Natal Brazil

Information about the city of Natal, in Brazil.

Monday, March 20, 2006

It's raining in Natal

Yesterday, March 19th, Natal saw mild showers; today the rain is somewhat heavier.

March 19th is the Day of Saint Joseph (in Portuguese, São José). This is the Saint who, according to catholic religion, patronizes the good crops.
Many peasants and small farmers in hinterland Brazil still believe more in Saints than in Science. For them, raining on March 19th is a herald of a year with good rains, and hence good crops.
Meteorologists say that the rainy season this year will be a little drier than last year. The wet season usually lasts from March through July. See graph of rains and temperature in Natal.

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