rain, the old checkered blankets begin to show off on the roofs and the hood of the cars, just in case, to cushion the blows of the hail.

Worse is the issue for agricultural producers. There's the hail breaks down and can ruin an entire crop, that in the which has been worked over the last few months and on which a whole Fam

Publication Date: 10/02/2020

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